Big T

Hero there I’m Big T because I’m big and my teeth stick out. I was abandoned at WHARF the Friday that the highways were closed and there was freezing rain. I was left in the backyard (which is now locked) and wasn’t found for a couple hours, so I sat there patiently waiting in the cold. It wasn’t just me who was abandoned I was with Little T, Potatoes and Tomatoes. I was brought into the vet where we found of I was in extreme pain and had a very bad ear infection, I am not good with other dogs or little kids. I’ve been through a lot and heaven knows what home I came from, but I need a quiet home with no other animals (a patient home). I have a lot of issues and WHARF learns a little bit more about me every day but I could be worth it if you take the chance on me.

Age: 8 years
Breed: Bulldog
Location: Edmonton
Intake: November 2018

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Clyde

I am the longest dog in care! I would love someone to pick me!

I just finished my 3rd week in a real house. My foster Mum says I’m amazing!! I’ve learned to go potty outside and I don’t even need her to stand outside with me I as long as I can see her at the door so I know she’ll let me back in. She still bribes me to go in my crate when she’s away at work all day but I really don’t mind going in anymore… that’s my cozy place. I sleep there all night and don’t complain at all. She really likes that I don’t bark much at all except sometimes at the TV since I still don’t trust that thing. Once or twice I’ve barked at people on the street but I don’t bark when I’m playing in the backyard with her. I like to chase balls and I’ll bring them back but my favourite game is tug-a-war… love that!! Mum says I’m hard on my toys so she gets me the toughest ones she can find. But she’s proud of me that I’ve learned that not everything in a house is a toy (I thought that when I first got to my foster home). I leave the recycling in the bin now…she leaves it out, I think she’s deliberately testing me! and I only play with my toys. Mum says not all the rooms are my play places so I don’t go in the bedrooms. I lie down in the doorway and wait (I say when my bum isn’t in the room, it doesn’t count as being in the room? right?) I love walks and I’m getting really really good at walking beside Mum when she says heel… I know the difference now when we’re “walking” and when I get to sniff and tinkle. I like meeting other dogs when we walk. I’m still a little worried at first (I used to have to fight a lot before Wharf rescued me) but after a careful greeting I usually crouch with my bum up and tail wagging and try to encourage them to play with me. I’ll admit and still nervous of men. I’ll meet them on a walk but I don’t wag my tail and ask for pats like I do when I meet women. Give me a couple of days with a man and I’m sure I’d be OK but I just need a bit of time to get my trust built up. My dream home would have a fenced back yard so when I get the sillies I can run around like crazy. My Mum drops the leash when we’re alone in the park and lets me run loose because I don’t run away from her. She says I’d probably won’t be a “flight risk” because I really like to be with my peeps! I always come back to her when she calls me in the park but that’s with no other people or dogs around. She says I’m too new to be trusted quite yet with more distractions. Since I love to play games like tug and fetch, I should have a forever home where they want a dog to play with, not just look at… Mum says that’s my Labrador genes. Please come see me… I’m very sweet and very happy and so loyal and loving. I love my Foster Mum to pieces but I want my forever home.

Age: 2 year
Breed: Beagle Lab X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: May 2018

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Denter

Hey everybody, this little guys name is Denter. Denter was a stray living in a northern community in Saskatchewan. We noticed his ear was a bit floppy and he had scabs all over his body, we got him into the vet clinic as soon as possible to be assessed. After getting him under anesthetic the vets did a thorough exam. He had very old trauma to his ear, mouth, testicles and back which they figured was from being attacked by a dog. This was a very long and difficult surgery for Denter and the vets. His ear had tried to heal it self but did not heal in a good way, the vets had to make him a new ear canal. It was full of pus and they also found pieces of a dogs teeth lodged in his ear. His teeth were severely damaged which had to removed, he had lots of scarring on his testicles from dog bites and his scabs were all cleaned up. Denter is in very good spirits despite his major surgeries and horrible past and is recovering great. He is now playing and putting on weight and ready for adoption. His ear is a little floppy and he doesn’t hear out of it very well but he is still just as cute. Thanks to the Crestwood Vet Clinic Team for fixing this boy up!

Age:  3 years
Breed: Shepherd X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: October 2018

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Fletcher

We have had the pleasure of Fletcher’s company for 2 weeks now and he has been a delight to have around. He does not allow the loss of his leg to hamper him and he enjoys going for walks and playing with our little dog. He goes up and down steps no problem. He is careful going down but not apprehensive He gets along with dogs of all sizes. Fletcher is a happy active 6 month old puppy looking for someone to love him. He is well behaved if left alone. When he first came I crated him but now I leave him in the laundry room with no issue. He has not been destructive but sometimes he thinks slippers are his chew toys! He is easily redirected if he is doing something he shouldn’t. He does mouth in play when he gets excited which might be scary for little children but again he will listen and stop when told and I’m sure he will grow out of this soon. Fletcher has been through a lot in his short life and has proven himself to be a survivor If you think you could offer this sweet dog a loving home please come meet him and see how you get along

Age: 6 months
Breed: Hound X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: October 2018

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Jack (Trump)

I am pending adoption!

