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Rusty

Australian Cattle Dog

Male, 2 yrs 10 mos
Carlsbad Springs, ON
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Temperament - Rusty is an athletic and intelligent boy. - He enjoys opportunities to hang out with his people, go for long leashed walks. - Rusty came to us straight from 16 months tied outside, because of this, he is still learning manners. He needs reinforcement of his good behaviours. - Due to his limited time indoors, he could be curious initially in his new home. - He loves to snuggle on the couch and have your attention. - Bonds strongly with his people and rewards their efforts with love, loyalty and trust. - Rusty walks nicely on leash, takes good verbal cues, and greets people politely, but can get over excited. But in time and with consistency, this will be easy to manage. - Rusty may exhibit some reactivity to other dogs while behind a fence, but rarely reacts on leash, especially if he’s content, and busy. - Rusty has trouble socializing with other dogs, so interacting with other dogs is difficult, partially because of his herding instincts and his lack of socialization at a young age. Owner Suitability - Rusty’s energy level is moderate to high and would benefit from a family that can consistently commit to an exercise and ongoing training regiment. Rusty needs boundaries set immediately in his new home, and ample outlets for his energy and smarts. He would benefit greatly from classes in any canine sport which will also strengthen the bond with his person. - Rusty does exhibit prey drive; squirrels and birds and smaller animals would likely attract his attention. He needs to live in a home without cats, other small animals or young children. - He would be a good fit for a home with one or more adults. He could possibly do well in a home with dog-savvy kids around 12 years or older. - Rusty’s new family would need to recognize the things that stimulate him, resulting in his drive escalating, and understand when it’s time to remove him from the situation. Consistent reinforcement of his good behaviour will be important. - Rusty spent more than 1 yr of his life tied up. This CANNOT happen in his new home, as he could regress and become unmanageable in the house. - A fenced yard is a must. Given his natural curiosity and drive, he’ll need a secure space to be off-leash at home to continue to thrive. - Rusty is not a dog-park dog and is not well-suited to large social gatherings off leash. He is a very sweet and bright boy that would excel in a quiet, routine environment where he can be leash walked daily, with an opportunity to run without other dogs, and to explore, learn and play interactive games.
We'll also keep you updated on Hannah - Courtesy Listing's adoption status with email updates.
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Hannah - Courtesy Listing

