- Breed: Husky Mix
- Gender: Male
- Age: 2
- Weight: 70 pounds
My name is Gorgeous Boomer! Actually it’s Beyond Belief Gorgeous Boomer….Ok fine its just Boomer but I do think gorgeous needs to be added to my name.
I am originally a rescue from wayyyy up North and brought to TEAM through the IFAW Northern Dog Project at 8 months old in 2020 and I was adopted out to a family but sadly was returned to TEAM a year later right before Christmas in 2021 .
We believe that as a result of my history of being free to roam and doing what i needed in order to survive, I arrived with a lot of pent up anxiety, even at a young age, and I was confused and very insecure.
This made my transition into a home environment difficult for me.
What I needed was structure, guidance and routine and when I didn’t get this I took the situation into my own paws and became the ruler of my home.
My family didn’t understand how to read my cues so if someone tried to push me into doing something i was uncomfortable with or unsure of… I would communicate by biting. I know this sounds bad but my trainer Kyle explains my previous behaviour best: (please read what Kyle has to say here: https://bit.ly/3i5DDHY ). I am really sorry for my past behavior, but my anxiety and insecurity was very high. So yes i do have a bite history, BUT I am getting what i need now in the form of training and obedience and I am a really good boy and i have learned that i do not need to bite. Additionally, I am getting confident, and remember I am still young ( I am not even 2 yet) and so eager to learn and please.
My TEAM family sent me to Kyle and Madison at North Grey K9, who help dogs like me and i have been with them now for 2 months.
Kyle says I am a great dog which makes me so happy, he told my rescue that i passed my board and train with flying colours and I am now ready for my new family! I am so excited, Kyle says I will need a very specific home so I can continue to be the best boy.
I have learned so much since I arrived into rescue, and I have learned even more with Kyle who has been mentoring me to be my canine best, but i am still afraid of a few things that I clearly had negative experiences with in my past, so my new family will need to know that brooms, and spray bottles make me very anxious. As well I don’t respond well to forceful training.
I am doing much better with other dogs that are patient and I am gradually learning my manners.
I’m not super energetic, so definitely not all husky, there are some other special breeds in my genetics so I don’t have massive exercise needs. I just require a couple of walks a day and of course I will require my family to partake in my favourite game, tug of war. I am also a huge fan of rope toys and fetch.
The most important takeaway from my training is that I really appreciate routine and structure, and when I have both? I am set for success and behave perfectly. In between my walks and play time I really love the safety of my crate. Its a safe place and I am very used to it and in fact, love it. I also eat in my crate and that is my preference. In my first home I had so much freedom and no guidance and it really put me in a very insecure situation.
My perfect family would be someone who is an experienced dog owner and who will commit to giving me this structure and routine because I have become a very good boy and a creature of habit.
I will also be best in a home
-no highrise condos/elevators
I am a real sweetheart, the kind of dog that loves unconditionally and just really have a zest for life. I am extremely food motivated, i love all food, food is the way to my heart!
I still have a big puppy personality and when I am comfortable, I am just a total goofball! I love to give kisses to all my favourite people, and enjoy the occasional butt scratch.
If you think you could be my new family, please reach out to Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an application on our website https://teamdogrescue.ca/you-can-help/adopt/adoption-application/
My last thought, dogs like me who get second chances need a lot of exposure. Be sure to share my story far and wide with your network and let’s find my family together.
- Breed: Rottweiler/Lab mix
- Gender: Female
- Age: 6
- Weight: 70 pounds
- Breed: Lab Mix
- Gender: Male
- Age: 9 lbs
- Weight: 50 lbs
I’m Shadow and I stay true to my name. I am a 9 year old lab mix from Manitoba and if you adopt me I won’t leave your side. I am the most loyal companion. I will follow you around the house, do exactly as I’m told and be a very good boy. I never let my foster mom out of my sight and am really working on being left alone for short periods of time. I have experienced so much change in the last month that I feel anxious when she leaves the house (or even the room), as I’m not sure she is coming back. She assures me that she will always come back but I’m still getting used to this idea. It would be beneficial if I had a home with someone around a lot and in a home so that if I do cry, I’m not disturbing the neighbours. I know that I will improve over time but I need some time to adjust.
I really love my foster canine and feline siblings and enjoy playing with all animals! I’m very gentle when it comes to my animal friends, as i recognize I’m pretty strong, and don’t want to hurt anyone! I would be happy in a home with or without other animals.
