• Maggie

    maggie.jpgMaggie is full of energy and loves to play. She instantly got along with our other dog when we adopted her two years ago. I constantly get comments about how beautiful she is. Now Mags is busy making our new foster dog feel welcome. She is so loving! What a wonderful dog. Thanks hart for rescuing her so that she could enrich our lives!

  • Emma

    emma.jpgWe didn't know much about Emma, except that she had been abandoned; had spent some time in the pound; and then tried to adopt a family who couldn't keep her before she ended up at hart. We think she is around ten or 11 years old, but she is in great shape and always up for some fun, like a run or a walk. She was shy when we first met her, but now she's quite the social butterfly and loves to meet new people and dogs. She regularly meets one of our neighbours for an early morning face-licking session. She loves to play fetch and she even tosses the ball up to us when she brings it back! She is trying to pack a lot of life into every day and is very impatient when we are getting ready to go out, by foot or by car. We are still working on some leash manners with her as she loves to just go, pulling us along with her. We are first-time dog owners and we can't imagine finding a better dog than Emma. We love her to bits!

  • Bart

    bart.jpgWe adopted Bart from hart in 2008; he was six months old and we have never looked back. Bart is a very sensitive dog and he's our little boy. Bart is very active and friendly with other dogs, although sometimes he can get over excited. We love this dog so much! Thanks, hart.

    We adopted Bart from hart in 2008; he was six months old and we have never looked back. Bart is a very sensitive dog and he's our little boy. Bart is very active and friendly with other dogs, although sometimes he can get over excited. We love this dog so much! Thanks, hart.

  • Matt

    matt.jpgThis is Matt! He came to hart back in July of 2011. He was one of a whole group of dogs who were surrendered at a spay and neuter clinic up north. The bunch of them were named after the characters fromGun Smoke.He is Matt Dillon! And what a fitting name it is. Although he can be a rebel who does things his way and when he wants, he is the peace keeper (or marshall) at the Dog Park. Any time a dog is picking on another or things get too rowdy, Matt comes flying in to break it up!

    Matt came into our family in September 2011 and was an instant hit! He is full of crazy energy and so much love. Matt has become an incredibly cuddly, loving dog who, as his teacher put it, is the life of the party! He is a happy-go-lucky dog who loves being the center of attention, a switch from the shy, reserved, anti-social dog we brought home. Matt loves sleeping on the bed (when no one else is in it), going for big walks and playing with whatever is around at the time. But most of all, Matt loves rolling around in the mud and bouncing through the pond at the dog park! Life doesn't get much better than that!

    He has never really grown into those giant ears, but it just makes him all the more endearing! We are so thankful to hart for all their hard work and are forever grateful to them for saving our Mattie and bringing him into our lives.

  • Shiloh

    shiloh.jpgJust wanted to stop by your page and let you, and all interested know how very thankful I am for you. You gave me the most amazing first dog. She is the perfect dog for me. My first dog, and the first dog I ever trained. She has taught me so much. We've had her for almost two months over two years. I honestly could not have asked for a better dog. She's strong-willed and she quite enjoys testing my patience and her own limits, but she's also very sensitive, so I have to be careful about my patience and temper. I used to have the shortest patience and bad temper tantrums, but after getting Shiloh, I've learned to focus on the positive, control my emotions, and focus them into what I'm doing.

    I can read Shiloh's body language better than I thought humanly possible, meaning I can become better in tune with her. In the same way, that has taught me to read other people's and animals' body language. I have moments with her where I just have to stop and think about what I need to do to get her to listen, or even look at me.

    She is so smart that she can get a trick in four reps, a tough one at that. I taught her to jump into my arms in a fifteen minute session. She is just too amazing, I can't even think of a good enough word for how amazing she is, or for how much I thank you guys at hart for giving her to me. She and I have bonded so much even in the past few months, I can't wait to see what the future holds for her and I, and what she can teach me, and what I can teach her! The picture is from our first Alberta dog agility regionals this past year... Shiloh did better than I think I've ever seen her in competition, especially considering it was very hot for her, it was in a place she'd never been, we were staying in a hotel (which she's never done), and there were distractions everywhere. I just can't thank you enough. I never can!

  • Loki

    Loki.jpgThought you guys might like an update on Patches (aka Loki), He's about two and a half now, for the last 4 months he has had a buddy named Bauer. Bauer is a rescue from S.A.R.Rs they both get along great. Bauer lived feral for 4 out of his aproximate 5 years, so he is helping Loki learn more of dog etiquete, and Loki is helping Bauer learn calm household "pet" living. Loki is still a very happy go lucky guy, whose only "bad" behavior left is he still REALLY likes to meet other puppies so acts a bit rude, from a "pack" perspective.

  • Rory

    Rory.jpgI was lucky enough to have a new addition join our family in early November. Rory (formally know as Bronco) is the first dog that I have every owned and the joys have been more than I could have ever imagined. I would have never got a dog if I was single as I thought the responsibility on my own would be too much. I own a personal training studio and as you can imagine can be quite busy running my business. Shortly after adopting Rory my boyfriend (who I lived with) and I broke up. I never though after only a month of having this beautiful pup in my life that my 1st question would be "but what about Rory" not about what would happen in my future. I knew I would be okay but it broke my heart that it might not be as easy to find a place to live now owning a puppy. I was determined that I would find a place for Rory and I as not having him with me wasn't an option. Rory has brought more love and joy to my life than I thought was possible from a puppy! There are several times a day that I look at him and he absolutely breaks my heart with cuteness! He is beyond friendly and whether it be an adult, child or dog he loves everyone equally. I couldn't ask for a better puppy and he is the perfect addition to my life! Most days he comes to work with me and is my assistant trainer and door greeter! Thank you HART for providing me with Rory who lights up my life every day!

  • Oliver


    We got Oliver 5 years ago, we had been looking my children and I for a year or more, looking for the perfect dog to fit our life style and for the right personality. I saw Oliver on the web site and fell in love with him at first glance. We then had a meeting to see Oliver and it was final in our hearts. At that time another family had been visiting with him and was chosen to get him, I couldn't believe it, we were so upset and the tears were flowing. We new that he was so perfect for us and us for him. We made the decision to stop looking for a while and a few days later Hart called us back and asked if we were still interested, he was a fit for them. Well of course we were so overwhelmed and was with out saying a surprise and a definite YES!!!

    Oliver is the most amazing dog. He is so gentle, loving and the most laid back dog. He loves everyone and loves all other animals. He has been such a joy for us; we couldn't have chosen a better dog. Every one that meets him falls in love with him and all want him. The kids have taught him all the tricks and he is so happy to please, just so long as he gets a treat and most importantly hugs and kisses. We got a kitten a year later that needed rescuing and he took her right under his wing. Today they love each other so much and is amazing to see how she depends on him so much. He has patience of a saint. A cute and funny gesture I must tell you and amazes people is he loves to watch TV, when he sees other animals on TV he barks and runs over to us. It's is sure something to watch. He also loves his baths and going to what we call the puppy park, he knows the route very well and when we start to get close, he starts to whine. Melts your heart.

    Our family is so complete with him and could not imagine our lives without him. THANK YOU!  hart for allowing Oliver to come into our lives, and for the love that we all have to share with this amazing Dog. I have attached a few picture of how wonderful he is and how he has fit right in with our family.

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