Bonnie Buckley; the
owner of Alternative Dog has been an active part of the Animal Rescue
community for over 20 years. Bonnie welcomes local rescuer's to
make contact if your rescue would like to use our facility to house an
"Adoption event". Adoptive pets must be fully vaccinated and have current
health certificates & originate from MA.
Please read entire Bio before contacting us for adoption!
UPDATE: 4-9-11, MONDAY has been ADOPTED!
Photos 4-8-11 , "I am ready for my new home" in a short sporting trim
Video of Monday entertaining herself with a
Kong on the Snow Mounatin on 2-5-11
UPDATE 2-7-11 **
Monday continue's her rountine towards relief of seperation anxiety
issues. We have put Monday into a "Historically Correct Continental"
Poodle clip, since she continues to chews her front legs when anxious and
had very uneven hair growth.
Monday requires a poodle savy owner with experience in dogs with
seperation anxiety issues. Looking for a home that has a routine household
without alot of daily change or commotion. This type of environment
provides Monday with the boundaries that she requires to be an attentive
UPDATE 12-3-10: Monday continue's her rountine towards relief of seperation
anxiety issues. We would really love to see her in an understanding home
of her own. She has come a long way, but will still require an owner with
lots of patience and understanding that her anxiety issues may never fully
resolve and need continued work.
UPDATE** 10-5-10: 9 month old Monday would really love a home of her own to
settle down in. Prefered placement as an only dog or as a companion to a
mature dog who will set clear boundries with her. Herbal remedies are
continuing for her seperation anxiety issues. Her obedience training has
come along very nicely but she still requires short work sessions with
loads of positive reinforcement with treats &/or clicker work. We had a
couple of weeks set back with her housebreaking due to new dogs into the
Daycare which caused her some new found anxiety but we are back on track
now! She LOVES to retrieve and is very eager to please when she
understands your expectations. She needs clear boundries, short but
frequent obedience sessions, but mostly, she needs a loving owner with the
Patience of Job who will continue working with her special needs as we
have and provide her a lifetime home.
**UPDATE** 9/11/10 **
Monday is growing up! Is now house broken &
crate trained. Knows all basic commands. Sit, down, stay, come/here, off,
wait, leave it, heels on lead, loose leash walks. She still has seperation
anxiety issues but she is a new girl compared to the very anxious pup that
arrived here 7 weeks ago. Glucosamine, MSM, melatonin & herbal modalities
EVALUATION DATE: 7/10/10.
PHOTOS: "Monday" a very sweet 36 pound, 6 mos old
Blue female Standard Poodle needs an understanding & patient home. Good
with dogs, has severe seperation anxiety, housebreaking & crating issues.
We are working on all of the above with her and self control with cats.
She is doing well here with our & the Daycare dogs, she
requires an owned home with daily exercise to blow off her "poodley"
energy which will help ease her behavioral & anxiety issues. She was a
very missunderstood puppy in her prior home.
She enjoys the water & shows a desire in retrieving. Currently she needs a
fair & consistent owner who can remain aloof in their initial weeks/months
of training & ownership of her, she will require "umbilical method" of
training when allowed loose in the home untill she understands all that
may be expected of her. Current level is ZERO and she is being treated and
handled as an 8 week old.
She will excel with positive reinforcement training & clicker work with a
"nothing in life is free" concept. She has been started on glucosamine,
MSM, melatonin & herbal modalities. Doggie Daycare & private training can
be offered at reduced rate for this girl to assist her in being an
emotionally balanced family companion. Swimming & brisk daily walks with a
lightly weighted back pack could be in her near future.
Initially, she will need a home with eyes & ears on her 100% of the time.
Currently, this girl is 100% Special Needs and will be imperative that new
owner follow behavioral modifaction advice to the "T" for her to succeed.
We cannot set her up to fail at this age. Adoption fee will include current vaccination's & spay. Accepting Adoption
Application's from potential owner within a 1 hour drive of Merrimac, MA.
HOME VISIT REQUIRED. EMAIL Bonnie for an adoption application:
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