A.R.F. Ontario

ARF Success Stories!!
Meet some families who have adopted an ARF puppy/kitty into their lives and were kind enough
to share their stories with us!!


Coal is my 14th month old black lab/great dane puppy. I adopted him just over a year ago. He loves to cuddle and give kisses, chase squirrels, the snow, and anything covered in peanut butter. He's my best friend. Adopting him was the best thing I've ever done!


We adopted Hunter (previously named Joey) January 2013.
We couldn't be happier with our Hunter. He joined our little family almost 2 years ago and we couldn't imagine life without him. He has successfully completed two rounds of training and will be entering into advanced and off leash training soon. He has developed a real personality, he is a super cuddler, loves to play, swim and run, and would spend all day out in the snow if we let him. Which is great since we live in the snow belt and will certainly be getting our fair share of snow this year!
Hunter gets along great with other dogs and kids of all ages, he is a gentle soul.

Also just for fun we did DNA on him (not sure how accurate it is) it said he was English Springer Spaniel, Lab, Akita and Husky mix.

We just wanted to thank you again for doing the work that you do and for bringing Hunter into our lives!


Cinnamon (was named Jello) is coming up to her third birthday. She still loves her rides and never misses bringing a toy when you arrive. Very healthy and loving. The best ever, thanks so much!


Maegun came into our lives December of 2012. We met her at her foster parents' house and hit it off right away. Not only did we fall in love with her but our other adopted dog Angus loved her and they have been best friends ever since. We got to experience her first year of snow which she could play in all day. We're so thankful that her foster parents taught her how to ring the bell to go outside and she definitely abuses it. Maegun enjoys being active whether it's roller blading or runs in the dog park. She also really enjoys swimming and running through the bush on our trips to Haliburton, Ontario. She's also a great heater on the couch when she snuggles up on those cold winter days. She has brought us a lot of joy and laughter over the past 2 years and we couldn't picture life without her. We are very grateful to the ARF organization and all the foster families that connect these animals to good homes.


Hi A.R.F Friends,

My husband and I just wanted you to know what a great addition Majorr is to our family! He has been with us a little over 6 months now and he fits right in. He's a very happy little guy who loves to play and cuddle.

He just loves to play in the snow and chase the squirrels in the back yard. He does awesome in his crate although he has been know to cuddle in the bed those nights that Daddy is working overnight :)

He has brought us so much joy with his quirky little ways and we look forward to all the years to come. We just wanted to say Thank You for giving us this opportunity to give this great little guy a home. He definitely keep us on out toes and makes us laugh everyday.

Angel and Dan Mortimer


Hi Jo-Anne,

Finally some photos of my ARF boys, Cody and Harley, in our new back yard! They are doing well, especially considering they are 'special needs' fellows. Hard to believe that soon Cody will have been with me for 4 years, and Harley for 2 years.

Cody tries his best to get Harley to play, perhaps it will happen some day:)

Sylvia, Cody and Harley


Norra was renamed Inca and she is big now! Inca hasnít been in a crate for a while and aside from a few shoes, all is good:) She does LOVE to sleep on the couch and to have her hind quarters/chest rubbed.

She loves outdoors, running crazed laps (through my garden!) and sleeping on a deck chair. She loves to eat, go for walks (and is awesome on leash) and chase the leaves blowing on the road!

We love her!


Hi Jo-Anne,

Dexter is doing well, loving the cooler weather and just generally being hilarious all around! He makes me laugh every day :)

I've attached a pic of my little guy, this was from the Thanksgiving Weekend. And I did not style his fur, it often does that on its own! Super cute in my opinion :) lol

Stacey and Dexter


No better time to sit down and compose a letter of thankfulness! Our Family is totally smitten with Miss Piggy! I truly appreciate and am very grateful for the ARF team and all that is done for the very less fortunate.

Miss Piggy (formerly known as ZoZo) is truly a God send to our Family, she allowed us to "love again", as our Family experienced a traumatic loss of a beloved dog. Her endless energy combined with a one-of-a-kind personality makes her impossible to resist!

Miss P continues to flourish as my "partner in crime" on our daily trail blazing through the woods and she never passes an opportunity to go for a swim....even if it is a beaver's dam!

Our Family loves the huge performance that Miss Piggy provides when we return Home. No matter how hard the day was, she has the ability to make us laugh instantly! We cherish our time with Piggy and look forward to the many memories yet to come.

