Samantha was picked up by Hayward animal control. What kind of monster would dump a special needs dog on the streets is beyond belief. She was wobbly and somewhat disoriented. She started out pretty sociable, but she became less so time went on. She was scheduled for euthanasia. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled her hoping we could find a family to give her a good home as long as her quality of life warranted it.
It was hoped that maybe an ear infection caused her wobbliness (vertigo). She was treated with antibiotics and steroids, but no improvement with her movement. She was examined by a veterinary neurologist who thinks she has either cerebellar ataxia or cerebellar hypoplasia. Ataxia is degenerative, and eventually fatal, while hypoplasia is something she has probably had since being a puppy and will live a normal life span. Because we don't know her history or how long she has been this way, it was difficult to tell what her prognosis would be. We are pleased that she has been with us for over 6 months with no deterioration and maybe some improvement, which is a strong indicator that she doesn't have the fatal version.
Otherwise she is healthy, seeks affection from her foster family, and enjoys the company of the other dogs. She has mastered stairs, for now, but doesn't walk on a leash (but would enjoy a ride in a stroller, while walking other dogs). When taken outside, she pees and poops, and she uses a doggy door. But she also is known to have the occasional accident in the house.
We hope to find her a home with other friendly dogs, and humans that are patient and caring. She would probably be fine with cats.
For more information about Samantha you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
I was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. I was friendly, outgoing and playful, but every once in a while I would do my "trick." People found that upsetting, and it eventually got me labeled as "unadoptable." Nobody's Perfekt Dogs took me in to see if there was a solution for my "trick."
They think I was probably mercilessly teased in my former home. It caused me great stress, and I coped by doing my trick. People probably thought my trick was cute, so they teased me more so that I would do it. My trick is that when I am stressed, I chase my tail - not in a playful way, but in an aggressive way. I don't catch it or bite it. I don't do it for very long, but I have been known to do it multiple times, back-to-back. I am on medication to help with stressful times, but I do the best with no other dogs around and in a quiet home.
When I am not doing my trick (which is most of the time), I love playing with toys, especially fetching a small ball. I could do that for hours. I like getting attention, being on a lap, getting treats. I am good on a leash and I use pee pads it I don't have access to go outside. I like all kinds of people and I don't bark much.
For more information about Bert you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Opal and Jade were found on the streets of Oakland with 3 other dogs. In the shelter it was obvious to staff that they were bonded. Both dogs did very well with shelter staff, but they reached out to Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to take them, knowing that we keep bonded pairs together. Although Opal was excellent with the volunteers that worked with her, that ended up not to be the case with people she didn't know (vet technicians, directors of rescue groups, etc.) Settled into her foster home, her foster mom and the mom's roommate had no issues with Opal. She bonded with them right away and from their perspective, Opal is a friendly, loving little dog that allows all kinds of handling. However, she was very aggressive with strangers. We have done a lot of work with Opal to socialize her, and she has made a lot of progress. She can interact with strangers in a well supervised setting with someone who knows how to handle her special needs.
Jade, on the other hand, is very sweet and loves everyone. She allows all kinds of handling by just about anybody. We believe that Jade and Opal are not only very bonded, but they are probably related. Luckily, only one of them got the "mean little Chi" gene.
Because of Opal's past, she will need an experienced adopter who knows how to supervise her around people she doesn't know. We don't anticipate she will have any issues with a new owner, but she does tend to do better with women, than with men. Both dogs do well with other smaller, friendly dogs.
For more information about Opal & Jade, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Border Collie Mix Age: 1 year Male, Neutered 40 lbs
Finn was dumped at the Oakland shelter by his owner(s) when they moved out of state. They told the shelter that Finn would make a wonderful family pet. Little did they know that Finn struggled at the shelter, fearful of people he didn't know, and was put on the euthanasia list. When we did our evaluation of him, he was not approachable by us (he was fine with shelter staff). We almost passed on him, but something told us to give it a shot. As soon as he was on a leash and under the control of our director, he became a totally different dog, so we pulled him into foster care with one of our more experienced foster dads. Finn loves his foster family, gets along well with all of the other dogs, and is okay with cats. He has responded VERY quickly to socialization training. He is smart (as most border collies are).
He is cautious with, but interested in strangers. His fear aggression barking is much better. He is still uncomfortable around small children. He has some border collie quirks that his new owner(s) will need to be aware of (nipping people if they move too fast, for instance). He has been to the dog park a couple of times and he is TERRIFIC at the park - except for the small children thing.
We took Finn to a canine herding school and had him assessed for his herding instincts. After spending about 20 minutes with an instructor and a small herd of goats, he definitely is a herding breed. He would need to develop skills with training, to be effective at it.
