We would like to introduce you all to a very special dog named Bear. We first met Bear last year when his family contacted us looking for help. They have owned Bear since he was just a little puppy and have loved and cared for him all of his life as his only family. They have taught him commands, fed him the best food and given him all of the love they possibly could. They have never hurt, abused or neglected him. They have been model dog owners...and yet Bear still is a dog with behavioral issues. 

Bear struggled with dominance related aggression, directed at his owners and they struggled to handle it for quite some time. The arrival of their son led them to take many precautions to allow him to cohabitant with Bear in a safe way, while also fighting to not have Bear’s quality of life suffer. However, when dealing with dogs and children, the risk of human error causing an accident is too great. They recognized it was in Bear’s best interest to go to a Sanctuary and we agreed to take him into foster with our Executive Director as soon as we had settled in at our new location. When they later moved, the stress of this move led to Bear biting his owner, and they were no longer able to keep him in their home until we had an area for him. 

Still, his family refused to give up on him. They paid to have him stay in a boarding facility where they could visit him frequently, and he was safe until we were ready for him. 

Bear has definitely made himself at home here at Wayward Ranch, fostered by our Executive Director and her husband. We absolutely adore him and have him on a new medication regiment that seems to really help alleviate his anxiety and help him relax. He has bonded with us here and spends his days running around the fields, getting brushed, and giving plenty of kisses.

Many people may not understand why his family or our rescue would work so hard to save this one, dog with a bite history when they are so many dogs without issues in need. However, dogs like Bear are the reason we began this sanctuary to begin with, and in our opinion his behavioral special needs don’t make him any less deserving of a wonderful life. He is a dog with aggression, however his behavior can be safely managed for the rest of his life. Maybe not in a home environment, but in a sanctuary facility with professionals, Bear can live a long and happy life without concern of him hurting anyone. We strongly believe dogs like Bear deserve that chance, and we are excited to welcome him to our Sanctuary and into our Wayward family!

Requested Adoption Donation: $250

We are grateful to have had several wonderful photographers donate their time and skill to photograph our animals and their lives here. While many photos on our site were taken by WRAS Staff Members, others were taken by:

Tischman Pets Photography, @tischmanpets,

Mike Barr, @mikebarrphotography,

Thunder Ridge Images,