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Odie

Odie

Odie was adopted in May 2018!  He now has two brothers to call his own.

 

Odie is a spunky and fun 11 month old pup who is new to rescue.  Currently weighing in at 9lbs, this shih tzu/terrier is looking for his forever home.  He kennels very nicely, is housebroken and gets along fine with other like minded dogs as he likes to play a bit rough – so supervision and like-minded buddies are highly suggested.

He is super friendly, loves everyone he meets on his daily outings and also is very content to just snuggle.  He is neutered, vaccinated and HW-negative.

Odie’s freedom ride!

A note from his foster mom:

He is a fun little guy. Very confident and loves to meet people. he does well with other dogs, but is kinda of pushy at first so good introductions are needed. He currently lives with two other dogs, Buddy, a male 2yo pekineses/spitz and Elie, a 5 y/o female aussie. Over the past week, Odie has settled in well and loves to play with both dogs and humans. He loves stuffed toys, bones and playing tug of war (which is carefully watched) He kennels beautifully during the day when I go to work (though twice I’ve taken him to the office for the day, where he loves to go meet everyone. There were a few pee accidents during the first two day, but I chalk that up to marking as he had just been neutered last week at the shelter. He may only be 9lbs, but he has the heart of a much larger dog and loves to play with the big boys. He does great in cars, walks and being introduced to new scenarios. When he’s excited, he barks with glee, but is easily hushed with a “Leave it” command. I believe he is more on the Jack Russel terrier side than the listed Shih-Tzu in his nature and fearlessness.

Odie is a fun dog and I’m tickled to be his foster mom.

Odie hanging out at his foster mom’s office

 

 

Odie and his foster brother getting to know each other.

 

Myles

Myles

Myles, a shihTzu/Yorkie cross, recently came into rescue as an owner surrender.  He about 5 years old and is neutered and up to date on vaccinations with no medical issues.   Like many small breeds, he is slow to warm to new people and experiences, but he ultimately gets there.   He likes older kids and smart dogs who know how to handle and be around a small dog.  In his previous home he lived with a cat.  He is cute as a button.  

Calla

Calla

Although Calla’s vetwork states her age anywhere between 1 and 3 years, this girl still has a lot of puppy left in her. She loves attention, treats and toys (possibly in that order). She can play fetch for hours and is getting very good at dropping the ball, especially in exchange for treats. Oh, and she’s completely house trained. She hasn’t had a single accident since she arrived, not one.
She is still working on her manners, crate training, and adjusting to her new life. In the short time I’ve had her, she’s shown incredible resilience and a zest for life that can’t be beat. She wants a home badly, and will reward you with boundless amounts of love and entertainment. She also has the cutest soft little snores when she falls asleep. 🙂
Since Calla is still working on honing her manners, she would like a family who understands rescues and has the time to work with her. Calla is a smart cookie and learns very quickly, and would like a home where she can continue her education. She needs appropriate introductions to new people, but then she’s fast friends and just wants to get cuddles, play tug and show off all her toys as long as they’ll let her.

We are still getting to know Calla and her comfort level with other dogs. Living with another dog will need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but she would be happiest as the only pet while she learns her doggy manners and regains her confidence. She seems to want to be dog friendly, but other dogs make her anxious at this time. I think cats would be asking too much of her.
Due to Calla’s energy level and playfulness, she would do best with a yard. She’s a very sweet and gentle girl (takes treats gently and will drop a toy in response to “OW!” with a look of “what happened?!”), but her happy tail and  excitement would be too much for younger kids.  She needs to work on her leash training, but I have taken her on a jog and she did very well when not distracted. She would love to be someone’s running partner eventually. 🙂

Call is spayed, vaccinated and HW-negative.  Apply online for her today!

 

Calla says “Thanks for visiting my bio page and learning more about me!”

