FRITTER

FRITTER 

| M | 3 Y | Chihuahua mix | 9 lbs | Medium energy | Big personality | Shouldn’t be spoiled | Needs to work on intros | Dislikes bikes | Ok exposure with kids | Not cat tested

Meet FRITTER! Like we say with most of our Chihuahuas, he’s a cute little dude with TONS of personality packed into that little body. FRITTER is very affectionate with his people and comfortable in his own home but will need to work on introductions and building that confidence outside of the home. He’s very happy to meet new humans in his own home or even if you visit friends, but is more hesitant to meet strangers on the street. He’s been super friendly with children who have come to visit him as well and happily interacted with them. He’s not bothered by noises in the home (like foot traffic above) so could likely live in a condo. He does bark at things when he can see them, especially if he finds them interesting like squirrels and birds, so if you have a window he can stare out of he will appoint himself as neighbourhood watch. Get off my lawn, rabbit! FRITTER is medium energy and enjoys a couple short walks per day along with some playtime in the home to deal with his short bursts of energy. He can be a little clingy with his people so encouraging him to enjoy more alone time is important. He is working on basic commands and would do best in a home that will provide some structure to keep that big personality in check – this includes regular in home training, crating and boundaries like not having a free for all on your furniture. His dislikes when outdoors include other dogs, loud noises and bikes. Especially bikes. He needs to work on his socialization with other dogs and would benefit from training classes. He currently barks at them from a distance and hasn’t interacted with many up close. He also hasn’t been tested with cats. If you’d like to meet FRITTER fill out an application to adopt now!

JOHNNY

JOHNNY 

| M | 2 Y | Dachshund mix | 15 lbs | Medium energy | Likes quieter areas | Goofball | Playful | Friendly but can be shy | Great with dogs | Good with cats | Has met a few kids

This cute little monkey is named JOHNNY! He’s a bit shy at first but once he opens up to you he is a total goofball. He loves rolling around on his back and gets bursts of energy where he wants to play with his toys, another dog pal or the cat. Ya, you read that right, JOHNNY is cat social. He occasionally pretends like he’s going to chase the cat but has little to no follow through and is really good about leaving the cat alone when he wants space. He would do really well as a second dog, especially with a more confident dog who can help him come out of his shell even more. JOHNNY is a bit shy but has made great strides so far. He doesn’t love busy areas of the city because cars, big garbage cans, carts, strangers on the street, loud noises and fast movements are all very unnecessary when you’re just out for a leisurely stroll. He usually recovers from the initial scare pretty quickly so with continued exposure he should continue to improve – just make sure he is fully secure on leash so he’s safe. When he’s calm he walks very well on leash but when he’s scared he tends to pull. He does enjoy running around in the backyard as it’s a safe space where he can just let loose but would otherwise be ok in an apartment. He can be shy when meeting new people and doesn’t like being handled too much until he gets to know you. He’s been working on his basic commands but still tends to run away if you call him… which is… interesting. He either just doesn’t want to be picked up or he’s being cheeky. Both strong possibilities. He’s met a couple kids on walks and has been ok but maybe wouldn’t enjoy living with super young kids as he’s pretty chill and doesn’t like sudden noises. If you’d like to meet JOHNNY fill out an application to adopt now!

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ALIX

F | 3-4 Y | Collie mix | 45 lbs | Medium energy | Shy and gentle | Very chill |  Weary of high traffic areas | Knows the basics | Apprehensive of dogs | Not cat or kid tested

She is the definition of chill and affectionately known at the nap queen at her foster home – meet ALIX! She has a very relaxed demeanour and is a gentle soul. Okay, other then when her wagging tail ferociously attacks you! She’s still breaking out of her shell a bit so her personality will continue to evolve but she’s definitely not an overly energetic or pushy dog. She’s doing well with condo living so far but is still uncomfortable in busy areas of the city, mostly on main streets. She does better on side streets. ALIX was given the opportunity to escape the city for a couple days and see what all the hype is about Muskoka and she was sold. She really started breaking out of her shell in the cottage country air so if you have a sweet cottage please apply for her. She’s not overly demanding of her human’s attention and is happy to just be in your presence. She is crate trained but doesn’t love going in there and will whine for a few minutes. She is VERY people friendly so prefers to have a companion for some of the day if possible. She’s very social and soon all your friends will be calling you but asking to talk to ALIX. She enjoys walks but any social time makes her a happy pup! She is apprehensive of other dogs currently and needs time to warm up. She does not like being approached quickly even if it’s in a playful way, however doesn’t react aggressively, just very awkwardly. She’s better with smaller dogs and has even tried to initiate some play with a good old game of hard to get. Run up, run away, repeat. She hasn’t been tested with cats or kids. If you’d like to meet ALIX fill out an application to adopt!

