Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet Diego!

Note that Diego is on hold while we process current applications on him. Should he not be adopted, we will process new applications on him again.

Diego - Hold

Our best guess is that Diego is a Lab/Husky/Shepherd mix and that he is about 2 years old.

He is currently in a house with two other dogs (and they play all the time), a cat (whom he treats with respect), and two small children (2 and 4). He has fit in really well. He can sometimes be a bit of a puppy and doesn't know where his whole body is at all times.

Diego is curious, smart, and a bit silly. Within three days he knew his new name, the commands 'off', 'down', 'go pee' (he already knew sit), and reliably comes when called. He loves his toys, bones and, of course, ball for playing fetch. He has been quick to learn which toys in the house are dog acceptable and which are not.

He is a huge cuddle bug and loves nothing more than to snuggle for belly rubs. He is house broken (we had a few accidents when he first arrived) and asks out when needed.

Diego - Hold

Diego does have crate and separate anxiety (mega drooling in crate), but within four days he was found to be good (not perfect) with the run of the house which reduces some of the anxiety. Ideally, he would be in a home that is able to work with his anxiety.

His Lab side shows in his colour and food drive. He LOVES food and has helped himself to a few things recently. Once certain items were removed from access, free time has been uneventful. This love for food and his smarts will be great for obedience training.

Diego is a social dog and would do well in a house with playmates or that can offer regular play dates with other dogs (dog park, or lots of visits with doggy friends for play dates).

Come meet this big sweetie today!

Diego is neutered, up-to-date on all his shots, and will be microchipped prior to adoption.

Diego - Hold

To apply to adopt Diego, please complete the adoption application form. For more information on Diego or any of our other dogs available for adoption, please contact catahoulaontario@gmail.com

To view all of our available dogs, click here

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Meet Hudson!

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Hudson is a handsome white Siberian husky, about 65 lbs, and we think about two years old. He came to Catahoula Rescue after being picked up as a stray and spending several weeks at a local pound. He is affectionate and good natured, a mannerly dog, and knows basic commands like sit and lay down. Like many huskies, he is extremely clever and learns quickly but can be stubborn, and will fit best with confident, experienced dog owner who sets rules and delivers consistency and who will be a leader. Hudson was a bit snappy at first, but this may have been from the upheaval of being in a shelter and then the adjustment to a new home, as well as testing his place in the new pack.

Hudson ADORES children, and would thrive in an environment with kids to play with. He gets along well with the other dogs in the home, and will play with them outside for hours. He would probably do best in a home with another dog to play with and occupy his time while his owner is away (or bring him to the dog parks or play dates daily). He also is good with the four cats in the home. He is not a guard dog. His attitude towards strangers tends to be welcoming, showing excitement about a possible new playmate rather than any aggressiveness.

Huskies have an instinctual need to run and travel, and it is essential that he be adopted to a home that has a large, adequately fenced area. He will require a LOT of exercise to diffuse his energy and maintain his good behavior (ie at least one to two hours of hard running or other vigorous activity each day). A tired husky is a happy husky. He is currently in a home with an underground invisible fence, and respects it well.

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He is great on a leash, although still a little anxious while being walked in an urban area with all the strange activity and noise and will need a little more experience, but is super on quiet roads. He is also really great running beside a bicycle. It’s unlikely (due to his breed) that he will ever come to the point where he can be walked off leash without wandering off, but he is great at dog parks.

He is housebroken, and has great house manners. He rarely barks (although will stand at the door and give a small bark to be let in or outside). He hasn’t shown any interest in chewing while in the house, etc, although this would likely change if he was bored and not exercised enough. He was initially anxious in the car, but has adjusted well, and now rides quietly, although he is sometimes vocal while inside the vehicle while it’s parked.

Hudson has a heavy coat, and sheds quite a bit. He will need to be regularly brushed and/or taken to a groomer a couple of times/year.

Due to their beauty, Siberian Huskies are one of the most wrongly purchased breeds around. Many do not take into consideration their temperaments and particular quirks and are often left with an unruly, albeit beautiful, dog. Due to their instinct to wander, many Siberian Huskies are either lost, killed, or given to shelters due to uninformed owners. If you are thinking of adopting Hudson, take a lot of time to learn about the breed.

Hudson is neutered, heartworm negative, up to date on his vaccinations, and will be microchipped prior to adoption.

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To apply to adopt Hudson, please complete the adoption application form. For more information on Hudson or any of our other dogs available for adoption, please contact catahoulaontario@gmail.com

To view all of our available dogs, click here

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Meet Bella!