Big thanks to ARF, without you none of this would be possible! Also, huge thanks to Jennie! (Pigg's Foster Mom) Your time and love for Pigg did not go unnoticed and allowed for a great match with our Family.

Forever grateful,
The Ridley's
Petawawa, Ontario


Hello Verna,

Kaya is amazing! We all love and adore her so much and she has settled in very well. You have truly done a wonderful job of fostering Kaya!

We are so happy that we made the decision to adopt Kaya. She is such a loveable dog. She enjoys the cottage and playing with her 2 cat friends and loves to give kisses to all of us (even the cats)!

She is highly trainable and she even rings a bell when she wants to go outside, which is often:) She is a chatter box as well. She talks to us when she wants our attention, it is absolutely adorable.

I have bumped into 2 families in my neighbourhood with ARF dogs - you have a great reputation :)

We just wanted to say thanks to all the great work you do finding homes for such special dogs like Kaya.



Hi Lindsey,

Life with Bogart has been amazing. He is such a special guy and he makes us happier than you can imagine!!

Bogie is still a happy and funny pup... His kidney bean dances are the best:) I love coming home and being smothered with kisses. He runs straight upstairs and into our room for cuddles too!

When it's time for a walk, we call him and sing "peanut butter Boogie time" and he comes running and dancing until we're out the door.... it makes us laugh every time. When I change the sheets, he gets up on the bed and wraps himself up before I can get everything off:) And I can just see that little tail wagging!!

His best buddy is a Jack Russell named Charger - we looked after Charger for three weeks this September and they had a blast.



Wanted to send an update for Itty and Bitty, now Chloe and Chelsea:)

Both cats are wonderful! Growing and changing each day. They are both active and very entertaining!

Itty and Bitty both have unique personalities and I love every moment we spend together.

Thanks ARF for bringing them into my life!

Lisa T


Hi! Thought I would drop a quick line to let you know that Daisy (one of the American bulldog puppies you had) *now Gemma* is doing great!

She adores her family and her daily hikes and trips to the dog park. She fits in beautifully with our family and we could not imagine life without her!

She graduated from her puppy class in August 2014 and did wonderfully! We're so proud of her and so happy we made the decision to adopt!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
All the best,
Becca and Family.


Hi Jo-Anne and Angela,

It has been almost 6 months since Teddee came into our life and time has just flown by. He is such a wonderful addition to our family, we couldn't be happier!

Teddee is such a friendly, loving, energetic boy and just loves going for walks, meeting new people and dogs. Wherever we go, people stop us to comment on what an amazing dog he is :)

Teddee had a very eventful summer, visiting a few cottages, having his first boat ride and even trying out his swimming skills. He enjoys running with his cousin dogs and loves visiting with my sister's cats!

Teddee also graduated from his Grade One training this summer. He is incredibly smart and so eager to please. Having 3 legs does not slow him down a bit!

He loves running and is amazingly fast. He has been known to jump over a lawn chair and table in his efforts to chase the squirrels and chipmunks in our backyard!!

We want to thank you again, and all those involved, in making it possible for us to have Teddee in our family. We are so lucky!

The Coulson Family


Hi Jo-Anne... our Katie is doing very well here in Surrey, BC. She loves the ocean and all it's many smells!

Training is very rewarding. We have done 3 classes and 3 to go. The instructor Lisa, is amazed at how smart Kate is and eager to learn and please:) Mastering sit, stay, come, soft leash walk, emergency come, calming head signals and leave it, seemed like a breeze for her!!

Kate is very social with other dogs and learning to be accepting of new people as well. We have a play group of similar age dogs, and sizes, who we meet pretty much daily at a local dog park. The fun they have!.... wrestling and chasing through the forest, makes me smile.

She loves tug of war and quite happily chases and returns sticks and other toys on our walks. I can't say that any of the dogs that we have met can actually catch her when she is on a tare.

We think she is a real sweetheart!

Robin Lowes


Dizzy (ARFs Disney) arrived in late January, and immediately made herself right at home:) She didn't seem to have any problems settling in and got the hang of her crate, and training very quickly.

She has grown to full size now, not too tall as there is mostly Corgi in her mix. She has tons of energy and it's very difficult to get photos of her sitting or standing still as she is constantly on the move!

