8 year old female pitbull who was found tied to a fence at 4 months old. Sophie is our "leader" of all our rehabilitation dogs. Gentle, firm and very tolerant, Sophie helps us decide if a dog's temperament is good and will quickly flee if she feels threatened or uneasy. She teaches dogs how to play and shows them what is appropriate (or not.)
7 year old male Aussie mix who was surrendered to a rural shelter when he was about one year old. Bondi is a very chilled out dog and not much of a player. Instead, this handsome fellow would rather let a new dog hang out with him and let them come up to him on their own terms. He is non-threatening and gives the dogs lots of room to get comfortable. We often pair Bondi with dogs who don’t really know how to co-exist in the presence of another dog.
5 year old female pitbull mix who was followed by police into an abandoned building where she had been caring for her 5 puppies. Because of her past, Antler is a very maternal dog that puppies and young dogs feel comfortable around. She is useful in teaching these pups manners because she is incredibly tolerant of under-socialized dogs and their often pushy behavior.
4 year old male Doberman who was found wandering in a very dangerous, impoverished neighborhood by police. Miller has a very calm personality that dogs are drawn to and he is extremely passive and tolerant. Due to his size, our gentle giant makes many of the dogs feel safe as his tall stature can provide them shelter from new people or other dogs. This combined with Miller’s stoic nature helps a new dog to feel more comfortable and builds up their confidence. Miller is currently in training to be a therapy dog.
2 year old Australian Shepherd who came to TAF from Nebraska and quickly found his place with TAF's Canine Rehabilitation Team as an energetic, easy going social dog. Quizz excels in teaching dogs in our program who want to play but don't know how what is appropriate. He is enrolled in training with the hopes of being a therapy dog.
2 year old male Wolfhound mix who was surrendered as a baby to a local open access shelter. Rylan is very easy going and brings great comfort to new dogs coming straight out of the pound. He initiates play softly and gently, which helps the more scared or nervous dogs feel calmer in social situations. If they are not in the mood to play, our scruffy muppet will let them curl up close to him and just chill out. Rylan is currently in training to be a therapy dog.
1.5 year old female pitbull mix who was surrendered to an open access shelter due to a terrible skin condition. Hippo was suffering from the worst case of mange that we have ever seen. After a very long recovery, Hippo has proven to be exceptionally friendly and outgoing with dogs and people. She is now part of the “second wave” of temperament testing that the TAF adoptable dogs go through since she is very easy going and loves to play.
1.5 year old male Schnauzer mix who was surrendered to an open access shelter as a baby. Jose is now part of the “second wave” of temperament testing that the TAF adoptable dogs go through since he is a happy, well-mannered dog that loves to play with dogs of all sizes.
1 year old female Dachshund/terrier mix that had been set on fire and underwent months of medical care to repair her skin. This pint-sized girl is only a rookie and is in training to one day follow in the footsteps of those that watched over and trained her.
Photos by K Morgan Photography.