Bella is an 11-month-old Catahoula mix. She is a beautiful girl who gets plenty of compliments out on walks. Bella is extremely smart and very inquisitive. She also happens to be deaf and partially blind. But don’t feel sorry for her because she certainly doesn’t let that slow her down!

Bella is excellent with other dogs and has made fast friends with her new foster brother. Unfortunately she hasn’t quite hit it off as well with the cat. While she doesn’t do the cat any harm, she wants to play with her and the cat wants none of it! Bella would be better off in a home with no cats, but another dog to be her guide would be ideal! She doesn’t live with any children, but has been around them and done very well.

Bella wants to jump up and kiss every human who crosses her path. She hasn’t learned her manners yet and will need a family to show her how to politely greet humans and other four-legged friends.


She is a master of escape and will therefore need to be crated while her family is out. She also loves to chew, but if given a good bone or a treat filled kong, your furniture will be safe!

Bella loves to curl up next to her foster mom at night, sleeps right through the night and doesn’t get into any trouble.
True to her breed, Bella has lots of energy and puppy energy at that! She requires lots of exercise to stay out of trouble. She needs to learn leash manners, but once she does she would make an excellent running partner once she has finished growing!

Because she is deaf, Bella may never be able to go to an unfenced off-leash park; however, she will need to run. She would be well suited to a family with a large fenced-in yard so she can run and play to her heart’s content.

Bella is spayed, heartworm negative, up to date on her vaccinations, and will be microchipped prior to adoption.


To apply to adopt Bella, please complete the adoption application form. For more information on Bella or any of our other dogs available for adoption, please contact catahoulaontario@gmail.com

To view all of our available dogs, click here

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Meet Bruce!

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Bruce is a gorgeous 6-7 year old Australian Cattle Dog (Red Heeler). He was raised by an elderly woman, who passed away two years ago. He then took up residence with her brother, also elderly, who has sadly just passed away himself. So, Bruce now finds himself homeless again. He is ready to start a new chapter in his life, and would really like to be outlived by his family for a change!

Bruce is a true gentleman. Calm, smart and well behaved. He knows many basic obedience commands, is very well mannered, quiet, and is fully house trained. He walks beautifully on leash and LOVES walk time. He is not very vocal (except for some comical grunting), so he may be ok in an apartment, with lots of walks.

Bruce was previously living a fairly sedentary life and as a result is carrying a little extra weight. He is currently 64 lbs, and his ideal weight is closer to 55 lbs. He prefers to lounge around rather than be very active right now -- except when it comes to walk time! Then he is spinning in circles at just the thought of his walk!! He will need a slow introduction to more rigorous forms of exercise to build up his endurance. He loves to play fetch and he will bring the ball right back every time and drop it at your feet for you to throw again, just don't throw it too far yet.

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Bruce loves the company of people and bonds quickly and closely with his humans. He has always lived as an only pet, and that is his comfort zone. As a middle aged dog, we would prefer to place him in an only animal household, rather then force him to adapt. If he is going to live with other dogs, they should ideally be calm, respectful dogs. When he first arrived, we placed him in a foster home with 8 other animals (3 dogs and 5 cats) and he was clearly stressed. We opted for a foster family with no other pets, and he is much happier. That's not to say that he doesn't like other animals, he does, just that he prefers a quieter home, at least for now.

Bruce has not lived with children before, and as a result, it is not recommended that his new home have young children (under approximately 8). However, he is not displaying any behaviour that concerns us.

Bruce is the kind of fella that wants to play a game of fetch, go for a nice walk, then curl up at your feet and snooze the day away (until it's walk time again).

If that sound like the home you have to offer, Bruce would love to meet you. He may be the loving, loyal companion you've been looking for.

Bruce is neutered, heartworm negative, up to date on his vaccinations, and microchipped.

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To apply to adopt Bruce, please complete the adoption application form. For more information on Bruce or any of our other dogs available for adoption, please contact catahoulaontario@gmail.com

To view all of our available dogs, click here

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Come meet Jynxie & Coco this Saturday at PetValu Barrhaven!

Two very sweet dogs are excited to meet you this coming Saturday, July 26th at the CRO Meet & Greet at PetValu Barrhaven. They hope that one of you will fall in love with them and want to make them a part of your family :-)

If you stop by, please be sure to say Hi to Jynxie. He’ll be there giving out doggie kisses from about 10:00am to noon.

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Jynxie is a loving and social dog who gets along with everyone! He is 8 years old and weighs about 70 lbs. We think he is a Catahoula mix with a bit of Boxer in him… the rest is a mystery. He has a striking white stripe down his back that makes him look quite dapper :-) He’s sweet and loving and a really good boy.

