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Dozer – Adopted September 2023!


DOZER Breed: Heeler Cross Gender: Male Age: Approx. 1 year old Size: Medium/ Large

Energy Level: High energy busy pup! Training Goals: Basic manners, settling in and adjusting to a more urban environment, working on reducing my anxiety, working on alone time once settled in House trained? Yes Kids? No thank you! I’d like to be an only child with all the focus on me! Cats? No thanks, I get a little too excited and will likely chase them. Dogs? Potentially, with safe introductions, proper supervision and seperation. Although I have A LOT of energy and have been healing from a critical wound so have to be careful and require a lot of love and attention from my carers. I’d likely settle sooner if I was the only doggo. Medical Needs: I have now needed two serious operations and am finally recovered! I am currently on medication for my anxiety as I am stressed out and having a hard time at the shelter.

About Me:

Hi I’m Dozer!

I am another recipient of WAG’s Critical Care Program, a fund 100% supported by community donors to help injured and sick animals in need. I came into WAG’s care after being taken to Coast Mountain Veterinary with a large infected open wound on my neck. I was in a lot of pain and required general anaesthesia in order to be cleaned up and properly checked over. It was really scary as it looked as though a jugular vein had collapsed and the tissue around the wound itself was necrotic alongside deep pyoderma (skin infection). I was a very brave boy and with the help of the experienced Vet team I had extensive surgery and was fitted with a drain and sutures before returning to WAG for a well deserved rest. The next few days were tough. I needed a lot of care, cleaning, medication and supervision. Due to the placement of the wound I couldn’t wear a cone or collar – I did really well though and everyone told me I was the bestest boy EVER as they cleaned me and monitored my progress several times a day.

It has now been over 10 weeks since I was injured, I have not had an easy ride at all with my recovery. I had multiple infections which did not resolve with antibiotocs and it was decided that the vets needed to reopen the wound and go through a second surgery! It was complicated and there was a lot of concern due to the nature of the original wound, but I came out the other side and am feeing a little better! More TLC for me, which is hard as I love to run around and play but fingers crossed I am going to be allowed to adventure more again soon.

I am such a sweet little guy and have enjoyed making lots of new human friends – we’ve bonded over treats, cuddles, naps and lots of short leash walks to get me out and about. I’ve been introduced to some of the other 4-legged residents and have had sleepovers at friends’ houses and spent lots of my time in amazing foster homes.

I am a young smart doggo who is full of energy, keen to be by your side at all times, with a lot of love to give and lots to learn about the world around me. I am currently feeling very anxious and am in need of a loving home to commit to my future and take care of me. I am on medication to help me with my BIG feelings which I have a lot of. I am working on a training plan which helps me and my foster but I need a forever home where I can truely settle into a routine where my days are more consistent. When I am unsure and there is lots going on around me (at the shelter for example) I have been VERY vocal, bouncy and find it SO hard to settle down and relax. When I’m out on walks I do really well, thats my foster mom’s favourite times of the day, as well as some calm time at home chilling out afterwards.

I need someone confident in looking after dogs like me ideally and willing giving me a real chance to succeed in my new home with lots of patience and love. I am such a great doggo, I’ve just had a really hard time lately and am in need of some TLC. I know my person is out there somewhere!

Although I like other dogs, my transitional period would be much more simple if I am to be the only dog (or cat) in the home. I’d like a quiet place to rest my head and be able to settle, knowing that I am loved, cared for and looked after and your number one! I have BIG feelings and I need you to listen to me and give me a second chance at life.


I’m looking for…… A person(s): -with patience and understanding that I may need time to adjust to my new surroundings and that I am still in recovery – that loves sweet velcro dogs who enjoy walks and adventures – that will be able to help me in my continued recovery and aftercare, whatever that may include – that will keep me safe and love me always, no matter what! – that is eager to learn more about dog body language so you can understand what I’m communicating to you – that will be proactive with my training, using a WAG approved trainer that will help me gain confidence and give my family the tools they will need. I have a lot of anxiety and am looking for a stable home with a human who will help me with a calm day to day life and a consistent routine. – that will be ready for a long term commitment to me – that will keep me healthy and happy with proper exercise and yearly vet visits If you’re dedicated to providing a safe home using only fear-free, positive reinforcement training methods, please fill out an application below:

My Story:

After an incident left me with life threatening injuries requiring urgent treatment, I came into the care of WAG so that I could get the care I needed and would have a chance of recovery. It hasnt been easy, my wound has required a lot of after care and costly vet visits but I am being well looked after.

WAG is now fundraising for Dozer’s extended medical costs, medication, aftercare and more. If you are not in a position to adopt Dozer, please consider donating for WAG’S Critical Care Fund!



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