DREAM Dog Friday: Pam, Cam, Salty and Dakota

For the first time in her 13 years, Pam and Cam Gilroy-Rajotte’s dog Salty had to stay at home alone when they went out. Her sister Pepper died of cancer in Dec. 2012 leaving her the only canine in the family. As an older dog Salty would not put up with a pup bouncing about and barking in her home, so Pam and Cam had to be careful in choosing a new friend for her.

They first saw Button online. She was described as being a calm, good natured, and well-mannered dog, so, knowing black dogs like her had a more difficult time finding homes, Pam and Cam decided to meet her.

Pam said Button was even more beautiful in person than in photographs. While Salty was a little leery of her during the first meeting, the second went much better! Only one problem–Button had heartworms and the couple really wasn’t sure what that would mean for the dog’s long-term health.

Button’s vet guessed she was three years old when Manitoba Mutts rescued her from somewhere near Lake Manitoba. Although Button had heartworms causing her to be unable to take care of her puppies, Pam was assured that the Bernese Mountain Dog cross was otherwise healthy and the prognosis was good.

Pam said that while the dog is cute as a button, the name just wasn’t fitting to such a powerful animal. Button has become Dakota when she became apart of the Gilroy-Rajotte family.

The family’s only trouble now is dealing with the heartworms. Pam said it’s hard because they have to keep Dakota calm. She cannot go for walks in the heat because she pants, or travel to the country because car rides excite her.

But soon the nightmare of heartworms will be over and Dakota will really be able to live the DREAM with her new furever-family.

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DREAM Dog Friday: Sammy


Sammy has been in foster care through Manitoba German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. for over a year. But her foster mom Tracey said there isn’t any real reason why it’s taking so long to find this beautiful German Shepherd/Husky cross a new family.

Sammy came into her foster home with severe dog aggression, but now she’s best buds with the other German Shepherd living in the home. Despite this, Tracey said she’d avoid taking Sammy to the dog park or letting her be around any dog she hasn’t been properly introduced to. She has a poor relationship with the small dog in her foster home, although Tracey admits the little dog teases Sammy and is partially the cause of the hostility between them.

Sometimes Sammy cringes when people hold shoes and shows other signs that she was abused and was chained. She came to her foster home with a high prey drive but now is just fine around the cat, birds and rabbits in her foster home.

Sammy lies on the floor quietly through DREAM’s interview with her foster mom, enjoying the occasional tummy rub from the young girl in the home. When Tracey puts a treat on her nose she sits still waiting to be told she can munch it. She gallops outside when the door opens, hoping to go for a nice car ride but goes right back inside when called, despite there being no fence stopping her from running off into the country. Tracey said she gets scared at night, likely because of the coyotes, and is a big baby staying close to the house.

Tracey warns Sammy’s new family not to put a carrot on any snowman Sammy will have access to. Sammy will probably pull it off for a little snack.