Anyone that has had the opportunity to adopt an abused or neglected dog will understand what a powerful thing it is. Seeing them transform into a confident and joyful pet will absolutely fill your heart.
These moments of growth are matched only by the devotion they will show you when they come to understand you are their hero and have given them life.
3 years old
Female Husky Mix
Cats: Confident ones
Status: Home Trial
Hazel has been through some times. She was rescued by AARCS from La Loche Saskatchewan while VERY pregnant. She was really scared of the whole ordeal and refused to come out of her crate.
As the rescue van rolled home from Alberta, the puppies began to pop out. Luckily, our Rossland foster home was all set and she managed to birth the rest of the litter in a calm, warm house. Hazel was a very attentive mumma and didn't leave her babies for the first two weeks.
Hazel is really coming out of her shell, but still has a ways to go. She is unsure of dogs but not aggressive toward them. She is also unsure about people she doesn't know but just casually walks past them on walks. This very sweet girl takes about 48 hours to bond, and then she is very affectionate, giving kisses and asking for neck scratches. She is also great off leash.
For anyone willing to give her two days to settle into routine - she'll be an amazing friend.
She is well behaved in the house. A home with small kids would likely terrorize this sweet girl.
2 years old
Female Kelpie Mix
Status: Home Trial
As we pulled into a gas station parking lot, there were the sounds of truck horns on the highway. Two black dogs appeared above the bank on the edge of the road. We called out to them hoping to get them away from the highway, and they came running joyfully over.
Millie was one of those dogs. She immediately showed me her belly for pets let us a put a collar on, and pick her up to put her in the van (of course we asked locals if she belonged to anyone). She is being fostered with children, was a champ during her bath, and when she met the store cat, Spooky, she tried to play with him.
Millie has had pups in the past, and was likely traumatized fighting off male dogs, so she is unsure of dogs she doesn't know. She will bark and growl at them so slow approaches are important. She is an affectionate, happy girl and with a few more positive experiences meeting dogs, she should be right as rain.
3 years old
Female Kelpie Mix
Dogs: slow intro
Timbit is another one of our wonderful Yellowknife dogs. She is sweet, playful and adores her people. She comes knowing several commands and has done well in her foster home, though has not been left unattended.
She likes most dogs but needs a slow introduction. Once sniffs result in tail wags, she's good to go, and will play with playful dogs. This little girl is a great size and shape for biking and skiing, and will make a perfect Kootenay adventure buddy.
We have not tested her around cats.
1 year old
Status: Meet pending
Fort Smith has a habit of sending us the absolute cutest dogs. Brinkley has no issues whatsoever - she loves people and other dogs. She was surrendered to the shelter because she was too playful and energetic for the small breed senior in the home.
Though she is a small dog, she is young and energetic so will not be suitable for a quiet senior home. She does adore other dogs so applicants with playful dogs will be given preference.
She enjoys children as well so a busy family home will make her very happy.
3 year old
Female Husky Canaan
Bailey is a beautiful girl who will be looking for her third home. She has several wonderful qualities but also some behaviours that will need long term patience and care.
She is an extremely loyal dog and will be very affectionate and attentive toward her select group of people. She is shy around people she isn't familiar with. Her devotion means she will stick around when off leash or any time you are hanging around outside. Her favourite thing in the world is spending time with her people.
Bailey has trouble meeting dogs properly. She will growl and often snap at them, and if they don't react, things are find and they can carry on being friends. But she is consistently uncertain about meeting new dogs. She also prefers to be the only animal in the home. Due to some herding breed content, she may chase and nip smaller children so needs to be watched in busy public spaces.
Bailey loves car rides and is very well behaved in the house. She will appreciate an active home.
3 year old
Male Shepherd Mix
Dogs: medium and up
Rex is another Yellowknife transplant. He is a mild mannered, affectionate, and gentle boy. Rex enjoys car rides, walks and playing fetch. He recently discovered backyard sprinklers and quite enjoyed those too.
He is a well behaved boy in the house and knows basic commands. He walks well if in a harness but can pull with just a collar.
Rex is good with most dogs he meets but should not be around small animals. Dogs over 25lbs should be fine. He has had several successful forays into an urban dog park, but did have a bit incident with a small dog that walked under him. He also fixates on cats.
He is a very sweet dog with people - his Calgary fosters had a very hard time letting him go.
2 year old
Sally comes to us from AARCS in Calgary - they tend to send dogs that won't thrive in a city environment, and this beautiful LGD is certainly meant to be on an acreage!
Sally is a very sweet girl, who can be a little timid (hand shy) with strangers. She gets on well with most dogs but has had some tussles in the past.
She will jump a fence if bored - like most livestock guardians, she needs to have her mind occupied to be happy, whether that be spending time with her people, out adventuring, or watching her flock. Sally can get jealous and would do best as the only dog in a home.