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Teddy

Congratulations Teddy Happy Adoption Day!
Here’s Teddy’s Story….

For three days people witnessed a slow moving ball of fur make its way across a desert parking lot in the hot county of Kuwait. He had no food or water, so when rescuers came, he didn’t resist and followed their lead. They took him to the vet and the groomers. His coat was so matted, it had to be shaved off. Teddy was booked on the earliest flight out and welcomed into Merlin’s Hope. Once again he was taken to the vet for neuter and entropion surgery. His ears were infected and he injured his front paw. His name should have been Money Pit! (But he’s worth every penny!) Instead we called him Teddy. Teddy’s lovable bear like face caught everyone’s attention including many pre-approved perfect applicants. It was a tough choice but there was one couple who patiently waited for him to come along and everything felt right. During the virtual home visit, his bed was in the main room all fluffed up ready for him to come home. He traveled over 10,000 km to find love and happiness…his mom and dad traveled over two days to make sure they could give it to him. His world has changed for the better, forever. Fresh food, clean water, a comfy bed and endless love and attention. Teddy is blissfully home in doggy paradise. Congratulations Teddy and his new family!

Gucci

HAPPY ADOPTION!
When living arrangements changed for Gucci’s owner, she entrusted Merlin’s Hope to rehome her young female Chow Chow. As soon as she was surrendered, the tiny-but-feisty Gucci made it clear she was unhappy with this new arrangement. Her insecurity was expressed through growling and fear-snapping at her first foster home. To keep everyone safe and transform Gucci into an adoptable dog, it was decided that she needed to return to our most experienced foster family and spend some time in “Chow Chow boot camp”. In this home Gucci lived with several other Chows and was carefully managed with a daily routine of long walks, plus new rules and boundaries that helped build her trust.
Gucci is a smart girl and responded very well, quickly bonding with her second foster mom – however it was too much of an attachment – she became very anxious if foster mom was not always in sight. Even though Gucci had made great strides, we were fearful that she was developing separation anxiety. The thought of transitioning her to a new home seemed risky; we didn’t want her to revert to old ways and forget her new manners.
We were looking for someone who had experience working with an insecure, strong-willed Chow. One applicant met the criteria and stood out with all the right answers and persistence. Growing up, her family rescued a chow from a bad situation, then had to manage unfavourable and intimidating behaviour. Because of our applicant’s patience and tenacity, this dog has become a great family member who will even perform a portfolio of tricks – something that most Chows are not known for!
From the start, this applicant was confident that Gucci was to be her dog. She believed that she could address the situation if Gucci became overly attached or reverted to any past bad behaviors. She convinced us that she would not be deterred by anything that might occur.
This home sounded very promising for our sweet, but tough little Gucci. We prepared her new family for the absolute worst… and so far, they have only gotten the absolute best! Gucci instantly felt comfortable in their presence. She’s enjoying the spoils of undivided love and attention, long walks ending in big naps, and is even relaxed enough for puppy snores! Gucci, now renamed Mochi, will thrive being challenged by new tasks and tricks (as will her new mom when Mochi displays her stubbornness)! It’s a fun, stimulating, adorable and an absolutely perfect match! We’ll look forward to updates on Mochi’s progress and seeing some of those tricks!
Congratulations Mochi & your new family!

Diesel

“Foster Fail” is NEVER a label we want to hear. It puts a negative spin on something positive. It’s even more offending when volunteers work so hard to rescue dogs only to be called a failure. So….that brings us to Diesel. This boy has been with us for three months and is still throwing us curve balls. We’ve worked one on one with trainers to help with some of his issues which include, separation anxiety, assertiveness, leash manners, dog reactivity, dog selective, and occasionally challenging authority. The tough part is…he’s really trying to be a good boy. Unfortunately he screws up once in awhile and by the time he realizes it, it’s too late. No matter how much we prepare someone, adopting out a dog like Diesel would be a risk we’re not willing to take. There’s too great a chance for him to fail and be returned either with a bite against him, or set back farther than when he first arrive. We are doing our best to help and support this strong minded boy and keep him out of trouble. We both agree, Diesel’s in the best possible home for Diesel. Admittedly Dawn loves him and doing a fantastic job, but it is exhausting and at times frustrating. However, we are confident that keeping Diesel in Dawn’s care, ensures he has a chance and stays safe… because no matter that he throws at her, she can handle it! So before I congratulate Dawn on her new family member, I’ll share Diesel’s real happy ending….. This rough and tough bull headed power house of a dog, melts for Raisin. The two are literally inseparable. They play hard and constant, and when they do shut down, they remain connected. Either their paws are touching or their bodies are leaning against each other. Never have we known for two dogs so engrossed in each other day and night. Separating these two BEST friends would be crushing. Diesel has play bowed on one knee, and Raisin has taken his paw in hers…It is with pleasure we announce, our congratulations to Diesel and Raisin on your forever life together so long as Dawn can stand it!

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.

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