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MEET OUR DOGS - GIRLS!
A complete list with descriptions can be found athttp://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=UT156  If you'd like to apply for any of our boys please contact utahsperfectpointers@yahoo.com
 
Our adoption process is pretty typical for breed rescues (as opposed to all-breed rescue groups or shelters).
 
1. there's an application questionnaire that we ask you to fill out and return to us. That helps us to match the personality of the dog(s) with that of the home. We usually have 25-30 dogs scattered around the area in various foster homes and daycare/boarding facilities so we like to make good use of our time and yours by only steering you to dogs that are appropriate for your family.
 
2. Once we help you select viable candidates we'll arrange for you to meet them and see how you interact together.
 
3. For local applicants (Salt Lake area) we arrange for a home visit. Usually we bring the dog with us and if it looks like a good match we'll leave the dog with you for a trial adoption period. We like this to last at least a full work week and weekend so you can see how the dog fits into your lifestyle. During the trial period we provide a crate, dog food and a training slip leash. You also get a special ringtone on my 'phone so I know to answer it immediately or at least get back to you within a few minutes. For out-of-state applicants there is a home visit by a representative in your area but the trial adoption period does not apply.  However, our adoption contract states that "if for any reason at any time the adopter is unable to keep the dog it must be returned to Utah's Perfect Pointers".
 
Our process takes a little longer and is much more work for us than just having you go to PetSmart and walk out with a dog, but it works well and we have very few returns because of the care we take with both our dogs and the applicants.

All adoptions are at our sole discretion.
 TAMA
Tama was captured as a stray by Animal Control in December 2009 and came to me a couple of days later.  She was only about 9 months old and skinny, skinny, skinny.  She was also terrified of everything - so much so that I couldn't get her out of her kennel.  She crawled way to the back and I had to go in and drag her out.  She was so totally uncomfortable with people and just about everything else that I'm amazed animal control was able to catch her. The shelter people told me she'd been on the run for a long time and they finally cornered her in a barn.

I was pretty new to rescue at the time and just didn't have the experience to work with her properly.  She was way out of my league in terms of behavioral modification and she broke my heart.

At the time there was a relatively new rescue near Sedona, AZ managed by the Buddhist temple Kunzang Palyul Choling.  Many of the monks and nuns had worked saving animals during Hurricane Katrina and purchased a lovely tract of land in the desert for their sanctuary in 2006/2007.  They called their rescue Tara's Babies.

I knew one of the women who worked there through another dog rescue that I helped transport for.  They took in dogs from euthanasia lists all over the country and went as far as Taiwan.  The animal world was singing their praises and so grateful to them for taking in these unwanted dogs.  I thought a Buddhist sanctuary would be a wonderful place for Tama to be rehabilitated.  They accepted her and a chained dog from me immediately and the dogs were on their way to AZ in January 2010. 

For a while I got updates from the sanctuary and followed Tama and Skipper on their website.  The updates became less frequent and I got busy with the never-ending stream of Utah dogs.  My occasional forays onto their website didn't show either of my dogs listed so I assumed they'd been rehabilitate and happily adopted.

In December 2011 I received an e-blast from Best Friends that Tara's Babies was closing and if there were any rescue groups that could take any of their dogs to please contact them.  Tara's Babies had been so helpful to me I emailed them immediately and said I'd take any pointer-types they had.  I was horrified when they told me that Tama and Skipper were still there - 2 years after they'd arrived.  I made arrangements to get them immediately and both were back with me on January 3, 2012. 

Neither dog had improved at all temperamentally; Skipper was worse.  I was sick that I'd abrogated my responsibility to these dogs.  I learned a valuable lesson at their expense: "Don't expect someone else to fix your problems; suck it up and deal with them yourself.  If you don't know what to do ask someone who does and keep working on it."

I took Skipper to my vet and it was obvious he'd had a number of strokes that left him turning in circles and very unpredictable temperamentally.  We euthanized him.