Dizzy loves being at the cottage and playing with her cousin dogs. She spends a lot of time on the lookout for chipmunks and squirrels! Dizzy is a lot of fun and we are looking forward to continuing with her agility training, which she seems to excel at!

The Hillyer Family!


Just wanted to show you guys how Winnie (ARF's Elle) is doing... Couple of proud parents!! 1st in her class at Norma Jeanne's Puppy Power!

Derek and Sophia


Hi Jo-Anne & Nancy,
I have attached a picture of Max who was adopted in May 2014 and his cousin Maggie (aka Marie) who my brother adopted as a puppy from ARF, 6 years ago!

They get along really well. Max is healthy and filling out. He loves to play tug of war and has met the other dogs in our family too.

We had an AFR recommended trainer come to the house and work with Max. He still hates motorcycles:) He enjoys staying over at my daughterís house with a three year old girl and an eight year old Newfie dog!

We are really an ARF family. My brotherís daughter adopted Billie (now Ruby) in August. We highly recommend you:)

Mary Catherine Macaluso


Hello Lisa,
I just wanted to send a formal thank you to ARF for allowing us the opportunity to adopt our Milo!

He is such a joy, and has come a very long way...

It's already been almost 9 months and we couldn't be happier with him. He has such character and he definitely feels at home, safe and secure in his space.

He completed his obedience training and did very well. He is like the eager kid in school, always excited, tail wagging - a beautiful spirit!

He is getting better in the car and actually enjoyed his first boarding experience as well. He is quite the social butterfly and loves playing and goofing around with his dog pals.

Milo is a very affectionate little guy and loves to cuddle! A great companion and so glad we managed to have him be a part of our lives and we a part of his...

Thank you ARF and Lisa for fostering him:)
Enza & Peter


Just wanted to give you a quick update on Neeko. He's doing great. Enjoyed the summer in the park, bbq's in my mom's backyard, and his training sessions are going well too.

He's getting bigger by the minute, has lost 3 baby teeth in last couple weeks, and on his last vet visit he was 42 pds!

Everyone who meets him just thinks he's such a sweetheart, and such a beautiful dog. He loves all sorts of people, and dogs (made friends with a couple younger dogs in my building, it's a love fest when they meet up) and kids of all ages. It really has been a joy to have him, he's such a lovable guy!



Hi Lee,
Tucker is doing great. He is around 65lbs now and pretty fit. His training has gone really well and he has turned out to be a very smart dog [we werenít too sure in the beginning lol

Getting him in the fall, we didnít have a chance to get him to the cottage swimming, so all winter we were wondering if he would like the water like Steel. We took him to the lake and he is a complete water dog!

He also loves the boat and pretty much jumped right in without any fear. After a few dockings he was perfectly comfortable getting in and out of the boat.

Talk to you soon,
Derek & Alex


Hi Lisa,
We were all just talking about how we have had Gibson for almost a year and Owen was remembering how ďfarĒ the drive was to go get him:)

Everything here is great. Gibson is doing wonderfully, a real mommyís boy! He follows me everywhere:) He is doing great during the day, we know donít crate him anymore when we are out of the house and he has a special spot on the couch just for him that he can look out the window and have great naps.

He continues to go everyday with our dog walker for a jaunt in the woods for off leash time! We walk together with a friend in the neighbourhood so the dogs can socialize and have a good time too. He is still our burglar (getting better) but the chewing has slowed down tremendously. He still loves his elk antlers!

Gibson has been such a wonderful addition to the family and the kids are so wonderful with him and he with them:)

Ingrid and the Gang


Hi Jade,

Just wanted to send you pictures of Ruby celebrating her 1st birthday yesterday! Hope you and your family are doing well!

Jaimie and Daniel


Hi Tiffany,
Wanted to send updated photo of Ben now that he is one year old!

He is fascinated by the bugs and flies in the garden. He sits and watches the bumble bees at the flowers:)

He is a joy and very spoiled! We love him!


Hey Jo-Anne! We did our scent detection demonstration at the Purina Walk for Dog Guides. Attached is a pamphlet with Marty's photo and a brief bio. My boy was a superstar out there!

There were a ton of distractions and a new location but he was fantastic! Dare I say the best of the group? Here's a link to video on YouTube. It will make you smile! And make you feel so good about all the hard work you guys do.

Marty in Action!!

You can't imagine what a strong and capable boy he's come to be! I love him like crazy!


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