STEVE

STEVE

| M | 10 M | Whippet mix | 27 lbs | Med to high energy | Shy at first | Playful/loves toys | Working on crating + housetraining | Very sweet | Ok with dogs | Ok with kids | Not cat tested

Named after STEVE from Sex and the City because he’s adorable, goofy, and a little bit awkward but like, he’s everyone’s favourite and you want him to see him get everything he’s ever dreamed of. GO STEVE! He’s still young and settling into his new life in the city. He’s figuring things out and trying to work up the confidence to ask Miranda to be with him forever. He’s a bit shy with new people but after a proper introduction, he is super sweet. He builds strong relationships with his trusted people and will often look to you for a confidence boost when he’s nervous. With continued exposure, he’s starting to realize that the world isn’t such a scary place. He’s definitely not a couch potato. He needs a couple of good walks per day, ideally with some time to run around cause he’s a Whippet and he’s fast as heck. STEVE loves playing with toys and can often be found lounging around the house entertaining himself by chewing on something. It will be important for his people to puppy-proof and keep him properly exercised as he may decide to chew your belongings instead of his toys if they’re left out or if he gets bored. With enough exercise, he’s pretty chill in the home. STEVE does not like being crated which is something he continues to work on. He’s very vocal if left in the crate for any amount of time. He’s also working on housetraining so a flexible schedule with people around a lot is best. He’s ok with other dogs but is hesitant at first. He has run around with a couple dogs once he got over the initial shyness so a friendly, playful role model may be a good fit for him. He’s spent some time with kids and was loving and playful with them after a proper intro. He hasn’t been tested with cats. If you think STEVE is your soulmate *swoon* and you’re ready to help him build his confidence, even more, fill out an application to adopt today!

BERNARD

BERNARD

| M | 2 Y | Hound mix | 40 lbs | Medium energy | Loves the outdoors | Playful | Needs help with leash skills | No cats – prey drive | Dog social | Good with older kids

Meet BERNARD! This hound mix is friendly, curious, outgoing and just loooves being outdoors. If you cottage/hike/camp/live outside he would be a great companion for you. He loves going for walks and is on the higher side of medium energy. He can get by with two walks a day just around the neighbourhood but we can tell he’s a bit bored. He enjoys lots of playtime in the home as well so having people and things to keep him busy would be key. He currently lives with older children and they are getting along so well. He hasn’t been tested with younger kids yet but given his outgoing playful personality we think he would do well hanging in a playroom playing video games, dolls, lego, whatever! (As long as you establish that legos are friends, not food.) He happily greets visitors at the door with lots of love. After playtime, BERNARD goes into full nap stalker mode and will follow people around just waiting to curl up with them for a good snooze. He’s been super friendly with other dogs so far and would likely do well as a second dog with a BFF to play with. He is sometimes reactive out of excitement but this should be worked on. In case you can’t tell, the more BFFs for BERNARD the better. He will need some help with his leash skills as he pulls a fair bit, and he has shown an interest in squirrels and rabbits so we’re not sure he can live with cats. If you’d like to meet BERNARD fill out an application to adopt today!

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 | 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!

ROLO

ROLO

ROLO | M | 1 Y | Shepherd mix | Med to high energy | Playful | Vocal | Best as a second dog | Responds well to training + structure | No cats | Good with kids

Let’s meet ROLO! He’s sweet, energetic, playful and loving but he’s definitely still learning some things. He’s medium to high energy and needs two good walks/adventures per day and he loves playing with his foster sibling. He would do best with another playful, happy go lucky dog in the home as it would help him achieve his lifelong aspiration of joining the World Wrestling Federation… or whatever the equivalent might be for dog. Wrestling is his fave thing and he can be a little rambunctious at times but has never been aggressive with another dog. He likely wouldn’t do well with a super zen pup ‘cause he would drive them nuts trying to play. On that note he absolutely cannot live with cats because he legitimately thinks they’re toys. ROLO will need active adopters or else he will get bored in the home and start acting up a bit. He can be vocal when he hears unfamiliar noises but has been responding well to correction. He will need adopters who implement structure and rules going forward. He’s a super sweet boy but is still perfecting his manners. He’s super chill in the home when properly exercised and loves snuggling in bed or on the couch. He can sometimes be a little nervous meeting people on walks and will bark at them, which is something is adopters will need to continue working on. Although we do expect the barking to improve with consistency and training, his adopters should understand that some dogs (like people) are naturally chattier than others. He is likely not suited to an apartment or condo. As he’s especially leery of people in hats/sunglasses/hoodies – his people should continue to work on his socialization and exposure to new things. ROLO grew up with young children without any issues. If you’d like to meet this super affectionate, happy go lucky dude fill out an application to adopt today!

