Malcolm was turned into the Hayward Shelter with another small Maltese mix as strays. Both dogs were terrified in the shelter, and were not comfortable being handled by shelter staff. So shelter staff called Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to pull them into foster care. We pulled his buddy first, thinking that Malcom, being a puppy, would eventually come around at the shelter, but he remained shy with people, so we pulled him into foster care.
Malcolm is doing well in his foster home, warming up to the humans, seeking attention, wanting to be on a lap. He gets along well with the other dogs, and is slowly feeling comfortable enough to play with some of them.
Malcolm would do well in a quieter household with other small friendly dogs. We are not sure about cats Having younger active children in the house maybe too overwhelming for him, at this time.
For more information about Malcolm you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha (Special Needs)
Chihuahua Mix Age: 5-6 years Female, Spayed 10 lbs
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) email@example.com
My name is Mina. I have had other names in the past (probably too many to remember), My microchip registration said I was once called "Jinx." I was one of those dogs that just got passed around to different homes when they got tired of me. I eventually ended up in the Hayward Shelter where none of my prior families would come and claim me. I did my best with the shelter's temperament test, but I just couldn't handle that frickin' rubber hand bothering me when I was trying to eat. That meant my only hope of leaving the shelter alive was if a rescue group would help me. Being a senior tan Chihuahua, there was little chance of that happening.
Then Nobody's Perfekt Dogs came along and saw me for who I am, a sweet little dog who just wants someone to love me and give me a forever home. I was very thin and my blood work showed I was anemic. My foster family was able to get me to start eating and provided iron supplements. Eventually I gained weight. I was already spayed before I came to the shelter, but I had dental surgery because my teeth were in pretty bad shape.
I live with a bunch of annoying little foster brothers, who run, chase, wrestle and play all the time. As long as they leave me out of it, I am fine. Sometimes I have to get a little grouchy with them (a senior woman's prerogative) when their antics invade my personal space. Otherwise I am pretty mellow. I love my lap time and would really like to spend all my time with my humans, if I could.
For more information about Mina, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernie was found on the streets of Hayward by a good Samaritan who took him to the emergency vet out of concern for Ernie's eyes. His coat was dirty and matted. The vet then called Hayward Animal Control to take the dog to the shelter. The shelter's vet diagnosed Ernie with bilateral cataracts and severe glaucoma in one of his eyes. The glaucoma was probably very painful, so the decision was made to remove that eye altogether, sparing the other eye with a cataract for now. Ernie is fairly young, so the cataracts and secondary glaucoma either developed when he was very young or he was born with them.
Unfortunately (probably due to his blindness), Ernie wasn't able to pass the shelter's temperament test for food bowl and high value item guarding. His only chance out of the shelter was through a rescue group like Nobody's Perfekt Dogs, who are okay with pulling food bowl test failure dogs.
Ernie's cataract was removed at UC Davis on 10-31-2018. It was successful in restoring some of his vision in his remaining eye. However, he should still be considered special needs, as he is adjusting to life with vision, probably for the first time.
We would like to find him a home with experienced adopters. He is used to having someone around all the time, so being left alone during the day is not a good option for him. At this time, we are still re-evaluating his temperament, now that he can see.
For more information about Ernie, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
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) email@example.com
Terrence was dumped at the Oakland Shelter by a family that supposedly loved him, but not enough to keep him, we guess. He struggled with the shelter environment, able to only connect with the other dogs and eventually a couple of the staff members. He didn't trust strangers and seemed particularly apprehensive with men. After 3 weeks with only moderate progress, the shelter reached out to Nobody's Perfekt Dogs for rescue. He ended up in an all male foster home, where he needed to overcome his distrust of men.
The foster family reports that he is coming around very nicely. He is excellent on a leash and in public settings - interested in strangers, doesn't react to other dogs. He loves riding in the car, sitting next to his people. He is a lap dog at heart. He initially displayed some behaviors associated with insecurity, but within a few days those disappeared as he settled into his new foster home.