 

Scooter

Scooter

Scooter is a very gentle, sweet and shy young male Lab mix. We think he is around 2 years old.  Originally from Mississippi, Scooter found his way to Wisconsin this past fall and has been learning to trust people and new experiences.   He is non-aggressive and submissive to people and dogs alike.

He has made great progress with his foster home during the last month.  He went from cowering with his tail tucked, to tail wags when he sees us now. Today, he loves nothing more than cuddles and sleeping with his humans.   Scooter is still learning that the world around him is a wonderful place and will need a family that understands his fears of the unknown.

A perfect home for Scooter will be one that will provide Scooter with lots of love, patience, quiet time and consistency.  He doesn’t play much with his foster family’s dog, but we think another dog may be a good companion, as he or she can continue to help Scooter build confidence in his abilities to be a dog.  Due to his anxieties, a home without young children would be best.  He has not been cat tested but does like to chase rabbits in the back yard.

Scooter is up to date on vaccinations, neutered and is heartworm negative.  He is quite possibly the perfect size dog at 39 lbs.  He has the face of a black lab puppy.   He is crate and house trained, but might have an accident once in a while because he is too shy to ask to go outside.

 

Bucky

Bucky

Update:  Bucky has been re-homed.

Hi, I’m Bucky and I’m in need of a new home.   I’m a male GSD/bully mix who is 2 years old.  I have a fair amount of puppy energy – yet I love nothing more than to snuggle and hang with my people.  In my current family, there are four kids and another dog.  I get a little nervous and confused around the younger ones, so a new home with older children or no children will be better for me.

I’m a medium energy dog, where a good walk or run  every day keeps me pretty happy.   I like to go for walks but still pull hard sometimes.  It’s an area I’m working on and I’m willing to try more if my new family can help guide me!

I get along great with  my current family’s 11 year old lab as well as other family members dogs.  I’m not sure about cats.

I have been working hard on obedience and I can sit, come and back-up two steps now.  I’m still working on my stay and leave it commands.  Could you help me with those?
Here’s a few more things about me!  I love love LOVE to play catch.  My favorite treat are Kongs filled with peanut butter and Beggin’ Strips.   Oh, and I’m a snuggler;  be it with another dog or the human variety.  I love them all!
I’m housebroken,  up to date on my vaccinations and I was neutered in August of this year.  I’m negative for heartworm and I also have preventive meds for a few months.
To learn more about me – you can call Jen at 608-216-6882.
 A $100 donation to NorthStar will be requested of my new family at the time of my adoption.

Frye

Frye

Frye is a handsome and exceptionally affectionate 4 ½ year old male GSD. He loves attention and enjoys playing ball in the back yard. He enjoys running in the snow and hasn’t been bothered by the cold temperatures. When with his people and in his home, Frye is a sweet, mellow and laid-back guy.

Frye found his way to NorthStar because he was having a difficult time adjusting to the humane society. He was surrendered after living with a single parent and two young children and a cat for over 3 years. The family introduced two new dogs to the household, which proved to be too much for everyone.

Frye is looking for a new home as an only dog, ideally with a fenced yard where he can play and explore. He is living with two cats in his foster home and overall peacefully cohabitates. Although he is fond of chasing them if he can provoke them to run.

Frye needs a confident and experienced handler due to some anxieties, especially in new situations. He bonds strongly with his person and needs someone he can look to for direction and reassurance. He has a difficult time meeting new people. His foster mom is working with him on greeting routine and uses his crate as a safe place during introductions.

Frye suffers from separation anxiety and has a history of breaks outs. In his previous home, he was not left alone for more than a few hours. He has improved significantly in his foster home and is now able to spend the entire work day alone free-roam.

Frye is UTD on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and will be microchipped.  Apply for him online!

 

Nalu

Nalu

February 11, 2018 Update:  Nalu has been adopted!