Finn is very smart, very playful and has lots of energy. New owners should have a large backyard and an energetic canine playmate for Finn to play with. Herding or agility training will help with his concentration. No young kids. Potential adopters of large dogs must own their own home - no renters or "living with parents."
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Finnigan at the shelter
Here is Finn enjoying his play time with the shelter staff.
Finn's Herding Assessment
Bebe & Princess
Chihuahuas Age: Adult / Senior Females, Spayed 10.5 lbs each
Bebe's and Princess' family dumped them at the Oakland shelter because they were moving to Mexico and didn't want to care for them any longer. The shelter knew that Nobody's Perfekt Dogs will keep bonded pairs of dogs together, so they called us to take them into foster care. During their vet checks, it was discovered that Princess had two sizable mammary tumors. The tumors were removed during her spay surgery and pathology reports indicated that they were cancerous. The vet feels confident that he got all of the tumorous material, and there were no signs that the cancer had spread to other organs. However, there is always a chance that additional tumors will develop in the future. Bebe has no health issues. Both dogs had complete dental surgeries with some extractions.
The dogs are very bonded to each other. They are friendly with strangers, but Bebe tends to guard the backyard when strangers enter, and she can be a little bossy with insecure dogs. And Princess has no tail - we have no idea why. Her DNA came back as Chihuahua.
For more information about Bebe & Princess, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Brigette & Fiona
Chihuahuas Age: approx 9 months Females, Spayed 7-8 lbs each
Brigette and Fiona were dumped at the Oakland shelter with 5 other dogs by a family that didn't want to take care of them any longer. Four of the dogs (2 female adults and 2 younger puppies) went to Oregon Humane Society, while these 2 sisters, along with a 3rd sister, were deemed unadoptable and available only to a rescue group. We are not sure why the shelter flagged them as such. The 3rd sister has already been adopted out by Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs.
Both of them are quite sweet, and get along with other dogs. Brigette can be a little bossy with some dogs, but nothing out of the ordinary for a Chihuahua. Brigette and Fiona are being fostered in the same home, and are quite bonded. We would like them to be adopted together.
For more information about these 2 sisters, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Adoption Fee: $125 for both (includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
My name is Blossom and I was found on the streets of Oakland with another dog and taken to the shelter. I had a microchip and it was registered to my owner. The shelter contacted my owner and she said that she would come and get me. After multiple broken promises to get me, the shelter figured out that my owner was a low-life loser (I could have told them that, if they had asked), and I was released for rescue.
I was born with diseased eyes, very painful congenital glaucoma. Because I was so young, and the disease was so advanced, the best solution was to remove both my eyes to relieve my pain. As tragic as losing both eyes is for a puppy, I handled it like I handle everything: tail wagging, just looking for love.
Recently I was paired with a sighted support dog, Cosmo, that can be my lifelong companion and help me navigate through a life of darkness. Cosmo was young puppy that was struggling with shelter life and needed rescue. We are the best of friends and need to be adopted together.
Cosmo and I need a home that is "blind-dog-proof." I can handle a few stairs once I learn the layout of the house, but I would not do well with ledges that don't have a guard rail. We do well with other dogs, but some dogs get confused by my blind behaviors (walking into things, for instance) and might react negatively. I wouldn't even know if you had cats, but no kids.
For more information about Blossom and Cosmo, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Gary was dumped in the Oakland Shelter’s night drop box with no note. He was somewhat overweight; his coat was a mess and he was missing a lot of fur on his back end. Blood work determined that he suffered from hypothyroidism (an easily treated disease with daily, inexpensive medication). He also failed the shelter’s temperament testing.
Once he was in a foster home, things got significantly better for him. The medication stabilized his thyroid levels, he started losing some weight and his fur has started to grow back. He is still unsure about some handling (vet appointments, being bathed, etc.) but he does love attention and affection from his foster family. It seems to be a trust issue for him (understandably so).
He is pretty much ambivalent about other dogs. We don’t know about cats.
Gary needs a quiet household where he can continue regaining his trust of people.
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Chihuahua / Min Pin Mix Age: 4 years Female, Spayed 7 lbs
I wandered into the garage of a good Samaritan in Oakland, looking for my home. Then I wandered out of the garage, then came back in a couple days later. Since I had a leash and harness on, I doubt that I had wandered far from where I once lived, but the good Samaritan couldn’t find my owners and took me to the Oakland Shelter, where no one came for me. I was already spayed, but no microchip.
I was devastated at being dumped and made sure everyone knew how unhappy I was, which made me a bad candidate for most rescue groups. I was put on the list for euthanasia. Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs took a chance on me, and pulled me on Christmas Day (thank you Santa).
I will probably always be one of “those small dogs” that is “people selective.” I love my foster mom, and have warmed up to my foster dad. I will eventually warm up to other people, but understandably, given my past circumstances, new owners will need to earn my trust. I get along well with the other dogs in my foster home (not sure about cats).
