Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Meet Banjo!

* Special needs – allergies *


Banjo is a 3-4 year old Shih Tzu/Schnauzer mix. He weighs 14 lbs. Banjo comes to us from a shelter in need of some special care due to skin issues and allergies. A few months ago, Banjo was almost completely bald due to his allergies, most likely caused by an improper diet. His fur has all grown back now, with just a couple of patches on his back legs, feet, and tail to go. His skin is a little dry and he is receiving all-natural supplements to help with this. Banjo needs to strictly eat a prescription non-allergic food to keep his coat and skin under control. No extra treats for this cutie, but he does not mind at all. The food that he must eat is purchased only through a veterinarian - Hill's z/d Canine Ultra Allergen-Free. It does cost a little more than a high quality pet food found in a pet food store, however there won't be the added expense of treats and bones which would probably even things out.

Through all of this, Banjo is a very well-adjusted dog. He is a happy go lucky little dude that loves to run and play. He listens when told no. We are working on the sit command and he almost has it. He is pretty quiet and very well behaved in the home. He is crate trained and is content to sleep quietly in it all night long. He can be left free roaming or confined while you are out. Banjo is a bit of an alarm barker and will alert you to visitors at your door or welcome you back from work with a lovely song. He's so excited to tell you all about his day that he just cannot contain himself. He seems to prefer women to men and will bark at a man when he first meets him. All he does is bark, once he gets to know the man, he’s his best friend and playmate.


Banjo is housebroken and lets you know when it’s time to go outside by dancing around a bit in front of you. He is content to lie on a dog bed on the floor and play and chew on his toys as well as come up for some cuddle time if invited. When you are in the kitchen preparing a meal, Banjo will be right there to supervise. He does not beg for food, he just wants to be near and usually falls asleep on the floor while waiting for you to finish.

Banjo is currently living with 3 other dogs and 5 cats in his foster home. He gets along well with the dogs, eats right alongside them, shares toys, and runs & plays chase with them in the yard. He really couldn’t be bothered with the cats and doesn’t pay them much attention at all.

Banjo is a moderate energy little dog that does require his coat to be brushed on a frequent basis. If his coat turns out to be more like the Shih Tzu side of him once it fully returns to normal, Banjo will require daily brushing and trips to the groomers to keep him looking absolutely fabulous.

Banjo has not undergone formal allergy testing. However, he has been doing well on the non-allergic prescription diet since he has been in rescue and this would need to continue through to this forever home.

Banjo is neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative), and microchipped.


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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Meet DJ!


Introducing the strikingly handsome DJ, our ladies dog, man’s dog, dog about town!

DJ came into care in August from a local shelter that had run out of room. He is an athletically built, mid-sized dog weighing in at about 50lbs. DJ’s foster family report that while he came out of the shelter a very anxious boy, he is developing into a loving and affectionate wanna be lapdog with them and with friends.

DJ is still working on his anxiety issues, and can whine at times when he isn’t sure of what is going on around him. He has shown steady improvement in his months in care, and is gaining more confidence every day. His main concern is with people that have hats or other headgear on. His foster family and Catahoula Rescue volunteers have teamed up to help him get used to people with hats with great success. We anticipate that this fear will soon be a thing of the past. DJ also came into care with separation anxiety. He has made wonderful improvements in this area, but a future family will need to continue to help him be comfortable being left alone.


DJ loves to learn! To keep him busy and help with his anxiety issues, his foster family has taken him to a beginner’s obedience course where he both learned all the material AND gained confidence every class. DJ will continue with his education until he is adopted to keep that success going. His current repertoire includes sit, down, sit/stay, down/stay, recall, heeling, pedestal work, and loose leash walking. And, just for fun, he has already learned how to zip through an agility tunnel.

DJ also loves to play! Fetching toys is a passion in his world, and he will consistently place ‘gifts’ in the laps or hands of his people to thrown for him. He has learned about food puzzles, like stuffed Kongs and food balls, and has decided that he is a fan. Zoomies with friends on the top of his activities wish list. He has proven to be good with dogs large and small. DJ has met cats in a pet store and aside from a curious look, chose to go about his day. He is good with people, though does best when given a chance to take the introduction at his own pace.

Overall, a smart and affectionate dog looking for a loving family to continue his life’s journey with.

DJ is neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative), and microchipped.


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

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Meet Maia!


Meet the pretty and sweet Maia! We believe she is a Husky-GSD mix, and is approximately 60lbs and 4 years old.

This lovely lady was rescued by the Montreal SPCA, along with 34 other dogs, from a facility in Quebec where her basic needs were not being met. She is now in a foster home, where she is being treasured as a family pet for the very first time in her life. Don't feel sorry for her though, she is one happy husky!

Being under-socialized, she is unsure of new people, but her nature is inquisitive and affectionate. Although she is still very shy with new people, she is quick to come in for a sniff and a quick greeting, and a lick on the hand if you are lucky. Eventually she will come nearby to be patted. Given how quickly she is adjusting, we expect that in time and with proper guidance, she has the potential to be confident and well-adjusted young lady. For now, slow and steady is the name of her game.

Maia has been polite but unsure with the dogs that she has met so far. She prefers calm and respectful canine companions, rather than bouncy puppies or dogs that come rushing straight at her. She is living with another dog her age presently, and a silly flighted parrotlet. She has demonstrated curiosity towards the small bird, but has not tried to hunt or catch him.

Maia has not met children in the time that she has been with us. Right now, fast human movements can still be a bit scary for her, so an adult home, or kids around 10+, would be ideal.