Trump (we call him Jack, like Jack of Spades as the top trump card) is a great dog who just really wants to be loved and feel secure. He missed out on some foundational puppy time so he’s living through it now. He’s paired in foster care with a mature dog and a 5 month old puppy and he LOVES to wrestle, play and chase with the other puppy because he missed that opportunity 6 months ago. My assessment of this sweet boy is that he requires a solid hour of play in the morning and another later in the day and it is sufficient to burn off his energy. If you give him lots of toy options, he’s very settled during the day. He loves to chew bones and hang out with our cats. He longs to please you so he works hard on his manners. He would be a great fit for anyone who can commit to taking him to the park daily so he can play with lots of his dog buddies. He’s a super social dog and thrives on the energy of being in a pack of friends. He loves to play ball too! He could be a great running partner if that’s an interest of his forever human. Or if you’re interested in pursuing agility training, he’s be perfectly suited to this. Or if you have a farm and need a working dog, he could likely do it but he loves humans SO MUCH you might find him following YOU around the yard or garage instead of tending the sheep LOL. If you work from home, are retired, or just long for a snuggle buddy, Jack is your man. He loves to snuggle and be petted. He has a long coat that will need to be brushed out at least once a week. He doesn’t really appreciate this grooming time yet but he lets me do it. He has a slightly odd haircut at present as I cut the mats out of his fur as he had not been being brushed regularly in his original home due to his parent’s medical restrictions. He likes to mouth my arm when I brush him but he basks up the attention and longs for me to dote on him longer, even if it is with conditioner, scissors and a brush! This gorgeous boy is happiest the more time he gets to spend with a human. He is quiet though when left alone at home. I just leave him with lots of toys and he LOVES to play and sleep. He’s also a GREAT sleeper! If you have questions about this adorable boy, please express your interest online and I will get back to you as soon as possible. He’s neutered, dewormed and up to date on his shots. He is 21″ at the shoulder and 45lbs.

 Age: 10 months
Breed: Standard Poodle Australian Shepherd X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: October 2018

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Penny

I am the most snugly love bug you will ever meet! I am a middle aged gal who has a lot of life experience. This is what my foster mom is guessing about me. I have lived in a house before. I am fully house trained and when I saw the kennel I walked right in and laid down. I know this is a safe place. I have ridden in the car before. I know about jumping in and I’m super cool about the car ride. I like kids, cats and other dogs. When I meet a dog I show them that I am tough by growling and bristling up. Foster mom says a lot of smaller, girl dogs are like this. We have to show that we are tough so that no one hurts us. I don’t know how to play wrestle with my foster brother. He was giving me all the play signals but I did not get what was going on. I thought he wanted to fight me for real! Foster mom says in time I can learn about play. The cat is very fun and I like to watch her closely. I haven’t shown any aggression towards the foster cat. I look like I’ve had puppies at some point. I had spay surgery recently and almost didn’t live through it. Thankfully I did because I have a lot of love to give. When foster mom stops petting me I get really annoyed. I need pets all the time! I need to go to a house with a submissive dog. If I am going to a home with other dogs then I like to be in charge and be the tough dog on the house. I need a dog who doesn’t mind if I put my head or paws on their back to show them I am in control. Check out Shauna’s Foster Dog Family on Facebook for more photos and videos of me. Please ask to meet me today!

Age: 6 years
Breed: Mastiff Lab X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: November 2018

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Ritz

Ritz is the sweetest dog! She just wants to be with her people and get snuggles all the time. Her tail is always wagging (actually her whole bum), and she loves to give lots of kisses. However, she’s also very good at just relaxing in her crate when her people are busy or away. She loves her crate and is doing well with housetraining. She walks reasonably well on the leash – she could use some more work on loose leash walking but she is also not a hard puller. She walked into the house like she’s lived in one her whole life – what a good dog! Ritz had surgery for a broken hip in September. The surgery required the head of the femur to be removed, so she no longer has a “ball and socket” joint. She is doing very well post op and is using her leg well. She has a slight limp which may persist for the rest of her life, but she runs and plays without concern. She would love to go to a moderately active home as she has lots of puppy energy still that she wants to burn off. To help maintain her mobility well into her senior years she will need to be kept slim. Ritz does have a couple of small nuisance behaviours that we have been working on and she’s been making great progress! She can be a little nervous of new people at first, particularly from afar. On walks she tends to bark at people or other dogs that she sees, but once close enough to sniff them and get pets she seems to love everyone. We have been working on this leash reactivity and she rarely barks anymore, but a reactivity class with a positive reinforcement trainer may be helpful. She also barks at the door and sometimes at men who live in the same household when they come home (or come in from another room/part of the house). We’ve been using a Treat and Train (remote treat dispensing unit) to work on this and she’s been doing fabulously. She is a very sensitive girl so only positive reinforcement training should be used. Ritz will require a home with no small animals as she has shown the propensity for prey drive with pet rabbits in her foster home. A very bold cat may be acceptable, but she should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. So far she has gotten on well with most other dogs and adult humans; she has met only a few small children but did well with them.

