Burr

* Approximate Age 1 Year *  Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Child-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
We got word that a chocolate nugget of puppy goodness ended up at an area animal control due to no fault of his own. That’s no place for any dog to be, let alone a youngin. He’s young, goofy, had absolutely no manners, and needs to grow into his legs. Basically, he’s a perfect crazy puppy!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Stay
* Leave it
* Come
* Paw
* Touch
* Crate trained
* House trained
* He knows 'show me' and he'll play bow at the things he wants like bowing at shoes for walks, the door for potty breaks, and the water bowl for a refill
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: not picky and he loves carrots
* Food: he'd like eggs and spinach, please
* Toys: Westpaw brand toys, bones, Chuck-It balls
* Walks: superstar on leash and he likes his walks, don't forget 😉
* Sleeping
* Playing
* Chewing on stuff
* Playing tug
* Fetch
* Head and ear rubs
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly
* Kids: overexcited, he doesn't realize how big he is, we recommend ages 10+
* People: friendly, overexcited
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Not a fan of the regular vacuum but the Roomba is ok
* Normal puppy behaviors like chewing, jumping, and mouthiness
* Not a fan of getting his nails clipped or his ears cleaned, he just needs 2 people and treats to get the job done
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Carmelo

* Approximate Age 8 Years -Old * Prefers To Be The Only Dog * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Carmelo was surrendered with his housemate Callie due to landlord issues. They enjoyed each other's company but were not a bonded pair, regardless we made it our mission to get them both out.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Stay
* Place
* Come
* House trained
* He can catch the treats you toss
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: All non-fishy treats, prefers soft but he'll suffer thru crunchy ones too. He enjoys whipped cream, chicken, cheese, peanut butter
* Food: daily kibble with wet food
* Toys: Wubba, tennis balls, soft toys, snuffle and licki mats
* Walks: pulls hard at the beginning but eases up
* Cuddles
* Playing in the yard
* Napping
* Watching TV
* Putting his head into your chest for rubs
* Head scratches and kisses, please
SKILLS:
* Dogs: selective
* Kids: friendly
* People: friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Learning to like the crate
* Not a fan of being left alone
* Can be mouthy
* Needs to urinate often
* This boy is gassy
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Maddox

* Approximate Age 1 Year -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
Late on a Friday night we got a message from a rescue friend asking if we had room for a 6-month-old pup, the owner reached out to her but they didn’t have a foster home available. The next day we contacted the owner to get all the details and our hearts were heavy as we could hear the sorrow in his voice. He was having to surrender a pup he’s had since he was a baby due to housing circumstances beyond his control. He didn’t want him in a cage at animal control, he wanted him in a home so rescue was his best shot. We put out a plea to our fosters and within minutes we had a transport team and a foster coordinated.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Paw
* Touch
* Higher energy
* House trained
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: Whimzies, fish skins, wild weenies, hot dogs if you remove the casing
* Food: can be a bit picky
* Toys: hard chews and anything that makes noise
* Walks: pulls hard at the beginning but eases up, pulls when he sees something he's interested in
* Playing with toys
* Going on walks
* Shoulder blade scratches
SKILLS:
* Dogs: overexcited, rough and tumble player
* Kids: 10+, he is a bull in a china shop
* People: takes time to warm up
* Cats: Not cat friendly
CHALLENGES:
* Not a fan of the vacuum, doorbell, and loud noises
* Normal puppy behaviors like chewing and mouthiness
* He enjoys singing the song of his people.. he's a barker.
* He doesn't realize how big he is
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Pattie

* Approximate Age 2 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
We were notified by one of the amazing vets we work with (DuPage Animal Hospital) about a stray female who had recently given birth, was found by local police, and brought to their clinic. They agreed to do her stray hold and searched high and low for her owner. During this time she won the hearts of the entire staff and started to make herself at home. Our interaction team went to meet her and knew instantly that the home she needed was with us! Then we arranged for one of our fosters to meet her and this beauty sealed the deal with her bulldozer of a body, pig like grunts, head the size of a cinder block, and her unbelievable attentiveness. She’s definitely the total package!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Stay
* Touch
* Come
* Bonus manners: up, off, and wait
* House trained
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: bacon treats, bully sticks
* Food: not picky
* Toys: rubber chew type that make noise, tug with ropes
* Walks: pulls hard, eases up
* Providing emotional support (leans in to cuddle)
* Playing fetch or tug
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly, plays a little rough
* Kids: friendly, plays a little rough
* People: friendly
* Cats: unknown
CHALLENGES:
* Can be a bit mouthy
* Learning to love her crate
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Ronnie

