"Ivan"
Meet happy-go-lucky and playful 4 month old Ivan (#0333)! Ivan was an owner surrender, and is reported to be a sheltie/rat terrier mix. Ivan is doing a great job with his house training. He keeps his crate clean through a regular work day. Ivan sleeps quietly through the night in his crate. Ivan's favorite activities are tossing toys around, playing chase with his foster sister, and running laps around the house. Ivan wants to be involved in all of your daily activities, wants to be wherever you are, and loves to cuddle when he is tired.

Ivan is eager to please. He is picking up clicker training quickly, and he is enjoyable to train. Ivan is a bold puppy, and so far has met new people, new situations, and new places with eagerness and curiosity. Like most active and intelligent dogs, Ivan will do best in a home where he would receive a great deal of mental stimulation and physical activity. Ivan is still very young, so a significant level of commitment will be required from his new home to properly train and socialize him so that he is able to become a well mannered member of his family. As a puppy, Ivan will initially require constant supervision, firm limits, and consistency as he matures and settles in to his new home.

In Ivan's current foster home, he lives with 5 other dogs and two cats. He gets along well with the resident dogs. Ivan is very curious about the cats, and he would do fine in a home with a dog savvy cat, but may chase a cat who doesn't stand up for itself.

Ivan is being fostered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He will be neutered before he is adopted.

If you might be interested in learning more about this dog, please email us at info@protegerescue.org. While we welcome your questions about this dog, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog; her adoption fee is $250.

Jo
Iowa





"Lucy"
Looking for a fun-loving yet mature red-head? We've got the perfect girl for you! Our Lucy (#324) is an 8-year old, red merle who loves everyone she meets. She's a bit on the heavy side and would like to trim up her figure. It shouldn't be difficult since she can get exercise by playing with doggie friends and going on adventures with her people. Lucy loves to do both!

She enjoyed getting attention and supporting her team at a childrens' baseball game. She loved all the kids. Lucy is also very happy to run around and wrestle with her doggie friends. She's also done well with cats. Lucy definitely wouldn't mind having a four-legged brother or sister in her new home.

When Lucy isn't exercising, she's generally fond of just quietly hanging with the family. Because of her love of being with her people, she is good about listening when off-leash. Lucy sleeps on a doggie pillow all night. If you leave her out in the house while you are away, she's perfectly fine. If you do need to kennel her, she will be calm and quiet. Lucy doesn't even like to bother her family to ask to go outside - she'll just hold it until you are ready to let her out. She's not had a single accident in her foster home.

This sweet girl is ready to join a new family. Lucy can fit perfectly in a family that wants a dog to join them on weekend outings, or a dog that can join them on a relaxed TV weekend. If you are looking to love a girl who just wants to have fun with you, contact us. Lucy would love to meet you!

Lucy is spayed. She is lyme and heartworm negative. She's been vaccinated for lyme, bordatella, rabies, and distemper parvo. She is being fostered in Ottumwa, Iowa.

If you might be interested in learning more about this dog, please email us at info@protegerescue.org. While we welcome your questions about this dog, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog; her adoption fee is $250.

Jo
Iowa





"Shelby"
All dressed up and ready for her date to the prom! Or perhaps a 'Home-coming!' Looking at this beautiful gal you would never guess that she used to be a shy wall-flower. Now, she is joining in with the cool kids, and is looking to be Miss Congeniality in your home!

Shelby (#0311) has been thriving in her foster home! She looks forward to her daily routine with enthusiasm and joy! She has taken on several duties in the house, as a daily wake-up reminder, as an official greeter, a food taster and a guardian of the garden!

Shelby has learned that being on the lap of a human is a pretty good deal. She no longer flinches at every movement, but has developed the essential art of relaxation, turning the lap session into a snooze session for both her and for foster mom! She is making efforts to jump up on the couch without help, but is also happy to sit at your feet and stretch out.

Shelby is now exploring the yard, no longer flitting off to a corner to hide. She follows her foster brother all over the yard, helping him patrol for those pesky rabbits and birds. She is enjoying her daily Sheltie Zoomies with her foster sis! When guests come over, she no longer runs and hides, but will sit and watch people as if trying to figure them out. She found that some recent guests also came with treats, and she even settled down on the couch snuggling next to them.

Shelby's neighborhood walks, formerly a thing to dread, are now fun for her. She still gets excited when she sees new things on the walk, but she keeps on trotting right along with you. She now walks in tandem with her foster sister, no longer needing the sis to walk ahead. On a recent visit to another home, she walked around the house on leash, only occasionally looking back at foster mom to see where she was.

Shelby is looking forward to meeting you! At 1-2 years old, she will give you lots of love for lots of years. She would do best in a calm home with older children, ones that can understand that she may need some space. Keep in mind that in spite of her progress, she does have days where she finds it easier to be a wall-flower. A patient family will help her come out of her shell. Shelties are reserved by nature, but once they get to know you, they are forever enthusiastic members of your family.

Shelby weighs 19 pounds, has been spayed, is current on her vaccinations, and is on flea/heartworm treatment.

Shelby MUST have a fenced yard.

Shelby is being fostered in Bettendorf.

If you might be interested in learning more about this dog, please email us at info@protegerescue.org. While we welcome your questions about this dog, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog; her adoption fee is $250.

Jo
Iowa





"Yogi"
Hi my name is Yogi (Protege #0213) and Iím a 7 year old red-tri Aussie and I weigh about 72 pounds.

You may want a tissue when I tell you the story about how I ended up with Protege. I used to live with a family but sadly they moved away and left my canine sibling and me in the backyard. I kept hoping that they would come back, but they never did. How could they do that to us?

