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My name is Sam -timid boy-companion dog!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Lucknow, Ontario - Sam -timid boy-companion dog
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Facts about Sam -timid boy-companion dog

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 160106
** PLEASE ACCESS ADOPTION APPLICATION THRU LINK IN THIS PETS BIO !! NOT THRU THE PETFINDER PAGE AS THIS IS NOT OUR APPLICATION **


THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN ADOPTING A RESCUE DOG - PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE FEED TO ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ADOPTION PROCESS. PLEASE REVIEW/ READ ALL INFO PROVIDED. THIS IS TO SAVE TIME FOR EVERYONE AND NEEDLESS INQUIRIES WHEN ALL THE ANSWERS ARE PROVIDED.
**BASIC INQUIRIES ASKING QUESTIONS THAT ARE PROVIDED WILL NOT BE ANSWERED. ** WE ARE ALL VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE EXISTING PETS/ FAMILY/ PAYING JOBS. OUR TIME IS IN SHORT SUPPLY AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING
WE HOPE THAT THIS WILL ENSURE WE ARE RECEIVING QUERIES AND APPLICATIONS FROM TRULY SINCERE AND COMMITTED APPLICANTS WHICH WILL PREVENT VALUABLE TIME FROM BEING WASTED- THAT IN TURN SHOULD PREVENT OTHER DOGS FROM BEING EUTHANIZED IN POUNDS WHILE WAITING TO COME IN TO OUR CARE - AS CAN HAPPEN WHEN APPLICANTS DELAY/OR STALL/OR BACK OUT OF ATTENDING SET VIEWINGS OR ASK FOR EXCEPTIONS AND ARE UN-WILLING TO COMPLY TO THE PROCESS.


IF YOU THINK THIS DOG WOULD BE A GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR HOME AND YOUR ENTIRE HUMAN AND CANINE FAMILY CAN ATTEND THIS DOG'S FOSTER HOME THEN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SEND IN AN APPLICATION

WE DO NOT ADOPT OUT OF ONTARIO
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Why is he is need ?: This boys time was up and he would have been euth'd had rescue not opened their doors to give him a chance .

Where is he now ? : He is Fostered in the Cambridge area with 4 dogs- 4 cats- Quiet respectful teens and 2 adults

**ALL ABOUT SAM **
One could not ask for a more soft, gentle soul .
Sam is ready for adoption. .. but will need a extremely patient, experienced home to help him continue to grow. He has been learning that interaction with a human can be positive and he has shown great progress... but needs someone who will be his forever home to help him continue this growth. He is at this point in his life and will more than likely always be more of a ***Companion dog***- Loving , being social with his owners but extremely aloof/ skittish with strangers and will require a secure safe yard, never be permitted off leash in an unsecured area for his own safety .
I have such a dog that i adopted and its been 6 yrs.. and he is still very reserved/ avoids people he does not know.
** PLEASE REVIEW HIS REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE YOU FIT BEFORE APPLYING .IiF YOU CAN'T MEET THE REQUIREMENTS THEN PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS THIS IS NOT IN HIS BEST INTEREST NOR THE GOAL OF US HELPING YOU GET THE RIGHT FIT. **

** The start of Sam's Journey **
This poor fellow was on the run for close to 3 wks - and his finders kept trying to catch him. Being totally terrified and lost He was finally contained after 2+ hours when they were finally able to approach... and had to have a blanket thrown over him to ensure he didn't bolt.
He was taken into the pound. His hold time was up- He had no collar/ tags- chip... and no owners came looking for him.. and his time was up and to ensure his safety he was pulled the 29th
He came into rescue/ foster care on Dec 30th.

** ALL ABOUT SAM **
Strict requirements:
- Fenced yard
-** Experienced owner with experience in managing a shy/ timid/ fearful dog. **-knowing and understanding the need for boundaries- how to implement these.
-Someone who is prepared make changes to their life, routine & for putting Sam's need before theirs, family as needed to ensure he is safe, and not put into situations that will be overwhelming.
- a calm ,stable confidence dog buddy LIVING in the home. {VISITING DOGS ARE NOT ENOUGH } . One that is close to his age/ size that he can run/ play with- as he as grown to love this level of emotional interaction and it helps to build his confidence.. He takes all direction from the dogs he is around.
-Mandatory training for bonding and helping him build confidence .
- No young children OR visting young children
- a teens/ adult home only.- d/t his fear/ startle / bolting reactions.
- A quiet home/ Minimal activity/ entertaining in home.
-A more quiet environment/ community to allow for Sam to be exposed to things in a non-overwhelming way.
-no or minimal cottage entertaining with the inclusion/ Addition of above
**The above are to ensure the utmost safety, security, and mental well-being for Sam. Please do not email about making acceptions to the above. If you can not provide the above... you do not suit Sam **