Terrence would be fine as the only dog as long as he has human companionship most of the time. If he is left alone for long periods of time, he needs a doggy companion. He is great on a leash and good with strangers. He would be a great dog to take to work.
For more information about Terrence, 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."
For more information about Finn, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
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
Luna(tic) was brought to the Hayward Shelter as a stray. She is just a puppy who has LOTS OF ENERGY, is very playful with other dogs and loves humans once she knows them. She is still very unsure of strangers. She will bark at them, but so far hasn't nipped. However, she'll take a treat from anyone.
She will take a little bit of time to adjust to a new home, but once she is comfortable with the family members, she is very cuddly and friendly. She needs another young dog to exhaust her play energy and to help her transition to new setting. Not sure about cats or kids.
For more information about Luna, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Terrier Mix Age: Approx 2 year old Female, spayed 13 lbs
Felicity was turned into the Oakland Shelter with another dog, who ended up dying of Parvo in the shelter causing a 2 week shutdown of the shelter. Fortunately, Felicity nor any of the other dogs contracted the disease. Based on our review of her temperament testing results, she should have been made available for adoption, but the shelter flagged her as "rescue only."
Felicity is a very friendly, very playful young dog. She gets along well with small and big dogs, but her playfulness maybe too taxing on senior dogs. She can be a little skittish until she gets to know you, but then she is very cuddly.
We need Felicity to be adopted by a family who already has another playful dog(s). Older kids should be fine, unknown how she is with cats.
For more information about Felicity, 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
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 her and she said that she would come and get me. After multiple broken promises to get me, the shelter figured out that she 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.
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. I do well with other dogs, but some dogs get confused by my blind behaviors (walking into things, for instance) and might react negatively. I need to go to a home with another easy-going, friendly dog my size. I wouldn't even know if you had cats, but no kids.
For more information about Blossom, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Calvin was picked up on the streets of Hayward by animal control. Due to his fear aggression, he couldn't be handled by the shelter staff. He made some progress while in the shelter, but not enough to be deemed "adoptable" by the shelter's standards. The shelter contacted Nobody's Perfekt Dogs to pull him into foster care for further socialization.
As soon as he was out of the shelter, he quickly became less fearful and more social with his foster family. Since spending time at the adoption center and interacting with the public, he has became more confident and friendly with strangers.
He is good with other dogs his size, likes to play. As with most of our dogs, he needs to go to a home that already has another playful, friendly dog(s) that he can bond with. We are not sure how he is with cats.
For more information about Calvin you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 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.
For more information about Gary, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Miniature Pincher Age: Approx 4 year old Female, spayed 13 lbs
Scarlett was dumped in the lobby of the Oakland shelter, so they don’t know if she was owner surrendered or a found stray. Either way, she could not be handled by the shelter staff. She warmed up to a couple of volunteers, but still couldn’t pass her temperament testing and was put on the euthanasia list. Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs pulled her on her last day.
Within 15-20 minutes after being in her new foster home, Scarlett was seeking attention from her foster family. She gets along with all kinds of dogs. She loves to snuggle - definitely a lap dog. So far, no signs of lap guarding. She allows all kinds of handling. Being a Min Pin, she may bark at strangers who come to visit, but will be on their lap soon enough.
Scarlett needs a home with experienced adopters.
For more information about Scarlett, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Ruby & Vicky
Rat Terrier / Chihuahua Mixes Age: 5 yrs old Females, Spayed 9-10 lbs
Adoption Fee: $125 for both (includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations)
Vicky and Ruby were dumped at the Hayward Shelter by their owners that had them since they were puppies. At 2 years old they were banished to the backyard because the family had a baby. When the baby was old enough to be the backyard, the dogs were taken to the shelter.
