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 8/24/2016
Coal is a miniature poodle mix appoximately 5 years old. He weighs 17 pounds give or take. He's active and healthy and super sweet to those he knows. He warms up to strangers after being properly introduced.
His house manners are superperb. He relaxes nicely and is housebroken. Outdoors is different. He is hyper-reactive to all stimulus and will run in circles and bark. He won't stop until we call him to us and hold him. He will come when called and will calm down if you hold him. However he can never be allowed to stay outside in a yard unattended as he won't self regulate.
ADHD and Autism are not commonly diagnosed in dogs, but he is a likely candidate for one if not the other. He is extremely intellegent and loyal and loving.
Posted on 5/30/2019
Jetty is a 3 1/2 year old Black Labrador Retriever. 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% 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's grown accostomed 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.
Jetty LOVES people and craves attention. She's 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's very healthy and would make a great jogging 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.
Please not 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.
Posted on 7/3/2019
*Scotty's adoption status is 'on hold' while we attempt to diagnose his recent onset of Fly Catching episodes.
Scotty is a 10 lb mixed breed appoximately 1.5 years old. He appears to be a mix of either Maltese, Affenpinsher, poodle and/or possibly Scottish Terrier. He can be a smidge shy at first but then he is very friendly and affectionate. We recently discovered that he has a condition called "fly-biting seizures". They are not severe at this time, but it is something that he will always have to be monitored for. He will do best in a home where someone has the time during the day to work on his manners and behaviors, as well. We think he will need supervision when it comes to his house manners. Scotty doesn't like to be left home alone. He will scream and scratch at the door. He's playful and sweet and is a very loving dog. If you live within 75 miles of our location in Malibu, please fill out our online application.