LEXIE

LEXIE 

F | 4 Y | Chihuahua mix | 14 lbs | Medium energy | Independent | Loves walks | Also loves naps | Working on basics | Good exposure with other dogs | Not cat or kid tested

Do you love a good walk followed by an even better nap? If you answered YES, then LEXIE might be the dog for you! She firmly believes that a nice stroll through the beautiful outdoors is much better than playing with toys or going to the dog park. She LOVES walks. She’s also a more confident dog on walks and is super curious/interested in saying hi to people. She can be a little reluctant meeting people indoors and prefers if they politely sit on the floor and let her check them out when she’s ready. After a walk LEXIE is pretty chill and may play with a toy or seek affection for a couple of minutes before putting herself to bed. She likes being around people but doesn’t want to be snuggled up to you all the time. She’s an independent lady and prefers her own bed where she can people watch, thank you. She’s been working on some basics including mastering housetraining and she’s pretty close. She prefers not to be crated with the door and does well with limited access where she can still have access to her crate and her bed. She will cry and whine if left alone in her crate. LEXIE would be fine in an apartment as she’s pretty chill overall and doesn’t really make any noise. She lives with another small dog and has been super dog social so far. She hasn’t been tested with cats or kids yet. LEXIE has been very sweet so far and she continues to come out of her shell a little bit more every day. We can’t wait to see how her personality develops! If you’d like to meet her fill out an application to adopt!

CHICA POGO

CHICA POGO 

F | 2 Y | Terrier mix | 7 lbs | Medium energy | BIG personality | Bossy | Vocal | Working on socialization | Bouncy | Good exposure with dogs after proper intro | Not cat or kid tested

This is CHICA POGO and she’s a boss. She’s 7 lbs of sass and has enough attitude and confidence for about 100 dogs. She’s pretty weird looking but she doesn’t care, she thinks she’s cute. Her facial expressions are priceless and will keep you entertained for days. She is an actual bouncy ball and can jump very high when she gets excited, usually when you’re holding something she wants… food. CHICA POGO is working on her socialization skills because she doesn’t approach many situations with a lot of chill. She is vocal and not hesitant to use her voice. On leash, she barks and lunges at other dogs. When she actually has the opportunity to meet them she’s quite dog social but it’s obviously not possible for her to meet every dog so she will need to work on being less reactive on leash. She is being fostered with two other dogs and loves playing with her fur sister who is easily 8-times her size. She’s less interested in the other dog in the home who is less playful but she doesn't always read cues and will try to instigate (unwanted) play so close monitoring is important. She’s ok being crated for a work day as long as she gets enough exercise before and after work! She loves her people so would love someone with a flexible schedule who can hang with her more often. If she has regular pee breaks throughout the day she won’t have any accidents in the home. Size-wise she’s ok in a condo but she does bark at noises in the hallway. She needs proper introductions with new people as she’s very sceptical at first. Even when people ignore her she will bark and circle around them like a shark for a good 3 to 5 minutes. Once she stops barking she will take a treat and become your BFF pretty quickly and curl up in your lap. She hasn’t been tested with kids. She has barked at kids on the street and likely shouldn’t go to a home with young children. She has spent a bit of time with a cat while being babysat and it went okay but she would need to be monitored. CHICA POGO will need a home who can provide structure/boundaries while continuing to work on her socialization. If you’d like to meet her fill out an application to adopt!