Maia loves chasing toys. She will sometimes pick one up and throw it up in the air all by herself. She is good at sharing her toys with her foster dog brother too. She is not showing any food guarding behaviour.

Maia is crate trained and rides well in the car. So far, she doesn't whine, counter-surf, chew, dig, or jump up. She will bark a little when she is excited (like when her foster parents come home), but she is also possibly feeding off the energy of the foster brother. Some shy dogs will start to push the boundaries a bit more when they get more confidence, so on-going positive training and consistency will be helpful in keeping any bad habits at bay.

maia blanket

Maia would be a great candidate for a basic obedience class once she settles in, as she is just starting to learn her commands for the first time.

She is medium energy at present, and calm indoors, but with continued exercise and proper nutrition, her activity level may increase. She would love to accompany her humans on a run, and enjoys playing around with her foster brother.

Maia is spayed, up to date on her vaccines, microchipped and heartworm tested (negative). She is being fostered in Chelsea (QC).


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

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet Cooper ADOPTED!


Cooper is an approximately 7 month old Border Collie (possibly mix).

He is a very sweet, affectionate, and active boy that is learning manners in his foster his foster home. He loves to play with his foster brother.

Cooper is still quite timid and will need some continued confidence building.


Being Border Collie, this boy will need plenty of daily physical and mental exercise.

Cooper is currently doing very well with his foster's cat.

Cooper is neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative), and microchipped.

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

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Meet Jade ADOPTED!

Jade is the cutest little girl, approximately 10-11 months old, and about 25-30 pounds. We think she might be some combination of Australian Shepherd and/or Australian Cattle Dog and/or Catahoula.

Jade came to us after someone saved her from being bullied by teenagers in a parking lot. When no one came forward to claim her, she was given a new chance to find a wonderful forever home with someone who will give her the love she deserves.

She certainly hasn't let anything in her past faze her in the slightest! Jade is happy, enthusiastic, loves people, and loves other dogs. She has been working on her basic manners with people and other dogs since no one had ever taught her, but she is learning quickly – this is one smart girl! Jade is incredibly good in a crate and hasn't had a single accident in there. She is also coming along beautifully with house training.

Jade is a typical puppy in that she has energy, loves to play, and likes to try new things, so like any puppy, she needs monitoring and redirection towards appropriate toys and behaviours. She can get a little bit exuberant with play and on a leash (especially if she sees a squirrel!), so we are working on those things and she is doing very well. Her recall is also showing lots of promise – she is getting really good at it in the house and the yard.

Jade has not been tested yet with cats or children. As for children, she is very friendly but is probably still a bit too exuberant for small kids.

Jade is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative), and microchipped.

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

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Meet Jasmine ADOPTED!


Jasmine is a cuddle bug who wants nothing more than to snuggle up on your lap. She is likely under a year of age and is around 30-40 pounds. She is very unique looking with her gorgeous brindle coat and one blue and one brown eye. We believe she may be a Catahoula mix.

She is great with other dogs and cats. She is spunky and loves to play. She can run for hours, but is very calm in the house. She would make a great jogging partner when she is old enough! She is loving off leash hikes with her fosters and is doing really well at checking in and not taking off so far.


Jasmine knows all the basic commands and is housebroken. She loves other dogs and had a blast on her trips to the dog park. She needs some leash work, a bit more crate training, and some overall confidence building. Luckily she is extremely food motivated and learns quickly!

She’s a little shy with new people, but once she warms up to you, she is the biggest suck. She loves belly rubs and always wants to be touching someone. She hasn’t met young kids, but is fine with older kids as long as they are respectful and take it slow.

Jasmine is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative), and microchipped.


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

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Meet Zeva ADOPTED!


Zeva is thought to be a Treeing Tennessee Brindle Hound (or mix of one). She is estimated to be 2-3 years old and her ideal weight is approximately 40 lbs.

Zeva has a very loving gentle personality. She enjoys the company of humans very much. When out for a walk, Zeva wants to greet everyone, big and small. She is quiet in the home, but can be vocal outdoors, especially when honing in on her treeing skills. She has successfully treed a few small critters, proudly “singing” to alert that she has done her job. Zeva is fully house trained and knows a few basic obedience commands, like sit and down. We are working on some self control, as she is a bit bouncy when she gets excited. She is very food motivated and learns quickly. If a treat is offered, Zeva will probably do just about whatever you ask of her. She is crate trained and can also be left free roaming in the home. Zeva is always super excited to welcome you home from a day at work, her joyful expression is priceless. Sounds almost too good to be true, right! No joke, Zeva is a gem.


Zeva totally lights up when other dogs are present. She is very social and loves to run and play. She is a strong and energetic medium sized hound with a rough and tumble play style. She is still learning the ropes of proper doggy etiquette. Zeva takes her cues from the other dogs and will quickly get the hint if she over steps her boundaries. She will bow and coax the other dogs to run and chase her whenever she gets the chance. She would love to have a fenced in yard with daily walks to keep her well exercised and in tip top shape. Zeva would make a great running or hiking partner. She has very good recall in a secure area so she would probably do well at the dog park too.

Zeva is currently living with three other dogs and five cats in her foster home. She adapted instantly to the busy household and has integrated quite easily with all of the animals. She has even been seen giving the cats kisses. Ideally Zeva would love to have another dog to play with and keep her company in her new home. She is a bit timid on her own, but with another dog to support her she blossoms and has the confidence to face the exciting new adventures that await her in life.

Zeva is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative), and microchipped.


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

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