Poodle (Standard) : : Male : : Adult : : Large
DOG LOCATION: Courtice, ONTARIO
Meet Josh, a stunning, black beauty. He just wants to have some time to figure out that the world isn't so scary and there's no need to be afraid. He's learning that life in the city, with it's strange sights and smells, isn't so bad. There's great food, wonderful friends and endless excitement!
Josh is such a nervous boy. While he is getting more comfortable with his foster family, he is very wary of strangers and will find the farthest point away, in the yard or in the house, to hide from them. He's just recently come out of the front door of his foster home to view the big world and he finds it scary.
Josh will require a family willing to work with a fearful dog. Time, patience, understanding and a deep desire to teach him at his own pace. His new family must have a dog who is calm, friendly, well-rounded, and a securely fenced yard. Unfortunately he cannot live in a home with young children.
Now a little more from Josh's foster family:
Josh: <stares wide eyed and blankly at Margaret>
Margaret: Scary, right?
Josh: <stares even more wide eyed at Margaret>
Margaret: Okay, why don’t I get you started, why don’t you tell everyone how old you are?
Josh: <whispers> 7
Margaret: Is that 7 years Josh?
Josh: <whispers> yes
Margaret: Is there anything else you would like to tell the people out there?
Josh: <whispers> people? people scare me, you know that right Margaret?
Margaret: Yes I know people, new things and new environments all scare you, don’t they Josh?
Josh: <whispers> yes, I run away from the scary things
Margaret: I know buddy, that’s why I have a leash on both your harness and your collar, because I’m concerned if you started running you might not stop. But you are so much braver than you were when you first came to stay with me, aren’t you?
Josh: <whispers> yes
Margaret: In fact, you come to work with me don’t you? And you say hello to some of my students and even go up to them and take a treat from them sometimes don’t you?
Josh: <whispers> yes, I like the puppies in Puppy class.
Margaret: That’s right, and the puppies love you. You like being around the puppies and other dogs don’t you?
Josh: <whispers> I do, they make me feel more comfortable, but I’m still a little afraid when they have people with them.
Margaret: You are still learning how to play aren’t you?
Josh: <whispers> yes, but I like it when you and I are in the backyard and you start to play with me. I didn’t really understand before but I’m getting it.
Margaret: I know, just the other day when we were outside you started running around, ran up to me and we played with some toys!
Josh: <a little louder now> oh yes! I remember the toys. I like those crinkly ones and my elephant and the monkey and sometimes the hollee roller ball but mostly my elephant and ones that squeak… but I do like to take those squeaky things out of the toys… and sometimes I like to chew some of the hard rubber toys too!
Margaret: You do like to be outside Josh.
Josh: I do like to be outside in the nice weather Margaret, not in the rain. In the nice weather I like to lay down and take in the sounds of the wind and birds in the trees.
Josh: Do you remember when I first came to stay with you the sounds of the kids in the schoolyard across the street from you scared me?
Margaret: I do remember and now Josh?
Josh: Their playing doesn’t scare me anymore when I’m in the backyard. I’m still not comfortable being with them (they still scare me and I want to run away from them) but I can walk past them on the other side of the street now.
If you are interested in meeting Josh please email us to start the conversation. We will require you to complete an adoption application prior to meeting any of our dogs. At time of adoption we require you to sign our adoption contract and pay his adoption fee of $450. Josh is being fostered near Oshawa, Ontario
More about Josh
Good with Dogs, Quiet, Requires a yard, Timid, Skittish, Intelligent, Gentle