Miss Scarlett

Miss Scarlett is looking for a foster or adoptive home.

Scarlett is a very affectionate and very energetic dog, but she also has some difficulty understanding boundaries around personal space. She loves to and aims to please and wants to make her person happy… she just struggles with controlling her excitement – picture a dog having had too much coffee! She came into care with swelling to her head and was tied out to a post. It is possible that this injury could have caused her difficulty to settle but she has made so much progress. Scarlett is a wonderful girl: happy, eager to please, sensitive and trusting. She loves to run and play in the fenced-in yard, whether it’s chasing a stick or ball or just expending her energy. This is much needed as she has lots of energy to burn and would love an active person to share her days. She’s also equally happy to hang around the house and lounge with her favourite blanket or pillow. Whatever she’s doing, she loves to be near her human.

Scarlett also likes her crate. She will often use it during the day and at night she is actually eager to “go to bed.” Once inside, she will thrash about for a few minutes, arguing with her blankets until she gets things just right for sleeping. She is sensitive to heightened energy, movements and interaction from people. A calm household is the key! She can be easily distracted and overstimulated which causes her anxiety. A chill home life with a predictable schedule that includes brain and body exercise would do her some good! She thrives when she has structure and predictability. She would love someone who will continue to work with her on her leash skills and is looking for a home life that has less visitors, with a fenced in yard and without neighboring dogs. A country home without neighbours that does not have a fenced in yard would also work, so long as she was never left unattended or off leash.

Scarlett can play with certain other dogs and has demonstrated that she can do this rather well but her meeting of dogs initially can be more challenging. She is mostly non-confrontational in her approach, however, her level of energy can easily set off other dogs, and should the other dog react, there may be a conflict. Under the right supervision, she has the ability to play with many different kinds of dogs.

Due to the current climate, and inability to work on complicated dog-dog introductions, we are seeking a pet-free home or an experience dog owner with a well matched dog for Miss Scarlett that is willing to meet near Ottawa for a meet and greet. Scarlett responds best to positive and gentle reinforcement. She is so eager to please that it takes very little guide her. For example, if you just wait, she will sit when leaving the house, getting leashed up or eating her food. She looks up at you with those big brown eyes and it melts your heart. She does know some basic commands: sit, come, stay (sort of), bedtime. Your patience with her needs will be so well rewarded. She enjoys training time and is very engaging, making good eye contact, responding well to food-based training games and activities.

She is currently in board-and-train so is not only seeking a forever home, but would also welcome the opportunity for a dedicated foster home as well.

If you can foster her, please read the information on this page and then click APPLY NOW: http://www.sitwithme.ca/foster/

If you meet her needs and feel she could be the right dog for you, please fill out an application at http://www.sitwithme.ca/miss-scarlett


  • Breed: Boxer Mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 4 yrs. 3 mos. old
  • Size: Medium
  • Colour: Ginger
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • Stage: Available

Additional notes

  • Dogs: Maybe. A really easy going and non-confrontational similar-sized pooch may be okay. Meet and greet required and slow introductions.
  • Cats: No, thank you.
  • Kids: No, thank you. Too much for kids.
  • Housing Type: A detached home only. A townhome with someone home often and where loud barking could be okay.
  • Fenced in yard: A fully fenced backyard or if in a country setting with no neighbours where she will not be left unattended or off leash outside.
  • Special needs: Someone eager to work with a trainer (virtually) to continue working on providing Scarlett the structure and confidence building she needs. Scarlett is part of our RAD (Recovery Adoption Dogs) Program. This means she will need a few meet and greets, her adoption trial is a month long and she will come with 3 training sessions included to ensure you have the tools to help Scarlett succeed in your home! Calm home is KEY! Must be in or near the Ottawa area due to meet and greets and for training support.