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Ratbone's Sanctuary Ratties

sanc*tu*ar*y [sangk-choo-er-ee]; a place of refuge; asylum.

Ratbone Rescues does not leave old, sick or injured dogs behind in favor of young and healthy dogs. Sometimes we come home with dogs who may never be adopted, and they live with their foster families for the rest of their lives. Please enjoy their stories!

Marvin male


My name is Marvin, and I'm 7 years old. I came from a terrible home, along with my fellow fosterRat, Becky Blossom. Things are pretty calm around my fostermom's house, though. We get to go outside and play, and we also get to have plenty to eat and drink. Our fostermom gives us lots of positive reinforcement when we do good things, too. I am learning to walk on a leash; it was very hard for me to do in the beginning. I didn't know what it was and what I was supposed to do, but I found out that it meant going outside and maybe also going somewhere in the car, so I'm fairly fine with it now. I like to sleep on the sofa and go explore the yard. I also like treats! I need a fenced in yard since, like Becky Blossom, I get scared of things. Even with that, I'm a good boy.

Becky Blossom female


My name is Becky Blossom, and I'm about 4 years old, spayed, and working on house training. I am a Rattie-Chihuahua mix. I like my fostermom a lot, and love to sit on her lap. I came from a very dysfunctional home, so I scare easily. My fostermom has taken things very slowly with me, and I came around a little, to be a friendly, good girl. I love my fellow fosterRat, Marvin - who was one of my friends at my former home; my vet thinks Marvin may be my father. I'm not brave enough to leave my foster family, so they said I could stay here for the rest of my life.

Lani female


Lani is short for Solana, which is a Native American word for sunshine. Itís the perfect name for a gal who loves to lay by the pool and nap in the sun. While retired and living in Florida now, Laniís beginnings were quite different. Through research we have found that she is the result of the breeding of two NRTA foundation stock Rat Terriers. Her bloodline is 71.87% Decker. Her dam is Sycamore Flats Jackie and her sire is Sycamore Flats Tuffy. Lani was born 4/26/03, is 17.5 inches at the withers, and a skinny 25 pounds. She is sweet and gentle. Lani gets along well with her foster siblings but has been unsuccessful at getting them to play with her. She is a finicky eater, and requires a grain free diet to avoid skin irritation. During Lani's first couple of months in foster care she lived with cats and wanted to chase them, but she did not harm them. More photos of Lani are available here.

Tyrian male


Tyrian Ratbone is a dwarf. He is believed to be about 5 years old and weighs only 8 pounds. Tyrian's bones are very fragile, so he must be kept separate from other dogs, who might accidentally hurt him if they tried to play with him or bumped into him. So if the other dogs at his foster home are present, Tyrian hangs out in x-pens in various places around the house and yard; when he's alone with his foster family, Tyrian gets to roam around loose (closely watched by fostermom or fosterdad). That way he can be with his foster family, and still be safe from injury. Tyrian eats very well, and uses a puppy pad when in his pen. Outside he loves to lay in the sun or shade, watching the other dogs. He also loves to be held and cuddled gently, and he has a large hoard of toys that he will shake and "kill". Tyrian's condition is progressive; his bones will continue to deteriorate over time, so we don't know what kind of life expectancy he will have. Presently, Tyrian's bones are partially deteriorated; his feet are soft and floppy, his spine is twisted and bent. But for as long as he's with us, Tyrian will have a safe, loving home. You can see more pictures of Tyrian here in his photo album..

Coco male


Coco was born around July 2003, and is now almost 11 years old and weighs 8 pounds. Coco is a one person dog, and will love this one person with all her heart, but she has no room for other people. Coco enjoys hanging out with the other dogs in her foster home, playing with toys, and chasing birds in the yard. She also likes to cuddle under the blankets with her fostermom at night, and "dances" for treats. She prefers to stay at home and run around the yard, or sit in her fostermom's lap. She can now do that in total confidence that her world will not change again in her lifetime.

Monthly Medication Bill: $20

Peanut male


Peanut is a small guy - less than 10 pounds. His fostermom's friend was his owner, but she got very sick, so he went to live on the farm. Peanut likes a warm bed, a warm coat, something good to eat. He had some adjusting to do when he first arrived - discovering the Great Outdoors, and now he loves to explore - although he doesn't go very far. This little city dog is liking his country life a lot. There are wonderful smells everywhere, and lots of things to learn about - like cows and horses! Not a bad retirement for a little city Rattie!

