Animal's Name: Rugby
Gender: Male
Birthdate: 4 Oct 2017
Color: White and red
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Heartworm Tested: Yes
Vaccinations Current: Yes
Monthly Heartworm & Flea/Tick Treatment Current: Yes

Rugby, racing name CTW Rugby Pro, is a 4-year-old boy who retired after 60 races. Rugby has been selected to participate in The Greyhound Inmate Experience.  TGIE places retired racing greyhounds in the care and supervision of specially selected and trained inmates of a correctional institution.  The greyhounds and inmates engage in a 10-week training program.  The greyhounds transition from racer to pet.  The inmates experience unconditional love and learn to trust, be patient, and become compassionate.  A wonderful Win-Win adventure.

Rugby is a true gentleman.  He met the two resident greyhounds with little fanfare and has settled into “home” life quickly.  He likes his bed and sleeps through the night, with just a little quiet complaining in the beginning before settling in, then not a peep.  He is a good eater and he loves his treats.  He already mastered basic commands in TGIE and will do a beautiful sit for treats!  He enjoys getting brushed and has no issues with touching his feet or clipping his nails.

After a bit of weaving, he will settle into walking nicely by your side with no pulling.  He is a marker (not in the house) and loves to let all the neighborhood dogs know he is around.  Rugby has shown little interest in other dogs during his walks though he was worked up when a little yappy dog suddenly charged the fence when we were out walking on the sidewalk.  He is really keen on little critters outside but has not lunged at them.  He was not bothered at all by the thunderstorm we had last week and he is fine with noisy traffic.  He definitely is a “people” dog and prefers to be with humans over four-legged friends.  He should be fine as an only dog.  If you are lucky, he might give you kisses!

Rugby graduated on 08/04/2022 from The Greyhound Inmate Experience and will be available for approved adopter visits on 08/20. Please check back for updates as he settles into his foster home.