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Homer

EXCITING NEWS! Homer is HOME!
This is 100% a foster success story!
Homer had a rough start to life bouncing in and out of two different homes, both did not have the means or ability to properly care for him. He was surrendered to Northern Reach Rescue, an organization that helps dogs in northern communities. The rescue knew this short haired breed didn’t belong in the frigid cold area, and connected us.
Unfortunately there wasn’t an open spot for a Shar pei, but the commitment was made since there was room with the chows! A huge stroke of luck for a non-chow Homer!
Homer came in growling and looking boney thin. He had trust issues but decided foster mom might not be so bad. He quickly grew attached to her and struggled when she wasn’t around showing signs of separation anxiety. He was a bit destructive, anxious and super needy. We feared his insecurity was going to make a future transition super difficult. Homer definitely needed some help. It was decided he would be better understood in a Shar pei savvy home where he could get the support he needed.
It was unlikely he would stay there permanently as this foster reserved openings for all the special need cases. Homer was young and healthy, just a little messed up behavior-wise so likely would move on.
However, Homer was home the moment he arrived. He respectfully met his new sister who eventually warmed up to her new companion and even seems perkier and playful again. Mom felt an instant connection and was able to manage him without hesitation. He quickly learned the rules and routine and did whatever it took to impress her and secure his spot. Already He was blossoming into a stable, relaxed boy. It was unthinkable to move him out for his sake and Nena’s the older Shar pei. When we heard the words, “yes he’s going to stay here forever, I love him” it was a relief combined with excitement and pure joy! A foster SUCCESS! It was by fate he ended up in our rescue under the circumstance, and fate helped him find his way home.

2020 Year End Round Up

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first…. 2020 has been a trying year for many.
It will be remembered for the pandemic and how it’s impacted our lives and the rolling effects of our future. 2020 made helping dogs across the US boarder impossible. It was also the year we had two owner surrenders we could not accept into rescue. In both cases the dogs were beyond what we are qualified or comfortable to handle. Finally and heartbreakingly, Lucy, a young chow was lost in a tragic dog attack.
So here’s the GOOD stuff we NEED to remember in 2020….
*Chow Chows & Shar Peis found their forever homes!
*Sweet Holly didn’t have to go to a shelter when her parents relocated and breed restrictions forced them to give her up.
*Rosie got relief from her eye lashes painfully scraping against her corneas!
*A lovely family and previous adopter welcomed two new additions into their lives this year…. puppy Odessa, and their new baby girl!
**Jet scored the attention and lifestyle she’s always dreamed of and Diva’s feeling and looking better with her loving family who keep her safe and well.
*That brings us to Marley who’s free from living in a garage and now enjoys the premium life-style of comfy couches, off leash parks and spa days.
*And Abby! Free from the pinch collar! Free from painful entropion and now she can even breathe easier!
*Diesel was saved from being euthanized!
*Homer found his way home despite the odds against him!
*A rescue in Kuwait saved Pilot from the streets, a very dangerous place for animals! He is here and blissfully enjoying good care and cooler temperatures.
*Best of all… Lucy’s broken-hearted Mom is definitely healing with gentle Pilot’s loving help.
To You, our Followers, we thank you for all your kind words and support. A big thank you to the volunteers who help fundraise, a crucial part rescue. Thank you adopters for giving a dog in need an amazing home!
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!

Supporters/Marketplace

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Over the past few years Merlin’s hope has been fortunate enough to have many wonderful people,organizations, and businesses support us by donating proceeds from their sales….please take a few minutes to view some of their work:

ThinkArtisan            website:         http://www.thinkartisan.ca
Denim and Rags      website:         www.etsy.com/shop/DenimAndRags
Scented Sundries    website:         www.etsy.com/shop/ScentedSundries
Pawsitively Nutritious & Delicious Dog Treats           website:         http://www.pawsitivelynutritious.ca/

Foster Homes Needed

Merlin’s Hope always in need of committed foster parents who can give a rescued dog a temporary home and get it started on its way. Long-term and short-term homes are currently needed. If you wish to learn more about our Foster Program, please contact us by phone or download the
Foster Form for more details.

Procedure

#1. Complete and return the foster form via e-mail or fax.  Foster Form 

#2. A rescue volunteer will contact you within 48 hours to review your application, check your vet reference, and then arrange a home visit if you wish to persue fostering.

Why a home visit?

  • We are not going to your home to check if you have dust on your furniture or dishes in the sink.
  • We do home visits to substantiate and to validate the information you put on your foster form.
  • During our visit, we try to take the chow or shar pei foster candidate with us to evaluate chemistry.
  • If the rescue dog is not available for the home visit, sometimes the volunteer will bring another dog along as a companion.

