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
WHY IS THIS DOG IN NEED??- This girl was first noted as running at large. It took 4 wks to finally contain her. She sadly had no identification on her, nor anyone looking for her -after her hold time was up. She is emaciated placed into foster care within rescue to gain weight before her dental needs and full vetting is completed. She has dental issues that are being assess beginning of Feb.. and then will be spayed beginning of March once her weight is up. Her adoption fee TBA once assessment and quotes of her care are confirmed after appts.
WHERE IS THIS DOG NOW ?- she is fostered in the Cambridge area in a quiet rural home with 5 other dogs of various ages, sizes, a bling dog, and 4 cats. Also 2 teens and adults.
She is now fully vetted.
**ALL ABOUT STELLA **
Requirements for Stella:- If you can't provide the below... you do not fit stella. Please do not apply or inquire for allowences ! These are none negotiable in the best interest of Stella.
-fully secured fenced yard- min 5-6 ft fence
-breed exp/ ex large breed exp home.
-Exp with timid/ uncertain/ skittish dogs
-Commitment to attending training for bonding and building confidence
-a "QUIET" adult/ teens home only
- She is very fearful of men- does best with women. .. so home must have a female living within the home .
-a "QUIET" community/ environment.
-NO smaller/ young children within the home
-NO visiting younger children due to her uncertainty.
- A stable existing dog buddy in the home .
Stella is more of a Companion dog. She is not for playing with/ roughhousing or play handling even that many would do with a dog. This is not what she is comfortable with. She is a dog that prefers to hang out with her person.
Stella is an extremely exceptional soft soft girl for her temperament. She has sadly learned to be leary/ avoid people by their approach, body language , actions , hands approaching , loud voices and gives distance. In the time she currently has been in foster care… she has bonded extremely well with her foster mom as she has did /does a lot of hands on with her since her arrival. Stella still avoids/ gives space to the men in the home . She is much more comfortable to tentatively approach strange women in general for a sniff than men. She avoids men in all situations but is getting better with men within the foster home with time over the last months- to now atleast not panic to immediately avoid.. but is leary and is on the ready to move quickly away if approached to suddenly
She easily becomes uncertain, tail tucked and will avoid at all costs when approached by someone she is not comfortable with or knows…and sometimes panics to avoid.
With people she knows, but not full comfortable with.. if these people are sitting she is easier to approach and be beside them.. but if they are up- walking she will give distance of 4-5+ft. When she first arrived she was on a leash- tethered to her foster mom for giving direction / no talking- to just allow her to build trust in following. This works well for all dogs that are timid, uncertain. it will will take her a min of 3-6 months to start to feel more comfortable members within the home and this is with a slow process of taking time and not rushing her.
People/ Strangers & Kids-
Stella has met an adult neighbor ok, and would tentatively approach for a sniff but did accept treats and then back quickly off. Any attmepts to reach to pet her- she immediately gives space. She has met a teen girlfriend that was, quiet and she did well for a sniff and a quick pat.
Interaction with Packmates- dogs/ cats:
Stella is incredible with the dogs/ cats here!!! She is non-confrontational on any level . When she first arrived had no interest in the dogs here- Happy to interact with some sniffs but her focus when her foster mom was. She now has learned the joy of play… and LOVES and SEAKS out “Stevie” the blind aussie “ to play with. She shows joy in running around the yard chasing others that will also try to play at times although more uncertain of her d/t her size and rough-housing with Stevie. She is exceptional with him- in his play style, jumping on her, mouthing, grabbing her neck etc. She in turn will paw at him and jump around.. so her size is a consideration for any playmates.!!! So there are no injuries. Her play is not rough, rude or dominant and she will often just use her size to move against him or swing her bum around…lol .
Stella is a soft energy… and does best with dogs that are stable, respectful and not dominant to pick on her.
Stella is a lower energy. She does well on walks, and now enjoys some playtime/ wandering/ investigating in the yard.. but when coming inside… she is very laid-back/ calm to follow me around or will lay down. As she gets more and more comfortable.. and trusts her environment.. she is showing a very goofy side to herself when out with the dogs.
Stella is very good for the house rules. She does not bother with anything in the house. She has no access to garbage. She is fully house trained. She is food motivated and with her height she can easily check out things on the table or counter… if things are being made… but is excellent on a quick verbal of “AHH/ Hey” or “Out” with redirection. Things are removed to ensure she has no access to items of temptation when no one is around.
Also.. –STELLA DOES NOT BARK!!!! She watches and observes but does not bark even when the others do, does not bark when someone comes in or knocks at door. The most that she has done was whine/ howl the first night when here and was upset that her foster mom was not with her- which is a sign of separation anxiety . Her foster mom has been very strict in her transitioning and access to people when she first arrived…. Ensuring that even when people are home that stella would have time on her own with the other dogs/ away from people… to ensure that separation anxiety didn’t continue. Dogs that are very soft, nervous and clingy can very easily develop separation issues!! .. which is even harder to correct.
Stella is crate trained. She was trained for this when she first arrived for her safety when first arriving – in not knowing how she was with dogs/ cats and if she would be house trained. She did have a few accidents when she first arrived- in part to poor timing for potty and not knowing her signals or her being on the routine yet. Within a week she was tested for short periods out of the crate when no one was home- and she was great… and was just found relaxing on the couch. She is not crated in general now- but occasionally will be- so she knows it can be for anytime and so she is not stressed if at the groomers/ vets over night etc. She is quiet in her crate and clean.
