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the CPR Adoption team
Date into Rescue: 05/09/2015
Reason for being in rescue: breeder passed away - family could not care for the dogs. The dogs lived in a barn with little or no human interaction so their socialization was lacking. Alfie was one of the youngest.
Foster location: Dreamweaver Farms Pacolet SC
Special Needs? Alfie is extremely shy. He's come a long way since he came to us two years ago but I do not think he will ever be the happy, gregarious dog that we all are used to seeing in standard poodles. However, he will make a good companion to the patient and experienced standard owner.
Weight: 50 lbs
Height: est 22" at the shoulder
Adoption Fee: $429
Fence needed? Absolutely must. Alfie needs the security of a fence out his door - he enjoys laying around in the sun (under supervision of course).
What kind of home would be best for me? Alfie's forever home will be one that has at least one experienced dog person who is at home most of the time and who has a willingness to dedicate him/herself to Alfie's progress. He also needs another dog to help him learn and give him canine companionship. A female with a laid back, mothering personality would be preferred. He has never been without canine friends and we don't think he'll do well without some now. For many years, other dogs were his only friends. He would not do well with children, so an adult home only please.
A note on cats - we are unsure how Alfie would be with cats in the home. We cannot currently take him out of his comfort zone and test him around cats. We did attempt to try him around cats on two separate occasions and it was just too much for him (he was really scared). We will continue to work on his socialization and try him with cats again in the future.
Alfie lived a very cloistered life his first few years - living in a barn with other dogs, being used for breeding. He's come a long way in two years in foster care but he has further to go - life is about learning and Alfie has much to learn. He needs to have new experiences whether on walks or in pet stores or other public places. Obedience classes would probably be a good vehicle to get him less afraid. He cannot be let off leash even in a dog park because it would be difficult to capture him. We recommend a GPS tracker for Alife.
The biggest attribute his foster mom will be looking for is a passion for dogs and an unfathomable belief that a dog can change, grow and become a happy member of a pack. Whoever ends up with Alfie will be very fortunate.
What is my personality like? Alfie is very frightened of humans and noises. He lived with an experienced and compassionate foster mom since November 2015. She has seen him come out in many ways, but he continues to be very shy. When he is not in the backyard, he hangs out in his bed in the den. He lies by his foster mom and frequently asks for affection. He is very, very sweet. He sleeps in a crate in the master bedroom and is very accepting of body rubs and comes to the bedside in the morning for affection and asks for more with his paws when she stops rubbing on him. He does not get along with a dominant and aggressive dog that lives in the house - but it is the other dog that is the problem, not Alfie. He eats well and barks when he hears his meals being made. His foster mom loves him, and is very reluctant to say goodbye, but believes he needs to be in a home with an experienced owner who can focus a significant amount of time with him so that he can continue his growth in the human world. Anyone would be lucky to have him as long as they give him some time.
Alfie moved to the farm in August of 2017 to start the hunt for his forever home. He is living with our directors and has done well. He regressed a little - he's still not asking for affection and cringes from touch but after a week, he has become more and more curious about these new people in his life. We think his next transition will take about 30 days and he will then continue his slow, steady improvement in his social skills.
How I act when I first meet new people : Very frightened, takes time to warm up
House trained? Right now, I keep a belly band on him, but I think he is getting better. Hard to say, because I don't admonish him much. 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: est birthdate 5/20/2011
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 www.carolinapoodlerescue.org 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.
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