"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
- Sydney Jeanne Seward
This dog was truly the start of it all for Devlynn the Director/Founder of Rugaz Rescue Inc. He came to Devlynn as a simple fluke of timing. She went to visit her local SPCA one day to see some old friends and someone pointed out they had a dog she would absolutely fall in love with. Well she walked in the kennel, and low and behold, she did instantly fall in love with his face.
She lived in an apartment which wouldn't allow an APBT, so she diligently started looking for other places to move. She found a home that was not breed specific and she would move in and have Ruger by her side.The SPCA claimed he was only "5 years old, just beat up". Well after getting Ruger settled into their new home she took him to her veterinarian who aged him to be around 12 years old. Not only was she devastated that her new companion was so old, but felt completely taken advantage of with her feelings and emotions.
The age made Devlynn uncomfortable but didn't stop her from fulfilling her commitment and love to Ruger. She already had an unmeasurable bond with this dog that most people could not imagine.He walked by her side, unleashed, day after day, as they installed the new fencing at the new house, never once leaving her side. For eight months he was her everything, her companion, who many would jokingly refer to as her husband.
When you ask Devlynn why she didn't take him back to the SPCA after learning his true age, or why she immediately loved him the way she did, this is her answer: "From the moment I put my hand on his kennel and touched him, I knew he would become my world." They loved each other unconditionally and were fully emotionally connected. He never had an accident in the house, never chewed one thing in their new home that wasn't his, he accepted any dog I brought our way, he was an amazing car rider, and he never needed to be leashed because he never left her side. He always walked incredibly on a leash, though not needing one, he loved children with his whole heart, and above all he truly was an Ambassador for his breed. Though she only had Ruger for those short eight months, she wouldn't change their time together for the world. There is no doubt in Devlynn's mind that her Ruger is waiting for her and she, herself, longs for the day when they are reunited forever."
After her incredible time spent with Ruger, Devlynn has rescued 9 Senior dogs herself and implemented the "Project Golden Years" in Rugaz Rescue Inc.