 

Nalu (meaning ocean wave in Hawaiian) is a two-year Australian Shepherd mix. He loves other dogs and is good with cats. He knows some very basic obedience. He needs to go to a home with other young dogs as they help him with his separation anxiety.
He is a sweet boy that is house broken. He will not be placed with any young children as he can get snarky if pushed too far.
He would love a fenced in yard wherehe can romp and play with his canine siblings. He needs someone who is willing to work with his anxiety and can give him a fair amount of physical and mental exercise. He has moderate ball and food drive.
Nalu is neutered, UTD on vaccinations and HW-negative.  Apply on-line for him!

Zeke

Zeke

Zeke was rehomed in March 2018.

My name is Zeke and I’m now going on 2 years old.  I was rescued from a sad situation but the good folks at Safe Humane Chicago who work with the court system, took me in, and helped me get rescued by NorthStar.

I’ve spent the last month with the good trainers Country View Vet Clinic with board and train program.  I’m happy to report that I’ve progress very well and am confident in my obedience.  I’ve learned all the good ones too – like sit, stay, come, lay down and touch. I love playing fetch but sometimes I just want to chew on the ball when I get back so it’s smart if you always carry a spare to distract me with it. I learned how to go potty outside pretty quickly too! I’m a quick learner and I would be happy to learn more!

I’ve been around children as young as 5 years old with no concerns. Unless the children are playing directly with me, I don’t pay much attention.  I get along with other dogs, but right now we think I would do best as an only dog with lots of visits with other dogs to keep up my social skills.   I find kitties extremely interesting and would like to chase them most of the day so a home with them would be best for the kitties.

I’ve has been crate trained for short periods of time. And I do better with a blanket over the crate to reduce stress and absolutely needs a chew toy.  But I really do prefer to spend time in a dog room, rather than a crate as it allows for more freedom to move around while my family is away.

I’m neutered, HW-negative and UTD on vaccinations!  Also, as a Safe Humane alum, I come with free behavioral training for life!

 

Freddie

Freddie

Freddie was adopted in January 2018~

Bio:

Freddie is a joyful little fella, He is said to be possibly between the ages of 6 and 8. Freddie came into North Star as a stray but he seems to fit perfectly in a home setting.

Freddie loves his food and becomes quite excited when he knows it’s time to eat. He is also food motivated so training is an ease with this guy. Freddie is a fast learner and knows sit, kennel and is
working on wait. He came already house/potty trained. Freddie loves walks, car rides and cuddling, but if you don’t want him on the furniture he will get down if you ask him to. He is very content in his kennel but would prefer to be next to you if given the opportunity. He is a very low energy in the house and is not a barker.

 

He does well around other animals, but does like to chase the cats if they are outside and will bark at them. He does well with both men and women though he is a bit timid at first. We don’t have any children in the house but I suspect he would have no problem, this little man is such a joy to have around.

He’s UTD on shots, dewormed, heartworm tested, and will be microchipped.   Apply for him on our website.

Rose

Rose

UPDATE:  Rose found her fur-ever family in November 2017!

Bio:

Rose is a one year old female husky mix and new to rescue.

She is adorable according to her foster mom.  She is extremely smart and knows how to break out of her crate and open latches on fences.  She will need a very sturdy crate or someone who is home during the day.  She would rather be with her people than in her crate.  Rose adores children.  She gets along with the resident cat and dog quite nicely.  She knows sit and can catch a ball.

We think a home with Husky experience would be a good one as Rose really can benefit from having a “job” or focus to keep her happy.

Mom is working on lay down and her table manners and working on her house training which is coming along.  She is learning what is good behavior and what is bad behavior and is learning to take a time out when needed.  As with most dogs Rose will need to have slow introductions with other animals.  Mom recommends a fenced yard. She is fine with a 5-6 foot fence, anything lower and she may jump.

Rose is vetted and UTD on vaccines. She is a typical puppy that needs structure and rules.  She is a sweetheart and a fast learner.  Apply for Rose on our website.