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!!


Our little boy had his first boat ride and a trip to the beach! He was so unsure with the texture of the sand and the lapping of the waves on the shore. After his blonde buddy, "Ollie" showed him the way, Meeko was flying!!!!


Hello Lisa!

Mazey has grown into a very affectionate dog who loves to be close to me. She was spayed last week and is recovering well. She makes a very positive impression when she goes to the vet. In fact he told me that I had an found myself and extremely nice dog!

Mazeyís training slowed down while I mended from a broken arm and we are now just getting back into regular training and walks. I often wake up with her head on the pillow next to me:)

She is going through her teenage stage and no longer chews things, instead she steals them and runs off and eats them!! My home is baby proofed more than it was when my children were young:)

She loves her toys and will always look for one to show me when I come home or let her out of the crate. She is great with other dogs and her best friend remains Pancho the 125 lb. Bull Mastiff:)

All the best,


Hi Joanne!

I know it's been awhile but I wanted to update everyone about ARF's "Gainer", one of Cookie's pups:)

We've been enjoying many walks by the lake, his off leash beach runs are his favorite! As soon as we get close he starts pulling, he just can't wait to get down to the beach! We've also been going for lots of hikes through the many trails in the area and he gets to do lots of exploring and discovering.

Thank you again for all your help!

Stacey and Dexter:)


Hi Jo-Anne,

As I think you know, I have become one of the number one fans of ARF and I really can't stop myself from selling the virtues of adopting a "rescue" dog through your organization.

I wanted to send along some pictures of Bruin. He came into our lives last July - July 13th to be exact! It is amazing how many times I reflect on the process of adopting Bruin. The day I saw those golden eyes in his photo, I knew he was the one for us!

Bruin and Colin have become best buddies. Bruin was one nervous guy when he joined our family. He didn't like going up stairs, through doors, or in the car. With lots of time, support, and unwavering patience, Bruin has become so happy I don't think he would ever think of leaving!

He has started to LOVE cuddles and he will kiss us until we have to call for mercy:)

We can't imagine life without our Bru-bru! Thank you for the amazing work you all do at ARF!

Lindsey Milligan


Noelle is doing well, learning quickly and has grown quite a bit! She now weighs 45lbs (at 4 months old!).

We have collected several boxes full of toys and have ordered a few cases of Pedialyte for ARF. We will bring them to Noelle's foster mom, Heather, sometime soon:)

Thanks so much!


Hi Nancy!

What a sweet beautiful girl! She is the most perfect dog we could ever ask for.

Bijou's personality has hardly changed since she was a pup. She just had her first birthday Feb. 14. She is curious and outgoing, smart, playful and oh so friendly. Her favourite thing in the world is to play tug with us or play keep-away or chase with other dogs.

She LOVES the winter. We took her to the dog park on a very cold January day - all the dogs and their owners were huddled under a small shelter to keep warm. Not Bijou - there she was, sitting in the middle of this artic tundra, wind in her face, chewing on a stick:)

Speaking of sticks, sticks must be one of her favourite things on this earth. Every time we go for a walk to the park she picks a stick she likes and carries it all the way home. Our front porch collects sticks quickly!

Bijou is a hit everywhere she goes. People always comment on her unique appearance and wonderful temperament. She will retrieve anything you throw!

Even though she loves winter I know she will be excited to visit the cottage again in the spring and swim in the lake. Anything water-related she loves.

Bijou has mastered sit, lie down, come, go-lay-down, shake a paw and play dead. I am planning on continuing her training to learn more complex tricks to exercise that big brain!

Thank you so much for the work you do!
I could not imagine life without our sweet Bijou


Scott and I are so shocked how fast time rolls, we are sorry it is so long since sending a picture. Attached is our Chloe (Hadley adopted 2013) & JJ (Caviar adopted 2010).

JJ and Chloe are great friends! They have so much fun playing / running /sleeping together. They got along from the beginning and now I don't think they would know what to do with out each other.

I don't think Scott and I would know what to do without them either! They have added so much to our home. JJ is a good match with Scott, they both like their space. I have my little luv bug Chloe! She just wants lots of attention and love.

They love their walks, daily visits from the girl next door, and their favorite cousin - our niece Amber! We are all excited that spring is coming soon. Lots of time outside and together!

We share the name of ARF to everyone we know and anyone that asks about JJ (people are fascinated about what kind of dog he is). We are so happy we came to your organization and found our doggie kids!

