Rufus, the Cairn Terrier (reader pets)

This is Rufus, a Cairn Terrier we “saved” from a pet group here in Eureka called “The Farm Store.” They attempt to buy as many pets around northern CA that are destined to be destroyed by over-run pet sanctuaries.

Rufus is two years old, spent all his life in a kennel, and is one of the most adroit dogs we’ve ever encountered. He can jump from a standing still position straight up six feet or so. And that keen eye his Scottish breeders sought to heighten to see the voles and little varmints eating that great Scottish grain, together with lightning fast reflexes, allow him to grab a frisbee out of my hand before I even get a chance to throw it.


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For a couple of gay dads (now grandfathers) he’s a welcome reminder to us to get up off our soft asses and walk him, and he makes no bones about it. So we have a very loving and symbiotic relationship. He knows he’s in a loving home, has a variety of moods that occasionally flash across his face, and he is fiercely devoted.

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I’m pretty sure at some level he knows that we saved him for a really horrible life, and in his own little ways tries very hard to please us – which he does constantly, whether it’s by sleeping on his back, paws straight up, with his body in a “smiley” pose, or his effort to befriend every dog, big or small, that he meets.

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Ed and Rufus.

At our age, Rufus is a true gift. Hopefully we’re returning the good karma he’s earned in his short, unhappy life before we came along.

Erin Stevenson
Eureka, CA

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9 Responses to “Rufus, the Cairn Terrier (reader pets)”

  1. I don’t know. He may be going “Jesus Christ, that guy is still following me.” :)

  2. Not nearly enough – I’m trying to start catching up. Just been so busy with the real news, I’ve forsaken the pets. Trying to not do that in the future :) But we also need more “real” stories – I get more photos than stories.

  3. Lisa Johnson says:

    John, I don’t know how many of these stories you have run about reader’s pets but please keep them coming. This was so heartwarming and touching. Thanks for printing it.

  4. Freday63 says:

    When my dog decides to take me for a walk to get me off my soft ass, every few yards or so he takes a look back at me to make sure I am keeping up!

  5. karmanot says:

    Hey Eureka! Bodhi Dog in Sebastopol would love to meet Rufus. What a wonderful story John. Don’t ever let anyone give you heat for these great pet stories.

  6. I especially loved how he caught the dog’s shadow in the third pic.

  7. I know, I LOVE that pic of him. The motion, the look. I’ve not introduced Sasha to the wonders of the open window yet. I fear the Yorkie in her might leap.

  8. milli2 says:

    What a beautiful dog, and great picture of him looking out the window.

  9. citizen_spot says:

    What an adorable and awesome dog. Love the third picture featuring dog levitation, and the first picture’s close up action shot. Thanks for sharing Rufus with us.

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