Age: 5 years
Energy Level: Moderate
Overall Drive: Low-moderate, high prey
Location: Chiloquin, OR
Rye is fun-loving and eager to please. He will jump up ready to follow you at the slightest indication that you might be going anywhere or doing anything. He is what some would call a velcro dog. He loves to play with other dogs and then when he wears out, he will come and put his head in your lap and look up at you with such sweetness that your heart will melt. Then he is off again to play with his friend. This boy hasn’t had a bad day and has a zest for life!
If Rye were human, he would want to work in children’s retail. But not just any store, maybe something like a “Build a Bear” as he would want to interact with his customers and help them find the fun in life.
The best way to describe him is affectionate, playful, persistent – and with an off-switch! Rye is driven by praise and loves to be told he is a good boy. He loves to play and would do well in a home with another big dog that matches his play style to rough house with. Rye also loves a good mental workout and will work diligently to get every morsel out of his Kong or another food puzzle. Once he is satisfied with the play and attention he has received; he is content to lay at your feet and relax.
Rye can be destructive if bored, so ensuring he has set boundaries and structure are a must. He tends to be creative in his ways of indicating he needs more stimulation – like de-stuffing a dog bed or getting in your path if you are too busy to shower him with pets!
Rye will need continued work to become proficient in his obedience as well as to learn not all noises and movements are threats. He is missing an eye, so that may play a part in being at high alert more often. He is crate trained, does well at the vet, and rides nicely while crated in the car.
Rye’s perfect home would be willing to shower him with love and be able to provide plenty of opportunities to use his brain and for low-impact physical activities. He does have some arthritis in his hips likely due to being hit by a car before coming into the rescue, so his new family needs to ensure he maintains a healthy weight and provides joint support via dietary supplementation. Nosework and rally may be sports he would enjoy and excel in.
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Belgian Malinois experience OR other high drive working breed experience. Have no children under the age of 12 years old OR have extensive experience with children and high drive dogs.
Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview.
Adoption Donation: $500.00
Transport along Interstate 5 (Bakersfield, CA to Bellingham, WA) is available but cost not included in adoption fee.
For all inquiries, please fill out our adoption application first, as the volunteer answering emails is probably not the coordinator for the specific foster home/dog.