Sheena (a.k.a. Bellissima) was brought to the shelter as a stray. She had significant fur loss in her hind quarters and nasty looking red blotches all over her body. Her toe nails were quite long - clearly she had be neglected. She was VERY TIMID. The shelter treated her skin issues with antibiotics and regular baths with medicated shampoo. Fur has started to grow back, but she will probably always have some hair loss.
She was in the shelter for over 2 and a half months. She just hung out in the back of her kennel, showing no signs of hope or initiative (the saddest eyes). Because she appears so hopeless and miserable the shelter decided that the humane thing to do was to euthanize her. Initially, we sort of concurred, but we through caution to the wind and pulled her into foster care. She must have figured out that she was getting a second chance, because her demeanor changed - she sought out attention, her tail wagged more often, etc.
She is still a little shy, but when she gets comfortable in an environment she wants attention. She is great on a leash and should be a cuddler. No small dogs or cats. Older kids are fine.
For more information about Sheena, you can contact the foster dad directly 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chihuahua / Shiba Inu Mix Age: Approx 1 year old Male, Neutered 10 lbs
Kyle was turned into the Hayward shelter as a stray. He spent most of his time howling and screaming in his kennel. A number of large dogs across the aisle seemed to set him off. He wasn't consistently comfortable being handled by shelter staff, so either a rescue group had to pull him or he would be euthanized.
Kyle is doing well in his current foster home. He is a very affectionate, energetic, playful young dog. He is always up for a wrestling match or run-and-chase game with the other young dogs in the home. He gets along with dogs of all sizes. At night he loves to snuggle under the covers with his foster parents.
Due to some interesting markings on his face and his distinctive "vocalizations", we believe that he may be mixed with Shiba Inu. He can be a little too talkative when excited and opinionated when being corrected. At first the foster family used a bark collar, but as he matures, he is beginning to settle down - distraction seems to work better than correction for the barking.
He would do great in a home with one or two other small dogs.
For more information about Kyle, you can contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Sara was adopted from the Hayward Animal Shelter 13 years ago as a young dog. She was recently abandoned outside a vet's office near the shelter. Attempts to reach the family that originally adopted her were unsuccessful.
She arrived blind and in pain from severe cataracts, corneal scars and eye disease. She also had some rotten teeth. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs paid for her the removal of both eyes and a complete dental (only 6 teeth needed to be removed). She had a rough recovery (allergic reaction to a vaccine, very strong pain meds), but is starting to adjust to a life without her painful eyes and teeth. She is also deaf. Her appetite is good and she pees and poops when you take her outside.
In spite of her medical condition, she is still a sweet little gal that allows handling, appreciates a lap and a gentle touch. She would do well with another small older dog that will keep her company. She probably wouldn't even know if she lived with cats. We recommend a home with no stairs, no kids, someone that can give her lots of attention for however she has left.
Nobody's Perfekt Dogs will continue to financially support any future medical needs.
For more information about Sara, please contact us at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonsai was found as a stray in Oakland, near the Oracle Arena / Oakland Coliseum, by Oakland Animal Control. (Bonsai is so small, who dumps a dog that little? . . . heartless). He was a little inconsistent with his behavior at the Oakland Animal Shelter, and ended up nipping one of the staff. He was pulled into foster care by one of the volunteers, who then reached out to Nobody's Perfekt Dogs.
We took him in and have been evaluating his behavior. He loves attention, likes to snuggle, gets along with other dogs very well. Doesn't seem to mind interacting with kids. However, he needs a little work on being handled (picked up, having a harness put on him, bathing, etc.). He should be fine with someone he trusts, who isn't afraid of him. He is very treat motivated, so combining treats with handling will definitely be the key to changing that behavior.
Given his off-and-on adversity to being handled, we are looking for an experienced dog owner, in a home with no kids - other small, calmer, older dogs and cats should be okay and recommended.
For more information about Bonsai, you can contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Pitbull Mix Age: approx. 2 years old Female,spayed 55 lbs
Kona was turned into the Hayward Animal Shelter as a stray at the end of April. She was in their adoption ward for 3 months. Like many of the dogs (especially pitbull mixes) that often spend weeks or months in the shelter, she became more increasingly restless (these dogs really need fulltime human companionship to be happy and well-adjusted). The shelter decided it was time to euthanize her. However, shelter volunteers that worked with her regularly, reached out to Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to save her.
