DOMINIC & AMELIA - Please share their story with someone special you know who may be interested in adopting them!
Our mother, brother and sister were adopted into great homes, but because of our shyness, no one seems to be interested in adopting either one of us. Please... won't you consider making one (or better yet both) of us part of your family?
Dominic is being fostered by a caring couple near Chagrin Falls who will be moving out west in the near future. We are eager for Dominic and Amelia to find their FOEVER home(s) with someone who doesn't mind their shyness. They are leery of strangers who approach them and of new dogs, but they both do fine when introuduced slowly. Dominic gets along GREAT with Amelia, so naturally... our dream is that they "might" be able to be adopted together, but if someone is interested in adopting just Amelia, or just Dominic, that's just fine. Please check out more on Dominic in S.P.A.'s listing of dogs.
Here's an update just received from Karen, Dominic's foster mom:
"My husband and I and our senior yellow Lab, Bugsy, welcomed Nicky into our home on April 28th. Nicky is strikingly handsome with beautiful blackish/brown on white markings. He has a natural bobtail (adorable when wagging).
He was born on June 19th, 2011 and weighs 35 pounds. This young boy has been an amazing gentleman in our house from day one. Not one accident! He settles nicely in his crate when we are at work and gets along well with our laid back Bugsy, our pet sitter, and substitute sitters as well.
Outside, he is full of still puppy-like energy and loves to run and use his busy nose to check everything out. He loves to retrieve, dropping anything you throw at your feet, waiting for you to throw it again.
Inside, Nicky transforms into a gentle, affectionate lover boy who gives lots of little kisses and enjoys cuddling up with you at the end of a long day.
When he first came, though, Nicky was a pretty worried guy. We don't know much about his experiences during the first 10 months of his life, except that he was with his sister Amelia up until about one week before he joined our family. It must have been terribly scary to suddenly have to face a whole new world and strange new people without his only companion ever!
Everything seems to have been new and scary to Nicky (noises, people, animals).
He is thriving on lots of love and patience, and we see daily progress as he continues to adapt and settle into his foster home. As his trust grows, his worries diminish, and his natural curiosity reveals itself.
Nicky now loves to ride in the car and sits quietly looking out the window at all the interesting people, animals, and activities along the way. He walks well on a leash, and we are improving on the "come, stay, down and "sit" commands daily (I think Bugsy deserves credit for that)!
Nicky and I have received 4 private lessons so far focusing on being around unfamiliar dogs. Once he is introduced properly, and feels there is no threat to him, he adapts quickly (as you can see from pictures of him with Bugsy).
Nicky would be best suited to a relatively calm home with a securely fenced-in yard, with or without another dog as a play pal but probably no cats that he might chase, and with older children only, who would be able to interact gently and responsibly with him.
This athletic guy is also a fast learner and could excel at agility, or he could be the perfect jogging partner for an active owner. Or the perfect excuse to get out there and enjoy your daily walks, too, with a friend who will never, ever be too busy to join you.
Nicky will need someone who is a leader, patient and loving. He's come a long way but will require continue guidance and buckets of love."
Amelia is being fostered by a couple here in Fremont, and she has been attending training classes to work on socialization skills. Amelia has made real progress, but in all honestly, remains shy by nature. She does fine playing with most other dogs, and is strongly bonded to her foster mom, Pam, as well as Pam's husband, Jerry. She is housetrained, and chews on toys Pam has provided.
Although shy, Dominic and Amelia are not at all aggressive. Amelia looks up to Pam when someone comes to their house as if to say, "Aren't you going to protect me?"
Both Amelia and Dominic have naturally docked, very cute tails, and are beautifully marked!
Nicky and Amelia are best suited for a quiet home with a large, securely fenced-in yard. Older children would be fine. They both love to retrieve (after all, they both are part Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever) and plenty of playful energy when outside. Both are crate trained, and both get along with most other dogs, but they need to be introduced slowly and properly. If you're interested in adopting Dominic and/or Amelia, please fill out an SPA Online Application Form by clicking ADOPT & FOSTER in the pink bar at the top of SPA's Home Page.