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Douglas was adopted by his amazing foster family! 




It's time to find the perfect home for Douglas! This active 25 lbs boy turns 2 years old on Valentine's day 2022! He is neutered, micro-chipped and up to date on his vaccines.

Douglas is a sweet and sassy anxious boy. His new family should be dog experienced and ready to work on building a bond and making him feel secure in order for him to really overcome his anxiety. Having a good dog role model in the home, one with LOTS of energy, who does not suffer from anxiety would be ideal. He's a snuggler with his k9 buddies and will look to them for guidance on how to behave in unfamiliar situations.
Foster mom suggests no crating as it seems to escalate his separation anxiety. He currently eats in his crate and just recently stopped urinating in it after his meal. Douglas is house trained BUT he has a weak bladder. When he is startled, scared/anxious or suddenly excited he will empty his bladder on the spot, with no awareness or warning. That means if he is startled and he is on your favourite rug he will empty his bladder. If he is sitting on your favourite chair and is startled he will empty his bladder. If he is sitting on your lap and is startled he will empty his bladder!

His foster family have been working with him to reduce his anxiety on car rides, where he will also empty his bladder due to anxiety, and he has made several successful trips with no urine accidents! We are confident that with the right family he is capable of overcoming his anxiety but it will take time and consistency. This is not intentional on his part and his new family must be aware and accepting that this will happen and he should NOT be punished for it!

Douglas enjoys meeting people and having that stimulus but when it's over his anxiety spikes and he starts barking and biting at his lead. He does get to a point in busy social situations where he does become reactive to other dogs on lead and will nip at them so slow exposure for short amounts of time is best for him. We are seeing a calmer dog as time goes on though so with some work he will probably improve consistently!

A fish diet with fish oils have done a lot for his poor skin! His fur is growing back and his skin is getting better all the time! No allergy medications are required at this time. That being said, he is blue and his new family should expect fur/skin issues on and off for life.
Douglas definitely needs a quiet but active family! He is not a couch potato! Daily walks a few times a day will NOT be enough for him. Agility or advanced obedience training as well as family adventures, playtime with his fur siblings and daily training sessions at home to build his confidence up are a must!
Douglas is great with other dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and he is amazing with puppies! He is great with kids too but because of his anxiety and startle response to loud noises and chaotic environments, we are looking for a home with no kids or dog savvy and respectful children 8 years or older.
He is a good boy! Sassy too! He is smart and highly food motivated.
He wakes up happy ..gets a toy and wiggles and grumbles and sings to you.

Weight: 25.lbs
Age: 1 years and 10 months old
Neutered/spayed: yes
Up to date on Vaccines: yes
Microchipped: yes
Health concerns: anxiety, weak bladder, typical blue dog dilution alopecia skin/fur issues
No condos or apartments as he can be vocal
Kids ok? Dog savvy and respectful children over 8 years of age
Dogs ok? Yes! High energy, well balanced dog companion is ideal
Cats ok? Yes!

Crate Trained: Yes but crates increase his anxiety
House Trained: Yes
Leash Trained: Yes
Adoption fee: $850

We do allow out of town/province adoptions (with-in Eastern Canada and some eastern US states) as long as you are able to pick the dog up. We do not ship dogs. Currently being fostered in the Rideau Lakes region of Ontario.
There is a $10 non-refundable application fee. This fee is considered a donation and helps offset the costs associated with caring for the dogs in our care. However, if you have applied to adopt from us in the last 12 months there is no need to reapply as long as your circumstances haven't changed. IF YOU HAVE APPLIED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS you can send us an email stating the name of the dog you previously applied for and tell us in your email why you think Douglas is a good fit for your family. Please email ONLY if you recently applied for another dog and want to apply for Douglas.

Adoption application:
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Thank you to all who apply but only those who are being considered will be contacted.
Please note that we are all volunteers who have full-time jobs, families and our own dogs so please be patient this process can take several weeks.
Please be aware that we check vet references and do a home visit before finalizing any adoption.