German Shepherd Dog

Female, Young
Carlsbad Springs, ON
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Not good with kids, Not good with dogs, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
The very short version: - GSD - 2.5 years old - Female - Spayed - Other dogs: no. - Kids: no. - Teens: Dog-smart teens okay. - Cats: no experience, but caution advised. Management issues: - food and resource guarding, severe. - Reactivity, situational. Ideal situation: - a trainer, vet, vet tech, experienced foster or rescue person, or other person with wide experience of dogs and dog training. *************************************************** Background: Hannah is a two and a half year old German Shepherd Dog who has had a difficult start in life. She came to us from a home with two unfixed male GSDs, after police got involved in a domestic abuse situation. The owner later disclosed that this was her fourth home. She had a litter in late January and was allowed to become pregnant again on her first heat. She came to us in June and gave birth to her second litter while in foster this summer. She has been relinquished to No Surrender and we have full authority to make decisions for and about her. Her first placement failed due to the adopter ignoring the management information. She came back after one minor incident and is now stable with her previous foster. Adopter will need to commit to force-free and fear-free training. Good stuff: Her hips have been checked and pronounced excellent. She is strong and agile and would do well in dog sports. She is very quick on the uptake in training. She is a "people dog" and is very good and deeply sweet and affectionate with people she knows. She is good with dogs she knows for a playdate, or playing in a field or in a dog park, but can have trouble with strange dogs on-leash, in an indoor enclosed space, or sharing toys. She loves water, loves tug and playing with a ball. She can be left alone for several hours at a time. She is a very good passenger in a car or truck and loves going for very long drives. Her reactivity diminishes rapidly outside an urban environment. She is much happier and calmer in suburban or rural settings. She is OK with larger animals like horses, but has too much play/prey drive to stay calm with smaller livestock. Management: Hannah has no bite history. Although she requires management around food, she gives ample warning of her concerns. Hannah is a country dog who hates the city. She needs a quiet suburban or rural environment to thrive. Many though not all of her problem behaviours only express in the city. The primary issue is severe food guarding with both dogs and people, although she does not guard from her foster, who has won her trust. She often eats near him as she feels he will keep her food safe. This is exacerbated by a tendency to hoard food and chewies when not immediately hungry. This is not affected by whether she's in a loud urban area or a calm rural environment. We are currently, slowly, getting her on a schedule of training her to eat and enjoy chewies only in her crate. We expect this to be a lifetime requirement for her safety and the safety of others. This is the primary reason for not placing her with children, who she does love and is very good with when food is not involved. She shows toy-guarding with other dogs, but not people, and has on-leash reactivity to dogs and people she does not know. This is somewhat better in a calmer environment, but she should not live with other dogs unless the adopter is extremely experienced and willing to manage the food issues lifelong. She had almost never been on leash when we got her and did not walk well on leash, but is learning rapidly. She is inclined to pull but is doing well with the Halti. Health: She had a litter in late January of 2023 and was pregnant with a second litter when we got her; delivered mid-July 2023. She was sufficiently underweight on arrival in foster that an x-ray was required to confirm the pregnancy 3 weeks prior to delivery. Despite an immediate shift to puppy food and puppy formula as a supplement, of 5-6 fetuses observed on x-ray she delivered only 4 and only 2 survived. She was spayed in late November of 2023. She had an occasional limp when we got her. The vet has examined her hips and pronounced them very good, and suggests that the trouble was due to poor nutrition and irregular activity levels. It has not come back since the pups weaned. After she weaned we found she was not only underweight but was B-12 deficient and has some food allergies. She's since had two B-12 shots and is now on an appropriate diet and at a good weight. Her B-12 should be monitored going forward. Steps we're taking: We have her wearing a Halti and are working on leash manners. We have not tried any counter-conditioning for reactivity. We are concentrating on teaching her that her crate will keep her food safe for her. Addressing her health and nutritional issues means she now largely eats her food immediately instead of hoarding it, which reduces opportunities the guarding behaviour noticeably. She continues to hide and then guard chewies, so she does not currently get them. When we can close the door of the crate with her in it without her reacting, we will give her chewies there. We are arranging a formal training consultation, and are willing to do more to invest in her future as needed. We are absolutely committed to her success, while and after we have her. She is extremely bonded with her foster, and would need to get to know her new family in his presence. This is a courtesy listing. If you are interested in giving Hannah a forever home, please contact info@nosurrenderottawa.ca
We'll also keep you updated on Indy's adoption status with email updates.
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Indy

Labrador Retriever German Shepherd Dog

Male, 4 yrs 7 mos
Carlsbad Springs, ON
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Health Issues - Indy can exhibit anxiety for which he currently takes a low dose/low cost anxiety medication. Temperament - Indy is an excitable boy with lots of energy. He is very smart, learns easily. - He will be extremely loving and loyal to his family and close friends. - Indy is friendly with most dogs and in a controlled one on one environment, has made many buddies. However, on occasion, he will take a dislike to certain dogs. - If he’s on leash, best to remove him from the situation, to avoid pulling and lunging. A harness would be better for walks. - Indy has had success at larger off leash parks along side his people, but smaller parks are not recommended. - Indy gets nervous in new environments and around new people. He displays being nervous by barking and some lunging, which can be intimidating to some. With patience and treats, he can come around and earn trust. On occasion, there are certain people he may not ever like, but the same can be said about other dogs. - Indy is muzzled trained, which is required at the vet and in some new situations. - He loves playing in the snow, fetch and running at full speed! - Indy can easily get distracted so leaving a longer lead attached to him while he’s exploring would be best in order to be able to get him easily. - A Kong with frozen wet food is a good calming distraction for Indy and a great way to spend some down time. He will happily go to his bed to enjoy this. - Indy is crate trained and can easily learn that a particular area of the house is his and another is off limits. He is fine being left uncrated as well, and will not push down gates. - Indy has had obedience training as well as other training. He knows -Wait (Encouraged to sit and “wait” before leaving or entering house), leave it (also used when walking by squirrels, rabbits, other animals, humans), sit, shake a paw, down, go to your bed. Owner Suitability - Indy will do best in a home with less people coming and going. - Indy requires a home with dog savvy people, who understand his insecurities and will have patience in new situations. -Indy will succeed with proper and consistent training, which will contribute to his building confidence. -He has lived with kids, and did very well with them, but new ones coming in and out of the house could make him uncomfortable, therefore a home without kids under 16 is a must. - A home with no other animals will be best suited for Indy. - Indy would be happy with an active owner, he loves to run, and in the right weather, up to 5km would be fine while he’s young and fit. He is familiar with agility and loves playing fetch with a ball or Frisbee. - He would benefit from a fenced in yard, especially since he likes to be free and is most comfortable in familiar places. - His new owner must understand that the vet visit will require a muzzle and possible sedation.
We'll also keep you updated on Harley - Courtesy Listing's adoption status with email updates.
Bonded Pair
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Harley - Courtesy Listing