For now, we are recommending that she go to a home with no other dogs. While in the shelter, she had "mixed results" when meeting other dogs. Now that she is spayed, we will be re-evaluating her dog meet skills.
On a positive note, she does GREAT with kids. We are not sure how she would be with cats, so probably not an option.
For more information about Kona, you can contact us at: 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Wire-haired Terrier Mix Age: Approx 5 years old Male, Neutered 13 lbs
Kip was one of 4 dogs confiscated from the backyard of an abandoned home in Hayward. Neighbors were feeding the dogs, but no one claimed ownership. The dogs had varying levels of socialization with humans. Two dogs in particular struggled in the shelter and in their foster homes: Kip and Dash. Dash is close to being "feral" while Kip has bonded with the foster family's other dog and the humans in the family.
Although he has bonded with his foster mom and is friendly at the adoption events, he may take a few weeks to fully adjust to a new forever home. It is critical that he have other dogs in the home that he can bond with, and then he will eventually bond with the family. A quiet home with no kids would be a good setting for him to settle in. He should be fine with cats in the home. He has to have an escape-proof home during his adjustment period.
For more information about Kip, you can contact the foster dad directly 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Chihuahua Mix Age: approx. 3 years Female, Spayed 8 lbs
My name is "Beba." I was dumped at the shelter by my humans because they had to move. I was scared, angry and disoriented. I wasn't a very good dog at the shelter. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs gave me a chance at a new beginning. In my new foster home, I can be very sweet and I love attention. I am really good on a leash and love walks. I am not used to having other dogs around and I don't like sharing a lap. In my last home, it must have been all about me and I think that is just who I am - I should be an only dog.
Then there's this thing - I am a little complicated. I love physical contact with my human(s), getting lots of tactile attention. You scratch my back and I am in heaven, but I have a weird way of showing pleasure - I sometimes snarl and growl if I get over stimulated with physical interaction - that may confuse my human. And I have a little bit of PTSD when I am deep in sleep. I growl in my sleep and if you unexpectedly wake me from whatever I am dreaming about that causes me to growl, I instinctively might snap at you, but it doesn't mean I hate you - it is just what I do on occasion. Some of this is getting better over time, but it may always be a part of who I am.
I would thrive in a simple, quiet home with 1 or 2 people, no other pets, NO KIDS. Maybe there is someone out there who understands or gets my weirdness. My foster family loves me, because they know when I am not being weird (which is most of the time), I am a sweet little dog. We would recommend a "let a sleeping dog lie" approach with her. We are working on crate training her so that she is comfortable in a crate at night. With her sleeping PTSD, being in bed with her human is probably not the best idea.
For more information about Beba, please contact us at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Felix & Oscar
Oscar - Dachshund Age: Approx 6 years old Male, Neutered 10 lbs
Felix - Min Pin / Chihuahua Mix Age: Senior Male, Neutered 14 lbs
Adoption Fee: $125 for both (includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
Oscar and Felix were brought to the shelter together as strays. We would like to have them adopted together. Both dogs are very sweet and friendly - extremely social and get along with other dogs. Oscar, the Dachshund, is a little on the needy side and will need work with separation anxiety. As long as he has Felix, he should be fine being left alone.
Felix is blind in one eye, but his other eye is fine. He suffered from severe dental disease which disintegrated part of his lower jaw. Even though the vet removed some of his teeth, he still has quite a few left and has no problems eating.
Oscar had a seizure while in the shelter, but since being in their foster home, there have been no seizures. He had a complete dental with a couple of tooth extractions.
For more information about Felix and Oscar, you can contact the foster dad directly 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Gloria was dropped off in the Hayward Shelter's "night box" as a stray. She was already spayed and microchipped. However, the rescue group that issued the microchip refused to give the shelter the owner's information.
Gloria struggled in the shelter for over a month. not wanting to be handled by shelter staff. Eventually, she made it out of the adoption ward (barely). However, she still struggled with being picked up, and needed to return to the "back." That is when the shelter called Nobody's Perfekt Dogs. She is doing well in her foster home. She allows the foster family and adoption center volunteers to gently pick her up.
