Meridian Pet of the Week: Ruby


This week, we’ll feature Ruby.

You may have seen Ruby online when she first arrived: at the back of her kennel, scared, unsure. This girl was confused by yet another change in her environment, and she didn’t know who to trust.

Fast-forward to today. Ruby is affectionate, energetic, playful, and ready to conquer the world. She is always down for a game of fetch. Please be sure to stock up on tennis balls because, with Ruby at your side, you’ll need them. Ruby loves her people and her playtime, and she’s ready for a forever home this go-around.

Ruby has been through two previous families. The first time around, Ruby wasn’t doing well with the small dog in the home and was having a hard time with strangers. The second time around, Ruby’s guardian could no longer take care of her due to health problems, and her protective and territorial behaviors were becoming increasingly difficult for his caregivers to manage.

This girl loves her people and her home. She thinks it’s her job to guard them, to protect them, and to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, she’s experienced aversive training methods in the past, so her anxiety and behaviors became more difficult to manage in her last home. She has a hard time meeting strangers, but she is incredibly communicative when she needs people to give her space and time to adjust. As longer as they respect her, Ruby generally does fine.

Ruby’s deafness makes it even more important for humans to respect her boundaries and slowly introduce her to new people and things. Ruby has done very well with children of all ages, but for now we recommend only older children who will not startle Ruby or grab her unexpectedly.

Ruby is incredibly smart. She knows several cues already, and she’s eager to please her family. Her fear of strangers is improving each day, but we are still looking to send her home with an experienced handler. She will need continued training. Ruby is a willing student and will thrive if she’s given a structured, predictable home life.

Ruby has done well with cats in the past, but she’s a little more selective with her dog friends. For now, we recommend that Ruby is the only dog in the home, and we hope that one day, her human- and dog-social skills will be much improved. Please call us at 208-794-0944 if you’d like to learn more about Ruby or if you’d like to schedule a meet-and-greet. Visits with Ruby are by appointment only.

Meet Ruby or other dogs at the Meridian Canine Rescue and fill out an application. The rescue’s location is 501 E. Scenery Lane, Meridian. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Call 208-794-0944 or go to