Thankfully a neighbor took care of us and then turned us into the humane society. The humane society held onto us for the required amount of time and then contacted a rescue in the area to see if they could help. That rescue then contacted Protege to see if they had room for me and they did. Yay for being my temporary home!

When I was turned into the humane society, I was covered in hair mats and I had a pretty thick undercoat to go along with that. One of the places I stayed after I got taken from my old family's house cleaned me up a bit by giving me a bath and cutting off most of my hair mats. Oh I looked a lot better after that, if I do say so myself. I also got to go to the doggy spa one day, which was fun. I was getting all sorts of pets and scratches and I was loving all the attention.

My foster mom says that Iím a bit sun bleached, whatever that means, and that my coat should get a little darker in time. I think I look like quite the handsome dude now, bleaching or no bleaching. My foster mom has taken me to the vet a couple of times. The first time was for a check up and to get up-to-date on shots. While I was there, the doctor noticed that I had really bad teeth. Some of my teeth were broken off and some were even gone. They made another appointment and I had to go back to the vet for a dental cleaning. At my dental cleaning appointment they ended up pulling some teeth. The doctors think that I was either trying to chew my way out of a kennel or was chewing on rocks. Well, I know what I did, however Iím just not gonna tell ya. Ha! No worries at all, I donít have a problem with eating dry kibble and hard doggy treats.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I weigh about 72 pounds. They say that I am too heavy and need to lose some weight. My foster mom says we have to portion control my food and get some exercise. I really wish that it wasnít so cold here in Iowa so that I could spend more time outside playing and chasing around the little punk 10-month-old resident puppy. I do have fun chasing her around in the snow. I even get to see doggies of all sizes that live next door too, which is fun. My foster mom laughs at me when Iím running around in the yard. She says that Iím quite bouncy when I run.

I will be honest with you, Iím a pretty low-maintenance dude. That punky puppy that lives here has a LOT of toys but the only ones that I am even interested in are the nylabone, just a plain old bone and every once in a while a tennis ball. They squeak the squeaky toys, I give them a strange look, and I really think they just look ridiculous squeaking them.

I am kennel trained. I am in the kennel at night and when my foster mom isnít home. I do have to be guided to the kennel but I will go in. I would prefer not to go in, I mean who wouldnít. I am pretty quiet when I am in the kennel; however, if I hear you Iíll give a little bark to remind you that I am in the kennel and would like to come out. I want to be where the fun is! Other than giving a little bark in the kennel, I am really a pretty quiet guy. I donít even bark at the dogs in the neighborhood.

My foster mom says that Iím kind of a velcro dog, whatever the heck that means. All I know is that I like to be in the same room or at least within eyesight of her. I do enjoy snuggling, when given the chance. Iím a pretty laid-back, happy camper kind of dude. I love getting pets and scratches and just attention in general, heck I deserve it. I've been told that when I hear "Yogi is a good boy" I am a wiggle butt. I love being praised. It makes me happy.

You know the saying, can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, ha ha! You really CAN teach an old dog new tricks. See I didn't know much when I came to the rescue other than being housebroken, and from what I gather, that is a pretty important thing. My foster mom says I'm a good boy for not having any accidents in the house. I have learned the command sit and I have almost masatered down. I wonder what command I'll learn next? It is super fun. We practice for a little bit and I get little treats too. Don't worry, the treats aren't messing with my weight loss plan.

I do want to say one last thing though, donít feel sorry for me because of how I ended up in the rescue; be happy for me that Iíve met and been cared for by so many people the past couple of months in the humane society, rescues, vet clinics, and the doggy spa! In the end, I've been lucky. They have helped me so that I am good and ready for my future family. Once I find them, I'll be the luckiest dog in the world!

Yogi is neutered, up to date on his shots, and on flea, tick, and heartworm preventative. He is being fostered near Iowa City, Iowa.

If you might be interested in learning more about this dog, please email us at info@protegerescue.org. While we welcome your questions about this dog, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog; her adoption fee is $250.

Jo
Iowa





"Fern"
Check out this long-legged beauty who is a fabulous kisser!

Introducing Fern (Protege #0314)! She is a 2 year old Smooth Collie mix who weighs just under 50 lbs. Ferm came to Protege after her time ran out at the shelter she was in; she was then transferred to the Cedar Valley Humane Society on November 15, and spent about 2 months there before finding her way to us. We've chosen to make Fern a Protege Hopeful Hearts dog sooner than most since she's been homeless already for such a long time, and we hope this will help her to be visible to the right family. Please share Fern for us!

This affectionate girl thrives on being with people and is eager to please. She will try her hardest to do what is asked of her.

Fern is housetrained, and she already knows sit, down, come and shake. (She may know more, we're still discovering things!) Fern, like most ladies, has a lot to say. She is what we refer to as "a talker." We find this to be an endearing trait, when you ask Fern a question, she will usually give you an answer! "Would you like to go for a ride?" are some of the sweetest words to Fern's ears, and indeed, she would LOVE to go for a ride with you!It takes some time for Fern to warm up to other dogs, and she would really prefer to be the only animal seeking your affection. Her favorite place to be is in her foster mom's office laying near her feet as she works at her desk, and she would thoroughly enjoy accompanying you on walks about town. Fern is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, has had a negative heartworm test, and is on flea/tick preventives.

Fern is being fostered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

If you might be interested in learning more about this dog, please email info@protegerescue.org. While we welcome your questions, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog. Because Fern is being offered as a Hopeful Hearts dog, her adoption fee is just $175.

Jo
Iowa




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