HENRICK

HENRICK 

M | 4 Y | Hound mix | 45 lbs | Medium energy | Smart and playful | Affectionate | Working on the basic commands | Doesn’t love cars | Limited interactions w/ dogs | Not kid tested | Chases cats on street/limited exposure

HENRICK… doesn’t that name just sound so distinguished? And honestly this dog is like beyond handsome so his name really suits him. HENRICK is a pretty cool dude and nothing really bothers him except for cars… he’s still learning to enjoy road trips and will need continued exposure to help build confidence. It helps having his best pal by his side too! HENRICK is very affectionate and if it was up to him your full-time job would be petting or hugging him. Unfortunately, you probably have a job that actually like pays bills so although he doesn’t love being alone he appreciates that you need to work. If you do happen to have a flexible schedule that would be ideal. He’s extra hungry for attention first thing in the morning and when you come home from work but is otherwise pretty chill in the home and happy to watch you do things like cook dinner and fold laundry. Who even needs Netflix, your life is so exciting! He’s crated at night but usually spends the work day in one area of the house that’s blocked off. He enjoys having a backyard to explore. He gets super excited to go for walks and tends to pull especially during the first few minutes. He is accustomed to three walks per day, morning, early afternoon and evening. He knows he’s not allowed on the furniture but will occasionally crawl up there just to make sure that it’s a real rule. It is. He has been friendly with meeting new people so far but will need time (and respect/patience from others) to have some space to find his confidence with new people and in new spaces. His interactions with other dogs have been limited so far so he would benefit from ongoing socialization. He has seen some cats while on walks, he treats them like he does squirrels, he tries to run right at them. We aren't sure how he'd do in a home environment with them! If you’d like to meet HENRICK fill out an application to adopt now!


CHIA

CHIA 

F | 2 Y | Lab mix | 45 lbs | Med to high energy | No apts/condos | Vocal | Chill after exercise | Loves to run | Good Exposure w Dogs | Prey drive | Not cat or kid tested

Meet CHIA! This bouncy lab mix is looking for a best friend FOR LIFE and is still trying to learn how to live independently. Although she would like to be with you all the time (and let’s face it she’s the cutest sidekick ever), that’s not healthy for her or you. Although she becomes very attached to her people, she needs to learn that it’s ok to kick it solo from time to time. CHIA does not like to be left alone and is working on becoming more comfortable in her crate. She can be quite vocal so isn’t really suited to an apartment or condo. She will need patient people with a flexible schedule who can work through calming exercises with her so she can be better alone. The goal isn’t that you’re with her all the time but rather that you can gradually build up the time that she’s left alone.  Crating is a major contributor to a stable, comfortable and structured home life for her. CHIA is medium to high energy and needs a decent amount of activity per day. She LOVES to run. She would love a good mix of physical and mental stimulation in her forever home so that she can feel less anxious about the small stuff, and a backyard that she can run around in would be ideal. When she’s properly exercised (tired) she’s generally happy to just lounge around the house. She loves snuggling up next to you. When she’s bored she isn’t afraid to show it and will pace or get into things that she shouldn’t. CHIA has been friendly meeting new people both inside and outside of the home. She’s also had great exposure with other dogs and would do well with a canine companion to keep her company. She hasn’t been tested with cats or kids. If you’d like to meet CHIA fill out an application to adopt now!


PIXIE

PIXIE

| F | 5 Y | Min Pin mix | 7 lbs | Low energy | Loves to sleep | Nervous on leash | Almost housetrained | Dog social | Not kid tested | No cats

Oh hey PIXIE! She’s super cute and rocks the best ugly smile ever as she’s lost most of her teeth. It definitely adds to her overall look. This LA lady is all about the chill life and is as low energy as they come. A hike is her worst nightmare and she would prefer to sleep like 22 hours a day. She’s extremely nervous on leash and needs to be double leashed for security. When she gets freaked out she tries to wiggle out of her harness so she needs to be treated as a serious flight risk for the foreseeable future. The good thing is she hates exercise so if you have a house with a backyard that’s more than enough for her. She likes to do her business off-leash, in a fenced yard. She generally spends 5 – 10 minutes outside to do her business and then just wants to nap inside. She gets random bursts of playfulness that again only last a couple of minutes and then she’s exhausted. She is 90% housetrained but needs to go outside as soon as she gets up in the morning so if you don’t take her directly outside she may have an accident. Although she’s pretty low maintenance she is definitely a companion dog and wouldn’t enjoy spending too much time alone. She loves people and is usually comfortable interacting with anyone who shows interest in her. If they get down to her level she will more than likely jump right into their lap for a snuggle! Although she prefers people over dogs she lives with a whole pack at the moment and is friends with others her size. She will occasionally try to play with them for a minute and then yup, you guessed it, fall asleep. She’s a bit bossy if another dog interrupts her naptime though and will out a little growl to tell them to back off.  She loves food and will jump around like a grasshopper when is mealtime. She hates cats and cannot live with them. During her vet appointment, she tried to eat the clinic cat, which is hard with like 4 teeth. PIXIE hasn’t been tested with kids, but wouldn’t like a home with too much activity that would interfere with her beauty rest. If you’d like to meet PIXIE fill out an application to adopt now!