BENITHO

BENITHO

BENITHO | M | 4 Y | Chihuahua mix | Low energy | Shy at first | Needs proper intros | Needs training/housetraining | Easygoing with trusted ppl | Nervous of big dogs | Ok with cats | No young kids

He’s on a journey of self-discovery and learning to find his voice… meet BENITHO! He’s still trying to find his niche here in Toronto but he’s getting there. He heard Oprah is very empowering so he’s been binge-watching reruns. He’s pretty easy going in the home and is generally content to curl up in a comfy dog bed for most of the day. At the moment he’s pretty low energy and doesn’t need much physical activity however as he continues to build his confidence and settle in we may see these energy levels increase, which is something for potential adopters to consider. Or, he’ll always just be a couch potato… WHO KNOWS. Although he’s chill with his trusted people he needs proper introductions with others and doesn’t enjoy being pet by strangers. He should be allowed to make the first move and it takes time for him to build that trust. Once he trusts you he is very affectionate and loves belly rubs. He is good on leash but as he’s finding his voice more and more he tends to bark at things that make him uncomfortable including bigger dogs and men. His people should be committed to working on his socialization skills and slowly exposing him to things that make him nervous so he can become more and more comfortable. BENITHO would benefit from some training classes to help build his confidence and he’s still working on housetraining so someone who can take him out regularly would be ideal, otherwise he’s been fine when left alone. He is currently used to a routine of get up, eat, walk, nap, walk, nap, nap, eat, walk, sleep… so as you can tell he’s pretty low key. BENITHO does very well with small dogs but is not as comfortable with bigger dogs. He likes having another dog around but at the same time has an independent streak and likes his alone time… to watch Oprah. If you’d like to meet him fill out an application to adopt today!

LIL BOW WOW

LIL BOW WOW

LIL BOW WOW | F | 4 Y | Chihuahua | LA | Low energy | Nervous of new things | Very cuddly/chill | Needs proper intros | Shy/Assertive with dogs | No cats | Older kids only

Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yay, where my adopters at? LIL BOW WOW who prefers to go by Lil Bit when she’s dropping a fly new mixtape, is ready for the spotlight. She’s a Chihuahua and has some of the best and not so great characteristics of the breed. She loves to sleep and does so for anywhere from 12 – 18 hours a day, is super chill in the home and very affectionate with her people. She’s still nervous of new things (dogs, people and surroundings) and needs proper introductions. People should not immediately bend over her or try to pick her up. When she’s nervous she definitely exhibits some ‘big dog syndrome’ where she tries to immediately assert herself as a tough guy and then retreats to hiding behind your legs. She can be a flight risk so making sure she’s secure on walks and not having her around any open doors she can bolt out of is key. Because she does tend to assert herself in certain situations she will need a home with boundaries for her so that she can start to learn what is appropriate and what’s not. She needs to work on training including leash training, basic commands and socialization. She doesn’t bark in the home usually and is housetrained. LIL BOWWOW is not crazy about most dogs and can be reactive (vocal and lunging) when meeting other dogs both on and off leash. New introductions should be slow and controlled. She has made one dog friend in another Chihuahua. Chis for liiifeee. She hasn’t been tested with cats. She has met  a couple kids while at the park and was pretty indifferent. She did allow them to pet her but living with very active children full-time may be a bit much for her. Older kids should be fine. If you’re a Chihuahua lover and are comfortable working with a super snuggly girl with a lil bit of sass then LIL BOW WOW would be a the perfect pooch for you!

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!