And Coco will also be doling out the kisses from about 11:00am-1:00pm.

coco collage

Coco is a 3-5 year old Shepherd mix who came to Catahoula Rescue as a stray. She was thin and frightened, her feet were raw and she had suffered a spinal injury. Coco has had 7 months of both physical and behavioral rehabilitation in her foster home and has come leaps and bounds. Her physical injuries have healed. Her emotional self is a thousand times better. She’s happy, gregarious and playful without being high energy. She is wonderful with everyone she meets, loves her humans, little and big and greets everyone with a lean in to be petted.

And of course, there will be other available CRO dogs there who would love to meet you :-) Times for each dog are approximate. Click a dog’s picture to read his or her complete profile.

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Catahoula mix
Male, Adult

10:00am – noon
llama profile

Chihuahua/Terrier mix
Female, Adult

Noon – 2:00pm


Catahoula/Shiba Inu mix
Female, Young

10:00am – noon


Shih Tzu mix
Female, Adult

Noon – 2:00pm

Collie/Shepherd mix
Female, Adult

11:00am – 1:00pm
robin profile

Shepherd mix
Female, Adult

1:00pm – 3:00pm

CRO Meet and Greet
Saturday, July 26 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
PetValu Barrhaven ~ 1581 Greenbank Road
There will also be other adoptable dogs, a bake sale,
nail trims and microchipping

Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 21, 2014

CRO Meet & Greet!

Want to meet some of CRO’s adoptable dogs? Well here’s your chance! CRO will be at PetValu in Barrhaven for a Meet & Greet this coming Saturday, July 26th from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Come say hello to our beautiful dogs and lovely volunteers! Nail trims, microchips, and a bake sale are on the agenda too.

Poster PV Barrhaven July 4

We’ll list the times that our dogs will be at the event once we have the information from our fosters.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meet Delilah!

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Meet Delilah! This sweet doll is about 40lbs, and 7 months of age. She will continue to grow, but is not expected to be a very large dog. She will be spayed on July 21st.

Her breed mix is quite the mystery! Everyone we ask has a different idea, from Leonberger, Shepherd (German/Belgian), Spaniel, Setter, Border Collie, Aussie, Sheltie, Golden... Wookie? :-). Your guess is as good as ours. She has gorgeous red colours in her soft coat, great feathering, and very unique wispy white hairs. Simply adorable!

Delilah is as sweet as she is pretty. She is easy going and affectionate, and she is her foster mom's loyal little shadow! She is also a shy girl, having likely not been exposed to many new things over the course of her life (up until now!). The great thing with Delilah is that she gets over he fears quickly -- the first time she heard the coffee grinder, she flew to the other side of the house. By the second or third time, her ears just perked up, then she went back to sleep. Still, she will benefit hugely from confidence building, socialization and a dedicated and patient owner to help her along. Delilah doesn't want to be a wallflower for the rest of her life! Even when she is feeling unsure, her reaction is never one of aggression.

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Delilah is happily sharing her home with another dog (large male), and we suspect she will do well with cats, as she ignores them on walks. However, we would have to introduce her to your kitties for a home with feline friends, to be sure. We are not seeing any behaviours that would concern us with children over approx 6, but she is not currently living with kids.

Delilah is obedient and calm (for a puppy!). She is medium energy at present, but as a puppy, her energy levels may fluctuate. She would love to do a basic obedience class, to show you how smart her is. She is picking up on basic cues very quickly. She does not have any housetraining accidents in her foster home, but at her age, will continue to need supervision.

She was not crate training prior to her arrival in rescue, and is quite nervous about her crate (she will stress drool excessively). She couldn't be crated for a full work day at this point, and alternative arrangement would be required until she can be properly crate trained (ie. learn that her crate is a safe place, not a stressful place).

Delilah loves toys! Her idea of pure happiness is laying on her big soft dog bed, with a big pile of toys, with her humans close by. She is still teething, but she does a reasonably good job of selecting appropriate chew items (eg. she is not chewing furniture or shoes, etc), but supervision is required. I have seen her prance off with a sock, and one under garment has already suffered a sad fate!

She is fine with all handling, and genuinely enjoys a good snuggle or a belly rub.

Delilah is up to date on her vaccines and will be spayed and microchipped prior to adoption.

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To apply to adopt Delilah, please complete the adoption application form. For more information on Delilah or any of our other dogs available for adoption, please contact catahoulaontario@gmail.com

To view all of our available dogs, click here