RufusNEW1At Emerald City Pet Rescue, sweet Rufus is known for his charisma, not his mobility setbacks.

“Rufus is the type of dog who inspires and delights all who meet him,” an Emerald City Pet Rescue staff member notes.

The 4-year-old poodle and terrier mix became wheelchair-bound after sustaining an injury to his spine called Multifocal Degenerative Intervertebral Disc Disease, or spinal shock. Today, Rufus happily gets around with the help of back-end wheels for his paralyzed hind legs. In fact, whenever he sees his wheelchair he “wiggles and dances,” because he knows he’s about to run around and have a lot of fun! Once he’s slipped into his set of wheels, he joyfully struts around the rescue’s play room and even races right along with the other pups.

Due to his partial paralysis, Rufus needs a little help when it’s time to visit the restroom. But he’ll be sure to show his appreciation for the assistance with many puppy kisses!

Rufus is a big-time charmer and offers up cuddles by pushing his head into the cuddler’s hands, similar to his feline friends (except with even more enthusiasm!). Rufus loves life and the only thing that could make him even happier is to find his furrr-ever home.RufusNEW2

“He has a deeper understanding of the beauty of life than most humans.” Emerald City staff members note. “His resilience and loving-heart bring joy to all.”

If you’re near the Seattle, Washington area, be sure to visit Rufus and witness his cheery demeanor for yourself. If you’re looking for a new best friend who’s outgoing, friendly, affectionate and playful, then Rufus is the perfect dog for you. This sweetheart is fully vetted, neutered and microchipped, and ready to become the newest addition to your family today.

Not ready to take the plunge and adopt a pet just yet? You can still help dogs like Rufus by donating to Emerald City Pet Rescue at their website, Donations assist the 501(c)(3) in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs, cats, horses, donkeys and rabbits. Check here for a list of donatable items the rescue accepts.

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