Rousseau the Rhodesian Ridgeback

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Rousseau the Rhodesian Ridgeback
Feb 11, 2021

Owner: Justin Schuchardt

Location: San Rafael, Calif.

Affiliated Winery: Assistant winemaker at Ledson

Dog's Name: Rousseau, after one of my favorite Burgundian vintners

Age: 3

Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback, known for being loyal and protective

In a Word: Affectionate

Job Title: Counter Surfer. He is constantly looking for any kind of scraps or crumbs left on the counter. If you’re looking forward to a nice snack or delicious meal, don’t leave it on the edge of the counter or it will be inhaled.

Star Quality: How he communicates, whether it’s telling me he’s sorry by jumping up and giving me a hug and kiss when he realizes I’m mad at him for stealing my shoe. Or telling me he’s ready for dinner by leading me to his food bin. Or saying, "hey dad, I’d love a walk right now" by nudging his leash that’s hanging on the wall.

Best Bud: Me. He just wants to be wherever I am, whether it’s working in the yard or getting cozy on the couch to watch a game.

Favorite Reward: Anything and everything food related

Favorite Activity: Rousseau loves being out and about, hiking in the hills or walking through the neighborhood.

Obsession: At home, he gets taunted by the squirrels constantly. He hasn’t learned yet that he most likely will never catch one.

Favorite Getaway: In the backyard, basking in the afternoon sun. And digging holes in the garden.

Forgivable Flaw: He barks incessantly whenever a dog or horse appears on the television.

Justin Schuchardt hugging Rousseau, his Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rousseau is super-affectionate and wants to be wherever Justin is
Portrait of Rousseau, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, resting
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