Utah's Perfect Pointers - Meet Our Dogs - Girls!
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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 [email protected]
 
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.

WREN
I'm WREN! I'm a short, solid little girl about 41 lbs and 22" at my withers. My approximate DOB is 8/22/2016 and I have energy to spare. I spent a couple of weeks with my rescue lady and I learned to stay on my bed.  I sleep through the night (on her bed!).  I'm great with other dogs and cats. I have muscles to spare and use them to jump really high so that I can go over fences and see what's on the other side. I'm a nosy little thing!


CLOVEY
I'm CLOVEY from Clovis! :)
I came here on an Dog Is My CoPilot fliht with a whole lot of other dogs. My rescue lady isn't quite sure what's in me - GSP of course, the the rest is a mystery. Maybe some English Lab - I have a big, blocky head? Maybe some bully breed (staffie???) - I have a big, blocky head?
One thing we know for sure is that I love my people and I learn very quickly what they expect of me. After all, my main job is to keep them happy.
My approx DOB is 7/2/2017 and I've already had a litter of puppies. How unfair is that?! I was only a baby myself. I'm a big girl about 56 lbs and 24.5" at my withers. I'm going to be a wonderful companion as soon as I'm spayed.  I'll be great in a home as their only dog.












JAZZY

I'm little JAZZY! I wasn't particularly comfortable in new situations when I became a perfect pointer but thanks to my buddies in daycare, I'm doing very well now. I'm also very talented. I can go over fences and even open gates! :)
I've learned a lot in daycare and I'm getting along very nicely with all the other dogs and handlers.
Now I'm waiting for a home of my own. I haven't been cat tested. My approximate DOB is 2/1/2016. I'm 44 lbs and about 23" at my withers.

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.
I've been staying with my rescue lady and I've turned into a magnificent dog.  I love being part of a pack - dogs and cats!  I know how to run to my bed and stay there while my rescue lady gets our meals ready.  I'm very sensitive and love being loved.

BROWNING
I'm BROWNING! I'm a pretty little dappled GSP girl with a natural tail. My approximate DOB is 24/7/2014. I've had somewhat of a checkered past. I had three homes before I came to UPP, none of which were very good. I'm very enthusiastic about being with other dogs but I was never socialized properly so it took a little time for me to be able to read other dogs' body language. I'm very good with my people and other dogs once I get to know them.
I need a knowledgeable, patient home with people who know how to get the best out of me - training me to do a job, interacting with them in various places and environments, and making me feel secure without pampering me - except for snuggling and love!

RICKI
I'm RICKI! I'm a beautiful big GSP girl, about 3 years old and I love life! I'll love it even better once the holidays are over and I can go to daycare/boarding and play with all the other dogs! Girls just wanna have fun!
My approximate DOB is 12/22/2014.  I'm 53 lbs and 24.25" at my withers.  I love balls!  I could play fetch All Day.  I obviously need a job in my new life.  :)















RILLA
I'm RILLA, a big, gorgeous German Wirehaired Pointer girl. My name means "stream" which is totally appropriate since I love, love, love water!
My approx. DOB is 7/16/2012. Like a number of my UPP buddies, I was adopted and turned into the shelter several times. After all, I'm gorgeous! I'm also very energetic and smart - a deadly combination if you don't know my breed.
Fortunately I love my people and I'm quite comical. I have a beautiful, natural tail that acts like a rudder when I'm in the water. I think I'm just perfect but my rescue lady says that I need to lose weight. I'm 25.5" at my withers and weigh a whopping 70 lbs. She can't even find my ribs. ;)
















































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