Breed: Terrier Mix
Age: Est DOB: 02/2014
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: Unknown
House trained: In Progress
Adoption Fee: $500
History: These sweet dogs needed rescue from an unfortunate situation. We partnered with another organization and were able to welcome them to Coco's Heart. They are each hoping to find a family of their own!
A note from the foster:
Polar Bear is a sweet little 9# terrier mix that was rescued from a terrible hoarding situation in Louisiana. He has had so much to adjust to: life in 3 shelters before a long trip to Wisconsin, cold Wisconsin winter weather, new humans, new dogs, new home...... Bear is very shy and under-socialized but he is slowly coming out of his shell and coming to believe that a new life with love, companionship, a safe home environment, and a caring and attentive family is possible. It will take time and patience for Polar Bear to become a well adjusted dog, but I can see in his eyes that it WILL happen!!
Polar Bear has done well with house training and only has an accident (bowel only) if his human is slow in getting him out after meals. He has not learned to communicate his need to go out (I'm sure he is not anxious to go out in the cold!) so you will need to just take him out regularly. I have always taken him out on a leash and he is adjusting fairly well to the leash.
Polar Bear does not eat large amounts and his food could probably be left out all the time if there are no other dogs around to scarf it up! Food is not a very good motivator and he is not very interested in store bought treats. He prefers chicken, hot dogs and pop corn! He has gained a little weight since arrival (yes!) and his vet has recommended feeding him puppy food.
Exercise is not a favorite activity for him but perhaps when he is better acclimated to his new environment that will change. He prefers to nap in his crate or on his foster mother's lap. Toys have not been very important to him and he has appeared fearful of them most of the time. He just started playing and chewing on one particular toy recently, so there is some light at the end of that tunnel!
When he first arrived into rescue with CHDR, Polar Bear was withdrawn and shut down refusing even to make eye contact. He has comea long way and now he looks at me lovingly when he cuddles on my lap and roams the house freely without getting into any mischief. He does "pace" when new people are around or when he is very anxious. He doesn't come when called and you need to wait for him to come to you when you try to interact with him. Patience is the key! Loud/sudden noises or movements frighten him, but he recovers quickly.
Polar Bear lives with four other dogs and there have been no issues with him accepting them and visa versa. He does not attempt to play with them, but he has no aggression or fear when around them, and often naps with one or the other in my recliner when I am otherwise busy.
Thus far he has not been exposed to young children or cats, so I can't say how that will go. We have been slowly adding new experiences due to his shyness and fearfulness and that has not been attempted yet.
I feel at this point in his life Polar Bear would do best in a calm home with no young children, but with time he may well do fine with them. Young children can be loud, energetic, and rambunctious and I fear that would needlessly increase his anxiety during this stage of his life. Dogs are fine in our experience.
We have not yet worked on training as far as commands and "tricks" go and have been focused on his adjustment to his new environment and learning to be comfortable and less fearful around people.
His adopters will need to understand that there is much work to do with Polar Bear and that it may take an extended period of time so they will need to be very patient and understanding. I can tell that there is a very loving and loyal little guy insideBear and he will be an awesome, loyal, and loving companion to the right family.