Breakdown of the milestones achieved in the last few months:
** At this point he is still on a tie out for easy access and for his safety is highly startled and bolts d/t loud sounds etc..**

3-4 days- a tail wag
1 wk- more tail wags and giving easier eye contact and showing desire to be closer but still too uncertain.

2wks- more constant tail wags when he see's me.
- first real approach into my personal space on his own volition { but with the other dogs in my space as an enticer and to show him all was good }
2-3 wks --made the choice on his own volition to join me on the couch.

3 wks- more engaged when seeing me, talking, happy and making more effort/ strides to approach on his own more easily.
-Less fearful of me carrying shovel- poppy rake, having converter/ phone in my hand { anything that beeps- makes sounds he is uncertain off }

4wks- Coming into my space to give quick licks to my hand with no other dogs in my space- Otherwise keeps a 3-4 ft buffer space though
shows he wants to come closer.

5wks- Hopped up on couch beside my husband!!! all on his own- ** huge Milestone **
- did get off tie out when playing but came in with the other dogs. Was able to welcome him into my space when loose and easily took his lead to walk into house.

6wks- will stop when avoiding and sit- to allow me to approach and leash to bring inside/ outside etc.
-is easier for coming to me on his own for a quick hello- lick to my hand.
-Comes more readily when i am sitting- if outside to join me with other dogs in my space,
-easier for hands on interaction- not cowering
-had visitor in same room and tried to hide under chair- redirected - settled with other dogs and relaxed. No direct/ close contact with a good distance of 10 ft away.

7-8 wks- Continuing to be desperate to please, is very animated with me, vocal, talks. readily follows behind at times.
-showing more trust to approach at moments on his own, taking more easy direction by leash as needed- even when uncertain rather than shutting down/ sitting.
-learned to alert to stranger he wasn't sure of.
-has had many outings for drives { is a great traveler } to vet with other dogs for exposure- is more calm during each experience, and has people approach to access the other dog with less reaction to hide.
He is comfortable with 4-5 ft distance but will hide under chair if possible.

The above are the many simple day to day things that most people will take for granted that a dog should be comfortable in doing right off .
Sadly d/t Sams past abuse and negative experiences .....Sam continues to improve . He Needs continued slow, relaxed, no direct hands on exposure to other strange people { to just hand out with them- be in the same room}- and to reinforce that nothing bag will happen. He has not a mean bone in his body even when being vetted and so terrified he sadly messed everywhere. But to ensure he is not pushed beyond his comfort zone for him to react in such a way- his space must be respected and to work at things slowly.

As time goes by he will continue to build confidence and be an incredible pet for the right owner. He desperately wants to please... but also takes all direction from the existing dogs here which give him confidence and show him interaction with a person is ok. He is no more deserving that the next pet...but needs a home that understands his limitations, accepts those and will take things slow to ensure he always knows he has his owner to look to for safety.

** 6 MONTH UPDATE:**
Sam is now as free access to our acerage with supervision. He Comes when called to his name or a whistle.
Sam is now comfortable to come into his main caregivers space freely and often { he still does better when one is sitting still } but will follow along right at my hip and give licks to my hand.
He readily accepts hands on interaction, does not cower when i am reaching into his space to scratch / rub his side/ back/ belly. He now stands in my space with a open/ relaxed stance and open relaxed mouth where before it would always be closed. He does less Yawning { done to relieve stress/ tension} .
He is very animated with me now with alot of talking, giving licks to my hand and has even given licks to my face on his own!!
He loves to relax with me on the couch but does need to be invited as will still not always come on his own. He loves to sleep with us in bed... settles immediately and doesn't move thru the night. He does snore so be warned it may keep you awake a times ..lol .

New Experiences:
#1 .We have did alot of walks to a local conservation area as it is quiet but also offers a gradual increase of access to sight, sounds, smells , people etc as the warmer weather approaches .
Sam has did great- but always has his/ a buddy with him. He does not have his tail tucked, he is more relaxed and walks/ follows with open observing of what is going on around him but not in a tense manner. He does shy away from people if walking too close, bikes etc... so boundaries are set as needed if people are asking to approach they are told no- as "he is in training and scared of people ".