Bullmastiff American Staffordshire Terrier

Female, Adult
Carlsbad Springs, ON
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Harley is a 5 year old black female half Mastiff and half American Staffordshire Terrier born in October 2018. She’ll jump on you and kiss you to death. Most affectionate dog ever. She’s fixed. And very happy. Very good with kids as well. She’s very playful and energetic. Bonded with: Spooky is a brown and white 1.5 year old (born Dec 2022) male American Bulldog. He was named Spooky, because part of the white on him resembles a ghost. He has a lot of energy and is always wanting to play. He is a very happy a dog and will put his paws on you to get himself petted. He’s not fixed. Just an all around amazing dog. Amazing with kids, who’s also super playful and has lots of energy. The preference is for them to continue to share their lives together. If necessary, however, they can go to separate homes. Regardless, they need a place with land and a family with an active lifestyle. Unsure about them being reactive to other dogs as they have been in solitude for awhile. In the past, both dogs got along with the house cat, but haven’t been around a cat for awhile. This is a courtesy listing. If you are interested in providing a forever home for one, or both of the dogs, please contact Andrew directly at bugnetandrew@gmail.com
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Bonded Pair
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Spooky - Courtesy Listing

American Bulldog

Male, Young
Carlsbad Springs, ON
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, House-trained, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Spooky is a brown and white 1.5 year old (born Dec 2022) male American Bulldog. He was named Spooky, because part of the white on him resembles a ghost. He has a lot of energy and is always wanting to play. He is a very happy a dog and will put his paws on you to get himself petted. He’s not fixed. Just an all around amazing dog. Amazing with kids, who’s also super playful and has lots of energy. Bonded with: Harley is a 5 year old black female half Mastiff and half American Staffordshire Terrier born in October 2018. She’ll jump on you and kiss you to death. Most affectionate dog ever. She’s fixed. And very happy. Very good with kids as well. She’s very playful and energetic. The preference is for them to continue to share their lives together. If necessary, however, they can go to separate homes. Regardless, they need a place with land and a family with an active lifestyle. Unsure about them being reactive to other dogs as they have been in solitude for awhile. In the past, both dogs got along with the house cat, but haven’t been around a cat for awhile. This is a courtesy listing. If you are interested in providing a forever home for one, or both of the dogs, please contact Andrew directly at bugnetandrew@gmail.com
We'll also keep you updated on Marty (+ his bestie Archie)'s adoption status with email updates.
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Marty (+ his bestie Archie)

Great Pyrenees

Male, Adult
Ottawa, ON
Size
(when grown) X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
Details
Good with cats, Needs special attention, Needs experienced adopter, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
We want to find the right home for a bonded pair dog and cat & dog: Marty and Archie. Marty is a very large dog, estimated age 5-7 years old. We was a rescue and we need to find someone that will continue to work with him. His history is unknown, but he had been abused and was very reactive when he first arrived with us. Initially he was very reactive with people and dogs, but has since grown to realize that people are generally kind and provide affection. He has a very loud bark to announce visitors, but calms down to meet to meet them nicely and will sit beside them looking for pats and chest scratches. He is still occasionally reactive with other dogs, but responds well to firm commands. He is on anti-anxiety meds. He has a prey drive, but that has also diminished significantly with training and is very manageable. He likes leisurely walks and is a good loose leash walker. He loves belly rubs, playing tug with his rope toy, and favourite pastime is playing with his cat, Archie.

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6157 Russell Road, Carlsbad Springs, ON K0A 1K0

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Ottawa, ON K1J 8N9

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Ottawa, ON K0A 1M0

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Rocky Road Rescue

Ottawa, ON K1G 1C0

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2229 Braeside Ave, Ottawa, ON K1H 7J6

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Ottawa, ON K1H 6S6

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