Cajun *NEEDS FOSTER*
Cajun was picked up running stray, very nervous of strangers, leading us to believe she'd had minimal contact with strangers. When being transported by an animal control worker in a van without a leash, she displayed wariness of the worker and earned an immediate death sentence. A Barlee's volunteer happened to be on a work stint at the shelter and asked to see the dog. She saw a dog that was not used to people and needed to be given time and space, but who warmed up nicely. She persuaded the shelter manager to allow us to take Cajun, but when she went back, Cajun had already been sedated in preparation for the lethal needle. So, Cajun barely scraped by. She has recovered fine. Cajun is super beautiful. She remains distrustful of new people but warms with time and cookies. She is active and super affectionate with her people, and smart. She intos strongly with other dogs but generally gets along with most, tho she's drivey so we avoid smaller dogs, and no cats. Cajun needs someone to go out on a limb for her, she has a lot to offer and will bark any intruder away.
Winchester *NEEDS FOSTER**
NAME: WINCHESTER GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Bluetick Coonhound AGE: ~4 yrs WEIGHT: ~55 lbs DOGS: Warm and cold - great with most - when stressed can redirect on other dogs CATS: Great once familiar with them - barks at first KIDS: Older kids only (teens or older) OTHER: Needs experienced home and must be agreeable to certain handling keys. Experienced physical and psychological trauma prior to rescue (shot). He has rehabb'ed nicely but can be triggered into highly defensive behaviour so it's imperative that he be handled as directed. Crate-trained and house-trained. Walks well - still a bit nervous of busy areas and some vehicles. Loves all women - needs to warm up to men - loves them too after the intro. Very responsive to rewards based training (food!). As per the breed, vocal at times. WINCHESTER is a sweet adult bluetick coonhoud that was picked up stray after being shot in the leg (He has recovered just fine). When he came to us he was quite shy and timid, and needed time to get used to the sights and sounds of urban living. He was adopted September 2013 to a family who took the time to acclimate him to life as a housepet. He has done well with them overall, but has demonstrated some guarding and protectiveness around high value treats and bones. We have been asked to find him a home that can work with him with this issue. He loves sunbathing in his backyard, and is an expert toy destuffer. He is not a dog that is suitable for heavily populated urban environments as they can be scary for him, and should go into a single dwelling home as he has the deep coonhound bay. He will need a family that will handle him using all positive reinforcement training, as physical corrections will only scare him. If you are looking for a gorgeous companion with a couple quirks, look no further!
Autumn *NEEDS FOSTER*
NAME: AUTUMN GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Hound x Retriever AGE: ~3 yrs WEIGHT: ~50 lbs DOGS: good with most - intros strongly CATS: no KIDS: great with kids in foster family OTHER: Needs slow intros to new people - wary of strangers. Good after a slow intro. Great in car and in crate Autumn is a young hound mix who was picked up by a very busy animal control in September. When she was still there in November we were asked to pull her int our care. She's a character, who in the right home will make someone really, really happy. In the wrong one, she'll make you rip your hair out. She loves cuddles from her people, and generally likes attention from everyone, but can be standoffish initially. Given her nervousness, she likely wouldn't be a match for young kids. She's socially awkward with other dogs - she doesnt seem to know how to introduce herself, so she'll bark and act pretty ridiculous and it weirds most dogs out. She has a big bark and knows how to use it, so she isnt an ideal candidate for apartment living. She is super smart and loves to learn. She is the dog in rescue that everyone loves to laugh with. We're waiting for the perfect home to come scoop her up.
NAME: FINLEY GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Australian Cattle Dog AGE: ~2 yrs WEIGHT: ~45 lbs DOGS: great - bit pushy CATS: chases them KIDS: not aggressive but mouthy - older kids OK OTHER: great in crate, can be vocal, good in car, very active and smart, great recreational dog sport prospect FINLEY is a very handsome 2 year old Australian cattledog. He was originally surrendered to a shelter for showing some discomfort around kids while eating. He spent a couple months waiting for a home that never came. We agreed to take him into our rescue program at the beginning of May. While with us he has proven to be everything a young cattledog is known for. He's chock full of energy and will need an outlet for this. That said, we've discovered that with intense activities he will develop a bit of a limp. We are looking into possible causes, but its likely the result of a previous injury he sustained before his time with us. It certainly doesnt stop him from giving it his all, and loves frisbee, fetch (though its mostly one sided I play and you watch right now) and chewing on his bone. He is super smart, and will need someone who can keep him equally challenged mentally. He came to us knowing no obedience which we are working on with him in his current home (did we mention he is smart and loves learning new things?). He is working on crate training, and is housetrained. He has done well with other dogs, though isn't always a fan of very exuberant or in your face dogs. He's currently untested with cats. Given his breed and exuberance, we're looking for a home with older kids or a child free home. If you are interested in this handsome hunk, feel free to fill out an adoption application.