She also knows she gets her meals in her crate and will immediately go in and wait. She will also often go in and lay in it with the crate door open…
Stella was emaciated when she came into rescue and still needs to gain close to a ¼ of her expected weight. She is very food motivated.. but has slowed in her eating at mealtimes so she is not inhaling in/ although does eat faster than other dogs that have not had to go without. She had no clue on treats.. but now loves these also. She has a very gentle soft mouth on all levels. she is very smart.. and knows to go sit on her dog bed to wait for her bowl of food. One has to feed her fast though as when she knows its coming... she will start to drool like crazy!!
Stella has access to many toys… but to date has shown no interest in these.
Stella now likes time with her buddy- Stevie to play, Loves to quietly lay/ cuddle on the bed with me- I am her primary caregiver and do all the hands on with her, so she is most comfortable with me.. She is getting more comfortable with hands on for a chest rub/ chin rub…She is an easy keeper and just wants to be with her person.
Stella has a number if things that give her anxiety/ uncertainty such as :
-loud voices/ noises
-strangers/ people she does not know and that try to approach.- she will panic
-sudden movements not anticipated by people she does not know or is not comfortable with.
Leash respect & training/ Commands-
Stella is learning leash respect and overall is a pretty good walker. I have went for walks with all six dogs and she walks nicely beside me and the others.
She is very soft in personality and so any loud tones, dominant approach makes her very uncertain. Only “SOFT- POSITIVE TRAINING/ REDIRECTOIN IS PERMITTED FOR HER “
One must check their own energy when approaching –giving a command- to ensure she will not be made nervous/ uncertain.
She takes verbal direction very well with a quick “ahh/ hey”, No. She is learning “ out”, Off”, come as well.
The main focus right now is more- for bonding/ building trust with simple training aspects in positive methods for boundaries etc.
She would greatly benefit from accessing training classes for more bonding/ and building confidence in new/ different environments.
Stella has the enjoyment of a fully fenced/ secure acre of land. When she first arrived she was restricted to being on a long lead hand held… and heavy duty laundry-line type tie out with security until she bonded security to be given a bit more freedom with a dragging lead. **She will require a fully secured fenced yard!!! And no matter the size…will need to have a lead on her at all times until bonded for her security and promote success and not have to chase her around the yard to get her inside.!! **
She is now leash free in our secure yard.. and is excellent. She does not bother with the fencing on any level. She does not bother with the neighbours dogs at all when they are out and barking at fence.
Stella has a very short short coat. She does not mind having a brush applied to her when she was being assessed. She does not mind having her feet touched in general, although is not sure if what I am doing when I am fiddling with her toes/ pads. She will be easy for grooming in geneal.
Stella is an excellent traveler now. She- when she first came was extremely uncertain of going into the truck/ car… likely from past exp, worries of here she is going, if she will be left ? But once she has had access a few times to get into the car/ truck… she then goes in fine on her own. She is a quiet back-seat driver, just watching and then laying down. She does not get car-sick.
Recent New experiences-
We’ve made a few trips to the vet to visit, get a weight. She is very stressed when there… with severe body tremors, tail tucked so far under her that one would think she had no tail. We wait about ½ hr- 40 min until her symptoms stop, her tail is relaxed, she gets lots of treats and then we leave.
She has had a visit to a family’s home that is very quiet- where she met the resident cats and families small dogs . She was very uncertain, trying to hide, and was glued to foster mom’s side.. .but eventually relaxed and snoozed on the dog bed, took lots of treats . She also met 2 small dogs and was excellent with them… and even looked like her feelings were hurt when she tried to smell the small chi which made him uncertain and he told her off in no uncertain terms…. So that she quickly backed off and looked so hurt.. . She took no offense.
Any fears/ things to work on-
Stella greatly lacks trust and confidence . Stella needs slow, gentle, patient, quiet exposure to new places, strangers ,people in her home… as these are her biggest struggles.
Current Routine –
Her foster home has a routine of shift work…. So there is an overlap of times alone and times when people are home.
Dogs usually have bfst for 7-8am- then potty, time outside for training etc, time inside,
The best type of home would be -
Stella is a Companion dog. She is not for playing with/ roughhousing or play handling even.
Stella must have a fully secured –fenced yard- min 5-6ft fence. She has broken her laundry-line lead a number of times- so must have a secured yard in addition for her safety.
Stella must have a breed exp/ ex-large breed exp home.
It must be an adult only home that is very low key and quiet. Teens may be considered if the home, environment is quiet, low key with minimal visitors and if there is… its not loud- busy.
The community must be quiet.. to allow for stella to get comfortable and build confidence with outside exposure. She has been for walks in a conservation area with the pack that is quiet and did ok in part as she was with her foster mom and with the dogs.
She must have an owner that is exp with exceptionally shy, skittish dogs… due to her tendencies to get very uncertain, bolt, avoid and can panic at moments to ensure they know how to manage this… in being calm, giving redirection and being patient in giving her time to calm.
NO children in the home, NO visiting children due to her uncertainty.
She loves her person- but has learned to love the interaction and companionship of the pack here… so her having a medium- large house mate would be great..
Any existing dog in the home must be stable, Have NO dominance behaviours on any level… as Stella is very soft and does not need to be bullied on top of dealing with the many changes to adjust to a new home.
Stella is over all a very easy keeper. She asks for little… just to be with her person, time for potty, and hanging out….
If you/ your family can provide the above for her and meet her requirements.. we welcome your application.
We welcome your application for consideration .
*** 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.
Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescue pet.!!
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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
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