All our best,
Janice & Scott Bradd
Burlington, ON


Hi Jennie,
Meggie is doing great! We graduated from puppy class, photo attahced:) Meggie already had so much ground work while with you and for the most part she wants to please so she picks up on commands easily.

Iíve never taken training classes before. The classes were laid out beforehand so we knew what we were doing and we had homework assignments to complete each week. I learned more than Meggie did which I was told was how it was suppose to go:)

Our trainer also runs agility classes (non-competitive, for social/fun time only) and we will likely join one of the sessions this summer.

Meggie is such a wonderful dog in so many ways and we love her very much!



Hi Susan,

Well I have to say Arlo has turned out to be an unreal dog! The picture below is us (I have been out for 4 weeks after a serious knee injury). He is by my side 24-7 and has been spoiled rotten even during my injury by friends who love to snowshoe and run with him.

He has grown to be a very large boy as well!

Thanks again,
Tecia and Arlo


Hi Jo-Anne,

Sadie is doing very well - over the last six weeks, she has really relaxed. She occasionally still destroys something while we are out, but she confines herself to items from the recycling bin;)

Sadie is much more comfortable and settled now. She has been very trainable all along, and over time has become very well-behaved and anxious to please - she's clever and can almost always figure out what we want her to do, even if the situation is new.

She loves to go to the park or on a long walk, but once she gets home she just likes to chill out, nap, or chew on a toy. She is extremely affectionate and cuddly to everyone, so people like her right away (and her eyes, one brown and one blue, get her a lot of attention) - she has a lot of fans.

Overall, we are very happy we adopted Sadie. The initial adjustments were well worth the outcome, and in the scheme of things didn't last too long. She has become a lovely and well-loved part of the family!

I've attached a photo of Sadie sitting in her favourite chair:)

All the best,


Hello ARF!

Wanted to share this picture of Lacey (previously Bailee) on her 1st birthday! We adopted her last May and love her so very much!



Hi Kim

Iíve been meaning to send you some pics of Thor (ARF's Travis). Heís doing really well. Lots of personality!

Here are a couple of pics of him ... playing at daycare, and one of him in the car so you can see his ears. He has one ear permanently up now!

Have a great day!



Hey ARF!

We couldn't be happier with our Hunter. He joined our little family one year 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. This is great since we live in the snow belt and have been 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 is English Springer Spaniel, Lab, Akita and Husky mix!

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

Ashley, Cory and Hunter


Hey Robin!

Just wanted to send an update about Kira (ARF's Shakira)! She is doing great! We have finished all the training classes. Her coat has fully come in beautifully! She is also more black now:)

I also wanted you to know I got 2 DNA tests done on her and it came back both times as 50% poodle, then a mix of beagle, weimaraner, and english springer spaniel! Who would have known?

Kira is getting along great with the cat and is loving the trails around my house and all the dogs she runs into.

Anyways, just thought I'd send a quick update and say thanks for matching me with such a great dog!

Thanks again,

Stefanie and Kira


Hi Lee;
I hope you are well and surviving the "London Snow". I trust your good work with ARF is going well too!

ARF's McGraw is doing really well. He is sooooo smart and sensitive. He has decided that he is Ken's dog. He likes me and all but it is Ken he searches for, lies beside with his head on his foot to watch TV and so on. Ken is thrilled since he has never had a dog bond to him like that!

We call Jaxy our "real" dog. Joey and Jamie are pretty far removed from their ancestral roots - not so Jaxy. He will hunt and dig all day if he scents a mouse! Jaxy loves to run and will run around and around the other dogs and all over the property just for the joy of running.

The pictures in the snow are two I took this morning. I hope you can see how massive he has become as he has matured and how his sweet sensitive expression and magic ears are still there!

Take care, and enjoy the snow!!



Hi Tracy,

I just had to send you a few pictures of Zoee. They're too cute not too. We usually bring her outside with us when we shovel the driveway and she loves it... these pictures were from this morning after the dumping of snow we'v been getting. She was supervising the neighbourhood as we shoveled lol.

Enjoy :)


Hello ARF,

Just to jog your memory - Hailey (now Whitey) is the deaf, albino Aussie x Shepherd mix we fostered, then adopted, back in 2008!

She has lots of hair now, plays with dogs and has definitely found her confidence (in a good way).

I've attached a couple pics of Whitey and Whitey with her new brother - Russell. We adopted Russell who was rescued near London - at 5 months old. He was in a litter of 8 puppies!