I love walks on a leash and snuggling with the people I trust.
For more information about Carmelita you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
German Shepherd / Black Lab Mix Age: approx. 3 years Female, spayed 70 lbs
Sylvie was picked up by Oakland Animal Control after someone was able to corral her in their backyard. As most GSDs in a shelter environment, she struggled and eventually just shut down in her kennel. Since GSD rescue groups are overwhelmed these days, Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs pulled her.
After moving her around to different locations looking for a foster home, Sylvie finally settled in with a family and proved herself to be an excellent dog: great on a leash, calm, confident, smart. She loves to catch treats in midair and might just be one of those dogs that plays Frisbee. She gets along well with other friendly, smaller dogs (no cats - big dogs with cats are just too risky a situation).
We have observed that Sylvie is very good at figuring out how to get out of secured areas so that she can hang with her humans. She can open doors (including car doors), gates, etc. with the sole purpose of wanting to be with you.
She needs a home with big yard and a high fence (secured gates), where she can get lots of attention and exercise. She is very well-behaved in public settings.
For more information about Sylvie, you can contact us at: 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrat (whose shelter name was “Squirrel” - Ice Age fans will make the connection), was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. He was scared at the shelter, given his small size and a big scary place like the shelter, but he passed his temperament testing and made it to the adoption ward. It was only during a meet-n-greet with potential adopters, that the shelter observed some lap-guarding behaviors (lap-guarding isn’t typically part of the temperament testing regime), so the Scrat was moved back into the holding area and deemed unadoptable.
In his foster home, Scrat lives with one female person and lots of other small dogs. Lap-guarding hasn’t been an issue. However, in our adoption center, when he gets comfortable on a visitor’s lap, he does snarl and bark at some people (and some large dogs) who approach. He seems fine with other small dogs. Like most small lap-guarding Chihuahuas, he seems more comfortable with women than men (sorry guys . . . .)
Scrat would do well in a home with either just one person or a family that knows how to deal with lap-guarding behavior. He would be fine with another small dog and might be okay with a cat. Otherwise, he is a cute, sweet little guy who loves attention from one person at a time.
For more information about Scrat you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Chihuahua Age: approx. 2 years Male, Neutered 7 lbs
Huey was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. He had good and bad days at the shelter. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough good days to deem him as available for adoption. The shelter contacted Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs rescue to pull him into foster care.
Huey is doing well in his foster home. He seems to be pretty well house-trained for a small male dog. He can be a little shy with new people and a little mouthy, in a playful way. He loves other dogs (not so much, cats). He loves to play with his toys and dogs that will play with him.
Despite his “menacing” looking eyes, he is actually a very sweet little dog.
For more information about Huey you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marco was brought to the Hayward Shelter as a stray with another dog. Marco was very scared and shy. Shelter staff were unable to extract him from his kennel. They put a carrier in his kennel where he would hide out. If someone approached the kennel door, he would leave the carrier, bark for a while then retreat back into the carrier. This went on for a couple weeks before the shelter asked us to pull him into foster care.
Once Marco left the shelter, he calmed down and bonded quickly with our rescue volunteers and his foster family, including their small dog. Marco has a little bit of separation anxiety issues, but being a young puppy, he may grow out of it.
He is a sweet dog, that needs to go to a home with another friendly, confident dog his size.
For more information about Marco, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Casper’s original name was “Ghost.” He was dumped at the Berkeley Shelter in March by his family. He had been living with a young adult who wasn't home much so he was alone most of the time. He was shy and skittish with the shelter staff, but they made him available for adoption. In May a single guy adopted him, but then turned around and gave the dog to his girlfriend who had young children. Casper was not approved for families with young kids. He became too mouthy with the kids and they returned him to the shelter, where he was placed on the list to be euthanized. We pulled him into foster care.
Although Casper is initially shy in new situations (new people, new home, new dogs, etc.) he comes around quickly. He loves to cuddle with his humans and sleep under the covers at night. He likes being chased around the yard by the other dogs in his foster home. He is submissive with other dogs and is good with both large and small dogs. As a puppy, he can get mouthy during play with people, but that is easily corrected. He has been known to chase a few cats.
Casper is potty trained using a dog door. He is a quick learner and knows sit, shake, down and rollover. He likes to play fetch and will drop his toy for a treat. He is quiet and not destructive when left home alone and enjoys working on a frozen Kong food toy. He has been working on his manners and needs continued training in that area when he gets adopted.
Casper should do well in a home with another confident dog around his size with whom he can play and bond. Cats are probably not a good idea.
