Austin Dog Rescue is made up purely of volunteers. Each dog is sheltered within a home in the Austin area. As such, there is no physical shelter to visit the dog at. If you think you may be interested in a particular dog now or in the future, please fill out an application form. People with approved application forms are prioritized over people who haven’t yet applied.
My name is Rylie, and I am a 1.5- to 2-year-old hound mix. Let’s get the obvious out of the way: as you can see, I am beautiful. I am also a very shy pup and like to take my time to get to know and trust people and other dogs. Once I feel comfortable around you, I love to cuddle in your lap while you watch TV, play tug, or fetch (though I am still working on the whole ‘bring it back’ part of that game). I am really good at entertaining myself when provided with appropriate toys. I do love my Nylabone! I am nervous outdoors but love my walks. If my foster humans get busy, I helpfully remind them it is time for another walk or to stop the workday. I want them to have a work-life balance.
I would prefer a home with another calm, confident, dog to teach me how to be a dog and how to accurately assess the intentions of other dogs. I don’t really know how to play with dogs. I think I want to, and am trying to figure it out, but I need a mentor. Even if my mentor doesn’t like to play, they can still teach me all things dog. My foster human thinks I did not have a lot of good socialization experiences when I was younger. I would also prefer a home with older only children (10-years-old and up). I get nervous with unexpected noises or new humans. Did I mention I like walks? Yeah, I really want a home that will take me on lots of walks or runs. I can easily do 3 miles within a day, though I have only ever done that in chunks. Okay, the foster human wants to take over.
Rylie came into ADR in January 2021 as a shut-down, trembling, crouched, puddle of fear. She has come a long, long way, and needs a patient family to help her continue her journey. Ideally, her family will have experience working with fearful dogs and/or be willing to work with a behaviorist to learn the best ways to work with Rylie without flooding her with fear. As she continues to get more confident, her personality is changing/growing. As of now, she lives with a similarly sized older foster brother dog and an older female cat (who is the boss of the house). She does well with the cat, but on leash, as with many dogs, cats/squirrels/foxes/etc. elicit a response. She LOVES her crate and is crate-trained and house-trained. Rylie is really a sweet, goofy, little dog who will make you laugh.