* Approximate Age 1.5 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A delicious, grumpy-faced boy landed at an area animal control as a stray. His owners were located and while we thought that was good news, they decided not to reclaim him. That got us straight through the heart! Their loss, our gain.
While settling in at animal control, Ronnie made friends with humans and other dogs like it was his job! There was no stopping this social butterfly of a dog and we knew just the foster who would love to embrace this.
EDUCATION:
* Leave it
* Sit
* Paw
* Come
* House trained
* Higher energy level
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: not a fan of traditional dog treats but he likes liver sausage, canned or sliced cheese, bologna, deli meat and whipped cream
* Food: he's on Stella & Chewy's beef kibble, Merrick canned and beef broth
* Toys: ropes, soft toys to destroy, lick mats and tennis balls
* Walks: pulls hard at first but eases up
* Scratches on ears, hips, tummy and back
* Playing with people
* Car rides (with a set belt tether)
* Tug
* Walks
* Fetch
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly, overexcited and barks
* Kids: unknown
* People: friendly
* Cats: not cat friendly
CHALLENGES:
* He's a jumper, needs a 6-foot fence
* Learning to love baths
* Learning to love his crate
* Mouthy
* Excitable
* He's a barker
* Jumps but he's working on this
* Demand barks but he's working on this

 

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Cannoli - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 5 Years -Old * Dog Selective * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A blue spotted land hippo ended up being surrendered to an area animal control when her owner passed away, this was her second time there and we recognized her right away. She was adopted a few years back and had the most loving home - he even kept in contact with DuPage County Animal Services letting them know how lucky he was to have her in his life. This sweet chunk’s world was absolutely turned upside down and she was completely stressed from it. We knew she needed out as soon as possible!
An experienced foster family with a great set up that would allow any dog to decompress stepped up to take her and we couldn’t be more excited!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Place
* Come
* House trained
* Crate trained
* She is fine getting her nails done
* Lower energy
* Low maintenance
ACTIVITIES SHE ENJOYS:
* Treats: turkey slices, freeze-dried liver, fruitables, skinny minis, not picky
* Toys: Jolly ball, stuffed animals, bones, Kongs, snuffle mat
* Food: boiled chicken and rice, wet food, Honest Kitchen.
* Playing in brief spurts
* Watching out the window
* Relaxing
* Napping in her crate or on the couch
* Getting scratches on her neck, ears and chest
* Rolling around
* She smiles
* Has been dabbling in agility
* She likes to stop and look at things
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: selective, maybe prefer to be an only dog
* Kids: friendly with the ones she's met
* Cats: not friendly
* Walks: superstar and not reactive
CHALLENGES:
* Not a fan of thunderstorms
* Doesn't like too long of a walk
* She's currently on a diet and doing great!
* Can get stressed if she is in her crate too long
* She isn't a fan of eating plain kibble (jazz it up!)
* Needs time and patience to settle into a new place
* Gets anxious on walks in new places but is fine once she's comfortable. Her life was upended so she's a little stressed right now
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Boss

* Approximate Age 8 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
Boss was surrendered to an area animal control when he went into the military and wasn’t able to take him with due to breed discrimination in the provided housing. We’ve been trying to bust Boss out since the day he came in since AC is no place for any dog, let alone a senior. Liz, our medical coordinator decided she was going to foster Boss so she went yesterday to hang out with him and have a great time but unfortunately couldn’t pick him until today. When she got there nothing went as planned - Boss had absolutely no use of his back legs at all. Animal Control would have no choice but to humanely euthanize him since they have limited resources, but we wouldn’t let that happen. Just because Boss is having paralysis doesn’t mean we wouldn’t take him - we promised him a better life and we meant it. Liz and Boss are on their way right now to VSC Buffalo Grove Emergency.
As soon as we have updates on his status we will let you know so be sure to follow us on FB and IG for the latest developments.
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Zilla

