I'm devastated that this amazing boy is still without a forever home. Ruger is a shepherd/hound mix that is just over a year old; his temperament is amazing, he is crate/potty trained and is learning all his basic commands and manners in his foster home. He is eager to please his humans and is a huge cuddler, he would be a great companion for any family willing to love him forever. While this sweet boy has had potential adopters, after realizing what may be needed for him to have the best life, they decided that it wasn't a perfect match. A slight limp was noticed when Ruger was surrendered at the Bedford Humane Society, and after a trip to the vet that included x-rays and blood tests, it was determined that Ruger showed eary signs of canine hip dysplasia, and would eventually need a double hip replacement. At only 12 months old, Ruger is not done growing, and surgery would not be optimal until 18 months old. Besides an occasional limp, Ruger bounces and plays like any other puppy, and is not yet held back by his unfortunate genetic disorder. The Bedford Humane Society is asking for funds to cover the extensive surgery that Ruger will need, in hopes that he can now find a home that doesn't need to take on the financial responsibility of a double hip replacement, and can focus only on his recovery and health. He is up to date on all vaccinations, neutered, and microchipped, and will need a family that is patient and understanding, preferably having some knowledge of large breed dogs and dysplasia recovery, or is willing to learn and take the steps the Ruger will need. All donated money will be held in a trust until Ruger is older and a better candidate for surgery. Don't let this handsome boy slip away out of fear.