NAME: BAILEY GENDER: F BREED/MIX: American Hoonose AGE: ~3 yrs WEIGHT: ~60 lbs DOGS: OK - selective CATS: Yes KIDS: great with kids in foster family OTHER: Here's Bailey! Bailey's breed mix is a mystery...I think we've settled on American Hoonose, or perhaps Shloundsky. She's approx 3 years old and 60 lbs and has been turning a lot of heads. She was surrendered due to what we'll just call irreconcilable differences with the other female dog in the home. Her owner took great care of her and was sad that it could not be worked out. Bailey is actually doing very well with her chill foster dog brother but she does have an air about her where I could see her not taking any cr@p from a dog that was so inclined to dish it to her. She is a bit cautious with new people, but comes around. She has anxious tendencies in some situations. She is an easy keeper in the house, and good company on the work-from-home days. She is great around their children. She has become so eager to please and polite to all who meet her. She loves her belly rubs and is content to hang in the home office while the humans work. She is crate trained and enjoys having her own spot to retreat to. She will sit, shake a paw, stay and is completely house trained. We see her best matched with a family with older children but she would also be a good potential match for a couple. She's somewhat active and smart so would enjoy being busy with "me" things (eg recreational agility). She has lived with cats prior. Bailey has a lot of love to give.
NAME: Delilah GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Beagle Boxer X? AGE: 10+ WEIGHT: ~40 lbs DOGS: No CATS: No KIDS: Yes OTHER: Delilah is a gentle soul who has had a rough life. She was abandoned roadside with other dogs, had milk but no puppies. Her condition indicates likely past neglect. She really needs someone to go out on a limb for her. She can be vocal and is fearful with new experiences (not aggressive) so needs a home willing to work with her on building her confidence. She has shown a high prey drive in regards to anything smaller than her therefore she needs a home without cats or smaller animals. Delilah does not introduce well while on leash and is selective with other dogs, so would either do best as an only pet or with a chill dog sibling. She is not interested in games such as fetch or tug-of-war but she does love her stuffies, and grooms them as if they are her long lost puppies. She does very well with children of all ages, so would be great in a family home.
NAME: GOLDI GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Labrador Retriever x Collie AGE: ~1 year WEIGHT: ~35 lbs DOGS: Excellent CATS: Excellent KIDS: Timid - see bio Early behaviour is consistent with a dog that was not socialized to anything until late puppyhood. She was skittish, fearful and flighty upon arrival with Barlee's but fighting her fears very much. GOLDI NEEDS TO BE IN MULTI-DOG HOME - temped in a dog-free home (with a friendly cat) and was very scared. She takes time to gain confidence in her humans and this she learns greatly from another dog around. She has not shown signs of aggression - however is weary of some men (growls and barks at them). This shows to be based on her fears and could be overcome with time and patience. Given space (essentially ignoring her), she now comes around, sniffs, and gives gentle kisses when her trusted human (foster momma) is also there. She is very playful - just conflicted about whether she should trust humans. Once she knows she can trust you and gets her confidence in you, she is an amazing, gentle soul. Goldi will do fine with other animals and possibly kids. She currently fosters with doggy brothers and kitties. She has even provided kisses to one gentle kitty. She does not foster with children, but has experienced children on some trips. The fast movements and volume of some children can be unsettling for her, but with time and respect she could become accustomed to them. When Goldi first came to Barlee's she was very fearful of the outdoors; and the birds who flew over - oh my! She just could not relax outside. She has come along way, laying down and running in the yard, but still a ways to go to be completely comfortable outside. BUT she loves her walks. She now will leash walk especially in quiet areas and hikes in the woods. She will freeze and lower to the ground when something scares her (the sound of a poop bag crinkling or a stick cracking under foot), but given a couple seconds to regain her composure and for her to see her foster brother were unaffected, she is right ready to keep going. Her rehab could continue for years and her future home will need to be ready to help her through this. It is not very tricky to rehabilitate - it just involves a low key household with quiet and patience. Initially hand feeding is suggested to help reinforce the connection with new humans and great things. She is an amazing little lady with so much love to give to her right forever home.