Both dogs were traumatized losing the only home they had known. They were fearful and didn’t want to be handled by shelter staff. We pulled them into foster care and started working on their socialization skills. The dogs only have each other and we are committed to keeping them together. Ruby (with the floppy ears) is a little more outgoing than Vicky), but both dogs get along okay with the other dogs in the foster home and are learning to bond with the foster mom. Their first day at our adoption center, they sat on people’s laps and wanted attention.
They would do well as the only 2 dogs in the home or with other dogs their size. No young children, not sure about cats.
For more information about Ruby and Vicky, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Checkers looks like he should be riding a fire truck to the next big fire, but he is probably just a Chihuahua mix with some interesting markings.
Checker’s story is a tear-jerker. He was running loose in Hayward with another small dog. Somehow they made it onto Interstate 880. His companion was hit and killed by a car. Checkers stayed by the dog’s side where CHP officers then rescued him and took him to the Hayward Shelter. No one came to claim him.
Checkers struggled in the shelter. He was very scared and reactive in his kennel. Once staff got him out of the kennel, he sought protection and comfort in their laps. He was not cooperative with the vet check, so he was referred to Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs.
In his foster home and at the adoption center, Checkers is cuddly with people and with other dogs. He needs constant companionship. If potential adopters are not home, then another friendly dog in the home is a requirement. Checkers gets along with most of the dogs in his foster home. He does some lap guarding when the bigger dogs come around, but he is young and needs some guidance and training.
For more information about Checkers you can contact Nobody's Perfekt Dogs directly at 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
For such a sweet gal, Dolce cannot seem to get a break in life. She was originally turned into the Fremont Shelter as a stray. There she waited for a month for someone to adopt her. Nobody's Perfekt Dogs pulled her into foster care, She was adopted fairly quickly by a family that lives in Butte County. Then the Camp Wildfires happened. Her family had to evacuate and were able to take her with them. The home was spared the by the flames but then lost to a falling tree after the heavy rains. The family couldn’t find housing that would allow them to keep Dolce. So they reluctantly had to return her to us.
The shelter named her Dolce (Italian for "sweet and soft") and we can't think of more appropriate name for her. She loves everyone (dogs, people, kids). Don't know about cats, but she is very easy going. She loves attention, cuddling and getting love from everyone. At first, she was a little unsure about climbing steps or hoping into a car, but with a little bit of work by her foster mom, she mastered those tasks. She is house trained and uses a doggy door. Being part basset hound, we were anticipating that she may have a lot to say in a big voice, but so far her bark is fairly subdued and she rarely uses it. Being half pug, however, there is a snoring component when she sleeps.
For more information about Dolce, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) email@example.com
Doberman Shepherd Age: Puppy Male, To be Neutered 45 lbs (at 6 months and growing)
Tango has not be neutered yet. Due to some early musculoskeletal development issues that have since resolved, our vet recommends neutering Tango closer to him being a year old. We CANNOT finalize any adoption until Tango has been neutered. Potential adopters will have to foster Tango for Nobody’s Perfekt Dogs until he is ready to be neutered - NO EXCEPTIONS!
Also, we will NOT consider any applications from families that plan on altering his appearance (docking the tail or cropping the ears) - NO EXCEPTIONS!
Tango was abandoned on the streets of Oakland at about 8 weeks old, maybe due to a condition called “puppy carpal laxity syndrome” which is common in Dobermans but with proper nutrition, they usually grow out it. It appears that Tango has also grown out of it. There have been no issues lately.
He needs lots of training and socialization. He is still not willingly walking on a leash (and is getting too heavy to carry everywhere). He gets along well with the other dogs/puppies in his puppy socialization class and at the adoption center. He is not yet house broken. Tango lives with a senior cat (which he occasionally torments while trying to play), but no other dogs are in the home. We feel Tango’s development might go much more quickly if there is another large dog in the home (that can tolerate a puppy’s playfulness). Tango loves to cuddle and climb all over his foster family, which is becoming less enjoyable for them as he gets bigger.
For more information about Tango, contact 510-459-0396 (cell / text) firstname.lastname@example.org