#3. Once everyone is satisfied, your foster application can come to completion and you may take possession of your new foster dog or be on-call to be notified when a good candidate for your home arrives to our rescue.

Nothing is Written in Stone

All illnesses, aptitudes, temperaments or any other known issues that we are aware of  are always disclosed to the potential adopter so that there are NO surprises. Of course, just like humans, dogs are individuals, therefore we cannot discover everything and sometimes new behaviours manifest themselves in the home that were not present or evident during our evaluation period.
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Adoption Procedure

Procedure

#1. Complete and return via e-mail or fax the Adoption Form.

#2. A rescue volunteer will contact you within 48 hours to review your application, check your vet reference, and then arrange a home visit if you wish to peruse the adoption.

Why a home visit?

  • We are not going to your home to check if you have dust on your furniture or dishes in the sink.
  • We do home visits to substantiate and to validate the information you put on your adoption form.
  • During our visit we try to take the adoption candidate with us (depending on the location), so that the dog and applicant can meet and the chemistry can be evaluated.
  • If the rescue dog is not available for the home visit, sometimes the volunteer will bring another dog along as a companion.

#3. Once everyone is satisfied, your adoption can come to completion and you may take possession of your new family member.

Our adoption fee includes:

  • all up to date required vaccinations
  • entropion surgery if needed
  • sterilization
  • Blood-work
  • Copies of medical history if available
  • Adoption certificate

Nothing is Written in Stone

All illnesses, aptitudes, temperaments or any other known issues that we are aware of  are always disclosed to the potential adopter so that there are NO surprises. Of course, just like humans, dogs are individuals, therefore we cannot discover everything and sometimes new behaviours manifest themselves in the home that were not present or evident during our evaluation period.

Surrendering A Dog

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Our prime focus here is on dogs who are seized from puppy mills, abusive situations, abandonment, neglect  or death of family, incarceration, etc.

If you are trying to surrender a dog because you’re having a baby, or fear for your toddler’s life, or won a trip to Bora Bora, please don’t expect us to offer you assistance, other than to remind you of your role in this decision.

Please take responsible measures to kennel your dog if you are going away, or to re-home your dog in the event you can no longer keep it. You should also contact the breeder who sold you the dog and let them know you can no longer keep it.  Breeders of merit will take back their dogs.

If we do accept your dog into our re-homing program, you will have to prove ownership of the dog and you will have to surrender all medical files and paperwork including registration paperwork if they exist.

It will be up to you to get the dog to us at one of our holding facilities, and you will have to sign a legal document assigning away all and any future rights to this dog.
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Surrendering An Aggressive Dog

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To the best of our knowledge, there is no such thing as a sanctuary for aggressive dogs, and Rescue is not a dumping ground for dogs with behavioural issues.

We wish we could say that we don’t get contacted by many people with behavioural issues with their dogs.  Unfortunately we do.  Even more unfortunate,  is that had the owner spent some time educating the dog when it was young, chances are very good that you wouldn’t be reading this page today.
Dogs with aggressive tendencies or aggressive behavioural issues cannot be realistically re-homed into another home unless those issues are addressed, which is your responsibility – and essentially have no place in the Rescue system.
Also, it is important for you to know that dogs who demonstrate aggression have no possible chance of adoption from a shelter, and most likely they will be euthanized.
Rescue is for homeless dogs, and dogs that really require assistance.  Rescue is not a dumping ground for dogs with temperament issues. If it was your expectation that a Rescue can train this dog, then frankly, so can you. Rescues are operated by volunteers who have jobs and families and little time on their hands, so if a rescue can find the time and the finances to correct temperament issues, so can you.
You only have 3 choices.
– you can live with the problem
– you can be responsible and work with someone to solve the problem
– you can have the dog destroyed.
We are urging you to do right by this dog and find the time and the means to work out his issues.  Often it only takes a few minutes daily to effect a change.
The more educated your dog is, the more sound the character and the freedom both of you can enjoy together.

Why Adopt From Us?