Bunny (formerly Pani)
NAME: Bunny GENDER: F BREED/MIX: Terrier Mix AGE: 5 WEIGHT: 13 lbs DOGS: Ok CATS: vocal towards KIDS: Untested OTHER: She is a sweet and sassy little lady. Loves her human and the belly rubs and snuggles that come with them. She is house and crate trained, loves her crate. She is fairly low key and for the most part an easy keeper. She has shown some possessive tendencies of 'her things' around other dogs. Bunny has settled into her foster life. Her foster mom says she has such a funny little personality. She enjoys laying next to her hooman while they read or watch tv, and loves belly rubs. She can get excited at times, like zooming around the house after a bath, but settles fairly quickly. She loves to go for walks and has successfully met many dogs on walks. While she is living with cats in her foster home she is quite vocal towards them and will chase, so would be better in a home without cats. She would do best in a home without young children.
ARRIVAL - Scheduled Mid-September Rose 2 Y/O female spayed Currently all we have is very sweet well behaved that is supposedly good with other dogs. Rose was found as a stray and had to have one of her eyes removed. Will find out more when she arrives in foster care.
Bear (formerly Kevin)
Bear was picked up by animal control as a stray. He stood little chance of finding an adoptive home in the shelter, and we were asked to help. When he entered our foster program at the beginning of March it was apparent that he hadn't had a great life up until this point. He was covered in scabs, and had an abscessed tooth. We've had his teeth all cleaned up, had him neutered and had an overall health check. Other than being mostly blind from cataracts (a condition likely due to his age) he is a pretty healthy guy! He does dribble a bit of urine, but its easily managed with a belly band. He is fostering with other dogs, and and a cat, and he does well with both. He would be best matched with another older dog, or one that isn't looking for a wrestling buddy. He is fostering with kids and is great with them. We feel he would do well with calm kids who can respect the boundaries and needs of an older dog. He has a lot of spunk in him, and will make someone a happy companion. We are looking for a home that can offer him a place to relax in his golden years, and see what being loved and cherished is all about.
Nicknamed Katy Purry, Katy is a cat that belonged to one of our foster volunteers. When her owner passed away unexpectedly and her extended family not wanting to take on another cat we stepped up and offered to take Katy into foster care. Katy lived with other dogs and cats and did ok with them, but always chose to keep her distance from other animals. She is fostering with a kitten and is tolerating her persistent playfulness, but would likely best match with another settled cat, or a pet free home. She is quite bewildered with all the recent changes, but is adjusting as well as is expected. She is a longer haired cat and will require regular brushing to keep her from matting.
Kingsley *Adoption pending
NAME: KINGSLEY GENDER: M BREED/MIX: Beagle x Spaniel? AGE: ~8/9 yrs WEIGHT: 28 lbs DOGS: Good - doesn't interact much CATS: Barks at first - playful once familiar KIDS: Older kids only OTHER: Was morbidly obese - down from 53 lbs to 27. VERY food-motivated and can be guardy of resources - and will try to hock food from a table or plate. Convinced he's being starved to death and acts that way. Loves walks, pulls a bit on leash, great on a flexi lead, loves his crate, knows some commands and will now wait for a verbal release before eating. Barky when stimulated, stops quickly. KINGSLEY is the most adorably unique dog out there! Originally pulled from a high volume shelter he was adopted in 2014 by a young couple. They love him to pieces, but decided he's not meshing in with their lifestyle and have asked us to find him a new home. While he was with us he let us know that his favorite things in life involved sunbathing and eating. He is definitely a be near you dog, but isn't necessarily one that wants to cuddle 24/7. He's done well with dogs his size, and cats that don't run away scared, but will often need time to warm up to bigger dogs. True to his border collie roots he will chase cats or small animals that run. He was briefly exposed to kids on his first night in foster care, and was ok, but he has been protective of himself when handled (ex being picked up to load into a vehicle or at the vet) and because of this we are looking for a child free home. He seems to gravitate to men vs women, and loves to have his ears rubbed. He has the best tail - it looks like it was docked, but its about 8 inches long and bushy! He is definitely a unique looking guy!