#2. We have accessed the local lake with the other dogs as they love water. We have Sam on a long 25ft lead to ensure his safety in an unsecured area .
Sam also has no aversion to the water. He willingly goes in- but its more to follow the others.. not that he has a real love for it at this point... but its a great new experience for him. He is a good swimmer.

#3. We have had a few visitors{ adults } over and Sam just avoids & gives lots of space and observes. He is not fearful or has his tail tucked as he is given as much space as needed.

We have also visited an adult / quiet family members home a couple of times that has other dogs, chickens. goat, horse, cats. Sam had some of his buddies with him and he did AWESOME!! He enjoyed running in the yard { with long lead on } , and following me around and sticking close / coming easily to me as needed as he feels secure in whats familiar .

To have arrived as a shell of a dog - so fearful of any human interaction to now being / seeking out interaction shows the capabilities that dogs that have had a bad start at the hands of a human are able to learn trust, love , security with nothing more than time and patience. With more time to build trust and confidence Sam will finally find the life he was always meant to have. The right exp owner will be blessed to have this fellow in their life.

** WHATS SAM LIKE **

PERSONALITY & PEOPLE
Sam is such a exceptionally soft sweet boy.Its clear that he desperately wants to trust.. He is very submissive in his approach on all levels.
He easily gives eye contact but is very extremely shy, reserved and avoids direct contact and coming into ones space. He does not do well with people approaching head/ direct on... but is better if approached with the side of ones body or ones back.
He clearly has not had any reason to trust a human, or any level of interaction in the past .


When he first arrived Sam was on an extreme level and still is on various levels Hyper- sensitive to any motion/ movement/ or even sounds that i make.... but in the first 4 days he has make good improvement in gaining a little bit of trust to follow with very little leash direction . He now wags his tail at times when spoken too and has even approached on his own volition a few times - This though has only happened when the other dogs are in my personal space. If its just me, he is reserved, hesitant and avoids.


He is Hyper- sensitive too the following and will back away/ avoid/ try and bolt depending on the level of his uncertainty and poorly timed redirection :
- loud noises/ voices
-sudden movements from a person
-head on/ direct approach
-sounds of a plastic bag/ opening wrappers
- picking up things- such as a remote etc { possible fear of having something thrown at him}
-Any over the head/ or under hand arm motions.

ENERGY LEVEL

I would say that Sam is a lower medium energy .Sam is not a hyper dog. He loves to run around with the dogs now to play, wrestle or will sit outside on his secure tie-out or lead that is held and just observe.
He is not hyper in the home. He is very laid back, relaxed and just lays down on the blanket or will lay in the crate.

FOOD & TOYS
Sam is highly food motivated which is great for building positive association and confidence .He does tend to eat his food quickly- d/t being on the run with no food for weeks .
Sam has ZERO issues with food. He will back away from his food is he is approached.
He takes treats very gentle { when i can get him to accept }.
He has no issues with sharing space with the rest of the crew while receiving treats and is pretty good for waiting his turn... and presents as no issues with being in the area of other dogs eating .


Sam has no clue for Toys or how to play with anything at this time. Even over the last few months... he has no interest in these- or understands what they are for even with seeing the other dogs chase them etc.

PACKMATES

Sam LOVES my dogs!!! He has Exceptional interaction skills, is very calm, relaxed and accepting of greeting/ sniffing. He met each of my dogs and with each dog introduced... he became more relaxed and his tail started to wag.. He is not fearful, insecure- no tucked tail or hackles.
He loves to run around with the dogs { although on a tie -out}...and gives play-bows and accepts all interaction from the various ones as some are more playful than others. He takes direction exceptionally well from others when they want more space.
He is not invasive, rough, bossy in his approach but very submissive, happy.
He loves to just be with them. He takes basically all direction from the other dogs. If they are in my space- he is more willing to approach, interact for a chin / chest rub, take a treat, come to the door to be let in. .
If they are not around he will avoid.... and i have to go and get the tie out and welcome him to me which he does now with no resistance.


