Sanctuary Dogs

 

Sanctuary dogs are not broken. They have simply had more challenging life experiences than other dogs.

Don't pity them; adopt them and let them show you their greatness.

K9 Crusaders is a registered, non-profit all breed dog rescue located in Northumberland County, Ontario. We are foster-based, but have a small sanctuary space located on the property of Walnut Grove Daycare Boarding and Spa in beautiful rural Castleton.

Meet Brianna

K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs
K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs

Meet Brianna

K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs
K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs

Meet Brianna

K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs
K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs

Meet Brianna

K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs
K9 Crusaders Sanctuary Dogs

Meet Brianna

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Brianna came to us from a local shelter in 2017. She had been surrendered after a minor biting incident involving a child, that sounded like it could have been a case of Brianna following her instinct to herd. As a Border Collie mix, this very active and highly intelligent girl has struggled to fit into a forever home ever since. She has been in a total of 4 homes in the 4 years of her life, each time, being returned due to her behavior. Brianna is a very dominant dog but that often isn't apparent until she has settled into a new environment. While she can be very calm and affectionate with trusted humans, Brianna is not hesitant to use her teeth when she is feeling threatened, or she is protecting something of value to her like food, treats or toys. Further challenging is that she was never properly socialized as a pup, and is now highly reactive to other dogs and has shown some evidence of separation anxiety. After so many failed attempts, and watching her grieve the loss of her families time and time again, our team agreed that Brianna needed the firm structure of the sanctuary, and has thrived as a result of the clear rules boundaries and limits there, while also bonding with the kennel staff.

 

Brianna has never had a biting incident at the sanctuary, and has enjoyed spending one on one time with staff and volunteers as well as her monthly forest walks and massages with Emily of Spots n' Stripes. She seems much more at ease in a controlled environment, and so we have committed to providing safe haven for her unless and until we can find someone with experience in dealing with dogs with her difficult history, and who meet our strict requirements, while also wanting to invest a great deal of time and energy into developing trust and rapport with Brianna, to help her increase her confidence and overcome her insecurities in a home environment.

 

Here is what we would consider in a forever home for Brianna:

  • Must have a strong knowledge and experience with Border Collies

  • Must be active, and have a good sized, well secured yard

  • Must not be out of the home for extended periods of time

  • Must be willing to meet Brianna's high physical and mental stimulation needs, while ensuring her safety and the safety of others - NO DOG PARKS

  • Must be free of children and dogs, visiting or otherwise

  • Willing to sign a liability waiver and stay in contact with K9 Crusaders with photos or updates