For more information about Casper you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrier Mix Age: approx. 1 year Male, Neutered 16 lbs
Bandit was dumped at the Oakland shelter by an owner who had a “change in lifestyle” and didn’t have time for the dog anymore. Bandit did horribly at the shelter - staff was not able to touch him. Initially, a net had to be used to extract him from his kennel. In his 2 weeks at the shelter, he made very little progress and was given a euthanasia date. Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs was contacted and we pulled him into foster care. Bandit immediately bonded with his rescuer - allowing all types of handling. He was very affectionate and playful. However, that did not easily spread over to other people - he was a bite risk for strangers.
Bandit is just a young, unsocialized dog that needs to build up his confidence around people. He loves playing with the other dogs in his foster home, and has bonded with most of his foster family. He does bark and charge at some visitors to the home. A bark collar or spray bottle has proved effective for curtailing that behavior. In the meantime, he is being socialized with new people at our adoption center. We are slowly seeing improvements in his trust of folks outside of his foster family.
Bandit will need to go to a home with other friendly, playful dogs that can set a good example. He needs an adopter who is experienced in working with insecure dogs. With the proper training and precautions around strangers, Bandit really is a sweet, lovable dog with people he trusts.
For more information about Bandit, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Lorenzo’s family lived in Newark. They abruptly moved and just left Lorenzo behind in their abandoned house. Neighbors reported his plight to animal control, who picked him up and took him to the Fremont shelter. He was not a cooperative resident at the shelter. He couldn’t be handled, vaccinated or vet checked. So the shelter contacted us. It took a couple people to get him into a crate.
Once he settled into his new foster home, he quickly came around - playing with the family’s other two dogs and seeking attention from his foster mom. Lorenzo is not too comfortable being picked up, but it is getting better. He will give a little cry and once in a while a “head whip,” but that is about it.
Lorenzo is blind in one eye, possibly due to an old penetrating injury that healed over. The eye is otherwise healthy, so removing it was not recommended by our vet. He had a complete dental cleaning with a few teeth extractions. Otherwise, he is very healthy for a senior.
He would do well in a home with other small friendly, playful dogs of any age.
For more information about Lorenzo you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Elvis was dropped off at the emergency vet by someone who found him injured on the street. He had multiple fractures in his back parts - it was assumed that he was hit by a car. The emergency vet transferred him to Oakland Animal Control. Unfortunately, because his injuries were older than a few days when we pulled him, fixing the broken bones with surgery was not possible. However, our vet did an FHO procedure on the broken hip to help alleviate pain. The other fractures just had to heal on their own. He gets around well, and is otherwise healthy.
Elvis gets along really well with other dogs and cats in his foster home. He is very friendly in public, but is sometimes not good with strangers who are in his home (barks at them until he gets to know them).
He needs to go to a home with another friendly small dog(s).
For more information about Elvis you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Charity was turned into the Hayward Shelter as a stray. Being a young puppy in need of socialization, she proved too hyper and a little snappy to qualify for adoption, so the shelter called Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs to take her into foster care.
Out of the shelter, she has been nothing but sweet, friendly and playful. She seems to love everyone. She gets along well with other dogs.
She needs a home with the skills to work with a puppy that requires some training. She would do well where there are other friendly, small young dogs to match her energy.
For more information about Charity, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
German Shepherd / Husky Mix Age: approx. 3 years Female, spayed 55 lbs
Fiona was found, scared and unsure., on the streets of Oakland by a good Samaritan. Shelter staff noticed that she had symptoms of an upper respiratory infection and she we put in isolation and prescribed antibiotics. She refused to eat and take the medications. Her condition worsened and she lost 10 lbs during her shelter stay. So the shelter called Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs for assistance. We pulled her from the shelter, taking her directly to our vet where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. We struggled for over 2 weeks trying to nurse her back to health. She fought us the whole way - still not eating, not willingly taking the medications. We had to force the pills down her throat, as she was crying and screaming. We tried hospitalizing her, but she would rip out the IV, chew up the e-collar and destroy the fluids bag. Her pneumonia only worsened. At one point we considered humanely euthanizing her, if she didn’t want to get better. A vet specialist convinced us to ride it out for a few more days and see. Thankfully, she finally began to turn a corner - she started eating, her lungs began to clear up and she was gaining weight.
Fiona is fairly healthy now. We would like to see her hit 60 lbs (her weight when she entered the shelter), and she is getting there. She is a very calm soul, who is somewhat cautious with new people and places, but she does engage and seeks affection. She is good with other dogs her size at the dog park, but on a leash, she shows reactivity with other dogs. Because of her breed mix, she should be closely supervised with smaller animals (dogs or cats). She should not go to a home with small dogs or cats. Potential adopters should have a secure outside area if she is to be left alone for any period of time. Shepherds and Huskies are great escape artists. Because of her gentle, mild manner and desire to be with her owners at all times, she would make a great emotional support or companion animal.
For more information about Fiona, you can contact us at: 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com