Adoption Status: Available to Adopt
Foster Status: In foster care
DOB: approx 2 years old
Breed: Lab x
Size: Small Medium (around 20kgs)
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.6m or higher secure, dog-proof fencing around the home or a secure lifestyle block
Hobbies: Going on adventures and walkies with her hoomans (especially the beach although she's not a fan of the water), lying in the sun, car rides, being with her people, chewing her bone, playing with her doggy friends
Good Habits: Affectionate, social with hoomans although can be cautious at first (especially with men), LOVES dogs, already has lovely manners (can sit, lie down, give paw), very easy to be around, house trained, crate trained, good on lead, gentle when taking food, eager to please, very smart, good with cats, a 100% easy girl to have around, takes herself to bed when it's time for a sleep
Bad Habits: The only issue this lovely girl has is that her timidness means, if she gets scared, she will run, usually only a short distance away but this means any new hoomans would need to be very careful about keeping her on lead or long line until she is more confident.
Personality Type: Medium low energy, gentle, soft natured, timid but comes out of her shell around other dogs and people if you give her the chance to
Special Requirements: Poppy reacts to supermarket food so will need a good quality food to keep her skin happy (she is currently on Blackhawk Lamb and Rice with no issues).
Ideal Home: Poppy has had a rough start to life and because of that we are looking for a very kind and calm family that will give her all the love she craves and will show her that the world isn't as scary as she thinks it is. She would LOVE a home where she could be with her people during the day and we believe another calm and confident dog in the home is a must for Poppy, as she really relaxes and comes out of her shell around other dogs (we prefer to rehome our female dogs with males and vice versa so another male dog in the home is preferred). She just adores her hoomans and although she is able to be alone during the day she really doesn't like it, we'd love to give her a home where hoomans can be with her more. Car rides and trips to the beach are right up there on Poppy's love list so a home where she's taken out and about for walks and adventures would be ideal but she's really just happy to be where ever you are, hanging out and lounging around supervising. Poppy has lived with children previously but we think she would prefer a calm home without kids or with gentle children over 12 who will understand that she needs to be treated with kindness. She is currently living with a cat who she sleeps with every night, but has been bullied by a cat in her previous home and it terrified her so either a home with a cat that won't attack her, a cat that loves dogs or a cat free home would be best.
Adoption Fee: $320
Sweet Poppy is a gentle, loving and affectionate, low maintenance girl who just wants to be near you. She will give you her undivided attention and all her love. Sadly, at some stage in Poppy's life, someone took advantage of her beautiful nature and caused her harm. This has lead to Poppy being wary of new people (and especially men). However, her foster mum has been working with her and her confidence has grown hugely.
Poppy will need a home with people who realise she has been hurt in her past and are willing to be gentle, patient and kind with her when introducing her to new things and new people. She is a smart girl and learns quickly and has already come such a long way since being in care. We believe another dog in the home is an absolute must for Poppy to learn from and play with. She really comes out of her shell when she is with another dog and she loves to look to the other dog to see what the right way to respond to a situation is.
Poppy is a super low maintenance sweetheart, no wandering spirit, no getting into mischief, none at all, she just hangs out, if nothing's happening she takes herself off to bed, if you're doing something she'll simply come with, unless it's raining, she's definitely not a fan of the rain. She also has the most adorable happy dance when she sees you. She does a pretty cool hi 5 now, only when she wants to though, she's not really big on training and she's got lovely manners so we haven't been pushing it. Poppy LOVES car rides and going to the beach - she's not a fan of going in the water but the sand is SUPER cool. She is great with other dogs and loooves to play!
Poppy is not a confident girl, she will be scared or cautious when first meeting new people but she DOES warm up and then once she knows the people are kind is happy to receive lovies and attention and all the belly rubs thanks. Poppy can be timid & appear very frightened when someone new comes over and she'll run to her crate (which is her safe zone so we highly suggest any new home continues with a crate) but if you ignore her she bounces back after a few seconds. Its mainly if a visitor arrives or if you pick up something big or noisy like a ladder or an ironing board or even a broom.
Poppy generally ignores the chooks in her foster home, she will occasionally start to chase but stops when told, just a bit of excitement not a serious prey drive. She's a little nervous around the pigs but happy to be in the paddock with them they are just a bit pushy for her liking. A little skittery around the goats & cows. She is good with cats and currently sleeps with the resident cat in her crate at night however she has been bullied by the cat in her previous home who she was terrified of so either and easygoing cat good with dogs or no cats in the home would be best.
Because Poppy is fearful at first and needs a calm and quiet home, we are looking for a home for Poppy where there are either gentle kids over 12 or no children in the home and another dog in the home is a must. We recommend that any potential home be willing to come for a minimum of 2 meets with Poppy before taking her to their new home. We want to do this gently for her to make the transition as gentle as possible for her.
Can you offer Poppy a safe forever home full of adventures, company, quality grain free 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, Poppy must be allowed inside the home (this includes sleeping) so she can really be part of the family.