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SPIN's fabulous and oh-so-handsome Bernard has hit the jackpot. Again! Seriously. How can one dog be so lucky? Bernard was surrendered back in July by an extremely tearful family. Oh my gosh they loved this dog, but honestly it just wasn't the right fit. They knew it. Bernard knew it. And so they found the courage and asked for help. Good on them.

A first-time foster family put up their hand just as Bernard was coming into SPIN. They didn't have another dog and that's a rarity in the foster world. Plus they loved standard poodles. Would you like to foster Bernard? Oh my goodness, yes. They worked wonders with Bernard simply by teaching him how to self-calm. SPIN invested in one-on-one training for leash reactivity and you know, he's starting to get it!

But now for the exciting news. One of SPIN’s prior adopters showed an interest in Bernard. They recently lost their standard poodle who was, to be honest, of a very similar character. They love the saucy ones! And they fell in love with Bernard. They will continue his training and I bet he is going to be just the best dog. We look forward to following his journey. We love you Bernard!!!


Toronto Animal Services (TAS) asked SPIN if we would take in a two year old standard poodle or poodle mix named Melo. He was an owner surrender who might have been surprised at the energetic bounciness of a young standard poodle.... TAS described Melo as very, very friendly but stupid goofy! Well how could we refuse a dog with that description!

A first time foster put up her hand for this silly dog and she did so well! She worked with the medical team to get Melo fixed up -- just a few minor issues. Worked on manners training and 'leave it' as he does have tummy issues. Today must be hard for Allison as it is her first time saying goodbye.

SPIN is so happy for Melo, though. He was adopted by someone who takes extraordinary care of her dogs. She has fostered for us and adopted from us. She has wanted to get into dog sports but until now her dogs have been seniors. Not anymore! Oh my gosh they are going to have so much fun together.

Well done everyone. Well done.

Sadie Mae

SPIN's little bichon frise, Sadie Mae has been adopted! Sadie Mae came into SPIN in July. Her person had fallen ill and no longer able to care for her. Sigh. Could we help? Absolutely. Who doesn't love Bichons?

Sadie Mae fell into the arms of her loving foster who just adored this happy, playful girl. People were constantly stopping her to meet this little one, drawn by Sadie Mae's cute personality. To be honest, Sadie did have some health issues, particularly around a weak bladder and allergies that we had to get to the bottom of, but we think we solved both issues and she is good to go!

Today Sadie Mae is now in the arms of another great Mom. Years ago she adopted one of our puppy mill dogs and oh man she and her family gave that dog the BEST life. Sadly, this little on passed away and after some time had passed Sandra decided to fill the hole left. Her eyes lighted on Sadie Mae and she knew.

I'm so happy for Sadie Mae. Thank you to our medical team and to Sadie's foster. You have very much made a difference in this little dog's life.


Back in late 2020, SPIN got a call that two male standard poodles were released from a puppy mill and needed to be surrendered immediately. One post. Just one post and our volunteers jumped into action. One volunteer drove to pick up, then turned around and drove all the way to Norwood Ontario to Mark Penny's kennel and then drove back home. I'm sure that drive took all together 10 hours. Lynne would have a better idea of time, but the drive itself was heroic.

One of the dogs, Rex, came with a name, but the other dog didn't have a name and so we called him Scout. Rex and Scout were nothing short of terrified. Poor dogs. They stayed with Mark at K9 Komfort Inn, learning how to trust, decompressing and find some joy in life.

In the spring of 2021, SPIN wanted to move Rex and Scout into the next stage. Learning how to live in a home. When considering potential foster homes we immediately thought of Deb and her husband. They had adopted Josh from SPIN and because Josh needed another dog in his home, they also adopted Knight! How great are they!

After Josh passed we knew Knight would be a little lonely and so asked if they would like to help Scout. Deb and her husband travelled from Bancroft to Norwood two to three times a week spending a good hour each time with Scout. They wanted Scout to be completely comfortable with them before they took him home.

They also built a beautiful fenced-in backyard for Scout so that he would have a safe place to be outside. Oh wow.

It came as no surprise that when Scout was neutered and ready to be adopted that they asked if they could adopt him. Knight and Scout get along beautifully. Scout trusts them completely and is even welcoming to their friends. It was obvious to SPIN that Scout was home.

Thank you to everybody who helped in Scout's journey. But thank you so much to Deb and her husband who have made an extraordinary effort for this very deserving standard poodle.


Little Ollie has found the best home! A house on a lake with lots of room to run and play. Not one, but two people home -- a mother daughter team -- to ensure all his princely needs are met. And lots and lots and lots of play time. Congratulations Ollie. We are so happy for you!

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