Or, set up an informal meet-up by emailing: missy@saveourscruff.org. Please tell us a little about yourself and why this dog works for you!

MEATLOAF

MEATLOAF

M | 1 Y | Chihuahua mix | Low energy | Needs structure + boundaries | Tentative | Chill in the home | Crate trained | Needs proper intros with dogs | Not cat tested | Ok with older dog savvy kids

Meet MEATLOAF!  If “No New Friends” by Drake is your favourite song, MEATLOAF might be the ideal dog for you! MEATLOAF is very affectionate with his people, once he’s established trust, but is wary of strangers. He does best with a strict no touch/ no talk/ no eye contact rule when new people come over, because he prefers to make the first move. MEATLOAF needs an owner who advocates for him and enforces this rule so he can feel safe and confident. An owner who understands how to balance structure and affection would be right up MEATLOAF’s alley!

MEATLOAF would do great as a second dog, in a home with a chill, non-reactive dog, who could help him build his confidence. Young kids make MEATLOAF feel uneasy, but he could do well with older dog-savvy kids who can understand and respect his boundaries.

MEATLOAF is low energy and doesn’t need much exercise. A quick walk or some time in the backyard is enough to satisfy him. MEATLOAF would do well with someone who’s a bit of a neat freak, because he hates getting dirty. He’s crate trained and is very good about going in there at night and when you’re out of the house. 

We’re looking for a patient, structured home for this cutie, because in the right environment MEATLOAF will thrive and become your new sidekick. If that’s you fill out an application to adopt today!

SAMMY

SAMMY

M | 1 Y | Collie mix | 30 lbs | Medium energy | Shy | Learning the basics | Very affectionate | Likes quieter areas | Apprehensive of dogs/people – needs proper intros | Not cat tested | Likely ok with kids

SAMMY says “hiiii, thanks for giving me such a warm welcome to Toronto. Do you know it’s very loud here?” This guy is definitely still getting his bearings and prefers quieter areas of the city without so many loud noises. Streetcars, car horns, construction, oh my! He does love walks though so with continued exposure we think he’ll become more comfortable. He is very affectionate with his people and is chill in the home as long as he’s had enough exercise. He’s not used to being home alone for long periods of time so someone with a flexible schedule would be best. He can be nervous meeting new people but is very curious so if he’s not crowded right off the bat he will slowly come up to say hello. He is more nervous of men and will sometimes growl. Letting him come to you is best. He seems to be fine with apartment living so far and has absolutely zero idea what the heck toys are for. Everything seems pretty new to SAMMY but he’s a quick study. He’s working on basic commands in the home as well as on leash and is learning to follow instructions. He’s starting to be food motivated which helps with training. On leash he will at times bark or pull towards other dogs. He would benefit from socialization training, which we are starting in foster care. He’s nervous of bigger dogs and doesn’t like when dogs are too forward. He’ll chase squirrels if he’s off leash but ignores them if he’s on leash. He has occasionally chased other dogs when off leash so there is some playfulness in there somewhere. He’s better with small dogs and would be ok with another chill dog in the home. He’s met a child on the street who was respectful of his space and he was fine to say hello. If you’d like to meet SAMMY fill out an application to adopt today!

