Alice is a sweet and gentle dog, who came to us from a Utah shelter last January. She was very shy with new people — especially men. In fact, one could say she was downright scared of men. It didn’t seem to matter what they did or how gently they spoke to her. She just seemed uncomfortable around them.
Alice’s caregivers went to work using positive reinforcement training methods to change her opinion of men in particular, and also to make meeting any new people less worrisome.
Ever wonder how we choose names for the animals at the Sanctuary? They get a name when they arrive — before we really know them — and sometimes it’s challenging! Naming Holy Moly though was easy. This big, gorgeous, rambunctious boy was rowdy. When he gets the zoomies you can’t help but scratch your head and mutter, “Holy moly.”
There has never been a more energetic, focused cookie catcher in the whole wide world — or at least here at the Sanctuary. It’s good to be involved with sports and have a hobby or two. Wilson is a well-rounded fellow in that regard. Wilson’s hobbies are geology and archaeology. His penchant for excavating large holes in his run is legendary, but did you also know that he collects rocks?
Congo knows how to lay on the charm. He has great manners, gets along with most other dogs and is a googly-eyed love bug who aims to please. Congo has been with us since 2012. He was in a prison dog program, but he was young, and that environment was a little too chaotic for this sensitive guy. He arrived with some behavioral baggage, but in the years since, he has worked hard to overcome them. He recently went on his first sleepover with a volunteer and it was a complete success.
Tabasco is a petite female hound. She’s about four years old and loves nothing more than to play fetch. She’s sweet, a bit silly and eager to please. She came to us from a neighboring community. Seems she’s been an outside dog, but we have high hopes that she’ll get the hang of life inside a home.
If you are looking for a lot of hound in a pint sized package, contact us to learn more about Tabasco.
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Orville is a 101/2-year-old Labrador retriever who came to the Sanctuary as a stray from a neighboring community. This poor guy was overweight and in lots of generalized pain, and as a result, very cranky. But luckily all the people taking care of Orville at the Sanctuary realized that his bad temper was likely because of how uncomfortable and scared he was.
This cutie is brand new at the Sanctuary. She was an owner surrender and made her way to us just before the holiday, thus the festive name. The name suits her, but at the moment she needs a little dental care to make her more kissable. That doesn’t stop her from trying! Due to some lost teeth, her tongue is perpetually sticking out. I think it just adds to her cuteness.
Brady arrived in 2006 from California. This guy could make an impression, but unfortunately not a good one. Brady is a large red Ridgeback mix who was so worried about everything that he decided it was better to scare off people before they scared him. Brady would lunge at everyone! He was intense and pretty sure that having you leave was the outcome he wanted. So he left that shelter in California and made the trip to Utah.
*Update* Lady Mojo has been adopted!
Lady Mojo is all hound. If you love goofy, sometimes stubborn and always enthusiastic dogs, Lady Mojo may be the girl you’ve been looking for. It would be helpful if you had some hound dog experience. Lady Mojo is a loving companion, but when her hound kicks in, she might temporarily forget that just a moment ago she wanted to be with you and opt to chase whatever it was that caught her eye.
Update: Aster was adopted!
Sometimes you meet a dog that just makes you smile instantly. That's Aster. She came to us from a sanctuary in Texas that is closing.
Aster is a strange creature (in the most loving way). She is charming, a bit shy and just the oddest little dog. Those eyes and those bat ears give her an almost cartoonish appearance. But it's her attitude that makes her the queen of the Fairway (the Dogtown area that is her current home). She snorts, grunts and stomps around the place like she owns it.