Enjoy and Happy New Year,
Lucie Tomson


Hey Nancy,

Hope all is well!! Reese is great! And I thought you might like to see some updated pictures of her, enjoying the snow. She loves it!!

Take care,

Geoff & Reese


Hello ARF,
My name is Robyn Fox and I thought I would send an update on our dog Riggs that we adopted in July 2010. My husband and I adopted Riggs just as we were moving into our new home, and he settled in with us quite nicely.
In May of this year, we welcomed our first child, a boy - Noah. Since Noah's birth, Riggs has adjusted so nicely. He will not let Noah out of his sight, gives him lots of kisses and is always sure to go to the door of his nursery when he is crying.
Noah loves Riggs just as much, he has recently started laughing at him when he wags his tail:) It is so nice to see Riggs adjusting so well and we are very happy we have been able to provide Riggs with a happy home.

We thank ARF for allowing us to adopt Riggs !


Hey Jo-Anne!
Just thought I would send a pic from our winter wonderland photo shoot!! Charlotte was a super star! We love her!

We can't believe how fast the adoption meeting happened with special delivery from Jan at IFAW. Thanks to ARF's Nancy who met at our farm too! Charlotte and Jenny are best friends and are always together:)

This photo is Charlotte and my pug Jenny, her new sister!


Hi Nancy,
I thought it was high time I drop you a line to say hello and let you know how we are doing here in Ottawa. Jax is now going on 18 months and we are in the middle of goofy adolescent male (hell?! LOL)

He is such a wonderful and handsome boy. We are continuing with obedience classes and it's a pleasure to work with a smart dog and it's also a place where I can be reassured that his adolescent behaviour is just a phase we are working through:)!

Jax's weekly social calendar is full. He goes with the "canine caravan" on Mon/Wed and Fridays to a rural home where he romps out back with his buddies and on Thursdays he goes to 'doggy day care' at his obedience school.

Jax is adjusting to losing his 'sibling' Hannah. We had to put our 15 year old lab/spaniel down in August and we've all had to adjust :(

On a happier note- we purchased a cottage late this summer and it has become a place that Jax loves - on the water with lots of space.

I hope all is well with you.
Kaethe & family


Hi Tiffany,

Ben is growing into a beautiful boy. He is very mild mannered and gets along with other dogs. We had a houseful this Christmas and all was well! Ben received lots of toys and treats:)

Ben loves the snow!

Take care, Sue.


Hi Susan,
Hope you and your family are doing well. Just wanted to let you know that Poppy is doing well too!

Thank you so much for trusting us with her. I absolutely love her and she is definitely "mine". She follows me everywhere:)



Hi Angela!

Time sure does fly and we couldn't imagine life without Brady. He has grown into a such a good dog and has a great temperament. With age, he has mellowed quite a bit and spends many hours chilling out on any soft surface he can find.

When he's not sleeping, we go on daily walks around the neighbourhood where he's become quite popular due to his friendly personality. He rounds out his social life with weekly playdates and trips to the dog park.

Nothing motivates Brady more than food and thus he is very easy to train. Many thanks to ARF for the wonderful work you do and for bringing Brady into our lives!

The Costen Family


When my family and I decided to get a dog we searched everywhere and didn't know where to start until one day my wife found ARF online through a quick Google search. At first we were not sure if we wanted a new puppy or an older dog.

One day my wife sent me a picture of Cara and immediately I said yes and apparently my 4 kids all looked at it as well before I did and already made their choice (lol) with Cara.

We didn't know what to expect with a 3 year old dog but there was an instant connection at the first meeting with her. We agreed to bring her home and see how she liked the country life and at first she was afraid. We had to build that trust to let her know that we loved her and we would take care of her.

After 2 weeks with us the bond grew much stronger and she started to respond to us much more. Cara now gives us hugs and kisses, and her paw, and tells us when she needs to go outside.

It's like Cara has been with us for many years already. The trust bond is so strong between us! The training that is available at Awesome Dogs is another great incentive for us because Cara is doing some of those training techniques already.

Thank you ARF for the best experience ever! Cara is part of our family now:)

The Tavani Family


Hi Guys,
I thought I should send along this photo of Charlie. I know we don't always know much about their past but this boy must have been around children in the past. My grand children arrived from Alberta this week and Charlie was on point as soon as he heard their voices the first time.

He is absolutely not careless or pushy but sits beside Lylah where ever she is, just on alert. When Jayden (4) runs across the yard Charlie runs right beside him, never pushes him over and when he stops, Charlie just stands beside him making sure he is safe:)

It is quite amazing to watch!






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