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We don’t, “broker” dogs.   Given the nature of the two breeds we work with, all of our candidates are actually in our physical possession by virtue,  and  legally surrendered by the owner/ or attending shelter. Rescue is much more than just making a pile of phone calls for a finder’s free and placing a dog from one home, directly into another, without taking the time to discover, know and understand the attributes and characteristics about the dog. We take the time to get to know our dogs, and obtain a professional, concise character and ability assessment, so that we know what our dogs are like as much as possible. Experience has also taught us that when a rescue doesn’t have physical possession of the dog looking for a home, all kinds of things can go dreadfully wrong and potential adopters often become frustrated because they’ve spun their wheels for nothing. It has been our experience also, that many owners are sometimes so desperate to rid themselves of their dog, they often bend and sugar coat the truth about their dogs, and/or with hold important information from the prospective adopter.

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When you adopt a dog from us,  you know what you are getting and we know what we are giving to you to the greatest extent possible. Always make sure you insist on asking any rescue how long – or  “if”,  they have had the dog in their physical possession and if the dog has been temperament tested by a qualified individual. You can even ask to see a copy of the temperament test. It should be part of the dog’s dossier.

Temperament Tested – by professional and experienced handlers. Every chow or shar-pei is temperament tested over a minimum period of two weeks before it is released for adoption. This is a very important aspect of adoption for these two breeds because both breeds have histories of possible aggression and often end up in rescue due to the results of non-socialization.  During this time we evaluate aspects of the dog’s personality such as friendliness, stability, aggression, and shyness. This ensures that we know all about our animals and can tell you exactly what they are like. You will know right away how your dog interacts with the world around him. It gets even better; When you come to retrieve your new family member we work together with you to make sure you can carry on with the same cues and techniques we use here. In front of you, we demonstrate the dog’s abilities, we disclose any issues we are aware of, and we make sure you are comfortable with your newly chosen family member.

Highly Socialized. During their stay with us, all of our dogs receive lots of one-on-one time with people and other dogs. They are offered obedience training, walked, petted, and played with several times a day just as they would be in any home environment. They learn to live and function within  multi-dog environments. We try to instil a perfect sense of balance within our candidates, so that they can go on to new lives with confidence and skill.  They become part of our family until they become part of yours.

Fully Vetted. Upon admission to Merlin’s Hope, every dog is spayed or neutered, entropian issues are repaired, elongated pallets, stenoic nasal canals, cruicates, and any other apparent illness/injury that we are aware of.  Our dogs brought up to date on vaccinations,  tested for heartworms. Each dog receives any needed medical treatment and is completely healthy before being made available for adoption. In fact, with particular emphasis put upon the Shar-Pei, both breeds are more than often dumped off at shelters because of breed specific medical problems, such as entropian,  elongated palates, or tight lip syndrome. People purchase these puppies from questionable breeders, sometimes at very high prices, only to find out within a few months, that they need to spend hundreds, or thousands more to deal with serious hereditary breed issues. A great reason to adopt, is that our rescues have all  these health  issues corrected.   All you have to do is love your new family member!!

Our Dogs Are Matched to Your Home Environment. This is our MOST important area that help guarantee a successful placement. We take the time to get to know each dog that comes through our doors, so naturally, we think it’s important to know a little bit about you, too. We ask loads of questions and get a feel for the personalities of the people who will be living in the home, what their lifestyle is like, and what they hope to find in a canine companion. We need to know how much dog ownership experience you have and if you are able to handle the dog you want to adopt.  It’s a little like a matchmaking service, but it really works. We have brought hundreds of dogs into happy homes all over Canada and the USA.

Obedience Training: An untrained dog, no matter what breed, size, or age,  is a liability in today’s society. For their own safety, all dogs require some form of obedience training, and chows are shar-pei are not the most readily trained. In fact, many of them end up in shelters on Death Row,  because their previous owners failed to address their need for obedience training or socialization. Any medium to large sized dog  has the potential, not matter what the breed or the breeding, to become a formidable weapon.  YOU need to acquire appropriate dog training skills to live in harmoney with your new family member, and to always be in a position to take charge of their behaviour at all times.

All of the dogs who come to Merlin’s Hope go through basic obedience training from the moment they arrive. They are taught basic manners,  how to walk properly on a lead how to behave in homes, and how to effectively respond to basic commands. Our dogs are toilet trained, and any vices ( if any), are corrected or modified, and any serious quirks, ( if any),  are always disclosed to the adopter.   This training not only helps us better evaluate the dog’s temperament in great detail but of course, helps us better analyse their future potential.  Also, it  helps guarantee placement into the appropriate new home.

The rest is up to you to keep that training in place.  We are always upfront about all of our character assessments, because it does not serve us any good purpose to place any dog in the wrong environment. We encourage our adopters to seek out a continuing education with their new family members. The more educated your dog becomes, the more pleasure and freedom you both enjoy together.

©MerlinsHope Rescue 2016

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