Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "What lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ruby's character and spirit tell us that these words are as true for dogs, as they are for us.
On April 17, 2017, dearest Reuben died peacefully at home. Miss you every day, buddy. Here is Ruby's story.
Reuben joined our family in March 2013 at the age of about 8. In his previous home, he had developed a debilitating skin condition that was not amenable to treatment and he was chewing himself up. He came to live with us and his skin condition improved. He went onto a raw food diet, started going for long hikes, and became instant friends with my other dogs. We love him to death and can't imagine life without him.
In his early life, Reuben belonged to people who participated in dog fighting. They tried to make him a fighting dog but it wasn't in him. He then became a bait dog - a dog used to incite other dogs to fight. I don't know how he survived that experience, but he did, and went into rescue. Before he came to us, he had lived in about three other homes.
Ruby is a shining example of the character of many dogs. No matter what life throws at them, no matter how they are abused, they are born friendly dogs and they stay friendly throughout their lives. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "What lies behind us and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ruby's character and spirit tell us that these words are as true for dogs, as they are for us.
Ruby loves his food, his ball, and his family. He has found his final home at last.