Blue Velvet (Blue)was found as a stray and when the people who found him could no longer hold onto him, he was turned over to NCGL. NCGL worked with local authorities and shelters to help find Blue’s family but alas, no one stepped forward. We are not sure of his age but it is estimated to be around 2 or 3 years old.
Blue is a very beautiful boy with a velvety soft silver coat and stunning eyes. He absolutely adores his people and always wants to be near them; he’s a grade ‘A’ cuddler! He came in very shy, scared and nervous and with the help of some amazing people has shown that he wants to learn how to become an amazing companion.
While Blue is indeed a stunning sweet boy, he does need some help from an experienced owner or foster to help him work through some of his behaviours. Blue is very competitive for attention and will push a less confident dog away from ‘his’ people when he wants it. He can get over-stimulated and can become too aggressive with other dogs when allowed to run free with them or chase toys. He seems to be fine with dogs if the energy level and situation are calm, and he doesn’t get too excited. Blue has been fostered with three cats and while he made progress with not chasing them, he does seem to be a bit too interested in them to be deemed ‘cat safe’.
Blue has had two incidents where he has firmly mouthed his people and his warnings should be taken seriously. We do not believe that Blue’s mouthing is due to aggression but is more likely due to fear, or space issues. Both incidents happened while he was on the couch with his foster and he may have been startled when they moved and/or attempted to pet him. We recommend any future fosters/adopters do not allow Blue on the furniture until his reactive and protective behaviours have been completely dealt with.
He is not comfortable having his feet touched and has lashed out at when anyone tries to hold or manipulate them. We have been slowly working on this over the past few months and a little progress has been made.
We need an experienced foster/adoption home to help Blue find his confidence and work through his issues. This family or foster family needs to be confident, have no children, preferably no cats and someone that has no dogs. NCGL is willing to provide expert/professional assistance in the form of trainers and behaviourists to assist you with Blue’s journey.
We realize that while Blue is an AMAZING boy and he is very, very, very handsome we want to make sure that we find the RIGHT home for him. We know this boy will make an amazing companion, but he needs some help from the right understanding family or foster to work through some of his insecurities and issues.
We believe he is ready for adoption by the right family as outlined above. Blue would do best in an experienced adult only home, preferably with someone at home most of the time. He needs and responds well to attention and likes to play with his person. He should be kept fairly busy, with hikes, walks, and toys that will occupy his mind/attention. He is eager to please and responds well to constructive and consistent instruction/commands and still has quite the puppy personality. Someone who will take the time to participate in a dog training program, agility for instance, would contribute greatly towards Blue building a trusting relationship with his person.
If you think you can help this sweet boy, we know he’s an amazing dog, he just needs a bit of help with his few rough edges before he can truly shine. If you would like to meet Blue and see if he is the boy for you, please get in touch with us and we will arrange an appointment for you to meet.
Sunset Kennel is offering to the new owner one week of free boarding for Blue where he will receive the utmost care and lots of loving attention during his stay.
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Blue is moving to Chilliwack for some “home” experience and training where he will have two GH siblings to show him the ropes along with foster Dad & Mom!