Sam MUST have a calm- stable, confident dog buddy LIVING in the home. A dog that is around his age ,energy and play style. Size is also a consideration. Although he has been with / seen smaller dogs and is fine with them he thrives on the level of Social and emotional interaction he has with dog his size. Visiting dogs will not be enough.!
Sam Also is excellent with cats. He is not hyper/ excited invasive towards them on any level. if they run he does not chase. He is very relaxed, greets with a sniff and all is good.

HOUSE TRAINING
Sam is house trained. He came intact and made no attempt to mark. He is given lots of times to go out for potty.
He is respectful of things in the house and does not bother with Anything. He does not chew or get into things. I will often find him laying on the dog blanket, in his crate or under the computer desk. He also likes to lay under the kitchen table or in the corner of the room- so he knows that there is no dangers for him


YARD RULES.
Sam is a very quiet boy. He does not bark, alert even when the others may be . Sam has access to a securely fenced Acre... but is always kept on a tie-out or long hand held lead. D/t his level of fear/ uncertainty towards people... it will take time to build the trust to permit more freedom.
If he was to be loose even in small yard... if not tethered he would avoid, run away Having to have one chase a dog to get a hold of them- which does not build trust and actually causes any trust to be strained or gone
Sam has not had any free access to the yard fencing- though i don't think he would bother with it, unless over terrified that he may try and bolt/ climb over.
For safety he is always secure at this time.. or has a long lead dragging a few times during training.

LEASH -TRAINING- COMMANDS- RECALL
Sam knows no commands. He has been quick to pickup - learn his name... and will look is called.
He does walk well on leash - very softly and follows willingly. If startled he will bolt and cower.We are working on building confidence to be approached. More formal training will come as he builds trust confidence to be in ones space.

TRAVELING
Sam is a good traveler in that he hunkers down and does not move d/t his fears when he first arrived. He is quiet as a mouse and says nothing. Now he will sit up and observe.

GROOMING
Sam has had no exposure to any grooming tools or handling . We are working on presenting things in a calm, positive manner, He is accepting/ tolerant of being gently brushed.. He is accepting of having his hears , teeth checked. He is sensitive in having his feet handled.. but not bad. We are working on gentle handling.. to ensure his comfort level is always there . Any firm handling or pressure he will cry out- but never ever is defensive .

CRATING
Sam was uncertain/ fearful of the crate when he first arrived. He now goes in willingly and will settle as quiet as mouse.
He is quiet thru the night and clean in the crate.
He is crated for safety and to give him a safe spot to go to whenever he feels the need.

THE BEST HOME FOR SAM

Sam is what i personally consider Special needs - mentally.
He has missed out on or has has had some very bad experiences in his past in regards to people.
Due to this... he will take alot of time to bond/ trust. He needs a dog buddy living in his home. He requires an owner who is highly experienced in the management , Experienced in understanding in how to approach, giving the dog as much time to follow thru, understanding the do's and don'ts of over exposure for a uncertain dog, hands on training, of a uncertain dog. Doing these things worn is detrimental to an insecure dog.. causing more harm. He needs a home that has a secure fenced yard, a quiet home, community, no exposure to children d/t his fears and to not cause more fear, or trauma. If you have a quiet home- secure yard- a confident, calm buddy, experience with the care, management of an uncertain dog... we welcome your interest.

We welcome your application for consideration .

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*** HOW IT WORKS - ADOPTION INFORMATION ****
Please read ** ALL** the information provided below on the process to
save time and facilitate the process in a smooth manner.

The adoption fee does NOT cover the cost of vetting or supplies for these animals - If you cannot afford the adoption fee
(that is a fraction of actual REDUCED VETTING expenses incurred) then you should reconsider adopting.
These animals deserve forever homes, good food, regular vet care, and emergency care as needed.
Pets should never be euthanized by their owners simply based on financial consideration when something goes wrong.

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Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue pet.!!
To help you get started, included are two links to sections on our webpage which will be of great help to you.

Frequently Asked Questions about adopting a rescued pet :
http://www.adoptapet.lucknow.on.ca/faq---adoption.html

Policy and Process and how to meet this rescue animal:
http://www.adoptapet.lucknow.on.ca/policy--process.html

Applications
http://www.adoptapet.lucknow.on.ca/applications.html--This is a MS Word copy of our application.
It can be completed, saved and emailed back to the rescue at
petrescue@hurontel.on.ca .

