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.
Bingo is a character and a half. This dog will love you harder than anything has ever loved you. He is enthusiastic, energetic, and a true lover of just being alive... and treats. Bingo was recently neutered so is being trained out of humping and marking, but his devotion to food makes him very trainable. Bingo knows exactly when he's being naughty, and if you are reprimanding him, he'll kiss your hands, because he knows you can't stay mad at adorable. This guy loves other dogs and just wants to play. His puppy energy can be too much for some, and he has a hard time understanding those cues. He is also new to leash walking so doesn't understand why a human is slowing him down when he wants to go sniff a thing.
Dogs like Bingo fit into a family very easily with a bit of patience and consistency.
1 year old male
Shepherd Husky Mix
Dogs: Yes please!
1.5 years old female
Lab Great Dane Mix
Dogs: Yes please!
Pixie has flown down all the way from Hay River, NT. She is a leggy gal who is a bit timid of new situations. She loves being in a home and warms up to cuddles pretty quickly. She may steal your pillow... and will snore. Great with dogs as well. She's moderately energetic and loves to stretch those legs on off-leash runs (has good recall too! - unless she's found something to chase). Pixie is still a big puppy and might chew some things - she may need to be crated when unsupervised in the house, until she grows out of it. She will chase cats. Walking on a leash is new to her but she will learn with time.
3 Years old
Female Pincher Cross
Dogs: Poor Meet Manners
If Kaz could talk she'd say "I'm a princess!"
She is a very affectionate girl once she gets to know you. She'll put her little princess paw up on your knee to get pets. Kaz is a dream in the house - can hold her pee forever, doesn't bark, chew things, or get into food.
She definitely has some special qualities that will require a special someone. Kaz is insecure about other dogs and is a complete bag during first meets. She has several dog friends, but we have to introduce her muzzled until she can get her initial crazy out, then she settles down and makes friends. She may also be part weasel because she will follow her nose into all sorts of trouble outdoors. We have tried Kaz off-leash many times and believe she will be a leash-only (or large fenced property) dog; bunny trails trump treats.
2 Years old
Female German Shepherd X
Kids: Calm ones
Daisy has just arrived from Yellowknife. She is a very timid girl who is wary of people and has clearly suffered abuse as she ducks and cringes from human hands. She is much smaller than she appears in photos - likely 50lbs or so. She is completely non-aggressive and avoids perceived dangers. Daisy enjoys the company of other dogs and is far more bright and confident when outdoors. She loves to sniff and check things out; her fosters let her have a long slack leash so that she can enjoy some choice and play when outside.
We've had many timid dogs come through and are confident, due to her young age, that she will flourish in the right setting. A patient home that is calm and has routine would be best, and a confident dog friend would be ideal.
STATUS: Home Trial
10 months old
Female Lab/Kelpie X
Miska comes to us from Yellowknife. She came to the shelter with 5 other dogs, all quite unsure of people. She was a roamer, so now both house life and being on leash are new to her. Miska is one of the smartest dogs we've had - which can lead to trouble in the wrong home. She is able to open doors and gates, and the occasional fridge.
She loves the outdoors and running in snow. Miska has done really well off-leash and stick very close to her people. She is shy with dogs at first meet but then wants to play with them constantly. It is difficult to tire her out, so will do best in a very active home (skiing and biking) with a dog who can match her willingness to play.
Her high intelligence leads to her getting bored easily, and she can get into mischief if not stimulated. She has been known to bark for attention, or chew things she isn't supposed to chew if she's feeling ignored. She has only been with us a short time and learns very quickly, so these traits are all trainable in the right setting.
1 year old
2 Year Old
Male Husky Mix
Panda spent several months at a shelter in Calgary so we thought the Kootenays might give him a chance! He is a young, playful boy who adores romping in the snow. He is a cuddlebug once he settles into his environment. Pan does have a high prey drive and is not suited to a home with cats or potentially toy breed dogs. Panda does not like small spaces so he is very uncomfortable in a crate, but has done well in a home unattended.
He hasn't been tested with children but there are no indications at all that he has any fear or aggression with people of any size. He gets on well with dogs, though he can guard toys if another dog is sharing his home.
10 month old
Henry and his sister (adopted) come to us from Fort Smith, NT. He is a vibrant, loving dog who is affectionate toward people and dogs of all sizes. At 70lbs, he's a pretty big boy, but despite his Rottie looks, we have confirmation that mum was a lab mix and papa was a shepherd.
Henry does need to work on basic manners, like leash walking and not jumping to say hello. He arrived intact and we hope to have him neutered in the coming month.