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Name: Rafiki - in Foster in Raleigh, NC
Sex: Male
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Breed: Poodle (Standard) (long coat)
Weight: 59 lbs - Rafiki is working on weight loss in his foster home
Height: 24 in
Estimated Birthdate: 7/26/2014
Fence Needed: Yes
Location: Foster Home in Raleigh, NC
Adoption Fee:$499
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My Story

Date into Rescue: 8/18/2019

Reason for being in rescue: Rafiki was found as a stray and taken to a local NC shelter. CPR pulled him from the shelter. 

Special Needs: Rafiki walks with an interesting gait for unknown reasons. This could be from an extended period of neglect.  Rafiki is sensitive about his feet and muzzle but is getting better every day.  He recently went to the vet for a nail trim and the tech said he did very well.  We do believe that he still requires sedation grooming as the sound of clippers near his head and feet makes him nervous and can cause him to lash out.  We will explore this more when he grows out from his last groom.  

What kind of home would be best for me: Rafiki is not a dog for a first-time owner. He is a 6-year-old who has clearly faced challenges. He is used to playing by his rules and can be stubborn but does want to please his people. Rafiki's ideal owner is an experienced and patient standard poodle owner. Rafiki gets along well with other dogs both large and small but does not require a playmate.  He would be happy as an only dog or with another mature dog that will respect his boundaries.  He is indifferent to cats. 

Given his sensitivities Rafiki is not a dog for a home with small children.  Our perfect home for Rafiki will be an adult only home.  He does well with adults and once you earn his trust and he knows you are a reliable source of attention; he is a love bug.  Rafiki is not high energy, preferring to walk around the yard with you, go for a quiet walk or laze around the house.  

What is my personality like: Rafiki is named after the character in the Lion King. Like the Disney character, Rafiki has an outward personality that is eccentric and somewhat goofy.  His bark is deep and somewhat hoarse. But a look deeper into this boy's eyes will show you a dog with a huge heart, a caring soul, and a strong desire to make deep connections.

Rafiki arrived at Dreamweaver Farms a mess. He was at least 15 pounds underweight, deeply matted, and the chaos of all the new experiences of being at a rescue was daunting. It took 3 days before he could hold down food. And almost 2 weeks before the light returned to his eyes. Through this all, Rafiki watched. He watched his caregivers. He watched the dogs around him. And he learned the routine.

Rafiki was found wandering the streets and had likely been there for a while. Food and grooming were far removed. But it is clear he was once someone's pet. This beautiful boy walks great on a leash, is crate trained, and gets along well with other dogs. In his foster home he is impeccably house trained. Rafiki has not had much experience riding in cars and his behavior in a car needs work.  He becomes overly excited reacting to traffic and strangers.

Rafiki's time on the streets has left its mark on him. He will growl to warn you if he does not want to do something. He will snarl and bite if you push him. Rafiki needs time and patience when he first meets someone new.  Give him time to come to you and he will nudge you for attention.  Calm pets and a quiet voice will win his heart. 

How do I act when I first meet new people: Cautious but friendly. Rafiki is not a dog that is comfortable with anyone forcing their attention on him.  If he is approached without warning he may growl in fear. 

Tips and Tidbits: Rafiki is estimated at 6 years old. 

House trained: Dogs can be house trained if they are in the right environment and are allowed to follow a schedule as long as a physical reason doesn't keep them from being trained.  A dog house trained in my home may not be in yours. We will help you teach your new dog this necessary skill and based on your schedule.

Potential Adopters

Please note - we do not ship or transport our dogs. If you are interested in adopting a dog, take a look at the distance between the dog's location and your location and make sure you are able to make the trip.

Thank you for your interest in a dog who needs a new home. This description contains all that we currently know about this dog. We have no perfect dogs - but many of our dogs have proven to be perfect for a certain someone. We urge all of our potential adopters not to fall in love with a picture. When screening applications, we look at the entire home and then make suggestions based on what would be a good fit for your home. You are not being screened for a specific dog although we are looking to see what type of dog interests you - poodles or non poodles, age, temperament, personality, etc. Our goal is to match you with the best possible pet for you and your home. We want to create furever families.

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