Last Updated: August 9th, 2022

Date of Arrival: June 24, 2022

Age: Approx. 4 yrs old

Breed: Mixed Breed – Possibly Papillion X

Size: Approx. 20 lbs

Gender: Female

Adoption Status: We are accepting applications for Tina

Personality: Tina is super sweet, loving, and adores gentle cuddles. Tina’s main challenge is remaining calm in situations where it is important for her to be calm. She has an awesome foster who is working with her on calm and confidence, and she is learning to trust the human as her lead. Tina will feed off of the energy of humans and when they are lack confidence or feel a lot of stress, she feels the same. The areas she is working on are staying calm when other people come to the door, and when she is on walks and sees other dogs, bicycles, etc. She has shown an instance of bite reactivity, but with correction and guidance from her foster, she is learning that there are better ways to handle her stress. Tina's natural inclination is to fear and fight anything she views as scary. Now she is learning that not everything is a threat to her existence - a bike going by, for example, doesn't have to be a big deal. Her foster will provide information to Tina’s forever person/people on how to continue her positive training. Tina has learned to respond to an e-collar to help her regain her focus and calm, and a muzzle is being used to allow her down time. When Tina has the muzzle on, she will often switch from stressed and anxious to peaceful, and go to sleep; she knows it signals relax time. Muzzle training is not something every dog needs, nor is it only for “dangerous dogs”, but it can be an excellent tool for many reasons, and it helps Tina work on her calm, non-reactive approach to specific situations.

So what will an adopter get when they get Tina? Love! She loves her human! A smart dog that responds well to correction and wants to do what's asked of her. A dog that you can enjoy the ongoing opportunity for obedience training in every aspect of the dog's (and your) life. If you want a dog that shows great progress, great hope, so much joy… She is your dog!

House training/Pee Pad Training: Tina is outdoor trained.

Walks/leash training: Tina is doing well with leash training and is learning implied commands, as well as direct commands. She now knows how to walk appropriately on a leash, and is starting to practice a non-reactive approach to things on walks that have been triggers for her in the past. Tina loves her walks but they can be stressful for her if they are unstructured. She has shown huge improvement after starting to wear a doggie backpack on her walks. Sometimes all you need is to know what the expectations are and what your job is - for Tina, it's walking politely and carrying her little backpack!

Children: Tina is learning to stay calm with calm, dog savvy children. She enjoys pets from them and supervised leash walking around the yard. Having said this, we will not approve Tina to be adopted to a home with children, as she does not do well with a lot of high energy/active kids and would be better suited to a calmer home.

Dogs, Cats and Other Friends: Tina is doing okay with the other dogs in her foster home. She has shown a little bit of possessiveness towards them, and should not be left unsupervised with other dogs. Her anxiety gets the best of her, and she can sometimes make poor decisions. Tina has only seen cats on walks, but her response towards them indicates that she would do best in a home without cats.

Best Home Environment: Tina will do well in a home that is focused on rewarding her good choices, and clear expectations of the rules and boundaries. She will do her best with a calm, and confident owner who is committed to not babying her, but giving her all the love they can, by being her leader and a human she can rely on.

Health: Tina is a healthy dog and has completed her vetting.

History: Tina was a transfer from Winnipeg Animal Services.

Adoption Fee: Tina’s adoption fee is $400

Please download our application and follow instructions to apply for any of our dogs in care. Please note we do not accept or process any applications until a dog is ready for adoption. Please do not submit applications until such as time as we indicate we are ready to consider applicants.

Due to the high volume of interest in our cupcakes dogs, we regretfully cannot provide personalized responses to applicants at this time. We also are not maintaining any adoptions waitlists. Please visit our FB page where we will update everyone on how our dogs are doing as often as possible. Thank you for your understanding.