We at PDR believe in the benefits of post-adoption training for our dogs and their families. This allows for continued socialization, learning and helps to create a well-mannered and balanced dog. Post-adoption training is a requirement in our adoption process. For more information on our process and requirements, visit our adoption information page.
All Pound Dog Rescue dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm/lyme tested, dewormed, and microchipped prior to adoption. The standard adoption donation is $450, and puppies under 5 months of age are $500. The adoption donation is applied to assist in the costs of veterinary care and the overall care of the dog.
Let me introduce you to Benny. He is an adorable Lab/Chow mix and is estimated to be around 10 years old. At approximately 55 lb, Benny is a medium-sized dog who loves to stretch out when lounging, moving from spot to spot frequently. He’s mostly black with a lovely full and shiny coat. Surprisingly, he doesn’t shed much right now, but as his health improves and his coat grows, he will need regular brushing. Benny is a very well behaved senior who is very ball obsessed! Benny is most happy lying beside his foster family but also loves being outside sniffing all the wonderful smells – there is nothing wrong with this guy’s nose, that’s for sure!
Benny was rescued from the streets as a stray so we don’t know his background, but he is very well behaved, fully house trained and knows a few tricks like sit, stay, lie down, and where’s your ball. We have been working on shake a paw – he’s very smart! Although he will bark when the doorbell rings or if a stranger surprises him, he doesn’t seem to be afraid of any particular type of person which makes us think that he was not physically abused.
Benny would do well in pretty much any home situation. He is quite calm and quiet indoors and rarely barks as he is not easily startled. He would do well in an apartment or house, with or without a fenced yard but at his age, stairs can be a bit challenging especially after a particularly active day or if he has been sleeping in one position for a long time. He loves his walks and is quite good on a leash. We are working on passing by other people and dogs without reaction and he is doing really well! If he does bark, he is very easily corrected and will move along quietly after a moment. His favourite thing in the whole world is chasing a ball so a large yard or a long leash allows him to do that.
Benny is very good at asking for pets and rubs. He makes the most adorable low whistling noise which lets you know when he is enjoying it and will put his paws in your lap or on your arm to show you when he wants more. Although he’s not crazy about a bath or a shower, he does tolerate them well and can’t hold a grudge when bath time is followed up with a big wipe down at the end with a big fluffy towel – same when he comes inside from a rainy or snowy walk – it’s the best kind of pets! Benny does not try to jump on furniture or the bed. He is happy to have a place to lie on the floor beside you – he’s not picky at all! He lets you know when he’s ready for play by snorting, wagging his tail and spinning in circles while rubbing up against your legs. When it’s quiet time, he loves having a full upper body pet-down. Benny has been housetrained since day one but does not know how to ask to go out. If he seems restless, it’s a good sign he needs or wants to go out. As a senior who has likely never been properly crate trained, he does not do well in a crate. His foster family has been very comfortable leaving him barricaded in one room while out as he does not get into mischief when left alone. He lies by the door waiting for whoever is out to return. At night, he sleeps on a dog bed in the master bedroom and has never attempted to leave the room.
Benny generally loves to know where his foster mom AND dad are at all times, but he doesn’t always need to be right beside them anymore. As long as he knows they are close by, he will lie down where he is comfortable. He is the sweetest, most gentle dog and a great companion! He eats twice a day and eats very quickly. He loves all treats and his meals but has not shown any aggression protecting his food.
Benny does not have any foster dog siblings. He occasionally meets other dogs on his walks and most often just ignores them, but occasionally barks and lunges. He is very choosy about other dogs and is best to not be introduced to them. We are looking for a home for him where he will be the only dog. Because we don’t know what kind of home life Benny had before, we feel that Benny would be best in a home where he gets all the attention. He does have a cat in his foster home that he simply ignores. He has never been aggressive with the cat even though she occasionally bats and meows at him. We would recommend an adult only home or one with older teenagers as he likes a quiet and calm home, being a senior dog.
Benny loves being in the car. He’s been on many short car rides, up to 30 minutes, but could certainly handle longer trips. He does have some difficulty getting up into a higher car, so eventually may need a ramp to assist him. He is open to being helped up and down right now and is not too large to handle.
Benny came to us in a terribly neglected state. Benny was in a starvation state when rescued. His back legs were very atrophied and the hair on the back half of his body was mostly missing. He suffered from skin issues likely from a reaction to flea bites. But the worst part was his mouth; Benny had the worst teeth and gums our vet team has ever seen in decades of practice. His teeth were literally rotting right out of his mouth and his breath reflected that. Benny wasn’t healthy enough to have his much needed dentistry for a few weeks as he wouldn’t have handled the anesthetic well at all. We set out getting him on a quality diet and slowly introducing exercise and he started to flourish. As soon as he was well enough we got his dentistry done and had him neutered. He has gained approximately 10 lb since in care and is doing very well on his walks as his back legs have strengthened considerably. His hair has grown back and is shiny and healthy. He has some perianal masses which have been tested and are benign. They cause him no discomfort and should shrink over time as his health continues to improve. He does well on his sensitive skin food and his mobility has improved with a daily anti-inflammatory.
Because Benny has come such a long way with great vet care, a top quality diet and lots of TLC we are looking for a family or person for him that will ensure that this is all kept up and will ensure he is always given the best care. He is on an anti-inflammatory daily to help with his old man aches so this will need to be continued. His food is available through the vet. We are also looking for a family who are experienced dog owners and knowledge of the Chow breed is a plus. Benny is an easy dog to love and live with but he is part Chow so can be selective about the other dogs and the occasional person. He has been a doll at the vet and our vet team love him and he has met lots of people in his foster home and out for walks and has done great. You just need to do proper intros to ensure he is comfortable with a stranger, and offering food always works as a bribe!!! He is part Lab don’t forget and he is a total foodie!! Benny offers a ton of love back to his family and is particularly fond of his foster dad, so he would love to have a forever dad if possible. But really, anyone who will toss a ball, give great pets and scratches, and offer him lots of love, good food, and regular walks will have a buddy for life with this great dog!