Rufus is cute, 6 years old, affectionate, easy to have around, and weighs about 50 pounds. He likes being with people, is not very demanding, and has not been destructive when left alone. He's perceptive, smart, wants to please, and is currently in a foster home getting a break from the Shelter. Because he can get overly excited when playing, a home without young children would be best for him at this stage in his life. He enjoys going on walks, does well on a leash, is calm in the car, and likes investigating new places. Based on his behavior during walks in the neighborhood, he is likely to chase cats, chickens, or livestock, so he may never be trustworthy off leash outside of his yard. He is housetrained, uses a dog door, has never tried to get out of the yard, and comes when called. He was originally adopted from the Shelter more than 2 years ago, but was recently returned after his owner moved into a new neighborhood. Unfortunately, Rufus couldn't relax with neighbor dogs on the other side of the fence, which made him uncomfortable and anxious. Rufus likes playing with other dogs, but his energetic play style can be too enthusiastic and overly rough for some dogs. Therefore, he would probably do best as the only dog in the home, but he lived successfully with another dog in his previous home. Because he can be protective of his family, a low-traffic home without a lot of visitors would be ideal for him. When Rufus entered the shelter in early 2019, he was reported to have bitten someone in the neighborhood. However, the staff have no record of the circumstances and are not aware of any other bite incident since. For more information or to set up a time to meet Rufus, please call his foster mom. Michelle, at 510-589-7341. His adoption fee is $95, plus $25 for an annual dog license.