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Rambler, Steamboat’s elusive stray dog, finds new home in Wyoming

Stray dog Rambler was caught by animal control in Steamboat Springs this winter and now lives with his adopted family in Wyoming.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — An elusive stray dog that evaded capture for weeks over the winter has not found a reason to run away from his new life at a ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming.

Animal control officers in Steamboat Springs spent over a month trying to catch the collie mix, which was later named Rambler. If animal control officers even looked at Rambler, he would run away.

“He outsmarted everyone the entire time,” Routt County Humane Society staff member Jess Scroble said.

Live traps with dog food were set, and Rambler eventually was caught and taken to the Humane Society.

Rambler did not have tags or a microchip, but he did understand commands like “sit” and “roll over.”

“Once you laid that hand on him, he just missed it,” Scroble said. “He went from us thinking he was a feral dog to being a very adoptable dog.”

Where Rambler came from remains a mystery.

“We never found out,” Scroble said. “No one ever claimed him.”

After getting neutered, Rambler began going out for walks on a leash with volunteer dog walkers.

“He just warmed up to everybody,” Scroble said.

Saratoga resident Josh Manly was in Steamboat visiting, and his 8-year-old son Aiden wanted to get a dog in addition to the 11-year-old red-and-white border collie the family already had. They spotted Rambler on the adoption board and then met him.

“He picked my son and me, and my son was like, ‘Can we get him?’” Manly said.

Manly was, at first, hesitant because of Rambler’s history of running away, but he took Rambler home anyway.

The family kept the name Rambler but call him Ram Ram for short. So far, they’ve had no problems with Rambler being off leash.

“He goes everywhere with me,” Manly said. “He doesn’t take off or anything.”

Rambler has developed quite a personality.

“He’s a spaz,” Manly said. “He’s a weirdo. He always sleeps on his back.”

Manly said Rambler has become a heck of a dog.

“I knew he was smart, but he’s really intelligent,” Manly said. “He picks up on everything real fast. I don’t worry about him at all.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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