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. Some are rescued from shelters where 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 6/28/2018
Coal is an 8ish year old Miniature Poodle/Schnauzer/Silky/Yorkie/Water Hound mix (we ran a DNA test). He weighs approximately 17 pounds. He is a very friendly and loving dog. He is playful and smart and funny. Coal is also extremely energetic. He gets overly excited by people and critters outside and likes to run in circles and bark intensley. He will do this until a human interrupts the behavior. He has what we in the industry call "impulse control issues'. Basically they are sudden reaction or outburst of barking and chasing of things that are his triggers. In the house he settles down nicely and isn’t nearly as reactive because he can't see out the windows.
Coal recently had to have an MRI and it showed that he had a small stroke. The doctor said it rare and that it is unlikely for it to happen again. He has recovered from it and is back to to his active normal self.
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 Coal, please fill out our online application found under 'Dogs for Adoption' at www.samsimonfoundation.com If we think he is a good match with your application, someone will contact you to arrange a meet and greet.
Posted on 2/2/2021
Jax is a small 4 ish year old, black and white curly haired mixed breed dog. We think he is Poodle and Shih Tzu, but we’re not sure.
He is a rather laid back sweet dog. We think he had been pampered in the past but somehow he lost his pamperer and is looking for a new one.
Jax is living with other dogs now, however because he wants all of the attention and because he takes exception to being stepped on, he snaps at them sometimes. And he snaps hard. Therefore, we don’t recommend adopting him to a home with another dog. It wouldn’t be fair to the other dog plus Jax wants to be the only sun and moon for his peeps.
He appears to be healthy. He is definitely not housebroken but we think with supervision he could be. He walks nicely on leash but sometimes just stops walking and needs to be carried. He loves to be carried and held so that part is easy.
He definitely does not like to be alone. He will cry and sometimes even gets an upset stomach because of it. We’re looking for a home with homebody that wants a lap dog.
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 Jax, please fill out our online application found under 'Dogs for Adoption' at www.samsimonfoundation.org. Someone will contact you to arrange a meet and greet if we think heis a good match with your application.
Posted on 5/30/2019