Monthly Medication Bill: $25

Minnie Pearl male


Minnie Pearl was rescued from a hoarder/breeder. For this reason she is very shy and still learning manners and how to trust people; she's always been better with women than men. Minnie was pregnant when she came to Ratbone, and has since delivered and raised 3 beautiful babies. She is just over three year old, weighs around 13 pounds, and is a blue tri-color. Minnie is affectionate and friendly with her fostermom, but no one else. She has never offered to bite in her foster home - even though she was extremely frightened when she first arrived. Minnie gets along wonderfully with the other dogs, and ignores the cats, but she is still terrified of humans.

Julie female


Julie (sometimes known as Juliette) is an older Rat Terrier with a loving personality. She's a total lap dog, and loves to just lay with her head in her fostermom's lap to watch TV! Julie was an owner surrender to the Miami Dade shelter. Julie usually gets along with other dogs, but is very selective about which ones she likes. She also is a very finicky eater and has to coaxed with lots of tasty treats. Julie walks well on a leash and rides well in a car. She is house-trained. Julie is a small girl - only 12 pounds.

Piper Blu female


Piper Blu is about 7 years old now, and came from the Indianapolis area, where she was abandoned in a vet's parking lot. Her spots are a very unusual merle/sable color, on a white body. The hair on her head is very thin, but she doesn't seem to notice. Piper knows "sit", "stay" and "come"... but she can be a little selective about obeying the commands. She is a very active girl. Piper weighs about 25 pounds, and is quite a tall Rattie. She likes men, women and kids - but would probably chase a cat if she saw it.

Maybelle female


Maybelle was originally rescued from an animal control facility in central Oklahoma. She had been wandering at large, and was hit by a car. Although nothing was broken or seriously injured, Maybelle was obviously either abused or so completely unsocialized that she was unable to function in a normal home setting. Maybelle is almost normal with her foster family, but we do not feel that moving her to an adoptive home would be good for her, so she will remain with her foster family for the rest of her life. She seems to be satisfied with her lot in life, and at times she even plays with the other dogs or by herself.

Poco Bill male


Poco Bill is a wild bandito, with relatives from South of the Border. He is a lot of little Terrier in a 7 pound package, with a little Chihuahua thrown in for spice. And he does have spice! Bill can be a sassy little fellow, and he doesn't care how big the other dog is - he thinks he is bigger. For this reason Little Bill would do best as an only dog or with a very mellow, non-dominant dog. Bill LOVES to play, and stuffed (or unstuffed) toys are fascinating to him. He will bite, chew, chase and shake the stuffing-free squirrel, and he is not opposed to beating up a fully stuffed Santa. Bill also enjoys chasing the other dogs (mostly giving them attitude), but deprived of dog company he will play happily by himself or chew on a rawhide. Poco Bill has been very good about keeping his crate clean, and he is good about using the dog door - even though he was scared of it at first. He has had an issue with lifting his leg inappropriately; having come to rescue as an intact dog who is probably 4-5 years old, he had time to learn some bad habits. But Bill is working on improving these, though his fostermom has to be FAST, because he is. He is truly a character, and if you've had a little experience with dogs this one could be a great companion. Since he's a little fiesty, he is not recommended for small children. Bill is not really aggressive to cats, but could drive them crazy trying to boss them around. For more pictures of Poco Bill, pleaseclick here.

Nacho Bud male


Maybe he's "Nacho Bud" (not yo' bud) yet, but he would like to be if you will give him a chance! Little Nacho is 12 pounds and now about 9 years old. He spent his first year or so being used for breeding and receiving questionable treatment. He is timid when he meets someone and he is definitely hand-shy. He will yelp if startled and if approached too quickly he will run away. He will come looking for attention, though, if a person is still and will come when called if not being pursued. Nacho likes to get up and sit on a lap and be petted; although he is a bit tense when he first gets there, he will relax after he is petted for a few minutes. Although he is not aggressive toward children (or people in general), he is likely too timid to do well in a home with active children. He is good with other dogs but doesn't like to play too rough. He can get into a bit of dominant posturing with other males so would be better with female or easy-going male dogs. Or he'd undoubtedly enjoy being an only dog as this would give him more undivided attention to help him get over his insecurity. He is not interested in cats. He uses a dog door reliably and is well behaved in his crate.





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