JUANITA

JUANITA 

l 8Y l F l Border Collie Mix l 45lbs but needs Diet l Low Energy l Very Friendly, Well Mannered, & Chill l Loves Sleeping l Likes Chill Dogs l Not Cat Tested but likely fine l Good w Dog Friendly Kids l Has Pannus (needs eye drops every 12hrs) l Great Condo/Apartment Dog l Needs Dental in the future

MEEET Juanita! Other then difficulties wanting to work on her diet plan… she’s pretty chill and easy going. Sounds kind of like.. everyone I know. “What do you mean skip the extra cheese? It’s wine and cheese night” “What do you mean walk around the block? Bachelorette is on”. JUANITA is settling in well to her new life in Canada and is looking for that special someone to not cramp her style! So, pretty much anyone. JUANITA is friendly with everyone after an initial sniff and loves meeting your friends, their kids, their mailman and anyone else who can give her love. She is also good with dogs although gives them the cold shoulder simply to get more attention from humans. “Playtime? I’d rather cuddle up next to my new human pals”. It’s not just an “I like humans more thing”, she simply just does not like exercise. HA. Imagine that. Her Collie ancestors must be mortified. JUANITA does although need to be pushed out of her comfort zone a bit. Although she’s a great 9-5 workers' dog, and awesome in apartments/condos (also non-destructive if out of the crate), she should be expected to go for a few short walks per day. She has a few pounds to lose and playing Wii on the couch all day is not going to cut it. JUANITA's only other particularity is wooden floors. WHY?! Carpet is so soft just like her! JUANITA prefers to feel like curly carpet between her toes and has a hard time committing to a wooden floor but is learning to with her fosters. But this will need to be continued and encouraged! She can although go to a home with hard floors but a carpet area for her to be able to adjust from is handy. Otherwise, this girl follows the etiquette book and is generally very well-mannered, including being housebroken and good on a leash. So, in order to be a good home for this girl, we just need someone loving and willing to continue to push this girl out of her comfort zone with patience and love. Oh, and help her shed a few pounds. She will also need a dental in the future! It is not a current expense but should be something to expect later in life! If this is you, then don’t hesitate to fill out an application now! 

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!

CASSANOVA

CASSANOVA

| F | 3 Y | Hound mix | 30 lbs | Medium energy | Loves the backyard | Shy – needs proper intros | Super sweet | Ok with dogs | Not cat or kid tested

Meet CASSANOVA! This pocket hound dog is looking for some patient people who can continue to help her break out of her shell. Her furever fam will need to work on developing trust with her, leading by example and showing confidence so that her curiosity kicks in and she’ll want to follow you anywhere. She is a sweet loving gal and will give you all the affection in the world once she feels comfortable. CASS has shown glimpses of a playful personality so we know that there’s a confident babe in there just waiting to come out. She’s pretty chill in the home and doesn’t take up too much space but is used to being in a quieter environment. She loves being with her people and is generally following you around the house if you’re home. Although CASS is very friendly with the people she trusts, she needs proper intros when meeting new people as she’s scared of the unknown. She should always be allowed to approach people first, and with the supervision of her people she usually warms up pretty quickly. CASS is also timid when interacting with new dogs, especially if they’re forward or fast as sudden movements are triggering for her. She would do well with another friendly dog in the home who can help her to become more confident. She hasn’t shown any aggression with other dogs so a pooch who can read her signals while gently pushing her out of her comfort zone would be ideal. She hasn’t been tested with cats but does enjoy chasing squirrels in her backyard. CASS hasn’t been tested with kids but due to her nerves should only go to a home with kids 14+ who are dog savvy and can respect her boundaries. If you’d like to help her become the confident pup she was destined to be, apply to adopt CASSANOVA now! 

