What is a Career Change Dog? Our professional trainers carefully select our dogs by evaluating them for temperament, health and eagerness to please. They are rescued from shelters where they are at risk for euthanasia. They enter a rigorous training program to become Hearing Dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Not all of our outstanding dogs can meet the demands of becoming a Certified Assistance Dog, thus the need for a "Career Change". They are, however, still winners, and make wonderful pets. Many are already housebroken and some know basic obedience commands. In short, these "near misses" make wonderful companions. We can help match you with a lifelong canine companion.


Posted on 5/30/2019

Jetty is a 5+ year old Black Labrador Retriever. Jetty LOVES people and craves attention. She is not used to being alone so we are looking for home where she can be with her person or people most of the time. She will play fetch as long as you're willing to throw the toy. She is very healthy (see below regarding her occluder) and would make a good walking companion. Socially she prefers to stay home. Going to the park isn't fun for her. She likes to have company come to her house and socialize there. She is what we call skiddish. She is easily startled by quick movements and thinks she going to be struck. She has never been hit, but she acts like she has been. This is a genetic fear that will never fully go away. A quieter home would be best for her.

She was born with a genetically inherited condition called eptopic ureters. This meant that urine passed straight through her bladder causing her to be incontinent (she leaks urine).  She has undergone two different surgeries plus a trial procedure at UC Davis. The last surgery was to implant a mechanical occluder. This is an artificial sphincter. We have achieved as much continence as we can without causing her a total blockage. We consider her 90 percent continent. She will leak a small amount of urine if her bladder is full and she moves suddenly.  She will submissively urinate sometimes, but that is not a health issue. That is a fear issue.

Jetty is an indoor dog and she is housebroken. We will not adopt her to anyone wanting an outdoor dog. She has grown accustomed to the comforts of indoor living.  She wears stylish diapers in the house if we think she might be leaking. We also mop a lot. 
Other than the occluder, Jetty is in perfect health. She is sweet and active and playful. She gets along with dogs she knows but will bark at dogs she sees at a distance. She has no experience with cats or other animals.

Please note that we only adopt our Career Change Dogs to homes within approximately 50 miles from our location in Malibu, CA. If you are interest in adopting Jetty, please fill out our online application found under Dogs for Adoption at www.samsimonfoundation.com Someone will contact you to arrange a meet and greet if we think she is a good match with your application.