NORMY

NORMY 

F | 3 Y | Border Collie mix | 35 lbs | Low to med energy | Chill | Shy and nervous | Suburbs/country dog | Needs proper intros with dogs | Not cat or kid tested

Do you prefer Netflix marathons over actual running marathons? Do you prefer parties on your couch more than actual parties? Are you all about that laidback chill lifestyle? NORMY might be the perfect dog for you! This girl is so relaxed in the home and nothing seems to phase her. She adjusts to your schedule pretty seamlessly and is cool to go with the flow. She’s also SUPER affectionate with her trusted people. Currently NORMY is not super active and prefers to just lounge around the house in her PJs but as she becomes more comfortable in her surroundings we expect her energy might increase a bit. She is currently being fostered right in the city and although space-wise a condo is good for her, some other elements are a bit overwhelming. She doesn’t like too much action so a very busy condo building where she frequently runs into people and other dogs is not ideal. She is still building her confidence outdoors and will require a patient owner who can continue to expose her to new situations and surroundings gradually. She will try to resist going outside or going for walks but is getting better every day and draws inspiration from the cool as a cucumber attitude of her trusted people. In calmer areas, she goes outside happily and will even be playful outside! She needs proper introductions with people where she is allowed to approach first and doesn’t like when other dogs are too forward with her. She has ignored other dogs that she has passed while walking on a leash. NORMY would likely do better in a quieter area but shouldn’t be locked up in the comfort of her own home all the time. She needs to understand how great the world can be. Just the other day she was caught investigating a toy for the first time. YAAAS NORMY GET IT GIRL. She hasn’t been tested with cats or kids. She is housetrained, chicken motivated and is finding more of her fun spirited personality daily! If you’d like to adopt her fill out an application to adopt today!

REUBEN

REUBEN

| M | 4 Y | Egyptian Baladi | 50 lbs | Medium energy | Affectionate | Stubborn | Can be vocal | Working on crate training | Ok with dogs | Not cat tested | Was ok with one kid

Meet REUBEN! He’s pretty affectionate and playful but also has an independent streak and can be a little bit stubborn. REUBEN has been in Canada for a while so is very comfortable living in a home and being a pet. Sometimes though he does think that he runs the show and there’s always room to improve on some manners. Reuben is on cloud nine anytime he’s in nature and gets to run around! He would do best in a home with a backyard where he can compete in epic tug of war showdowns. He loves to people watch and will spend hours analyzing every person and pet that walks by the house. The doorbell and thunderstorms are two things that he just can’t seem to understand, and often he makes it known that he’s confused and isn’t the biggest fan. Crating is very much a work in progress as REUBEN is terrified of the crate and will do whatever he can to get out. He’s completely housetrained and is often left alone for 6-8 hours a day and never goes on furniture, he pretty much spends his alone time lying around on the door mat sleeping. REUBEN is pretty good on leash but does have a bit of a prey drive so can become distracted. However, since his time with his foster his recall is significantly improving and they often let him off leash in the backward and at the cottage with no problems! Reuben is working on understanding that hands are not in fact a part of the treat you’re giving him and now knows what it means to take it gently. He’s generally good at meeting new people and has met children with no problems. He loves playing with other dogs but will occasionally be a little too intense so needs to be monitored and reminded to chill with a firm no. We think REUBEN would really thrive in a home outside the city. If you’d like to meet him fill out an application to adopt today!

FANG

FANG

FANG | F | 4 Y | Chihuahua mix | 7 lbs |Dominican | Low energy | Super chill | Low maintenance | Needs proper intros with people | Almost Housetrained | Only child | No dogs or cats | Older kids only

She claims she’s a dog but looks more like a cute little alien, meet FANG! FANG is like the classic definition of an only child… she has a preferred person and likes to spend most of her time with them. She does not like sharing attention, snacks or time with other animals. She can be selective with people as well and needs a proper intro. FANG is not the type of dog that you just run up to on the street and start petting… stranger danger is real for her and she prefers to interact with people she knows. She is fine with people coming over to your crib but they should remember not to force interactions on her, she should be allowed to make the first move when she’s ready. With her trusted people she’s such a low maintenance dog that she’s basically a cat, but don’t tell her we said that because she hates cats. She also hates squirrels. She sleeps A LOT and is fairly quiet in the home when her people are gone. She’s even super snuggly with her trusted humans. She’s low energy and doesn’t need a lot of exercise. Living in a busy area with lots of foot traffic and dogs will be a challenge for FANG as she is leash reactive. A quieter area would be ideal for her. At this stage FANG should be an only dog. In the past she has lived in a home with other dogs and was fine under the supervision of a very experienced owner. She is selective with kids and should only go to a home with older, dog savvy kids if it’s the right fit. She is generally uncomfortable passing children on the street. FANG would be an excellent companion animal for someone who is low key and willing to accept/work through some of her quirks. She has so much love to give and just needs the right outlet. If you’d like to meet her fill out an application to adopt now!