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

LEMON LIME

LEMON LIME

| F | 1 Y | Shepherd mix | 38 lbs | Medium energy | Loves people | Puppy brain | Needs proper intros with dogs | Not cat or kid tested 

We called her LEMON LIME because naming a dog 7UP is just crazy. You know what else is crazy? In just a few short months, LL has become a shining star in her foster home. Her inner pup has really come out, including uncoordinated tail wagging and a newly discovered love of belly rubs. She spends her days napping in her crate while her people are at work, and she happily takes out her shredding desires on her bone/ kong toys when people are home to supervise. She follows house rules, but her clever nature motivates her to push boundaries, so structure would be beneficial to setting her up for success. Although cars/ bicycles don't really bother her anymore, big loud trucks on busy streets still give her the heebie-jeebies so her people will need to keep her secure and be patient as well as confident while on walks so as to lead by example. She loves sniffing around grassy areas but also finds grass/sticks to be a super tasty snack so you need to watch her. It would be great if her people are dog interested in attending training classes to help her continue to shine! She needs proper intros with dogs and she hasn't been tested with cats or kids. If you'd like to meet LEMON LIME fill out an application to adopt now!

Or, to set up an informal meet-up, please email andreacortes@saveourscruff.org. Please tell us a little about yourself and why this dog works for you!

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

Meet SNOOPY! We’re looking for an experienced home outside the city. where this girl can build her confidence and keep learning to dog. She doesn’t realize how amazing she is and is apprehensive of most things. It will take her time to build trust with her humans but she’s been working on it. A less than ideal home for her is one in the heart of the city where she’ll have to encounter a lot of action. We can tell there’s a part of her that really wants to interact with dogs because she always barks to go out with the pack but as soon as she gets out there she’s overwhelmed and is like wait, what? NO. She’s a flight risk as she will try to bolt when she becomes uncomfortable. One on one she’s pretty indifferent but can’t be around dogs who are reactive, nervous, or too alpha. Very social, respectful dogs might be ok. In the home she can be affectionate with her people after proper intros and does like to be pet which is great because she’s so soft. She can be sensitive to touch though so it’s important to read her signals. She heavily relies 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 shouldn’t go to a home with lots of people coming and going. When meeting new people she should start in her crate, check them out from a distance and start to build up her comfort level. She will come out when she’s ready! People should not approach her or she may become reactive. SNOOP 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 and understanding of what it means to live with a nervous pup. SNOOP 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!

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!

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!

FALCO

FALCO

FALCO | M | 5 Y | Lab mix | 48 lbs | Medium energy | Smart | Obedient | Gets carsick | Silly + boisterous | Needs a leader | Could be vocal on leash | Can be dog social | Ok with kids | Not cat tested

Meet FALCO! He’s from Saudi Arabia so is still adjusting to his new life here in Canada. He loves other dogs but may be vocal with certain (usually big) dogs when he is on leash. He is very smart and obedient and made tremendous progress with leash skills in the past couple of months in his foster care. He walks like a perfect gentleman on leash right beside his foster and barely barks at other dogs after a little training. You do not have to be a "dog trainer" to adopt him, just provide him with structure and follow a simple set of rules. When he knows you are in charge he will trust and follow you. He is perfect at home, very low maintenance, does not need a whole lot of exercise, he just chills, naps and hangs with you. He could live in most environments – house, apt, gingerbread house, tent in the woods.... He is crated when his people are gone for the day and at night which is key to him understanding his boundaries and his development going forward. Although we all love cuddling pups all night long, it’s something beneficial for them to understand that they have their own space while the bed or the couch is yours. FALCO is very loyal and affectionate with his people, loving belly rubs and spending time and around you. He can be a little bit stubborn but when you earn his trust, he responds really well to training because he’s so smart – like smarter than the average dog. When he does push his boundaries he responds well to a verbal correction. We would like to see him go to a home committed to ongoing socialization training. He has been ok during casual interactions with kids but we would prefer for him to go to a home with older kids who can follow his training plan. FALCO will be such a great companion with the right support! If you’d like to meet him fill out an application to adopt now!

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

NATTY

NATTY

| F | 10 Y | Lab mix | 65 lbs | Low-ish energy | Sweet senior | Couch potato | Chill | Dog social and playful | Not cat tested | Lives with a kid l Hip Dysplasia & Food Allergies

