Getting RAD with Ruffwear

Story and photos contributed by Elena Pressprich

“A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends Animal Society runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animal deaths in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.”

The RAD (Ruff Adventure Dog) adoption program helps link up active dogs with active people. Ruffwear sponsors two pups at a time on its website and covers the cost of the adoption, flight to its new home, crate, and custom adventure kit. In addition, all dogs adopted from the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary go home with a beautiful and strong Ruffwear collar and leash. Now talk about getting off on the right step!


I knew when I started to look for another dog to join Rio and me, I knew I wanted to get a rescue pup. Rio, my 6 year old chocolate lab came from a shelter, and nothing better has ever come into my life. As a long time supporter of Ruffwear, I had heard of the RAD adoption program and inquired about how to adopt through the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Jessica at Best Friends Animal Society & the crew at Ruffwear made finding Baya a cinch. As soon as I saw her photo online, I knew she was going to be a perfect fit. I had actually seen photos of her litter mates on the Ruffwear social media accounts from Outdoor Retailer. My heart had been wanting one of these little black pups for a while.


Baya flew home to me on Friday August 26th, 2016, and I can easily say it was another one of my happiest days (the other being the day I got Rio). I picked her up at the Portland airport, which is a solid 3+ hour drive back home to Bend. I won’t lie, and rightfully so, Baya was a little scared and it took me pulling her to get her out of her crate, but she warmed up very quickly. The entire drive home, I had planned for her to just sleep on the passenger seat so she could be near me. However, Baya insisted on being half on the passenger seat, and had her other half over the stick shift and front paws literally holding my hand. She knew. She knew she was home.


It’s been a month now since adopting Baya, and every day I look at her and Rio, my heart is so full. They love each other so much too, which makes me so filled with love and joy. I love knowing that these two have a great home with me where we go hiking, camping, and swimming at least several times a week. They have my full heart, and they give me theirs.


Forever grateful to Ruffwear & Best Friends Animal Society,

Elena, Rio & Baya

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