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 Mara. She is a 4 year old pug. She is mostly black with a darker stripe up her back. Her tail is curled except when she wags which is adorable. Mara is so adorable, from her little stub nose, small under bite to her floppy, soft little ears. She is a small dog with lots of energy and personality. She is not too heavy sitting in at about 10lbs and loves to be played with.

Mara was named after a character in a TB show because she portrays the character. She is adventurous, opinionated and kind. She is quite the character and has been since the first day I met her. When she meets someone new she likes to spin and smile. She LOVES meeting new people and is very much a people dog, always wanting to be by your side, or on your lap sitting back like a human.

Mara was an unclaimed stray, left behind by her last owners. She has clearly had some training before we were introduced to her. She knows how to sit, stay and stand. She knows what her crate is and does not fuss at all when she is told to go there. Mara is improving her walking skills and is very treat motivated…so helpful! She loves going for walks but still needs some work on following commands when she is excited or overstimulated. When she is going for a walk, she generally doesn’t pull the leash unless she is on a scent or has to relieve herself which she indicates by spinning in a circle, which is a motion she only uses for going to the bathroom and not for flopping down on the couch.

Mara is very well behaved with people of all ages and households with lots of people, but needs some structure when meeting people for the first time. She gets very excited and wants to sniff and lick anything put in front of her little face. We have noticed Mara can be hit and miss with dogs, although she is rarely the first to initiate barking. We do believe she would be best as the only dog in her new home, getting all the attention to herself.

Mara is an active girl. She loves to run and for a small dog, she keeps a pretty decent pace. She likes to run for maybe 1km before getting tired and needing to walk for a bit. Mara needs to walk to go to the bathroom, she doesn’t seem to like doing her business in our backyard. Outside the house she does need a leash and a harness is a good idea because when she smells something interesting, she wants it and will do her very best to get to it. Generally outside in a fenced in area she likes to roam and roll in the grass. She is getting better at fetch, she now likes chasing the ball but only seems to bring it back half way before getting distracted. Mara will listen to “come here” inside or outside the house and generally waits to be dismissed before leaving again.

Outside of being a little overweight, she has come a long way health wise. She is now eating healthy diet food without mixed in wet
food. The rest of her health is wonderful. She has clean teeth, a soft fur coat and all the other great things that come with a dog of
her breed. When we began fostering her, she did go into heat, so she wasn’t spayed at her vet checkup, but that will be provided and taken care of by Pound Dog Rescue and her new family needs to commit to bringing her back to Cambridge for her spaying.

Mara has had no issues being around our two cats. She will hold still and stay calm when they sniff her, but will distance herself when they hiss or bat at her. We have had to ‘ah-ah’ if the cats run from her because she thinks they are playing. She loves to chase and be chased inside the house and especially in our backyard where there are less obstacles. When going outside she spins and smiles and struggles to hold still when the harness is being put on. She does the spin and sit when being fed. We have taught her to sit and wait for her meal and she waits as long as you are in view or tell her to go ahead. Mara loves car rides and gets very excited about them…here comes more spinning! She loves it in the car and travels very well.

We have had no incidents of having her go to the bathroom inside the house. As of late we have left her out of her crate when we are gone for short periods of time, she is extremely well behaved and we have left her out for as long as 4 hours without issue. Inside the crate she sleeps and doesn’t whine or bark. She greets everyone and is happy and excited to be around people again. She likes to go for a walk before bed and loves joining me for my evening jog if she has been inside most of the day. When she isn’t active she likes to sleep and nap for an hour or so at a time. She is very at peace and calm when she is around people she knows and while she always has to be included, she doesn’t need to be the centre of attention.

Mara is a great dog and we hate to see her go, but she is ready for her forever home…will it be yours?






Before you consider adopting, please read about Pound Dog Rescue’s adoption process and policies.

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