Or, set up an informal meet-up by emailing: nicolekennedy@saveourscruff.org. Please tell us a little about yourself and why this dog works for you!

Max

MAX

M | 4 Y | Shepherd mix | 70 lbs | Higher Energy | Smart and excitable | Needs an experienced owner | Cuddle monster | Flexible Schedule | Dog Social | Not cat tested | Older kids only l Needs to be outside of City but could thrive in the city with the right owner

Meet MAX! MAX has a BIG personality and will need an owner who can help allow all his best qualities shine! He’s medium-high energy and will need at least one good walk per day along with mental exercise. While MAX has been in our care for 2 years, it’s not indicative of his potential to be an excellent family dog, but rather because we know EXACTLY what he needs and we’re waiting for his perfect match to come along! MAX would do best with an experienced owner, but would also thrive with an owner who’s dedicated to learning the ropes and creating a strong bond through training. MAX needs a calm, confident leader who can provide appropriate outlets for his energy. He is a very social dog who benefits from structured routines and exercise. He needs an owner who will lead him into a better walking mindset. MAX can be pushy (so he needs someone who will use this to their advantage to challenge him mentally with training. MAX is VERY human-friendly but needs an owner who will advocate for him and allow him only to meet people who can approach him in an appropriate way. “Baby talk” and over-excited people can easily overstimulate him, so it’s important to encourage appropriate interactions. MAX is fully crate trained and often uses his crate throughout the day to nap, have time to calm himself and sleep overnight. It’s essential that MAX’s new owner continue to crate train, as MAX gets anxious when he doesn’t have a quiet space of his own to unwind. He is incredibly dog social, he enjoys life in foster with a pack of 12 and has helped other dogs learn better social skills. He's very playful with dogs, listens to signals well and adjusts his play to the size of the dog. He hasn’t been tested with cats. MAX has spent most of his life with children but needs a dog-friendly family who all understand his cues! MAX will absolutely shine in the right home. He would LOVE a place outside of the city but could thrive in the city with the right handling and a solid routine. If that’s you fill out an application to adopt now!

BART

BART

| M | 8 M | Australian Shepherd mix | 45 lbs | Medium energy | Shy but curious | LOVES toys | Crate trained | Needs proper intros w/ people | Very dog social | Best Second Dog l Not cat tested | Not kid tested in Canada

Ay caramba – meet BART! He doesn’t exactly sport the spiky yellow hair or mischievous attitude of his cartoon namesake. Our BART is shy yet curious and super sweet. His confidence is a bit low after his big move but with patience and ongoing exposure to new things he will continue to thrive. He was fairly confident on his walk with his foster before a loud car horn went off and he was like what is this witchcraft?! He relies a lot on his canine foster brother who continues to show him the ropes. He would do best as a second dog with a pup who will give him his space when he needs it (he does not like sharing his crate but is never aggressive when pushing the dog out), lightly wrestle with him and share a massive collection of toys. BART loves toys and we cannot stress this enough. He likes to quietly chew a toy at most times during the day and if he doesn’t have access to them he will chew something else. He tends to hoard them throughout the day and build a mountain in his crate, which is his safe space. BART is still very nervous with new people and needs proper introductions where he’s allowed to make the first move. He will observe new people from his crate first before assessing if he’s comfortable enough to say hello. Anyone applying for him should understand that he’s not going to be all over you right away and it may take some time for him to warm up to you. Once he does he’s very affectionate and loves making a big cuddle pile on the floor with his people and his dog siblings and he is ALWAYS the little spoon. He also likes to give a steady rotation of kisses amongst all parties in the cuddle pile. He hasn’t been tested with cats and he was kid-friendly in Mexico, but may need time to adjust to kids here. If you’d like to meet him fill out an application to adopt today!

