Adoption Status: Available for FOSTER TO ADOPT
Foster Status: In Foster Care
DOB: approx May 2019
Breed: Labrador x maybe Ridgeback?
Size: Slim Medium (approx 25kg)
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.8m of secure, dog-proof fencing around the home, or a secure lifestyle or farm block - we are willing to work with any new potential home on making a property secure as she is quite agile and can jump a 6ft fence (this can be fixed so don't panic!)
Hobbies: Hanging out with her people, getting cuddles, learning new things, playing with her friends, playing with her toys, EATING!
Good Habits: Happy, very social with hoomans, social with cats, affectionate, house and crate trained, super food motivated, not a big barker unless someone's at the door, fast learner, knows her basic manners as well as a few more for good measure,
Bad Habits: Super food motivated (she'll lick the bench clean if you don't watch out, scared of other dogs at first, jumpy when excited (we're working on that too)
Personality Type: Happy, loving and sensitive natured. Medium high energy (she'll need more than a walk around the block)
Special Requirements: Ongoing training with our trainer to start with
Ideal Home: Charlie needs a calm and quiet home where she can relax and feel safe. She would do best in a home without children, preferably as a companion for a single person or the only child of a couple. She does have energy but is not manic, she would make a great running buddy once she's got a bit more training for her fears under her belt (if you're rural then that makes things a bit easier exercise-wise). She would LOVE to do some sort of brain games (like the Absolute Dogs training games) and this would go a long way to helping build a great bond with her new hooman as well and building her confidence in the world. She would much prefer a home where her hoomans are with her during the day but she is able to be on her own if necessary (although not preferred for long periods of time).
Adoption Fee: $320
Yep, Charlie is a girl, her name is actually Charlize, but we call her Charlie for short.
Charlie's a cheerful, cuddly, enthusiastic and sweet girl who thrives on human attention. She has a goofy and cheeky personality, and likes to make you laugh with her silly antics! She's a big fan of cuddles, and wants to be as close to you as possible - she's convinced she makes the perfect lap dog, and she's not wrong! She's bouncy and bright, but she's also really engaged with you and listens really well. Sadly though, Charlie has had some rough times in her life and this has left her with some fears that we've been working hard to overcome. This is why we're on the search for a foster to adopt home for her... but we'll explain that all more further down the page...
Charlie loves anything involving food - chewing on bones, playing with food toys, scatter feeding and snuffle mats, hunting for thrown treats! She's got an excellent nose for food and this could easily be channeled into scent training. She also loves napping in comfy places, enjoys playing tug and is learning to fetch - lots of enthusiasm, less so on the skills! Charlie has learnt many things while in care with us, like basic manners, learning food manners, how to settle in the crate, practicing waits and downs, loose-leash walking and general house skills. She is a fast learner (especially if there's food involved!) and is very eager to please.
Since coming and being in our care we have learnt that "outside world" is scary for Charlie, coming across other dogs when out and about is especially scary. She has lived with other (male) dogs while in care but it takes careful and calm introductions to get her used to them (once she knows them it's play city central so we know the capacity is there for her to be good with other dogs). This is the main thing we are working with our trainer on for her - how to relate to dogs that she meets out and about (or coming into the property) in a calm manner without fear. She is especially good with male dogs and we would consider a home for her with another CALM older male she could learn from. Charlie is FAB with cats (in fact we think she prefers them to dogs!), she's currently in a foster home with 4 cats and another dog. She has also lived on a lifestyle block so has been introduced to farm animals (which was scary for her at first but she came around quickly with positive reinforcement).
We are looking for a FOSTER TO ADOPT situation for Charlie. During the foster period, we will be providing for her needs (crate, food, vet care etc) as we would for our all our Poundies. We will also be covering the cost of her training with our behaviorist during the foster period. Her new hooman must be willing and prepared to bring her to our training sessions when required (a home within the Waikato or Auckland would be ideal but we're open to a home willing to do the travel with her on a regular basis no matter the area). We will be staying in close contact with her new hooman to make sure things are going well during the foster period and to help with any need Charlie or her hooman may have - we do this with all our kids and would continue to offer our support to you how we can after adoption also.
Can you offer Charlie a safe home full of adventures, company, quality food, a warm bed, regular flea and worm treatments, and most importantly loads of love for the rest of her days?
As with all Pound Hounds, Charlie must be allowed inside the home (this includes sleeping) so she can really be part of the family.