My name is Ruffus!

Labrador Retriever Dog for adoption in Minnetonka, Minnesota - Ruffus
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I'm being cared for by:
Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota

Facts about Ruffus

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Hi! My name is Ruffus! I'm six years old and a big boy at 93 pounds. Being a typical Yellow Labrador Retriever, I have a lot of energy, enthusiasm, and unconditional love.

My favorite pastimes are walking, swimming, and chasing balls. I also enjoy snuggling with my foster family (they call me a bed hog) and working on training exercises. Not to brag, but I do know a ton of commands: sit, look, wait, no jumping, loose leash walking, leave it, drop it, down, come, stay, gentle (I take treats super nicely!), shake, on your mat, etc. I'm also muzzle trained, voluntarily putting my face in the muzzle for you, because it means we're going for a walk--yipee!

The reason I wear a muzzle on walks is that, due to my anxiety, I may inadvertently react to other dogs or people out of fear. Mind you, I don't have a single mean bone in my giant body, but I feel insecure sometimes. In addition to getting medication (boy, I love the peanut butter my pills come in!), I'm working with a trainer and learning appropriate behaviors. My foster parents say I've come a long way! Have I mentioned how smart I am?

I'm the kind of guy who appreciates peace, quiet, and a steady routine. When I dream of my forever home, it's one with a fenced backyard out in the country, and it would be awesome if my forever family enjoyed being by the lake as much as I do so I could swim to my heart's content in summer! I'd prefer to be the only pet, because I don't get along with cats and barely tolerate other dogs. Children aren't a good idea, either, as their fast movements and loud noises are too stressful for me.

Yeah, I have my issues, but given the right environment and continued training, I'm really a sweet dog who wants to be your best friend for life. It just takes a little time and patience for me to know, trust, and love you. The good news is that my foster parents as well as my trainer are here to provide support and ease my transition in order to ensure a successful adoption.

If you have what it takes to fulfill my dreams, please contact RAGOM and say you want to hear more about Ruffus! I'm being fostered in the Twin Cities metro area, and my adoption fee is $400.

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About Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota

About Our Rescue Group...

RAGOM has been rescuing pets since 1985! We are a 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization.
RAGOM’s mission is to rescue and rehome unwanted, abused, neglected, and displaced Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes, and locate permanent homes for them. We advocate responsible pet ownership and support animal abuse and neglect prevention programs, as well as spay/neuter initiatives.
Rescued dogs receive comprehensive medical care including a complete veterinary exam, updated vaccinations, and a microchip, and each is spayed or neutered prior to adoption. While in RAGOM’s care, dogs live as part of a family in loving foster homes where they are fed, groomed, socialized, and begin to learn basic manners. Foster families provide ongoing temperament assessment for each dog to determine what qualities should be present in an ideal forever home, and then match the dog with an approved adoptive family.
Donations and new volunteers are always welcome!

Come Meet Our Pets...

RAGOM holds several adoption events each month. For more information about upcoming Meet and Greets, please visit our calendar at .

Our Adoption Process...

RAGOM requires interested adopters to complete an application online or by mail (application fee is waived for those referred by, and have a home visit (references, pictures, and/or a video visit may be used in place of a home visit for those applicants who live outside our standard territory). Adopters must sign a contract and pay the adoption fee by check or credit card at the time of adoption. All dogs, including puppies, are altered before adoption.
RAGOM is an all-volunteer organization. We try to respond to all inquires within 48 hours!