Breed: Labrador retriever mix
Joined our pack in 2014
Scents: 8, including firearms & ivory
Ruger started life as a feral dog, living by his wits on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana. He was lucky enough to be adopted by a student at Carroll College’s Anthrozoology program, where students train rescue dogs as part of their coursework. She quickly realized that Ruger had the potential to be a great detection dog, and called us. Ruger was already going blind when he joined our pack, but it doesn’t slow him down one bit. He is the happiest dog around and is adored by all his handlers, though he can be touchy with strangers, especially because he can’t see them approach. He is methodical, steady and reliable in his detection work, and has turned out to be a terrific tracker, too, helping scouts and law enforcement follow the trail of evidence left by poachers.
© Edward Selfe
Ruger's blindness helps him focus his nose on detecting contraband and tracking poachers.