roject POOCH, Inc,® has successfully paired youths incarcerated at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, Oregon, with homeless shelter dogs since 1993.
Youths (guided by professionals) learn to train the dogs, groom them, and find them new adoptive "forever homes." The dogs leave the program ready to be great pets, while their trainers re-enter the community with new job and personal skills and increased compassion and respect for all life.
Project POOCH, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, Tax ID # 93-1252054 – your donation is tax-deductible.
This lovely lady is looking for her one and only
This Valentine’s Day is all about Callie, our sweet, beautiful 8 year old Black Lab/Shepherd mix. She holds a special place in the hearts of all us here at Project POOCH. You see, she’s one of our long-time residents and she’s still patiently waiting for her one and only.
Let’s just say Callie isn’t the easiest placement….
She may look like a typical Black Lab, but in some ways let’s face it, she isn’t. Callie isn’t the social butterfly who’ll run up to you tail wagging just waiting to say hello or play a game of fetch... at least not until she really gets to know and trust you. No, this girl is WAY too discerning and suspecting for that. Like all our dogs at Project POOCH, Callie is trained, but likes to be the one to greet people rather than having someone run up to her and pat her on the head. She’s a smarty pants and, in addition to her basic commands, knows beg, roll over, and how to find things! Cool, huh?!
We don’t know all of her history, but clearly she has some trust issues. Her behavior when she meets new people is less than cordial. She can be downright abrasive, loud, and may even seem threatening. Love at first sight this isn’t. Who can blame her? Until Project POOCH, she didn’t have anyone she could trust. She’s had so much uncertainty and failed placements in her life, the shifting sands beneath her paws have made her wary of new people.
If you’re a single person living alone or a couple committed to her success with no other pets and no kids, you may be the human for Callie. See, Callie isn’t a dog person. She isn’t a people person either. She’s a one (maybe 2) human only dog. Of course with time, her circle of friends could expand. If you’re patient enough to see past her rough exterior, you will be rewarded with love, tail wags, and companionship. It’s just getting past that first meeting that’s a kicker! We know she’s protective of her space – she’s been here a long time. We know she acts as if she’d rather not make new friends – she loves and trusts the youths, staff, and volunteers who’ve been working with her every day over the years.
If only Callie could talk and tell us her worries and concerns, we could reassure her she’s going to be alright. But so far, no one outside of Project POOCH has been willing to give her the time, attention, love, and patience she needs to succeed. Maybe that person is you?
With Callie you won’t be going to dog parks, or doggie daycare, or hiking busy trails. She won’t bring you closer to other “dog people” or help break the ice to meet new folks. No, she’s looking for a homebody with a loving, quiet, calm home where padding around, lounging, and snuggling, are the main activities. Oh, and did we mention car rides?! Callie LOVES car rides. She’s also a BIG fan of water and swimming. And yes, she does love fetch, just maybe not on the first date.
Of course, a fenced-in yard that’s not near neighbors would be best so she can run around, get fresh air, and exercise without any unwelcome chance meetings. If you’re a morning person (or even a late night person) you might be the right human for Callie. You see walks at odd hours would be part of your daily life because, in order for her to succeed, it would be best for Callie not to interact with too many other dogs or people. But long walks are definitely on her list of favorite activities!
If you love entertaining company or have frequent visitors, Callie is not for you. If you live alone and are looking to make Callie your closest friend and family member, you might be the right home for Callie. She’s a sweet girl once she gets to know you. She’s smart and really, like all of us, just wants to be loved. Callie deserves to find that special someone who will make her the center of their world. Could that person be you? Are you up to the challenge? You will have to be willing to work with her trainers at POOCH, and have the desire to help a dog who just wants to be a best friend with a human for the rest of her life.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to make Callie yours, please call our kennel in Woodburn at 503.981.9531, x243 to schedule a meet-and-greet. The kennel is open daily, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Prepare yourself for a rocky start, (and probably a few bumps along the way) but remember, the best things in life are worth fighting for.
Callie has certainly been waiting a very long time for the right person to walk into her life and we know she is ready for love. Are you ready to fight for Callie? Are YOU her one and only?