Tama came home with me where she's been ever since.  When we brought her home she was so scared of people that I had to leave a 30-foot lead on her when she went out in the yard or I'd never get her back inside.  My husband and I  rarely saw her inside for the first 2 weeks - she'd hide on a bed behind the table or cat tree downstairs. We'd hear her racing across the floor at night for a drink and then race back to her safe spot. After a couple of days she started to pack up with my dogs when they'd go in and out and race between them to go through the door. If she didn't quite make it she'd circle the yard (and us) but not let us near her. So I'd send my dogs out for her again. It was about 7 months before she'd go through the door by herself to come in.  By November 2015 she'd finally race inside on her own and sit on her bed expectantly waiting for a treat.

 Interestingly Tama was always very good with other dogs and cats. She seems to take great comfort in being in a pack - the larger, the better. In March 2012 I started taking her to daycare and she loves it. Her tail goes up, she romps and plays - just like she does when I bring a new dog into our home for training. We've been walking her onleash with our pack on the weekends and she's good on a split leash with my dog, Misty.

She had a major breakthrough in November 2014 when she decided she liked sleeping on the bed with us. She no longer cringes or quivers when I reach out to touch her at night and she's even started licking me (in bed only). She also started to snuggle in bed. However, we still can't approach her in the yard without her quivering and running away.  She'll usually go to greet my husband when he comes home from work.  If she ever gets off a leash or out of the yard we know we'll never see her again.

I'm getting more used to being handled by people and come happily to them now.  I'll be a better companion with at least 2 other dogs in my new home.

QUILL
I'm a tall, lanky, enthusiastic girl - very enthusiastic. I was so enthusiastic my former owners kept me chained in the back yard (below). Of course I wasn't altered and they didn't have a fence so I was at the mercy of every roaming romeo.  I also had a cherry eye when I came to her so she had that removed at the same time I was spayed. I'm a Brand New Girl!!! (except for that "enthusiastic" part)




I'm about 24" high at my withers. My approximate DOB is 9/22/2014. I totally love all my people and I'm great with other dogs. I need some serious training and exercise. A tired pointer is a happy pointer and a tired pointer has very happy owners.  Just look at me now!
I play beautifully with all other dogs, especially little man Tate.  I'm a totally charming girl.







TIMBER

I'm a gorgeous 8-year old girl the color of weathered timber.  I'm very loving with my people and other dogs.  I also have a beautiful smile.  :)  I've been in a great foster home since the beginning of April and I'm having a blast with my UPP foster brother and sister.  I get to go on vacations with my family, play in the water and go biking every day.  I'm prone to alopecia which we think may be triggered by stress.  My skin was sort of a mess when I got to my foster home but it's so much better now.  My hair has grown back and I'm much happier.  Like a lot of weims I have to be protected from the sun - I even have some pretty coll t-shirts!  I'm also on proin twice a day for incontinence.  Fortunately it's very inexpensive ($13/month) and I just take it like a treat with my food.  I'm not a cat kind of girl but I love my doggy friends.

RUMOUR
I've been bounced around a lot in my short life and I'm so glad that's over!  I'm a beautiful girl (everyone says so!) with long legs and a pretty smile.  I'm 23.5" high at my withers and my approximate DOB is 9/08/2015.  I was sold to a guy on KSL by a kid who couldn't keep me.  The guy didn't do much with me, either, especially after I killed four of his chickens....and here I am!  Ready for my new life!
I'm very, very active and I absolutely need a job to do or I'm not going to be a good pet.  I need to have my mind stimulated as well as my active little body - and it needs to be something compatible with my genetic background.  Agility is good.  Nose work is good.  Dock diving is good.  The regular hiking, biking, and running are all important for me but they're not sufficient on their own without some brain work to go along with the physical exercise.









ZAHRA
I'm a tiny solid little girl. I'm on 21" high at my withers and I'm very sturdy at 40 lbs. My approximate DOB is 4/7/2015. I haven't had a great life so far. There are all kinds of old scratch marks on my face that have grown back with white hairs. I'm a little timid until I get to know my people. I'd love to be an active, happy pup in a home that loves me and takes good care of me. I'm good with all other dogs. Cats unknown.

HALO
I'm a pretty little thing.  My approximate DOB is 2/6/2016.  I'm a small GSP and won't get any larger - good things come in small packages!  I'm very active.  I love my people and being held - Mandy at Old Farm is obliging me with that.  I'm good with other dogs.  Like many little GSP girls I'm bossy and would prefer a male canine companion in my new home.





























































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