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✦ MEET CULVERT $150 Adoption Fee ✦


  • AARCS ID# A39997665
  • Male
  • Breed: Retriever, Labrador/Terrier, American Pit Bull/Mixed
  • Puppy
  • Est. DOB: 4/24/2018
  • Size: Medium
  • located in Calgary

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    Rescue Story

    Culvert is extremely shy and uncertain of new people and situations. We are looking for a very special adopter who has extensive experience dealing with dogs of this nature.

    “Oh, hello there! My name is Culvert, Cully for short! Got a minute to hear my tail? It’s worth the read! I’m a pretty shy fella, but with my new foster people, we’re working on that! I’m a pretty big scaredy-pants when it comes to, well…basically everything.

    Okay, let’s rewind to the very beginning when I was just a wee pup! I was actually rescued from a culvert — hence my name! I was pretty wild then, but my first family tried to give me a nice home. I was so fearful of everyone and everything and they tried their hardest to help me become more courageous. They even let me sleep in the bed and gave me a nice collar to show that I was a part of the family. But I just couldn’t help myself, I was still so freaked out all the time. One night, I asked to go outside for a pee and not sure what came over me, but JUST LIKE THAT, I started running! My heart was pounding which spooked me even more, so I just kept running. I sorta heard them calling for me, but I just couldn’t bring myself to come back inside. I think they might call that claust-ruff-obia, yeah, that’s it!

    But back to my story! My family tried for weeks to lure me back to the house and I really wanted to stay with them, but it was just really hard for me to adjust, ya know? They really cared for me — left food out everyday (Mmm, I love tablescraps!) and put out blankets, but I really liked hiding in the trees. I would come out to eat when no one was watching, and they’d just catch a glimpse of me as I worked on being invisible. Weeks turned into months and my family was worried about the collar they’d put on me when I was smaller. They were afraid it was getting tighter and tighter as I grew and I was being so sneaky that they wouldn’t see me for long before I darted back to the trees. That’s when they reached out to AARCS for help.

    I watched those silly AARCS people from the treeline and I was so good at blending in, I don’t think they knew I was there. Those silly humans set up this con-trap-tion thing and put some yummy smelling food in there. I watched them test it for a bit and soon figured out exactly what they were up to. There was NO WAY I was going to fall for their tricks. I’m too smart for that. They waited around for 7 hours for me to slip up, but NOPE, I showed them who was in charge! Every couple of days they would show up to try this again, but I was having none of it.

    This went on for a couple weeks, and I was still outsmarting all of their attempts to get near! Seems silly now, I know…but still! I am stubborn and wasn’t sure they could be trusted. That’s when Darlene from K9 Recovery showed up! She set up her own tricky-trap and then fired up the BBQ and my nose went nuts! Bacon…Liver?! How could I resist? My nose brought me right out in the open where they could see me and it kept taking my paws for a ride! But I still managed some restraint and just STRRR-ETCHH-ED out long enough to grab some treats before darting off again. For two more weeks, we did this tango, but it turns out, she was more determined than me! She re-worked her tricky-trap and put a sausage in there! Really — a SAUSAGE?! I just couldn’t resist. I waited until it got dark and thought “Come on Culvert, be quick, snatch that sausage and get out! You can do it!” So…that’s what I did…but I wasn’t quick enough! We had played this game exactly ONE MONTH to the day! I could hear Darlene and my family cheering and I’m not going to lie, I gave them a bit of a ‘stink eye’ because I was out-smarted. And then we made the journey to AARCS Safe Haven!

    That collar had been getting a bit snug, but luckily that’s all it was! As soon as I arrived at AARCS, they removed it from my neck. I was stiff with fear! This was the first time in months that a human was this close to me, let alone ACTUALLY TOUCHING ME! What if I had fleas or something, aren’t they scared of getting fleas?! Turns out these people weren’t scared of anything…maybe I can learn something from them? They tucked me into bed, gave me some food and water and left me alone to settle down. After my vet exam, neuter, vaccine and deworming, they told me, “Congrats! You have a foster home!” I didn’t know what that meant, but off we went…me and my new “foster mom” — so weird. I met other dogs and cats — who were all INSIDE the house too! This was craziness to me. I’m still very insecure, but they all seem to be okay with that. They are being patient, offering me kindness and space to observe this alternate universe and find my way in it. It’s definitely strange, but it’s actually kind of nice…and warm. I never thought I would say this, but I went outside today and there was snow everywhere! I couldn’t wait to get back inside and snuggle back into my toasty bed! Who am I? Well, I guess only time will tell.” – xo Culvert

    2019 PUPDATE:

    The time has come that we have decided to post Cully for adoption! Now, please note that this little awkward fella isn’t for everyone, he will need a very keen adopter who is willing to work with him every single day on building his confidence while ensuring his safety. Cully has made improvements here and there, although slight — these are big victories for a timid boy like him! He is definitely more comfortable around women than he is with men, but even still, if he doesn’t know you well he will tremble at the sight of you and tinkle just a little bit. ;) Culvert is great in a kennel, but will need someone who is going to ensure he comes out of it as much as possible! He has self-designated ‘comfort zones’ within his foster home, such as his kennel, in the corners of the room with beds where he will dart to whenever he’s given the chance! For the first month, Culvert remained on-leash in his foster home except for in his kennel when secured. Due to his immense fears, Cully is still considered a bit of a flight risk and will need someone who is confident and able to manage this. I know this a lot to take in, but we are certain that his special human is out there and has so much love to give him! Once he gets to know you, the reward is incredible. Having him ‘nose bop’ your hands for a head scratch…feeling his body relax after a gentle cuddle session…when he comes into the room just because you called for him… These are the moments you will hold near and dear to your heart knowing his past experiences have been ruff. Culvert has grown very fond of the resident dogs in his foster home. They have been caught playing tug and wrestling on the camera of their dog room! However, we are still waiting for this moment to happen while someone is in the room supervising. He is very tolerant of the ‘in-your-face” resident cats as well! He truly does enjoy and will need a furry companion in his forever home.

    As his Foster Mom says — “if you’re looking for a dog that is a dog, Cully is not for you. If you’re looking for a dog that is like a lamp that you have to work hard to light up, Cully is the dog for you.”
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      Good with Cats?
      Yes, Good with Cats
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      Good with Dogs?
      Yes, Good with Dogs. Will need a companion in his forever home.
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      Good with Kids?
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      Does this Animal have Special Needs?
      Yes, Behavioral Needs

      Culvert is extremely timid, he requires someone with patience and understanding of his fears. An adopter who is able and willing to help build his confidence within the home and out in the world. He is currently on behaviour medications to help ‘take the edge off’. These medications will likely have to continue indefinitely and will cost approximately $75 / month. Using Adaptil diffusers are also extremely helpful for Mr. Cully.