August 6, 2021

Pet of the Week: Duke

We’d like to introduce you to Duke, our Pet of the Week!

This young Rhodesian Ridgeback/German Shepherd mix came to us in June because he wasn’t the right fit for his previous family. Duke lived in a home with another dog, and his previous family describes him as anxious and well trained. 

At the Pet Adoption Center, Duke has been practicing how to “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “down”, and “heel.” He is an affectionate lovebug and would be thrilled to play with you at home! Since he is so full of energy and loves to play, Duke is one of our “Rambunctious Red” personality pets. He tends to do best when he has lots of exercise and activities to keep his mind busy. Duke also calms down more when the people around him stay calm. Our caregivers have noticed that Duke seems to do well with other large dogs. When meeting dogs in a new home, he would do best with a slow introduction.

On outings, Duke does amazing! He is good on a leash, although a little clumsy at times. He will sometimes walk in front of his caretaker, but barely pull. Duke is also very good on car rides – he just sits or lays down. What can we say – Duke is an overall amazing dog!

Duke has been known to resource guard – food and treats are the treasures he tends to guard. If you take Duke home, he would both benefit from in-home guidance to help manage and improve this behavior.

Duke also has a small mass on the top of his head, but no diagnostics have been performed. Additional care may be needed after adoption. As with any pet, regular visits with a veterinarian are always recommended.

Duke is neutered, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. His adoption comes with a free visit to the veterinarian of your choice and 30 days of opt-in pet insurance through Trupanion.  Since he is our Pet of the Week, his adoption fee is reduced, though a pet license fee may still apply.

Find out more about Duke and his other friends at Since RASKC continues with Adoptions by Appointment, you’ll need to make a reservation online. If you have more questions, contact RASKC at 206-296-7387 (PETS) or email