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**URGENT** Bongo

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**This dog is URGENT - meaning he's reached the end of his time in a shelter and is scheduled for euthanasia. We are trying to find a foster home for him so we can take him in - we do not euthanize. We are FULL and the only way we can take him is if someone who sees his urgent posting is able to foster him for Barlee's Angels.**

Bongo is young and large, active, in need of basic training, and stressed. He's likely a border collie/retriever cross, and he's very good-looking. His biggest issue in the shelter is his hard mouth and his current low inhibition. ie - he mouths a lot; people and dogs. The flip side of Bongo is he's extremely food-motivated and when food is out he focuses on it and is very easily redirected to WORK - which is what a dog like this needs. Work can be FUN for the person - recreational obedience (in class or in-home); hiking, swimming, jogging, mental stimulation, teach him to jog along to a bike or rollerblades, even play in the backyard. He has done well with other dogs but again, plays hard - this will likely subside a bit in a less stressful environment but he is not well-suited for a home with a soft/sensitive or fragile type dog-sibling. He would likely do OK with another young, active dog or as a single dog but he needs activity. If we can come up with a foster parent for him Barlee's will provide full direction regarding how to focus and redirect his energy into positive behavior and good manners.

Bongo is pretty much a question mark with cats, and with inhome behavior. Our shelter contact is experienced and savvy in temperament assessment but that's different from behavior in a home. He can be expected to require all the basics, including general house manners and crate- and leashtraining. He's been clean in the shelter and is probably housetrained.

Bongo is a textbook example of what shelters are full of - the classical adorable puppy that someone impulsively can't resist - not understanding (or forgetting - or not caring) that it takes a LOT of work, time, commitment, knowledge and training to turn the blank slate into a well-adjusted, well-behaved dog. They don't train themselves - and if they're not raised properly, they become unruly adolescents in need of remedial everything who can be overall not that pleasant to be around. There are very few true "problem behaviors" in dogs - most are perfectly normal behaviors GIVEN THEIR ENVIRONMENT. The number of adolescent (7-18 months old) puppies like this in shelters is astounding and people who think that they tend to find homes are not spending time trying to save these dogs. The sad part is that even though it's never too late to turn around most behaviors (or to manage the rare ones that stick), these are exactly the dogs that are being euthanized in droves in shelters. Remember that "no-kill" shelters generally do not kill any *ADOPTABLE* animals and it's anyone's judgement what is adoptable - in some such shelters any dog over 6 is considered too old for adoptions; being full can bring about audits on who is "adoptable" (ie euthanasia of ones that won't likely turn quick); and dogs like Bongo who need training and show poorly are not considered adoptable. This isn't a slam on shelters - it's the reality when as society, we use euthanasia as a form of birth control and people obtain cute kittens and puppies without committing to lifetime care.

The shelter is holding onto Bongo at the request of our shelter contact since we are desperately working on finding a way to take him into Barlee's. All of our foster homes have dogs, we have one in boarding, and we are unfunded with no funds to board him. We received a "LAST REQUEST" for him last week. HE IS ON BORROWED TIME. If you would consider fostering Bongo PLEASE GO TO BARLEES.ORG NOW and fill out an application at the site (use adoption application). If you have questions on fostering please feel free to contact us at barlees@hotmail.com or here on Facebook. Info on fostering is at our site.

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Oct. 4th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)

A mail came in today about Bongo, he may have a foster if it works out. I hope so, I see my Bubby dog in him, and she's turning into such a good girl.
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
That's good to know. He seems like he could be such a good dog given the time and right environment.

Do you know, I'm looking after Kirby for the Foster's vacation time? He arrives tonight. *is nervous and excited*

PS...you checked your mail recently?
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)

Yes, I got your package yesterday - I think I mentioned it on facebook? Anyhow, thank you so much, it's so cute! It will be my ski hat this year for sure. It's perfect.

I didn't know you were looking after Kirby, that's another one I think my lab would love. Next time I'm getting a foster that is more like her, so she can have someone to play with. Camille was a good choice as long as Thunder is here - a nice mellow dog. Once Thunder is not here, then we can take someone more challenging.

Kirby has improved so much since he's been at his foster home, did you see the pics of him when he first arrived? He was skin and bones. Good luck with him, post up how he does!

I texted Jen about the email about Bongo, she hasn't replied yet, but hopefully we can make it work. The woman is in Quebec, just outside of Ottawa. After having experienced one long transport, I believe these people can do anything.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oooo I'm SO glad you got it! Fred and I both got it for you after I got mine. Now we match! And now I can take a pic of it and post it without spoiling your prezzie! :D

I'm glad that there is someone interested in Bongo. Keep me posted so I can keep others posted! Feel free to put up a post about Camille too, if you'd like!

Kirby is adorable, I can't wait to meet him. Princess I think will welcome the company. She seems a bit bored with Fred's and mine home-body lifestyle. Not saying we don't take her out or anything, but she's not really into playing so she sleeps and stares at me alot. LOL It'll be interesting having a pup in the place.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
I would love to help, but at the moment I'm living with my parents until I move out this winter. They've put their foot down at 3 dogs.
Once I'm out and settled, I would love to do some fostering.
Please keep us updated on Bongo's situation. And good luck! I really hope he finds a good home.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hi Tiger Lily and welcome!

I'll be sure to post updates as soon as they are available!
Oct. 16th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
From your orginization how does a person go about adopting a dog, I've looked at 2 urgent dogs now and was supost to look at one tomorrow with my mom but dont no how to do it. the other dog I was looking at was Loucy, Id love to adopt one of these two dogs before they are put down, but it would help if I new how to.
I have emailed your oranization twice and havent gotten any feed back. I just hope that I can save one of your urgent dogs but I need some help?

Thanks Robin
Oct. 18th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: adoption
Hi Robin,

This LJ community hasn't been in use for awhile. Please visit the following links:




The facebook site is the most active, and the most recent.

I am sorry you have not recieved any email back from our Volunteers. We are quite swamped at the moment, so please be patient. If you wish to foster/adopt please fill out an adoption/foster application first and then Barlees will contact you as soon as they can. We do have more urgent dogs awaiting homes, and are always in need of volunteers.

If you have any further questions please visit the facebook and then post there. The volunteers will be happy to help you.

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