I really enjoy my walks and outings! I’m learning to walk well on leash and am a very quick learner. I really just want to please my people. If I’m on a walk with my humans, I’m happy. My foster mom says I should get a job as the pet smart greeter because I greet every dog and person I see, and have such a welcoming presence. She tells me that I’m a very special dog.
Do you have the time to commit to helping me through my separation anxiety and are looking for a loving companion? After so many years alone, I deserve to spend lots of time with my family. Please fill out an application!Fill out an application for Shadow!
- Breed: Mixed Small Breed
- Gender: Male
- Age: 4 Months
- Weight: 14 lbs
Bio coming soon.
- Breed: Shepherd mix
- Gender: Male
- Age: 5 years
- Weight: 75 lbs
- Needs: Quiet neighbourhood | Experienced owner
Arthur is a 6 year old shepherd mix. You woulnt know it from his smile but in his former life prior to joining TEAM he was kept outdoors on a chain tied to his doghouse 24.7. He suffered from physical abuse and was gratefully removed by the authorities and brought to a shelter, but, like many other dogs, had an extremely difficult time in that environment and needed a change in venue and we were happy to welcome him into our care.
Despite the abuse he was dealt with, Arthur is a sweet boy who still loves and trusts people. Not surprisingly, due to his background Arthur had some anxiety and can get overstimulated easily. He has been working with a trainer and is doing very well. Arthur’s perfect home would be one in a suburban or rural area and where his owner would be comfortable providing a calm, consistent leadership and boundaries so Arthur can continue to learn and grow, He does have an old shoulder injury that does not cause any issues for him currently, but we are mentioning it as he would likely not be the appropriate dog for a jogging buddy. But make no mistake, Arthur LOVES his walks. Arthur does have a prey drive so no cats are his ideal setting in a quiet rural or suburban home.
Arthur has been waiting so long for his forever home, and after his terrible start in life he truly deserves a family of his very own. If you think you may be a good fit for this good boy and would like more information on him, please contact Sonya at email@example.com.Fill out an application for Arthur!
- Breed: Shepard Mix
- Gender: Female
- Age: 8 weeks
Dahli is one of the puppies from a large transport of dogs from Manitoba that took place recently. A number of rescues worked together to save as many dogs as possible from facing the brutal Manitoba winter as strays. Dahli is one of the lucky puppies that is now loving life in a warm foster home. Like any puppy, this girl is active and playful. Her foster describes her as the sweetest dog. She loves attention from people, and everyone who meets her falls in love. As a northern mixed breed dog, she will likely be on the larger size when fully grown. Dahli could fit into many different home situations, but any home she goes to would need to be prepared to give her the attention and training puppies require. If you think you might be able to give Dahli the loving home she so deserves, please submit an application or contact her adoption coordinator Sonya at firstname.lastname@example.orgFill out an application for Dahli!
- Breed: Shepherd Mix
- Gender: Female
- Age: 8 weeks
Cassie is one of the puppies from a large transport of dogs from Manitoba that took place recently. A number of rescues worked together to save as many dogs as possible from facing the brutal Manitoba winter as strays. Cassie is one of the lucky puppies that is now loving life in a warm foster home. Like any puppy, this girl is active and playful. Her foster describes her as the sweetest dog. She loves attention from people, and everyone who meets her falls in love. As a northern mixed breed dog, she will likely be on the larger size when fully grown. Cassie could fit into many different home situations, but any home she goes to would need to be prepared to give her the attention and training puppies require. If you think you might be able to give Cassie the loving home she so deserves, please submit an application or contact her adoption coordinator Sonya at email@example.comFill out an application for Cassie!
- Breed: Husky and Lab Mix
- Gender: Female
- Age: 1
- Weight: 59 lbs.
- Needs: Fenced Yard. Another friendly dog.
This northern beauty has a personality that shines through. She loves other dogs and humans alike and has gotten along well with everyone she’s met. She walks fairly well on her leash and is good in the car. She likes to go into the local pet shop and walk the aisles – I think we have a shopper on our hands! She has not exhibited any signs of separation anxiety when left alone with her fur siblings and seems to not be the least bit concerned with loud noises like thunder or the vacuum cleaner. She loves stuffed kongs, chew toys and playing outside in her fenced backyard. Oh and did someone say food? That’s one of her favourite things which is part of the reason we think she’s likely part lab (and part husky). A true northern, she likes to dig and lay in the ‘ditch’ she is so proud of making. She does mouth a bit but never to bite. This is something that her adopter will need to continue to work on though she’s improving already.
