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Adoption Alert ~ John Candy #2637

I’m confused…can you help me?  Hi everyone in this wonderful place called Canada!  My name is John Candy and I’m a very big strong boy and I came all the way from Istanbul.  You can see by my picture how big I am and you can also guess there is something else in me although I’m mostly Golden.  Now, here is my dilemma.  I don’t seem to get along with other dogs here.  I don’t know why because I lived with a bunch of other dogs in Istanbul and I got along fine with them.  When I was picked up at the airport, I was transported in the car with another Golden friend and I was fine so I’m not sure what’s up with my behaviour. What’s even crazier is that I was just visiting a kennel with a Golden Rescue volunteer and I passed about a dozen dogs and I just sniffed and wagged my tail. So, all the good people at GR don’t really understand what’s going on and neither do I.  One of the docs I saw suggested my problem might be ‘leash aggression’.  In other words, when I’m on a leash I get aggressive/boisterous with other dogs.  Speaking of the leash, I’m not good on it and I pull and because I’m big and strong that doesn’t help matters.  I love people and, in fact, I’m a big, gentle mush-ball with everyone I meet.  I’m young, maybe around three (as I haven’t learned to count), and I need a lot of training so I need a strong, patient alpha human to teach me all I need to know to about being social in Canada.  And if you’re home more often than not, that would be good too as I’m not sure what I would get up to in the house left to my own devices.  And maybe someone who lives in the country with a lot of land with a secure area where I can run free and not run into a lot of dogs until I’m trained properly.  The wonderful people at the vet’s office said I was a big, lovable goof but I went crazy with the photos on the wall of other dogs and I’ve done that with the TV too!  I’ve been known to counter-surf, as you can see, so you really would need to child/puppy-proof your home.  I know it’s a lot to ask to find someone with the patience and heart to help!  I do love people, although there shouldn’t be young children or elderly people in the home due to my size, as I could inadvertently knock them over.  Someone actually said you might be able to put a saddle on me as I’m as big as a horse and I have HUGE paws, but I’m not a horse, so a saddle would be silly.  I love giving kisses.  I love getting belly rubs.  I don’t bark much in the house, I don’t bug you when you are having dinner, and I love playing with my rope toy, throwing it up in the air…so I still have a lot of puppy behaviours in me.  Is there anyone out there that can help me (I’d even be okay with a foster-to-adopt scenario)?  I feel so bad that my behaviour is confounding everyone.  I am embarrassed.  I am confused.  I am sorry.  I am desperate.  Please share my story with anyone and everyone who might be interested in me ~ I would truly appreciate it! 

John Candy is currently being fostered in the Hampton, ON area. If you would like more information about John Candy please call our hot-line toll free at 1-866-712-8444 or email adoption(at) and one of our volunteers will be happy to return your call.

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