by Lee Juslin
Jonas is sweet, young boy who is currently in foster care with Col. Potter Cairn Rescue looking for his forever home. Jonas is a petite twelve pounds and is, according to the vet, about two years old. His owner surrendered him after the death of her husband because she was no longer able to care for him.
While Jonas has no health issues, he has had some behavior issues. Currently he is fostered by Lynn, a long time, experienced foster mom. However, previously he was with another foster mom. He was moved to Lynn after a biting problem in his previous foster home. One day when foster mom’s son came to visit, Jonas attacked his feet, and, when foster mom tried to pull him away, he bit her.
Since he has been with Lynn, there have been no aggression issues. She says he is a cuddly boy. He sleeps with her and likes to snuggle. He is, however, terrified of the groomer. But, when Lynn bathes him, there is no problem. He also, like many dogs, gets nervous with the vet.
Rescued dogs, even when owner turn-ins with no reported problems, can carry baggage, and they simply can’t tell us about their fears. Lynn finds that if she takes introductions to new people or new things slowly, Jonas is fine. In fact, she took him on a holiday trip to visit relatives on a farm, and Jonas was fine with all the animals and people he met. According to Lynn, he was the perfect guest.
A good home for Jonas would be a quiet one with adults who are not away all day, and who can take him on regular, but not necessarily long, walks. He would not do well with younger children who are might be noisy and run around. Older children with patience to understand him, would be fine. He does not need a fenced-in yard. With Lynn, he goes out in her yard, he does his business, runs around a bit, and is ready to come back in. He is not an extremely active dog.
It is thought that Jonas has no Cairn genes but is a mix of some small breeds. Lynn thinks he may have some Bichon in him. He is part of Col. Potter’s Mix-It-Up program and, therefore, has a lower adoption fee.
Jonas has been in foster care for six months and is more than ready to take applications for that perfect forever home. If you are interested in applying to adopt Jonas or one of his friends in Col. Potter Rescue or if you would like to learn more about CP, volunteer, or make a very welcome financial donation to help dogs like Jonas, go to the rescue’s web site or FB page. Remember, breed rescues like CP with an all-volunteer staff, depend on financial, tax free donations from individuals as well as support for their fundraising activities. Support is especially needed in this time of Covid.
You can also make a donation to name a rescued dog to honor a beloved family member, a friend, or beloved pet.