Stevie

Stevie

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 1 Year
  • Breed: Staffy cross
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Location: Edmonton area
  • Details: When I first met Stevie getting another dog was the last thing on my mind. I already had two high energy pups that kept me busy. Stevie was being fostered by my husband’s cousin and we were just out for a visit. But she’s a dog that’s hard to ignore. She’s the embodiment of wiggly unconditional love.(And those Eyes!) My husband, my son and I left from from that visit and couldn’t stop talking about her. We decided to take her on trial. It was an interesting trial…I was not used to having a dog that wanted so desperately to be around people. I’m a busy person and when I was putzing around the house she followed me everywhere, like Velcro! She seemed to scream “slow down, take a load off, chill out and pet me”. She was exactly the balance our family needed. And I decided I couldn’t imagine us without her. She quickly became the leader of my dog pack, I didn’t even know they needed a dog boss but they’re better for it, she tells them when its time to come in for the night. I think they’d live in the yard without her. She’s my cat’s constant companion, they understand the importance of playing and chilling and seem to be able to do both at the exact same time. I often see them sprawled out on the floor gently batting at each other. My seven year old son who I thought was a lifelong cat person adopted her as HIS dog.The kiddo’s new morning routine is cuddling hugging and petting Stevie. And my husband finally has the lap dog I think he always longed for, albeit a sixty pound lap dog. Truly she is everything one wants in a dog. A companion who greets you enthusiastically, a playmate, she can be energetic when she needs to be…she’s rough and tumble and willing to swim and get dirty but also gentle and cuddly. So thank you Underdogs! You guys did good with Stevie!

 

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Winnie

Winnie

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 2.5 years
  • Breed: English Bulldog
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Location: Calgary
  • Details: Details: When we made the decision to get a new dog, we knew that a rescue was the direction we wanted to go. Having owned bulldogs before we knew that there would be a few hurdles to overcome, as they seldom come up for adoption and when they do it is usually due to major health issues. When a friend (and fellow Underdogs rescuer) called to tell me that Winnie may be up for adoption, we wasted no time getting in touch. It was only a matter of days before we were on the highway to Edmonton to meet our little lady. Our initial vet visit confirmed much of what we had been warned: Winnie had recently given birth, and was subsequently tossed aside. She suffered from being malnourished, a staph infection, and severe allergies. While her foster family had done everything they could, she still had a ways to go, but with all that going on in her life she was still the happiest little bug you’ve ever seen. Like any good bully, she made herself right at home in our house, and began to claim her favorite spots. In the months since, Winnie has really come around. A regiment of simple medication and dietary changes have completely cleared up her medical issues, and she’s put on a healthy amount of weight. Her skin has cleared up, and her wrinkles are spotless! The most obvious changes, though, are in her personality. Her initial separation anxiety has completely subsided, and she is more social with other dogs with every visit to daycare. She steals the show everywhere she goes, and her signature “waggle” when she sees us come home is enough to melt anyone’s heart. We are forever grateful to Underdogs, and all their amazing volunteers, for giving us the most amazing addition to our family.

 

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Mollie aka Nellie

Mollie

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 4 years
  • Breed: AmStaff Cross
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Location: Calgary
  • Details: Mollie (aka Nellie). We officially adopted Mollie in October 2014 but I think in our hearts we adopted her much earlier than that. This happy ending “foster failure” story is long overdue. What have we been doing? Enjoying every day with our girl Mollie and her little brother Moe. When Mollie first came to us, a short term foster over the Easter long weekend in 2014, we were given the heads up that she was very nervous (she kept her tail between her legs most of the time) as well as toy and food aggressive, but a sweetheart who was in desperate need of some TLC. From the moment she walked in our door, her tail was up and she seemed comfortable. It was confirmed when her soon-to-be foster brother, Moe, went down into a play bow in front of her and all was well. They were fast friends.

    Over that weekend, we realized that she was neither food nor toy aggressive. She took treats politely, gently and loved to be where we were, laying in the same room, sharing a bed with Moe. When we were asked if we could do a long term foster until she found her forever home, we said yes. I think she was ours from that moment, but we didn’t know it then. Since that time, Mollie has joined us on rambles in the woods, BBQ’s with family, longs walks, loves playing catch; she is a daycare dog, and has amazing ‘dog parents’ who love her like their own and trust her with their three beloved cats. Where once we couldn’t imagine life without Moe, we now can’t imagine life without Moe and Mollie.

