Jersey is a 5-year-old AKC-registered yellow lab who came into BCFS’ Foster Care Program this week. He’s currently in foster care and will be seen by a vet on Monday to make sure he’s in tip-top shape before adoption, including vaccinations and microchipping.
Labradors are popular dogs for a reason: they’re known to be outgoing, playful, intelligent and even-tempered. Jersey is a sweet boy with a lot of love to give.
Jersey has a bit of an unusual history: he was originally adopted at age one from a Lab rescue in the US, and was isolated most of his life because his previous owner was a recluse. Jersey’s owner passed away recently and his world was turned upside down. The owner’s sister contacted BCFS. She was unable to care for a big dog like Jersey but wanted to honor her late brother by ensuring Jersey found a good home. She was in tears on the phone and we gladly accepted Jersey into foster care.
Due to his isolation Jersey was not well socialized, and has developed some food and toy aggression. He has a fear-biting history that he requires behavioural modification training for, and needs to go to a home with an experienced dog owner. Foster mom Laura is very good and Jersey is already making progress in sharing his toys. He would likely do well as an only dog and must be adopted into a home without children for safety reasons. Jersey is obese but a proper diet and exercise will help him reach an optimal, healthy weight.
At his arrival I started a protocol of giving him a customized Bach remedy blend for his emotions, hand feeding raw and when allowed, short calming massage. He follows my husband everywhere. All our animals (dog, two cats) get along. Our oldest cat even washed him!
Jersey will need special behaviour modification and a steady hand. This boy has the equivalent of post traumatic stress disorder. But when we look into those big brown eyes and hear the thump thump of his tail, we know there is a sweet soul in there, who is desperate for love.
If you’re interested in adopting Jersey please complete an adoption application and email it to our Adoptions Coordinator Silvana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for considering sweet Jersey!