Adoption Status: Available to Adopt
Foster Status: In foster care
DOB: approx 2 years old
Breed: Lab x
Size: Small Medium
Fencing Requirements: Minimum 1.6m or higher secure, dog-proof fencing around the home
Hobbies: Going on adventures and walkies (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
Bad Habits: Can sometimes forget that jumping up is not ok but even when she does, she's very very gentle
Personality Type: Medium energy, gentle, soft natured, timid but comes out of her shell around other dogs and people she knows
Special Requirements: Poppy reacts to grain foods so will need a good quality grain free food to keep her skin happy.
Ideal Home: Poppy has had a rough start to life and because of that she will need a very kind and calm new family to 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 would be JUST what she needs, as she really relaxes and comes out of her shell around other dogs. 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. Poppy has lived with children previously but we think she would prefer a calm home without kids or with gentle children over 12. She is currently living with a cat but it terrifies her so either a home with a cat that won't attack her or a cat free home would be best.
Adoption Fee: $320
Sweet Poppy is a gentle, loving and affectionate 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, in the past 8 months since being with her current family, she has come a LOOOONG way on the road to confidence and recovery.
Sadly, although she is very much loved in her current home they have made the very tough decision that Poppy is no longer a good fit for their family and wanting what is best for her, they have relinquished her back into our care so we can find her a home where she will be loved and cherished for the rest of her days.
Poppy will need a home with people who realise she has been hurt in her past and are willing to be gentle and kind with her when introducing her to new things and to provide her structure in her daily life so she can feel safe. She is a smart girl and learns quickly so someone who is willing to do games and training that will boost her confidence would be amazing. We believe she would do best in a home with another dog to learn 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 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 will need a home with either no cats or a cat that won't beat her up as she currently lives with a very bossy cat who she is terrified of - she won't even look at him and if he surprises her she will pee in fright.
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. It is simply a matter of taking things slow with her and this is where another dog in the home would be of HUGE benefit to her - showing her that new people are not as scary as she thinks. She WILL need a patient and calm home with people who understand that she has had a traumatic history, who are willing to help her become more confident and who are fine with a dog that likes to stay close to her people. These people will be rewarded with loads of love and devotion from a girl who really only wants to be loved.
Because Poppy is fearful at first, we recommend that any potential home be willing to come for a minimum of 3 meets with Poppy before taking her to their new home. We want to do this gently for her to make it as untraumatic for her as possible (although if you have another dog that she decides she loves, it may be much less of an ordeal and less meets may be an option).
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.