Featured Employee Pet: Rudder

by DFS-Pet-Blog on September 12, 2011

Employees at Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supplies share their passion for pets by writing stories and experiences about their own pets here on our Pet Blog. Learn more about their pets in our Featured Employee Pet Series.

Newfoundland Dog

  • Name: Hugybear’s Above the Rudder (Rudder)
  • Owner: Barb S.
  • Breed: Newfoundland (which is “Terranova” in Italian, “Neufundlaender” in German, and “Terre-Neuve” in French, since you asked!)
  • Age: 4 years
  • Birthday: 5-25-07
  • Weight: 143 lbs



  • Canine Siblings: None at the moment.
  • Feline Siblings: Max the Tuxedo Cat, who bats me on the head.
  • Other Pet Siblings: Brother Zy who lives in the Twin Cities and possibly something growing in my sister’s stomach due September 17.
  • How I found my home: My mom lost her “heart dog” and after living with three Newfs for so long, she knew she needed a companion for her old Newf, Dulse. She called my “first mum” (the breeder) who thought that even though I was a rambunctious 18-month-old, I was so sweet I would be a great fit for Dulse and my mom. I’m here to tell you that she was right and I am very happy in my home.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Joyce Ryan September 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Right now as I write Rudder is uncle to 4 lovely nieces. He is a lucky
dog to be with Barb. She has been owned by 2 of my other Newfs, and I could not ask for a better home!

Barb September 19, 2011 at 8:23 am

I was wondering why he was strutting around all weekend as if HE did something – he must have been thinking about what a proud uncle he was! I bet he hands out Pur Luv Grandes as cigars!

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