Finding Ruby!






Ruby is a sweet TFTR rescue dog looking for a forever home.  Ruby’s foster mom recently provided “a window into which you can see what I see…a blossoming, smart, and adorable little girl.”


Ruby came to us in April, one of four other Toy Fox Terriers that were flown from Florida to Denver.  I was so nervous and excited to see her for the first time in person.  Seeing her in a crate in front of the Delta baggage area of Denver International Airport made everything real.  I thought, “I will help save you little one.”  Ruby was one of almost fifty dogs in a hoarder’s home, a home that was not nurturing.


Ruby was terrified and would not come out of her crate when we first arrived home. She was dirty, thirsty, and would not move on her own. I gave her water, bathed her, and finally introduced her to my dog, Louis. However, whenever I got too close to her, she would cower and shake.


This went on for weeks.  I had no idea what to do. And then things started to happen.  I noticed, little by little, Ruby’s progress beginning with her coming within five feet of me for a treat. And then I found her doing everything Louis did.  If Louis jumped up on the sofa to give me a kiss or get a pet, Ruby jumped up on the couch.  If Louis would run to the door to go out, Ruby ran to the door to go out.


Ruby would never let you touch her, but she was acting more like a normal dog every day.  And then it happened.  I was outside reading on a lounge chair and Louis jumped up to be petted.   Ruby jumped right up after him and didn’t run away when my hand moved toward her.  She actually allowed me to pet her.  I was so moved, I cried a little.  I thought, wow, this was a momentous occasion!



Ruby5To make a long story short, Ruby now wags her tail…albeit an awkward, very purposeful wag.  She also fetches “babies” (i.e. toys).  Ruby loves to be petted, held, and especially walked on leash.  She loves her blanket on the couch and loves, loves, loves her brother Louis.


I hope I don’t miss out on another Ruby milestone: the kiss!  Ruby will smell your cheek and hands intently – I feel like it is going to happen any minute!  I hope that Ruby finds a good home…one with an understanding, loving, patient, and persistent family. I would love for her new family to be part of her next high point: the kiss!  Here’s a cute little video of Ruby —>  Video – Happy Ruby




  1. She is absolutely gorgeous….. Wish I lived near Colorado…..

  2. To have come so far with her I’d end up a foster failure.. I’d never let her leave <3

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