Age: 1-3 years
Breed: Lab X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: November 2018

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Sandcastle

Hi, My name’s Sand Castle! I’m such a lovable boy with a great personality. I am being fostered with kids, dogs and a cat and am very well behaved. I really just love everyone. I will play if you want or I am happy to cuddle and lay at your feet or you can just rub my belly. I am a big boy(65lbs) with medium energy and do need daily exercise. If you have a dog for me to play with, that would be great too or I’d love to have some doggy friends to play with sometimes. My recall is pretty good but I still need some training. I am very motivated to work for treats. I know “sit” and “go lay down” and am learning “stay”.

I had a skin infection when I came into care but I am getting better with some medication. My immune system was not doing well but now I’m on a really good diet and I am hoping to continue on it. I just love it! My foster mom says it’s the best food for my body.
I don’t like being crated so my foster mom bought me a heavy duty item for me to chew while loose in the house while my family is not home. If I don’t have my special chewies and I get bored, I will look for something to do. For this reason, I need a family who isn’t away full time. I have shown that I can behave for a few hours while home alone. Exercising me before leaving me alone will also help as I will most likely just sleep. A tired dog is a good dog.
I have been excellent with doing my “business” outside and have had no accidents inside. If you want a big, lovable, loyal best friend, I am your guy! Did I mention how much fun I am?!?! You won’t regret adopting me. My foster family just loves me and will be sad to see me go.

 

Age: 1 year
Breed: Lab X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: October 2018

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Sol

I’m a BOY!

I am a puppy and I’ve been in care since July! All the other puppies have found their forever homes but I’m still waiting.  Puppies always get adopted quickly – but not me. My whole life I’ve been in care, I want a place to call home. Will someone pick me?

Age: 9 months
Breed: Collie X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: July 2018

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Spence

Spence is a special guy who needs the right home.  Please read his bio carefully.

Spence bonds strongly with females but needs help learning that men aren’t scary. He has been in a foster home with a man and after about a week his aggression toward the man grew. He was then adopted, and again, struggled with the male relationship as time went on. He was returned to WHARF for this reason. He needs a female home with no kids or older kids who can read dogs and be sensitive to his and fears. He needs someone who is willing to help him and love him as he learns to live without fear. He came from a difficult situation before WHARF and has had a hard time adjusting to family life. He is such a goofy and funny dog that loves to play and go on walks and then cuddle next to you on the couch. He loves going through the toy box and taking his treasures back to his lair (aka his kennel). Spence is well behaved in the house, great in his kennel and non-reactive to cats.  He may be a dog with challenges but he is worth the effort! He is neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed.

November Update: After some adjustment time out at the WHARF farm, Spence is back in the city in foster care. He’s living with two other dogs and two cats. Spence is a medium energy dog who loves to run, play, and explore. He has a few bad habits to work out like his love of the recycling bin and his occasional habit of helping himself to human food when it’s left unattended. Spence is a submissive dog who would do best in a home with another confident and well adjusted dog, but he could be an only dog too as long as his forever family is committed to bringing him to off leash parks regularly and ensuring he keeps socializing. Spence is house trained, doesn’t mind his crate, and is good at riding in the car (he’s apprehensive of getting in at first but not too heavy to help in). He can leash walk and has learned quickly how to be a good running partner (he doesn’t try to trip me like some fosters LOL) and isn’t fussy if I vary the pace constantly due to ice. He is nervous when I come up to him outside or in the house and cowers low to the ground. Only positive reinforcement should be used with him BUT he also wants a firm leader who he knows he can trust to meet his needs and keep him safe. Because he missed a lot of puppy development, he still plays with his teeth when he’s snuggling on the couch and figures my hoodie sleeves are for eating when I am not focused on him or petting him if I’m sitting beside him. He’s a great dog who will make a family a great pet! Check out Fosters at Our Place on Facebook to see more photos and video of Spence!

Age: 8 months
Breed: X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: October 2018

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Trixie

Hi I’m Trixie ! I promise to make you laugh and if you like to play fetch and tug of war I’m your gal! My foster parents have been working on my manners and my leash skills. I can sit and lie down and my recall is getting better all the time. I am also very quite dog and do well in my crate. Did I mention I am seriously good looking ? I can play nice with other dogs but am a little rough so I would like a bigger playmate. I would probably do best in a home without cats. I think I’ve spent too much time in a crate in my life and would like the chance to be a free dog. I am energetic and like to chew on my toys. Hopefully you will come and meet me and see just how sweet I am !

Age: 1 year
Breed: Shepherd X
Location: Edmonton
Intake: July 2018

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