BELO

BELO

l 3Y l M l Terrier l Lab Mix l From Mexico l Medium Energy l Good w Humans he Trusts l Dog Social l Not Cat Tested l Needs Quiet Neighbourhood

MEET BELO. This guy has had a story and a half to get where he is today, but we are standing alongside Complete K9 Care in finding this guy the home he deserves. BELO is having a fabulous time with his friends in his current foster home scenario, as it is a Board and Train facility that specializes in understanding the needs of dogs. EASY DOES IT. The main reason BELO is having a ball is that he gets to hang with his dog doggy pals! He loves his 12 besties and has a great time wrestling, playing and being out and about with them! One thing they mostly have in common is not their look but their personalities. All of these dogs differ in temperament and personality but all are sociable. BELO doesn’t put up with rude dogs and will correct a dog who’s not putting group needs first. BELO would do awesome in a home with another dog(s) but only if the other dogs are sociable too! Having time to play is great to stimulate him without daily stimulation he gets anxious. So, a tuckered BELO is a happy BELO. BELO will need a commitment from a strong leader as he has the want to do his own thing and needs to know who the enforcer is. If not, he has the potential to walk all over you and knows if you’re faking the “bad cop” card. Providing boundaries like keeping him off the couch and practising commands is great. BELO has had little reason to trust humans in the past, so also working on trust exercises is key to help him open up. Hand feeding is a good example of that. This will continue to open BELO up as he already has been doing with CK9C. BELO has low-threshold of stress because of his anxiousness so working on opening him up, building confidence and trust will help bring about positive behaviour change that will give him more inner peace and chill. BELO would do better in the country as he’s too easily triggered by outside factors that are common in the city. He is great in his crate during the day and would do fine in a home with a full-day work schedule, as long as he gets structured playtime, work with you before and after. If BELO sounds like the dog you’ve been looking to guide to greatness, please apply now! 

Bella

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BELLA

F | 5 Y | Terrier Mix | 40lbs | Egypt | Needs experienced owner | Strong willed | Barker | VERY affectionate | Good with some dogs | Questionable cats | Ok with kids

Meet BELLA! This Egyptian princess is fresh outta rehab and is now ready for an experienced furever home! BELLA was initially rescued from Egypt with the intent of being a second dog but upon arrival the family discovered that BELLA was bullying the other dog in the home and was also very leashaggressive. SOS has sponsored BELLA’s time in training and she’s now in foster care showing off her skills! BELLA is a typical terrier and is strong willed and stubborn (‪#‎princess‬) She knows all her basic commands but likes to pretend like she doesn’t hear you (especially when you ask her to get up in the morn) She’ll need someone who is firm and asserts control in these situations. BELLA is house broken/ crate trained. BELLA’s energy level is moderate – she enjoys a good walk and being outdoors but in the home she’s super chill and is happy to curl up on the couch. BELLA loves the afternoon sunshine and is happy lounging with you in the backyard. She’s very vocal and if she hears anything she’ll let you know so she’s not suited to apartment living. BELLA absolutely LOVES her people and is super affectionate. She loves to give kisses and her tail wags so hard you'll think she's twerking! BELLA has made substantial progress with other dogs but still has some work to do. It’s possible that she could live with another dog but this should be tested first and she should always have a proper introduction. The best thing to do is take both dogs for a walk together immediately and slowly close the gap between BELLA and the other dog as they start to get more comfortable with each other. Since she’s still 50/50 with other dogs BELLA isn’t ready for leash free but appreciates a good wrestle session with another dog that she’s comfortable with in a private area. Meeting other dogs on leash is still stressful for her and will require patience and ongoing training. BELLA is ok with chill cats and dog experienced kids

LUCKY

LUCKY

 M | 4 Y | Chihuahua mix | Low energy | Needs an experienced owner | Afraid of men | Does like to snuggle with trusted ppl | Only child or chill dogs | No kids – nips

