My name is Bonzo!

Maltese Dog for adoption in Spartanburg, South Carolina - Bonzo
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Carolina Poodle Rescue

Facts about Bonzo

  • Breed: Maltese
  • Color: White
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 11120791-17-0100

Thank you for your interest in dog who needs a new home.  Adoption can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in your life and especially in the life of your new canine companion.

A note to those looking at CPR.  We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone.  Our job is to find those someone's.  Our most successful adopters come to CPR not because they want a dog.  They come to us because they want to give a dog a home.  We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture.  While we like to know what you like in looks, a dog is more than a pretty face.  Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home.  We want to create furever families. 

Our descriptions contain all that we know about this dog today.  We'll update as more information is known. 

Are you looking to adopt within the next 30 days?  If so please visit our webpage at and complete the application.  You'll find it in the menu on the left hand side.  You'll also find a total listing of all our dogs available. 

Just browsing but interested in poodles and poodle mixes?  Please drop a note to with your name, address and phone # and email.  We'll add you to our mailing list.

the CPR Adoption team


Sweetly sassy and he needs experience.

Date into Rescue:    02/27/2017


Reason for being in rescue:  Owner release - can't take care of
Foster location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Special Needs?   Bonzo is looking for a quiet and experienced home with adults only who understand dog behavior and know how to manage a little bit of attitude.  Bonzo is lightly heartworm positive.  On adoption he will be sent home with 12 months of Triheart heartworm preventative.  This is called the slow kill method of heartworm treatment.  Please discuss with your veterinarian options for heartworm treatment before considering adoption of Bonzo.  
Weight: 9.5 lbs
Height:  9" at the shoulder

Adoption Fee: $229

Fence needed?  Vastly preferred - he's good on a leash but enjoys yard privileges and barking at the horses.  Inside he's a pretty quiet dog although he barks at strangers and once their back is turned, he will charge towards them.

What kind of home would be best for me?  Bonzo thrives on routine and structure.  He does not like it when dinner or you are late.  Things should run on time and as expected!  His best behavior is when he's had that routine life and someone who knows his quirks.  

What is my personality like?   Quirky and different yet he can be totally affectionate and a real snuggler when he trusts you.  Bonzo has a whole code of conduct that you need to learn to be able to work with him.  He can be affectionate but he also will growl at you if he wants space. He does not seem to know how to accept love.  Right now, one of his caregivers finds if she picks him up with a towel, he does much better.  He is well crate trained and will go into his crate most of the time with the cue "Bedtime for Bonzo."  If he's giving you a bit of a hard time about that, we throw a treat in first. He loves to be sung to and verbally praised and he loves treats.  

Bonzo is an absolutely gorgeous little dog and he likes being groomed and made pretty.  With some loving discipline and structure, the inside will improve.  We've seen a lot of improvement over the last few months but I do not believe he's ever going to be trustworthy around strangers when inside his own home or ever with children.  

How I act when I first meet new people:   He'll head towards you in a "I'm going to get you before you get me/what are you doing in my space" when he's at home and he means it.  He's bitten (teeth marks, very slight puncture) two strangers both who were coming into his space. When verbally called off he stopped immediately.  

In our adoption center, where he only occasionally visits, he did not do that although once he got comfortable on the couch, he did growl at a caregiver who was testing whether we could pick him up.  His primary caregiver used a towel to move him on that occasion.   He would be an excellent watch dog - no one will get in.   

House trained?  Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained.  A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours.  We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.

My age:  We were told 6 years old and that sounds about right based on his behavior

Please note - we do not ship dogs.  If you are interested in adopting, please take a look at the distance between the foster home location and your location and make sure you are willing to make that trip.  Most of our dogs are at our farm in Pacolet, South Carolina.  

To apply, please visit our webpage at and visit the tab on the left that directions you to the online application.

Please note that when screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home.   You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, color, age, etc.  Others here may be a better fit for you.  It is very difficult to get to know a living animal from a picture and a short description.  Since we are constantly getting in new dogs, this may be a  dog not in our listings yet.  We want you to be very happy with your new companion and will make suggestions based on what you tell us about you.

Thank you for considering CPR.

About Carolina Poodle Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Carolina Poodle Rescue is a no-kill/limited entry private rescue group; we believe and support the No More Homeless Pets and spay/neuter initiatives. We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. Our ein is: 20-3192287

All animals adopted from Carolina Poodle are spayed or neutered before being placed. We provide sanctuary and rehabilitation and, when the right home comes along, rehome poodles and other needy small dogs. We maintain a waiting list of homes and most of our animals are placed from this list.

Our efforts are funded solely through adoption fees and donations.

Our Mission

To rescue, rehabilitate, offer permanent sanctuary and, when appropriate, rehome needy poodles and small dogs.

To encourage the human-animal bond by promoting activities that serve to bring animals and their people closer together

To support the efforts of those in the animal rescue community seeking to end euthanasia as a means of population control.

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