Odin – In Foster

Odin is a 5-month-old Lab mix who had a bit of a rough start to life but is now doing so much better. This young pup was brought into rescue from a northern community where he was living on his own at the garbage dump. How he managed to survive the winter we will never know.

A kind heart from that community was eventually able to feed and capture him. He was then given to a rescue who in turn placed him with Winnipeg Animal Services as part of their Northern Outreach Initiative program.

I first met Odin at Animal Services while doing the adoption photos. He was terrified. It was very evident that human contact was new to him. The thing is… even though he was very frightened, he showed absolutely no aggression… he simply shut down and became very still. It was soon apparent that the kennel environment was not the best place for this pup so Roland and I decided to foster him and took him home.

Initially, he was very leery of us… but he absolutely LOVES Lacie, our 7-year-old dog. He follows her anywhere and everywhere… she has become his safe place.

Odin’s confidence is growing and he is slowly coming to trust Roland and me. We are simply taking it slow and letting Odin set his own pace.

Odin will need a special home… a safe place where he will be allowed to set his own pace as far as human interaction goes. He has spent time with my grandkids and really seemed to enjoy them, so we feel he would enjoy a family with kids as long as the kids are dog savvy and understand and respect that human contact is new to him and things need to be taken slowly.

He and our dog, Lacie, play very well together. We believe that Odin would do best in a home where there is another dog for him to play and interact with.

Odin’s progress in the short time he has been with us is remarkable. He is a gentle, good-natured boy who will be a most wonderful addition to the right family. With a little time and a little patience he is going to grow up to be the most phenomenal dog and companion.

Odin is now available for adoption. We have no doubt that he will be a very loving companion for some lucky family.

If you would like more info on Odin please contact Winnipeg Animal Services by calling 311 or email: animalservicesagency@winnipeg.ca

We are hoping to find Odin the very best forever home.

“Hi,” I said. She came over, licked my hand discreetly, allowed herself to be scratched for a time, chased her tail in a dignified circle, lay down again. I remember thinking: “There are times God puts a choice in front of you.” I often had such thoughts back then. We took the dog. ~ Stanley Bing

Adopt a Shelter Dog

These are the faces of this week… each one hoping for a forever home.





“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” ~ John Grogan

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Adopt a Shelter Dog

Here are the hopeful faces from today…










“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” ~ Kinky Friedman

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Training Day for Adira

Adira is a bubbly, happy girl who has been waiting for far too long at Animal Services for a forever family. She came to the shelter last August as an unclaimed stray and shortly after that, entered into the adoption program.

Adira is a wiggle bum… I can think of no better way to describe her. She is also a bouncy, strong gal with boundless energy. Although Adira loves attention and loves people, it is apparent that she has had little, if any previous training. She needs an experienced owner… someone with the knowledge, time and patience to teach her doggy manners and help her to reach her full potential.

Sadly, after 6 months, she still waits.

Being in a kennel environment takes its toll on these dogs, often the high energy ones and especially the ones that see the days turn into weeks, the weeks turn into months.

Enter Yury of PAW & ORDER Wpg. a dog trainer and behaviorist. He is donating his time and talent to help Adira and other dogs just like her.

I just happened to be on hand the day Yury came in to work with Adira.

On this day Yury had a special helper named Daisy. She came into W.A.S. with her “mom” to assist with Adira’s training. Miss Daisy is a gal who had been under the care of Animal Services for over a year before she found the perfect owner. She was much loved then, as she is now.

Adira has been showing signs of reactivity so the plan was for her and Daisy to walk together both as a training and an assessment strategy.

Both dogs did amazingly well.

It was awesome to visit with Daisy and witness her happy life.

And it is wonderful that Animal Services supports Yury and the idea of additional training to help dogs like Adira. I am so proud to be a member of their team.

“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.” ~ Michael W. Fox

Post Update:
Happy News – Adira has been adopted!

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page
Winnipeg Animal Services Petfinder page

Journey2018 Day 38/365 – Shelter Dogs

Today it was all about the dogs.

Here are some of their faces… all are shelter dogs hoping to find their forever homes.







“Caring for animals is not what I do, it’s who I am.”

Related Links:
City of Winnipeg Animal Services
Winnipeg Animal Services – facebook page