My name is Ryder!

Hound (Unknown Type)/Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Ryder
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Facts about Ryder

  • Breed: Hound (Unknown Type)/Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10827956

This sweet boy was rescued by a Good Samaritan, Emily, who was on her way to the beach with her boyfriend when she spotted Ryder running along a rural highway. They pulled over to see if he was OK, and discovered a scared, dirty, and very thin dog who looked like he had been on his own for some time. They coaxed him into their car so they could get him to safety and help him find his way home. He didn’t have a collar and wasn’t chipped, so they reported him to the local authorities, but no one stepped up to claim him. Emily brought Ryder home with her and reached out to DDB to help him find a great new family.
Ryder was pretty timid when he first came home with Emily, but is adjusting and learning the rules of home life. He’s being fostered with another dog, Scottie, who quickly became his best buddy. We believe another dog in the home would be the best fit for Ryder to continue to help build his confidence. He’s still a little shy when first meeting new people, but give him a few minutes and he’ll climb up on the couch next to you and roll over for belly rubs, or even use you as a headrest as he chews on his favorite toy. He bonds well with people and is very loving.
This handsome pup is potty trained and still working on his leash walking skills. He’s insecure when outside the home, so at times he can be reactive towards other dogs when he gets nervous. His foster parents have been working with him and have seen some improvement, but he’s still a work in progress. Ryder already knows some basic commands like sit and down, and Emily is teaching him to sit and wait patiently at the door before going outside. He has a tendency to get excited at the front door and will head out to explore if given the option. 
Ryder needs an owner who is willing to work with him on some basic training skills. He’s a young, active, handsome boy who would be great side kick or companion pup. 
Apply for Ryder today!
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/being treated for heartworm


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You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.