* Approximate Age 2 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
There’s a small rural animal control that occasionally gets pitties and when they do it’s very hard for them to adopt them out or get them to rescue. We’ve previously taken a few dogs from them but not in a couple of years, and we aren’t sure what sparked our hearts to grow a few sizes at the sight of the two pitties they currently had but it happened and we knew we had to go meet them.
Zilla was picked up as a stray but no owner was located.
Each of these boys had us grinning from ear to ear when we met them! They were sociable, eager to please, goofy, dog friendly, and LOVED the attention we were giving. We were head over heels for these lugs and so were the foster families who met them.
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Down
* Working on his other manners
* House trained
* Crate trained
* Manageable on the leash
* Higher energy
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Treats: chicken
* Toys: soft type, balls, tug toys, Kong
* Food: not picky
* Playing with people - fetch and tug
* Playing with toys
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly
* Dogs: friendly but needs slow intros
* Kids: unknown but he's a little jumpy and clumsy
* Cats: not cat friendly
CHALLENGES:
* Can be mouthy but getting better
* Can be jumpy but working on "keeping four on the floor"
* Destructive chewing but getting better
* Needs structure and guidance to be his best self
* Can be a bit of a talker when he wants attention
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Pepper - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 2 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
About a year ago right before Covid started we took Pepper out of Dupage Animal Control. She had a broken leg at the time that we thought had to be amputated but we ended up finding out from orthopedics at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove that she was healing just fine and that her leg would be fine. She moves around like wildfire so we were thrilled she was able to keep her leg and it healed completely. Right around the time we found out she didn’t have to lose her leg she started a cough that we had assumed was kennel cough or a slight case of pneumonia so she was treated with antibiotics. The weeks went by and Pepper never seemed to get better - we did every test under the sun that the doctor told us to do and every test came back negative. Along the way, Pepper had to be hospitalized twice (over $5K each stay) for breathing issues which she recovered from but never completely. Pepper was on anabiotic‘s for probably about nine months ($800 a month for the antibiotics). She was on very strong anabiotic‘s that were prescribed by an internal medicine doctor at Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. As a last-ditch effort, there was one test left - a nasal biopsy to see if the Celia in her nose worked. Celia are the little hairs in the nose that snag and holds onto the bacteria when you breathe in so that bacteria doesn’t go into your lungs. Pepper underwent the nasal biopsy and it was noted that Pepper most likely had Celia Dyskinesia. Celia Dyskinesia is something that dogs are born with and it usually causes chronic respiratory infections. After Pepper was diagnosed we decided to take her off the antibiotics to see how she would do. We all thought she was going to crash and burn but she obviously Pepper has other plans for living her life. Pepper is a normal dog except for the fact that she is a snot factory. For Pepper, she is much like a person that has cystic fibrosis in the fact that her body is producing a bunch of mucus that needs to be worked out. The way that Pepper's body responds to it coming out is by exercise. Pepper is a high-energy dog and requires a lot of exercise and the exercise in turn gets all the mucus out of her body and helps her live her best life. Not a lot of dogs have Celia Dyskinesia so there’s not a lot of information on it. We do not know if Pepper could live another year or another 10 years. Pepper does not act sick except for all of the snot that her body expels. Pepper's condition is not contagious to other dogs or people at all. Her condition only affects her and the person that has to clean up all of the snot.
We have had a long talk with Pepper's internal medicine team and her foster parents and we have decided to make Pepper officially adoptable again! She will need a special adopter that is willing to allow her to transition very slowly into their home, follow a very strict exercise routine with her, and know that she has an ongoing serious medical condition that will be potentially like adopting a senior dog. Not to mention the financial aspect that comes along with Pepper in the event she crashes or has a relapse. We are aware of this as well as we will be setting up a small fund to help with medical bills.
Pepper says, "OH MY GOSH, I'M ADOPTABLE!"
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Eleanor - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 4 Months -Old * Dog-Friendly * Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
More info as she settles in
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Reed

* Approximate Age 6 Months -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Neutered * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A young 5-month-old brindle babe was surrendered to an area animal control by his family when they could no longer keep him. We aren’t sure why this little diamond in the rough kept getting overlooked - He is pint-sized, has stunning good looks, perfectly awkward, and needs to learn to dog, and he needed someone to take a chance on him so CTP grabbed him up!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Stay
* Place
* Touch
* Come
* House trained
* Crate trained (he's a bit of a superstar)
* Treat motivated
* Toy motivated
ACTIVITIES HE ENJOYS:
* Treats: anything edible
* Toys: Jolly Ball, rope toys, balls, stuffed toys
* Food: Stella & Chewy's
* Walks: manageable but has shown some frustration
* Butt scratches, please
* His foster says he whistles like a canary when he's excited or going to sleep
* Playing with toys outside
SKILLS:
* Humans: friendly, cautious
* Dogs: excited
* Kids: unknown
* Cats: not friendly
CHALLENGES:
* Normal puppy behaviors
* Not a fan of lawn mowers
* Can be mouthy
* Guards toys
* Rowdy puppy bursts
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Rhubarb - Adoption Pending

* Approximate Age 2.5 Years -Old * Dog-Friendly * Not Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Older Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
More info as she settles in.
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Penelope

* Approximate Age 9 months-Old * Dog-Friendly * Cat-Friendly * Up To Date On Vaccines * Spayed * Child- Friendly*  House-trained * 
BACKSTORY:
A friend of our rescue found a young pup that was dumped in the back roads of Texas. With no food or water in the sweltering heat it wouldn’t be long before she’d perish, so she scooped her up and off they went. She contacted area authorities and rescues to try and locate a possible owner but none was found so she continued her journey back to the big city with a plus one. And that’s where we come in - she asked if we could help find this beauty a foster home and of course we were happy to oblige!
EDUCATION:
* Sit
* Leave it
* Come
* Crate trained
* House trained
* Working on her other manners
* Lower energy
ACTIVITIES THIS CUTIE ENJOYS:
* Treats: bully sticks, freeze-dried treats, dog cookies, peanut butter, cream cheese, chicken, anything edible, she's a puppy.
* Food: not picky
* Toys: stuffed toys with squeakers, antlers to chew, licki mat, kongs, food puzzle toys
* Cuddling and snuggling
* Being a couch potato
* Being outside
* Fetch for short bursts with a stuffed toy, no balls
* Belly rubs
* Ear scratches
SKILLS:
* Dogs: friendly, overexcited
* Kids: friendly, overexcited
* People: friendly, overexcited
* Cats: friendly, overexcited
* Leash: manageable but she is reactive on leash toward dogs and people because she wants to play
CHALLENGES:
* Can be a bit mouthy
* Typical puppy behaviors
* Leash reactive because she wants to play
* Paper shredder
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