1. We require a fully filled app to be considered as a possible home
2. Only the approved app will be premitted a viewing with the pet ** in the foster home **
3. ALL family members MUST meet the dog ** in the foser home** .
4. Any exsisting pets MUST attend the meet/ greet with the dog ** at the foster home ** .
5. A home visit must be completed as part of the adoption process after the inital viewing by a rescue representative.
This is not a replacement of the meet/ greet at the Foster home.
6. We do not adopt outside of ONTARIO .
7. We do not deliver dogs. If and once the adoption process is approved and complete the dog must be picked up at the
foster home

****PLEASE DO NOT USE SKYE DRIVE OR COMPLETE THE APP TO FAX OR SCAN TO EMAIL IN AS WE ARE NOT ON A HIGH SPEED CONNECTION.

If you have any difficulties with the various application options please let us know @ petrescue@hurontel.on.ca

About Adopt-a-Pet/ Petrescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Saving Discarded Pets Since1998
as well as puppy mill discards, dogs from high kill shelters, and owner surrenders as space allows.
Please note we are located in Grey-Bruce County,
in the area of Lucknow, Ontario
which is south east of Kincardine ,Ontario but have our dogs placed in foster homes
from London area & north to Kitchener area- Cambridge- Woodstock and Guelph areas .

We are a group of committed volunteers led by the tireless efforts of Kathi. Together we transport, foster, contribute, volunteer, donate, support, encourage and generally all around enjoy the fruits of Kathi's labours.

Adopt-a-Pet Pet Rescue is a non profit, private rescue without an office, a shelter building, or paid staff. We are not subsidized or funded by anyone. People often mistake us as being affiliated with the SPCA and other groups. However, we raise all funds ourselves to pay for the care of the animals.

We pick up unclaimed, homeless and discarded animals from pounds and shelters. Some pounds allow the animal extra time to find a home, but if they are unsuccessful, then they call us to take the animal so it is not euthanized. When we have available space we take in owner surrenders and pick up puppy mill dogs who have either outworn their usefulness or who have passed their puppy-cuteness-easy-to-sell date. We We cover hundreds of kilometers from Kincardine to London to Cambridge to Southampton, Ontario Canada. We also try to save the lives of animals who aren't within our area whenever we can - we don't close doors based on geography.

Pre-adoption, we provide above average veterinary care. We spay or neuter, micro-chip, vaccinate, deworm and treat for parasites. If the animal is too young to be fixed at time of adoption we offer a spay or neuter rebate. We provide all necessary emergency care and initial grooming. We buy their food, dog collars and any other necessities.

Each of us have jobs, families and the typical resonsibilities of busy lives. We give of our time, energy and enthusiasm to rescue animals for the same reason Kathi does - anything less is unacceptable to us. When you call or email Adopt-a-Pet Pet Rescue, please be patient with us - we are juggling alot ... and we're glad to do it for the animals.

We are always in need of and welcome help with accepting new fosters- assistance with/ at pet events- great for students needing volunteer hours, putting out fliers, assistance with pet supervision at pet events, Assistance with rescue booth set-up- take down etc...

Come Meet Our Pets...

All of our current pets can be also accessed thru our website - www.adoptapet.lucknow.on.ca - via out main page.
All of out pets are located in various foster homes from Kincardine & north to London & areas north- to Cambridge- Guelph- Kitchener... and as such we are unable to arrange multiple viewings.
Only the approved application will be permitted a viewing with a fully filled out application.

We do have planned pet events thru the coming where where some of our adoptable pets will be attending !!

Our Adoption Process...

We are most easy to contact via email but will gladly accept calls after 6pm- at 519-528-3054. We are all volunteers with families and paying jobs so we appreciate your patience in getting back to you within 48 hrs

Adoption fees; vary but are generally between $350 - $550 .. depending on the care needed. Some pets care is over $2000 and their adoption fee is still within the above.

Full information on our adoption process and additional information can be viewed at -http://www.adoptapet.lucknow.on.ca/policy--process.html

Adoption process
Policy: The steps for adoption include:
1. A fully completed Adopt-a-Pet application emailed to us
2. Feedback given, clarification requested and/or requirements advised or alternate better suited pet is suggested as needed
3. Completion of Step 2 requirements
4. Confirmation of approval provided
5. A viewing of the pet in the foster home by ALL* family members and existing dogs must attend *
6. Sober second thought – for the applicant and the Rescue to review and confirm intentions of approval or decline.
7. If approved A home visit will be completed to confirm the safety of the home.
8. Feedback given and/or requirements advised
9. Completion of Step 8 requirements
10. Adoption day in the foster home