Meet An Adoptable Dog
Breed: Bichon Frise / Poodle (Miniature) / Mixed (long coat)
Weight: 15 lb
Height: 12 in
Estimated Birthdate: 9/19/2018
Fence Needed: No although he would enjoy the security of playing in his own fenced in yard
Location: Dreamweaver Farms, Pacolet SC
Reason for being in rescue: Samwise was surrendered to animal control in North Carolina as a "field surrender." Usually this means animal control is called out or finds an animal and then finds the owner and convinces the owner to sign the animal over. Based on Samwise's condition, this was a good thing for him.
Special Needs: Samwise has been known to resource guard places - territorial aggression. He needs a dog savvy owner who understands much of this is from fear. Fear can be controlled and while not completely overcome, it can be understood and managed with the right combination of steady and dependable human guidance and an environment where the dog can thrive and know he is safe. He also is not at all a touchy/feely dog and he needs and wants space.
What kind of home would be best for me: Samwise needs an experienced bichon home that understands territorial aggression and how to work with it and how to defuse it. Samwise has been with us since September. It took most of the fall for him to trust us. His early posture and demeanor is drastically different now that he has relaxed but we believe that some of his previous aggression will resurface as he transitions to a new home from fear and uncertainty. Being rehomed is scary. We need someone who will give him space.
Absolutely no kids as kids don't understand space and grace. Prefer a single person with some dog training experience and a whole lot of patience. Other dogs are perfectly okay for Samwise. He does not play but he co-exists peacefully with other dogs of all sizes.
What is my personality like: When he is good he is very, very good. Intelligent, intuitive, easy to talk to, but he is independent and wants to be your partner, not your plaything. He is not a pet type of dog. In this he is so much like the highly intelligent poodle. Samwise does not ask for pets or snuggles. He is not a bed dog and has no need to even be in the bedroom. He currently sleeps just outside our bedroom door and I have to wonder if he was banned from the bedroom and learned to sleep just outside it. During the day, things are different. He is always in the same room or close to it. He gives the existing dogs in the household plenty of room and respects that they were here first. He does not try to crowd in, preferring to stay close to his current pack but also out of the way. That is respectful behavior in the dog world and as an owner of multiple dogs who have to put up with a steady stream of foster dogs, I appreciate that he has been so good with my pack.
Samwise loves to look you right in the eye. He talks to you with his eyes, communicating caring and a true desire to be a good companion and a Good Dog. He is a good dog, I am sure of that. But he needs you to understand he is not an oversized stuffed animal you can squeeze the heck out of. That is not his way. He has his dance space and you have your dance space!
How do I act when I first meet new people: Curious but he is not a guy to overwhelm you with love and affection. He's a partner, not a pet. He sits back, takes his time saying hi and getting to know you and he wants you to take your time getting to know him. He's a complicated guy, the kind they say still waters run deep. He's had some problems in his background and he wants to know your going to go slow and easy with him.
Tips and Tidbits: Sam's estimated birthdate is 9/19/2018 estimated. This is based on our own observation of his behavior and overall health and the information given by the owners at the time of release.
Samwise was badly matted when he was first taken into animal control. His hair was in such bad shape it took sedating him to get through the mats and tangles and dirt to find the dog underneath. This is a process that hurts dogs and so it's no wonder that the dogs can be fearful of the grooming process after being treated like that. Samwise now happily accepts baths and we are working on the rest of the grooming process. He will need a gentle and savvy groomer. He is beautiful when he is kept up. I do not use a crate with Samwise. He has the run of the house and he is respectful of the house, not chewing or destroying and rarely having accidents.
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.
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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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