Daughter would love another dog in the family she could play with. She does love to engage and has even been able to rouse one of her current fur siblings who wasn’t so sure at the beginning. They are often seen playing in the yard or curled up beside each other.
Upon examination by our veterinarian upon intake, they noticed an abnormality in her left leg. X-rays were conducted and it was concluded that as a puppy she clearly had experienced some kind of trauma. As a result, she sustained a fracture to the growth plate of her femur that was not tended to and her left femur is a bit shorter than the right. Her kneecap also appears permanently displaced laterally. She does not experience any pain at all and is compensating extremely well. To ensure she remains pain free she will need to remain on joint supplements for the balance of her life to prevent and manage any arthritis that could potentially come her way.
If you think you would like to welcome this angel into your family, please complete and submit our adoption application.Fill out an application for Daughter!
- Breed: Hound
- Gender: Female
- Age: 8
Hi! My name is Lady and I am an 8 year old hound mix. I’m told I was found running in a field with another dog, but luckily some nice people picked me up and said they would look after me! Unfortunately, because I can’t talk, I wasn’t able to tell people that I really didn’t want to live with the dog I was found with and ended up being placed in multiple homes with her. She is a nice dog, but I’m realizing now that we had what humans would describe as a “toxic relationship”, and we really stressed each other out! Luckily the ladies at TEAM recently placed us into separate foster homes, and wow! We are doing great now! I have so much fun with my foster family! My foster mom says I am the sweetest dog, and I love being with people because they give me lots of snuggles! She also says I am a really good girl in the house; I am housetrained and usually quiet. I love to go for walks, but once I have done all my sniffing I like to just hang out with my foster family. I have seen some things called “cats” on my walks, but they seem pretty boring, so I don’t pay attention to them. Dogs, on the other hand, are interesting, and I like seeing them when I am out and about! Sometimes I might try to pull a little to go say hi, but I usually walk well on my leash. I haven’t met very many kids, but I think I would be ok with older ones if they were able to understand that I get nervous sometimes and do best in a calm environment.
Some things I definitely don’t like include thunderstorms and fireworks! Those things freak me out! But really, who enjoys hearing really loud noises when you have great ears like mine? When I get nervous, I like to be in a quiet area, and my mom plays some classical music for me to help calm me down. My anxiety is much better than it used to be, and with continued management, it could likely improve even more. I’m hoping someone who sees this post will understand that no one is perfect, and that they will love me anyways!
I’ve had a pretty hard life, and even though I love my foster family so much, I would be so happy to have a forever family of my own. If you think you might want to hear more about me, please email my adoption coordinator Sonya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Breed: Hound
- Gender: Male
- Age: 2 Years
- Weight: 55 lbs.
- Needs: Experienced dog owner, preferably with hound experience.
He ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog……
Rudy is friendly, affectionate and loving. During his time with us he has really come into his own and has become the very best version of himself.
This sweet boy has recently spent some time at a board and train facility where he has learned to be super respectful of the others around him. His crate is his ‘home base’ right now where he knows how to be calm when he needs to be.
Rudy loves his walks and requires 3 of them daily for 20-30 minutes each. During other times, he loves to play tug with his favourite rope toy. He came to us from a shelter where he had arrived as a stray with a leg injury. That has been taken care of but he’s not a candidate for super long walks or hikes because he tends to favour that leg after too long a period of exercise.
In a perfect world, we’d love Rudy to have a fenced backyard to romp around in but this is not mandatory as long as he gets the exercise he needs.
Rudy would be fine as an only dog or in a household with another respectful dog. He prefers females but gets along with neutered males as well.
He can be suspicious and tentative when being approached in a loud and physical manner. It’s better for him to be the ‘approacher’ and treats when he’s getting to know you are always appreciated! He has the ultimate respect for his leader once that bond has been formed. He will do anything to please his leader and will shower them with sloppy kisses.
Rudy’s perfect family will continue on with everything that Rudy has learned up until now. He requires and enjoys structure. As a hound, his nose is always to the ground sniffing and looking for things. He’d be best in a well organized/dog proofed household where he can’t get into anything he shouldn’t as we want to ensure that he continues to succeed.
He’s not a big barker but he does like to hear the sound of his own voice at times so you can expect some howling from time to time.