She gets along with the other dogs in her foster home. We don't know about cats. If there are children in the home, they should be over the age of 13. She is scheduled for dental surgery mid-September.
For more information about Gloria, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Adoption Fee: $150 for both (includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
Franz was dumped at the Hayward shelter first, then a week later, 2 other similar dogs were dumped (Hanz and "Tugboat"). Franz struggled, too scared / skittish. Astute shelter staff noticed the similarities between all 3 dogs and decided to try them out in a single kennel. It was very obvious that they came from the same home, as they loved being together. Franz continued to struggle while Hanz and Tugboat made it to the adoption area. Tugboat was adopted, and then Hanz started to struggle without him. It became apparent that Hanz and Franz needed to be together, if they were going to make it out of the shelter. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled them into the same foster home.
Both dogs are very happy and playful. They adore each other. When one dog is struggling, the other shows concern. They follow their foster family around with tails wagging. They play very well together. Hanz is more socialized. He likes being on a lap getting affection, while Franz is still skittish, but is getting better. Franz has the canine version of a "cleft lip." His nostrils aren't actually connected to his nasal passages - he does all of his breathing through his mouth. Otherwise both dogs are healthy. The get along well with the other dogs in their foster home, but Hanz can get a little growly when seeming to protect Franz. But both dogs are ready to "pump you up" (older SNL fans will understand).
For more information about Hanz and Franz, you can contact their foster dad directly 510-459-0396 (cell / text)
Chihuahua Age: Approx. 3 years Female, Spayed 8 lbs
Hannah (a.k.a. Hamster) was brought into the emergency vet office by someone who found her on the street. She was very emaciated. The emergency vet handed her off to the Hayward animal shelter. She had a microchip and was already spayed. The shelter contacted people on the microchip registration. They gave the dog away to neighbors. The neighbors moved and left her behind on the streets. Neither family would retrieve Hannah, for fear of deportation (the shelter doesn't turn people in, but that was the excuse).
Hannah was very friendly with staff, but she couldn't pass the food bowl guarding test with the rubber hand. She failed twice by biting the hand. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled her, took her directly to our adoption center and retested her with a human hand in her food bowl and she couldn't have cared less. She just kept eating. We noticed she had a bad infestation of tapeworm, which probably accounted for her weight problem. We did the deworming and she has gained her weight back. We also had her teeth cleaned.
She is super sweet and friendly, likes everyone. She gets along with other dogs, but when she is on a lap, she tends to lap-guard (wow, a Chihuahua that lap-guards, imagine that!)
She does well with cats and kids.
For more information about Hannah you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
When she came to the shelter
Shih Tzu Mix Age: Approx. 2-3 year old Male, Neutered 18 lbs
Martin was turned into the Hayward shelter as a stray. He was very frightened and unsure. Shelter staff were unable to do any temperament testing. They called Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to pull him into foster care. In his foster home, he is with lots of other dogs, and similar to the shelter environment, he gets a little overwhelmed and somewhat skittish. When he is one-on-one with people, he really comes out of his shell. He is still somewhat reserved, but not as skittish.
Martin will do well in an mature home with not too much activity, although he seems to be good with kids, to much young-kid energy might spook him. He would probably be okay with another dog his size, that is friendly and not overbearing. Given his calm demeanor, he would probably do okay with cats.
He gets a little spooked on a leash in heavily trafficked areas, but otherwise he is good on a leash, when it is quiet.
For more information about Martin, you can contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Susie was brought to the Hayward Shelter as a stray. She was very frightened and uncooperative with the shelter staff. Because of her unique looks, other rescue groups were interested, but didn't want to deal with her fearfulness. Unfortunately, as a fearful dog. she failed temperament testing including the food bowl and high value guarding tests.
We pulled her into foster care right after her spay surgery. It was a lot for her to go through, shelter to vet for surgery to new foster home all at once. Needless to say, she was not a happy camper that first day. Her foster mom reports that she is settling into her new home and recovering from her surgery. We are getting mixed results on the food bowl, but there are other dogs around when we test her, she may be responding to them. We recommend feeding her separately from other dogs and are looking for a home with no young kids. Otherwise, she is friendly, likes to be on your lap, maybe a little shy with strangers. She seems to be okay with all the other dogs in the foster home. We don't know about cats.
For more information about Susie you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com