Meet our sweet senior lab mix NATTY! People often say that senior pups have a special kind of love to give because they’ve seen some things and are that much more appreciative of their second chance. That’s definitely NATTY! She’s a super chill girl who is genuinely just so excited to be in the company of her people… and the couch. She LOVES the couch, the bed, all dog beds….you see where we are going with this. She would probably be fine in a smaller space like a condo or apartment but is used to having someone around most of the day. She would be the perfect companion for a new retiree or someone who works from home. NATTY is being fostered in a pretty full house with an 8-year-old human friend and two other dogs. She’s been great with everyone so far and is especially playful with one of the other dogs in the home so actually a younger sibling may help to keep some of that spring in her step. She’s been hitting the dog park a couple times a week to socialize with her new pals and while she was initially a little nervous she now really enjoys running around with all those whippersnappers. On the flip side, without dog interactions like this she may just spend the day sleeping on the couch which is cool, but not all day every day. Let’s give the girl the chance to enjoy her golden years in style! NATTY can be a bit shy in new situations or when meeting new people and although she is clearly excited, may approach, back up, approach, back up a few times before gathering the courage to come say hello. Once she does she’s all in and is very friendly. She is currently not crated but has voluntarily slept in an open crate from time to time.  When not crated, she has chewed things like stuffed animals overnight, so this needs to be closely monitored for her safety.  She could be crated just to prevent her from accidentally ingesting something she shouldn’t. She hasn’t been tested with cats. NATTY needs to be on hypo food to avoid allergies and also has hip dysplasia and will be on meds for life!  Fill out an application to adopt NOW

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

BIG MAC

BIG MAC

| M | 11 M | Lab mix | 48 lbs | Higher energy | Giant goofball | No recall skills, flight risk | Social | Great with dogs | Likely Good w Kids l Ferret Friendly l Not Cat Social

Pickles, onions, sauce, lettuce, cheese… meet BIG MAC! He’s a huge goofball and doesn’t really know his size so he’s sometimes tripping over his own feet while walking, especially on the stairs. He has been doing better in a bigger space where he has time for his zoomies when they kick in and would absolutely love a backyard if possible. He is crated when his people are away from the home for longer periods of time as he doesn’t fully understand the difference between HIS chew toys and YOUR personal belongings just yet. He’s on the higher energy side and definitely needs a decent amount of activity. He loves running around at the park but should not be off leash in open areas at all as (his) he recall skills are currently sitting at zero or more realistically, negative 200. Some safer options for him to expend his energy include adventure hikes and running beside his foster while you skateboard! If you are able to tire MAC out he will be your best couch buddy for the rest of the day. He's great in his crate after some exercise. He knows some basic commands and he does well on the subway in the city. MAC has spent some time with a ferret and is very playful but currently also cuddles with the ferret during down time! He's met some kids at an adoption event and did well. He does although have lots of puppy energy so close supervision is needed. He also can nip when excited. His foster has been working on correcting this behaviour and his new fam should continue to enforce similar boundaries for him to thrive. He’s still a pup so he definitely has some things to learn! If you’d like to meet BIG MAC fill out an application to adopt NOW!

KATNISS

KATNISS

 

| F | 1 Y | Shepherd mix | 32 lbs | Medium energy | Snaggle tooth | Cuddle monster | Playful | Centre of attention | Can be leash reactive | Ok with dogs | Not cat tested l Older kids (16+)

The girl on fire… meet KATNISS! She volunteers as tribute of your heart… k we’ll stop now. KATNISS has a lot of character. She’s gentle and loving, silly and funny, and can be a little bit sassy too. She needs a decent amount of exercise/stimulation during the day or else she becomes bored. KATNISS does enjoy having her crate as a safe space, she’s fed her meals in there and will voluntarily go in there while her foster is busy around the house but because she lives with another dog who is not crated, she likes to follow their lead. Best buds, party pals 4eva. It took a bit of time for her to settle in with her canine foster sister but now they’re doing well so she could totally be a second dog in the home. KATNISS can be reactive to other dogs on leash but off leash is quite social, although she does tend to play rough sometimes, and she still gets jealous if you’re paying attention to another pooch. She will insert herself into the situation and steal all the attention. She loves hanging out at the dog park mostly to chew the sticks and pinecones. She’s medium energy and does require some playtime and a couple good walks each day. KATNISS may also bark at individuals she doesn’t know so proper introductions are key. With proper intros, she’s very good with people and licking them in no time. She hasn’t been tested with cats and we think would be better with older kids. If you’d like to meet KATNISS fill out an application to adopt now!