Update - Apr. As you all know Shandy has been at FIC (Ecole de Formation des Intervenants Canins du Quebec) far too long. This little girl who is so full of spunk needs a home. Much as FIC has worked a few miracles with her, the best place for her right now is in her own home. So here is an update from Shandy herself on how she is doing. The video was video was taken just before bedtime -- a little mental situation after a day of training.
Looking for a partner to share in some of your physical activities? A running buddy maybe? Well, the search ends here! I'm Shandy, a very pretty dog; I’m about 5 years old. I’m a cross of multiple breeds … we suspect a mix of grasshopper, gremlin and a rocket, which results in a beautiful lass like me! I couldn’t introduce myself without first saying that I Iove to (really, need to) move! I'm up for all activities such as: canicross, bikejoring, jogging, hiking and even canine sports (agility)! I’ve already practiced some canicross and agility. Let's go, let's make a team!!! While, I’m not that interested in ball games... I love my "squeaky" stuffed animals though! And I am a sucker for treats.
I admit I'm more of the independent type, my first instinct is not to seek human affection. I am quite comfortable with showing my loving side once I am at ease. Demonstrating my love to the volunteers and employees comes naturally because I know them well! Simply give me a chance to get to know you before you ask for cuddles. Strangers are a little harder for me to deal with so I can react by barking at unfamiliar people on walks, although I have improved tremendously. I was a stray therefore we do not know my past or how I am in a home.
I seem to have developed a taste for adventure during my days on the street, given that I am inclined to want to go explore everything! I would love to have a completely fenced yard; however, you must keep an eye on me at first since I might like to sneak a peek at what’s on the other side of that fence.
Aside from being energetic, I'm very clever; I'm a fast learner and I really enjoy training. I have mastered basic obedience! Well, I can get a little distracted from time to time I admit ... oops! I’ve been looking for a family for awhile... I know my need for exercise can be intimidating, but I just wish I had a family that would be willing to team up with me! And after all, my need for exercise is similar to a puppy or a typical energetic breed (Husky, Aussie, Standard, Poodle, Lab, Border Collie, Malinois). Indeed, there have to be some dog sport enthusiasts out there looking for a little clown like me!
Even though I'm not the clingiest, I long to be the center of attention in my new home so no other pets, please. I can share my space with children aged 12 and over. I do ask for a family that is home a lot; I couldn't stand having a house to myself for hours on end.
What do you say? Do you want me as your new BFF to share all your activities? I'm waiting eagerly. GO fill out the Application Form and write down my name! I can’t wait to show you how cute and funny I am!
Update - Feb: Hey Shandy here and I'm still waiting! I have been impressing all the lovely people at FIC (Ecole de Formation des Intervenants canins du Quebec). They have been working with me for a LONG time. I have made tremendous progress and the good people here still feel that I would make a wonderful addition to an experienced human. I need a home where I will be exercised and gets lots of mental stimulation. AS you can see by my recent video -- I'm not a dog for couch potatoes!
I am a gorgeous pooch who is super athletic and love anything that moves. If you would like to try your hand at agility, canicross, or even "freestyle", I am here and ready to go to a family who will continue to work with me daily.
Shandy, an unclaimed stray, arrived at Animatch several months ago. However, on arrival we realized that some work had to be done to help this girl become more adoptable. She is in the capable hands of Virginie Forest and the students at FIC (Ecole de Formation des Intervenants canins du Quebec). Over time, the students and caregivers have worked hard through desensitization to get her accustomed to being handled and manipulated. Animatch is on the lookout for a guardian whose goal would be to continue to train and reinforce good behaviour.
Shandy’s ideal family would be an experienced one that understands that many dogs need to have diversion and exercise. The size of your house or yard is far less important to dogs than what happens in it. Shandy needs to feel as though she is working her mind and body; in other words, couch potatoes are not a good match. Animatch, with the help of FIC, promises to get it right for this amazing dog.
Although, Shandy has learned that passing dogs on a walk is not a reason to bark and lunge, she would do wonderfully in a single dog household. She is not a fan of cats, so a feline free home would be perfect. Since we have no history on Shandy, we would prefer an adult home or one where children are over 12.
If Shandy’s adoptive family follows FIC instructions and does some training, they will have all the tools necessary to make this relationship work …. forever. An active lifestyle, patience, and continued training will have her well on my way to becoming the dog of your dreams. Although she has picked up a lot at FIC, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty more she wants to learn. She certainly has the time to dedicate to learning all you want to teach her if you are game! Sound like a pretty good deal? Shandy is waiting to hear from you, so please fill in the Application
Please note that due the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to all applicants and ONLY those being considered will be contacted. We thank you for your understanding. The adoption application link is posted below and the adoption process is outlined on the website. Animatch asks that you read the Adoptee’s bio in its entirety before applying to ensure you meet the requirements for the dog.