Meet LUCKY! We’re about to get pretty real with you, he is currently working on some issues as he is a bossy little guy who is used to running the show. He will absolutely need an experienced home with very patient people who are committed to helping him break down his walls. LUCKY does not have a lot of trust or respect for humans. He can be reactive to men, quick movements, large objects like brooms and mops, and hands. His defence mechanisms kick in and he tends to bite/nip. LUCKY is very apprehensive around new people and in new situations but does have the capacity to love. He is very affectionate with his people when given the opportunity. While it’s super easy to be pulled in by LUCKY’s story his ideal home will provide lots of love along with boundaries and structure (for example no free access to food and not being able to sleep on furniture) so that he can start to learn right from wrong. It may seem counterintuitive but if you smother LUCKY too much he won’t learn how to dog properly and will become too possessive/pushy. He needs to love and trust you but also understand that you’re the boss. He will need daily training exercises. Affection should come as a reward for good behaviour and shouldn’t be given freely as he already thinks he owns the world. He has gotten better with crate training and house training but he does mark in the house if you’re not watching him. LUCKY could live with another dog in the home if the people are very comfortable with a confident dog who will try to steal all the attention. He is food and toy possessive so all interactions with other dogs need to be monitored. Park play is a no for him currently as he is leash reactive. Can you help this guy figure out his place in the pack?  Fill out an application to adopt now!

SNOOPY

SNOOPY

| F | 2 Y | Egyptian Baladi | 40 lbs | Medium energy | Shy/Nervous | Not a city girl | Crate trained | Needs proper intros w/ dogs | No cats/young kids l

Meet SNOOPY! SNOOPY is looking for an experienced home outside of the city who can continue to help her learn how to dog. 

SNOOPY is quite apprehensive about new experiences, so she needs a calm, confident, patient leader who can help her build trust, and in turn, help her adapt to the world around her. 

SNOOPY is definitely interested in dogs, but can easily become overwhelmed, so if being added as a second dog, she would do best with a calm, well socialized dog. Pushy, hyper or reactive dogs are too much for SNOOPY to handle, so her ideal home would be with people and animals who like to keep things mellow. She can be a flight risk, so it’s important that she stays on leash, or in a fully secured backyard. 

SNOOPY definitely has a lot of potential, and could be a great dog for someone who understands and appreciates the benefit of investing time and energy into helping her come out of her shell. She can be quite affectionate with her people, and likes her people to pet her once she’s had time to warm up, which is awesome because she’s SOOOOO SOFT! She is, however, occasionally sensitive to touch so her people need to understand how to read her signals.

SNOOPY is heavily dependent on her crate as a safe space and will retreat there if she feels uncomfortable. She needs a quiet home with a backyard so that she can explore and get her outdoor time. She would NOT do well a home with lots of people coming and going. When meeting new people she should be allowed to start in her crate, check them out from a distance and have time to build up her comfort level. She will come out when she’s ready! SNOOPY’s owner needs to ensure she’s given space with new people, as people approaching her too quickly intimates her and can cause her to react out of fear. 

SNOOPY has not been tested with cats but lives with one very dog savvy 10 year old. As long as older kids can fully respect her boundaries she may be ok but they need to have an understanding of what it means to live with a nervous pup. SNOOPY is well behaved in the home. With calm, patient people she will continue to grow and we can’t wait to see the pooch she becomes. If you’d like to meet her fill out an application to adopt now!

A foster is also needed for SNOOPY, if you are interested, please email: foster@saveourscruff.org

BEETLE

BEETLE

| F | 8 M | Terrier mix | Jamaica | Medium energy | Wants a dog pal | Nervous | Needs to be crated | Mostly potty trained | Good with dogs | Not cat or kid tested

BEETLE JUICE! BEETLE JUICE! BEETLE JUICE! She’s a bit shy at first so she only comes around when you yell her name three times, then she’s so wonderfully weird. BEETLE is currently pretty timid and is nervous of new places, the outdoors, loud noises and new people but being around another dog (shout out to fellow scruff ALASKA for being an awesome big sis) has really helped her come out of her shell. So BEETLE is really hoping for a new dog bro or sis to help her grow and show her the ropes. She realllllly wants to meet new people and dogs but needs proper and slow intros on her own time. She seems to be a gal’s gal right now and takes a little longer to warm up to men but once you receive her seal of approval, there is no going back, she wants to be on or around you at every waking moment. BEETLE is still curious and learning how to be a house dog so boundaries are a must for her in terms of crate training and obedience. She is mostly housetrained but needs routine to help stick to that behaviour. She would love her own little backyard or quite neighbourhood as she is still quite nervous outdoors but once she is familiar with an area outside she will get the zoomies and boop around like a jumping bean. She hasn’t been tested with cats or kids but is quite gentle. If you’d like to adopt BEETLE fill out an application now!