 

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Raya

Raya

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 3 Year
  • Breed: Pit bull cross
  • Energy Level: Medium
  • Location: Edmonton
  • Details: The day I began my journey of fostering with Underdogs Rescue was the day Raya and her babies came into care. I fell in love with her the minute Jade told me about the tri-colored mama they had just brought into care. Unfortunately at the time I wasn’t able to adopt her since I had a full house. April 2014 Raya was returned due to no fault of her own and it was a week after I had lost my beloved Pit Bull Lincoln, when Jade asked if I would foster her. Her and my other female hit it off instantly, it was like they were long lost sisters. In the short time she has been with us, Mama Raya has formed an amazing bond with my special needs son I couldn’t imagine separating them. First thing she does on a daily basis is look for him when we get home, gives him a kiss and then will head to the door to go outside. I think Jade and Natasha knew Raya was home before I did. Raya is such a sweet funny girl. She has this adorable little happy dance she does whenever she’s excited about something. I will forever be thankful to Underdogs for bringing her into my life.

 

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Juno

Juno

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 1 Year
  • Breed: Staffy cross
  • Energy Level:
  • Location: Calgary
  • Details:Juno entered our home as one of many foster puppies we had taken care of over the past few years. We had every intention of raising her until she was ready to be adopted out to a loving home. As it turns out that home was ours ! While fostering her we found out she had Parvo, a serious illness that we had never dealt with before. Luckily with proper vet care we were only without her for a few weeks, and picking her up from the Vet after treatment was an eye opening experience for us. We realized we had fallen madly in love with that little “Juno Bean”. We knew she needed to be a part of our family, so we adopted her shortly after. Completely the opposite of our other pitbull Luke, Juno is energetic, excitable, and feeds off the energy around her. Basically she’s a handful ! Like Luke though, she loves every single person she’s ever met, and loves to curl up right next to us on the couch for a snuggle. She immediately took a liking to Luke as well, often squeezing into his bed at night, though there was barely enough room for both. We were constantly asked what kind of dog she is. A DNA test revealed she’s Staffordshire Terrier/ Beagle / Boston Terrier. But to us she’ll always be a “Juno Bean”.

Bailey

Bailey

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 6 Years
  • Breed: Boxer
  • Energy Level:
  • Location: Edmonton
  • Details:Though Bailey is far from the striking pit-bull we originally wanted, she is definitely the perfect fit for us, and we couldn’t imagine our lives without our gassy, goofy boxer. I can never thank Underdog Rescue, and their members, enough for all they did for her. I remember when Bailey was first in emergency, being blown away by how many people reached out, by sending money, holding mini fundraisers, or simply by keeping her in their prayers. Unfortunately many of Baileys supporters will never be able to meet her, so they will never truly understand what an amazing dog she is, and how much joy she brings everyone who is around her.
    Not only do all of our friends and family, absolutely adore her, she is the secret favorite at daycare, and has even melted a few “non-dog lovers hearts”. The best thing about Bailey, is that she has changed people’s opinions on bigger breeds. When we first got Bailey, there were people who were so intimidated by her looks, that they didn’t want their kids in the same room as her, but now they not only completely trust her, but are considerably more comfortable around all dogs.
    Bailey also helps us rehabilitate other dogs, by being the perfect big foster sister. Though she may act like a princess, she isn’t scared to put her younger foster brothers in place when needed, but also shows empathy for them, by not getting annoyed when she has to share our attention/affection (however you can tell she enjoys her “only child” time).
    I would especially like to thank Jade, for not only personally nursing Bailey back to health, once she got out of the hospital, but for also putting up with the many questions from her neurotic foster mom.
    Thank you again, for everything you did for Bailey, as she is a true blessing to so many,
    Jessica & Jory

Gaia

Gaia

  •  Gender: Female
  • Age:
  • Breed: Pitbull Whippet cross
  • Energy Level:
  • Location:
  • Details: My husband and I truly feel things are always meant to be. I had been volunteering for Underdogs Rescue for a few months when our German Shepherd mix passed away. Shortly after her passing we applied to adopt Gaia. Jade and I had talked about her and we knew Gaia wasn’t going to be an “easy dog”. She would take a lot of commitment with training, but we were up for the challenge. Having such a laid back Greyhound we knew he could really help a dog like Gaia relax and accept in time. We have done a lot of training with Gaia and work with her daily to build her confidence. Some days are a challenge, but we love her so much. She is such an amazing dog in our home and we know things will only get better with time.