When rescuers found Ruby with another puppy from her litter in an abandoned house in St. Paul, Minnesota ten years ago, they had been left without food or water for two weeks. Patrick Bettendorf was asked to foster Ruby for a weekend, and they’ve been together ever since. Ruby has been the inspiration for two books by Bettendorf, Ruby’s Tale and the recent Ruby’s Road, describing the amazing dog’s decade of service. She is an inspirational example of what rescue dogs can do.
And while Pit Bulls get a bad rap these days, Bettendorf says Ruby’s story is really not about breed. “It’s a story about dogs that were thrown away that have achieved almost the impossible. I’d like that to be the story. Waste not one life. Give a dog a chance. You just don’t know. They don’t have to accomplish all of things Ruby has accomplished. They can just be a great family addition.”