I had the opportunity to hang out with Raina at Paws on the Shore – borrowing a foster dog and wandering around parkland on a bright sunny day was the highlight of my week! Raina’s foster mum Silvina and her caregivers at Rescue Dogs Match let me accompany this gorgeous adoptable dog on the POTS monthly hike this weekend, and it was a treat indeed.
Raina Adoptable Dog of the Day
Dahlia Ayoub filled me in on her backstory. Raina was found as a stray on the streets of St Maarten with a large laceration on her shoulder that seemed to be inflicted by a human. She has since completely healed and all that shows is a faint scar on her perfect little body.
Dahlia let me know that Raina is great with dogs, so I also brought Lucky from Lebanon along. He’s just two years old, and has been in Canada less than 6 months, adopted pretty much the day after he arrived. But he has yet to experience spring and summer here. It was a new immigrant doggy day!
Like Raina, Lucky can be a bit shy at first, pretending he’s really not interested in interactions with other dogs. And true to word, that’s what they both did at first. I’ve learned from Dahlia that a shared walk is the best thing for dogs that need a little warming up, and in no short order, the two of them were snorting and snurfling in the same grass mounds like they’d been doing it for years. Shoulder to shoulder, they soaked in everything, from honking geese to baby dogs they met along the way.
After the hike, it seemed both Lucky and Raina still had energy left to burn, so off we went for another turn around the park. This time with camera.
Going back for the camera was worth it. Raina found her mischievous side, and convinced Lucky to have a few puppy romps. Did not bother them they had only the length of the leash. Those games of tag have me dizzy still. It looks like Lucky is some kind of vicious in this shot, but he really is a creampuff. It was Raina that was being the puppy that she is, taunting him with little nips in the copious fur of his behind – Lucky decided to join in!
Raina is absolutely gorgeous in person. But it can be hard to tell by photos because she is a jet black dog. We did out best to capture some of her petite stature and fun and friendly temperament, especially when she was totally spent and nicely dopey with warm sun in the car after the hike. Being warm, relaxed and spent made for some super cute photos too.
If the Paws on the Shore adventure is any indication, I’d agree with Rescue Dogs Match assessment that Raina would do great with an active family who will let her explore the world with them. She sure did love the outing, as Lucky did too.
If you are interested in meeting Raina, please contact Rescue Dogs Match, and be quick about it – she may have even more admirers now, and maybe even a meet and greet for a furever home!
About Paws on the Shore
Created and run by Niki Richer, Paws on the Shore – Planting the Seeds of Opportunity for Misunderstood dogs through socialization, stimulation, education and rescue advocacy - is a monthly dog and companion meetup in south west Toronto that allows people to work on their dogs socialization skills, as well as raise a little dosh for animal charities, and get a good lungful of fresh air too.
The next Paws on the Shore event will be Sunday April 26th, 2015 @ 12:00 PM at Colonel Samuel Smith Park, Etobicoke, ON 3131 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto. Meet at the southeast corner of Lakeshore and Kipling. The April hike will benefit the Toronto Wildlife Centre.
About Rescue Dogs Match
Rescue Dogs Match ( RDM) is a not for profit, 100% volunteer run animal rescue organization dedicated to protecting those animals that can not protect themselves. As an all breed dog rescue, they have helped over 100 dogs in the past year alone find perfect furever homes. Read more on their Furever Showcase here!