Rudy does have a bite history BUT the circumstances of these bites must be understood. One took place at the vet when he was in pain and was being restrained. The other was when he stole a very high valued item out of a garbage can (yes it contained meat!) and instinctively his person tried to take it out of his mouth. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and never, ever displayed any of this behaviour while he was at the training facility. Rather, he showered everyone he grew to know with love and kisses.
This is a special boy who at 2 years old is still purely puppy and will need someone prepared to deal with his puppy behaviours. He is fully house trained, knows basic obedience like ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘stand’, ‘place’, ‘recall’, ‘touch’ and leave it and is very eager to please.Fill out an application for Rudy!
- Breed: Shih Tzu
- Gender: Female
- Age: 5
- Weight: 21 lbs
My name is Kee and I’m the cutest little shih tzu mix around! I’m about 5 years old and full of beans (that’s what my foster mom and dad says)!
I’m ready for my happy ending after being found as a stray and with a number of health issues. Thanks to Toronto Animal Services and Team, I’m now healthy!
I’m loving my foster home, especially my furry foster siblings. I really enjoy playing with the other dog in the home but sometimes I can get possessive over items so it’s best if I’m the only dog in the home or I have a dedicated adopter who can work on these behaviours with me. I would be committed, as I really do love to play with other dogs! I’m also good with my feline foster sibling.
I’m a good girl in the home and stick to my cozy crate when my foster parents are out and at nighttime. I’m not destructive at all and just really pride myself on being a good girl.
My two favourite things are attention from my humans (all people) and walks!
I’m looking for a home with someone home a lot to give me the attention and companionship I have been longing for! I promise to keep your feet warm and give you endless cuddles for life. I’m also hoping that my new family will be committed to working on my guarding of toys and high value items, I’m already improving with lots of consistency.
- Breed: Shih Tzu/Bichon Frise
- Gender: Male
- Age: 14
- Weight: 19 lbs
THE REAL CASANOVA: That would be me, a pint-sized senior lady’s man. At 14 years of age, I’ve still got it; the ability to make all the people coo with terms of endearment and praise for my excellent temperament and adorable good looks. Don’t regard my age as a deterrent; I didn’t get the memo that I have to slow down at 14 years of age; I am and will remain the life of the party no matter where I go.
But there’s only one problem, even though I have demonstrated how incredibly playful I am; even though I am the neighbourhood’s very own Walmart greeter; even though I have mastered the art of cuddling, sunbathing, giving affection, seeking attention, and being an all-around great catch, I still haven’t found a home of my very own yet.
My hearing isn’t so superb anymore, so sneaking up on me from behind startles me. I like to be held and doted on and spoiled like the Prince I was born to be, but because of my lack of hearing, its ideal that my home does not have young children as I don’t want to startle them, in case they startle me… know what I mean?
Regardless I am the perfect pint-sized mate looking for a home I can call my very own.
- Breed: Saluki
- Gender: Male
- Age: 11 months
- Weight: 40lbs
Hello world! Are you ready to hear more about me? My foster mom says that I’m absolute perfection and be a great addition to any family. Let me tell you about myself!
I’m a 11 month old saluki from Bahrain. As you can see from some of the scars on my body, i havnt always had the easiest life but some wonderful people in Bahrain rescued me and changed my life forever. They flew me to Canada and now I’m living with my foster family in Toronto. My foster mom tells everyone she meets how incredible I am.
I really enjoy car rides and am such a great passenger. I pretty much enjoy all fun things outside the one such as walks and meeting other dog friends. I really enjoy the company of other dogs because I have only ever lived with other dogs both on the street and in the shelter . They are a great comfort to me and also always teach me new things. My canine foster sister is also from Bahrain and she is always showing me how to do new things with confidence. One thing I’m looking forward to in my forever home is learning how to walk a little better on leash. I don’t have much experience in this area, so I’ll need some help!
I’m very well behaved in the home and picked up housetraining immediately. Probably because I’m so smart! I’m non destructive (other than hoarding shoes). While I love to run around and am high energy outside the house, I also love to relax and just have quiet time in my bed. I have been loving all of the attention from my foster family, including the kids. I can be nervous of men at first and just try to stay away from them, but over time and as I learn more about them, I get comfortable. I do think a patient home that can help me build confidence would be best. You need to keep in mind that this is my first time in a home and a new place.
Do i sound like a match for you?