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In shelter Dog

Tampa, FL, 33626
Pet name:
Labrador Retriever
MAXX & ME PET RESCUE adoptable dogs

Cali-girl was adopted by her fosters as a playful, happy go lucky puppy at five months old. Fast forward nearly two years later, and Cali was dumped at our boarding facility with paperwork saying
*they were moving,
*she didnt like other dogs,
*or kids,
*or water,
*and no, theyd had zero training done with her despite that being a stipulation of adoption for any puppy from our rescue.

So Cali, a naturally hesitant lab mix, was never taught how to be confident and not scared of things about which she was unsure. Then, she was taken to one of the scariest places for ANY dog: an unfamiliar boarding facility with lots of barking dogs about whom she was hesitant and uncomfortable naturally. As you can imagine, she hates it.

Cali went on an adventure recently where she got to run and roam freely. It took over an hour for her to settle and relax. During this time, Cali was aloof and closed off. We started to wonder if she could hear us! However, once she settled down and began to relax, we realized Calis ears work much like a childs : only when they want to!

Once Cali was comfortable, she was very responsive and showed us her tricks. She listens very well to her name turns out and knows Sit & Shake beautifully. She also takes treats gently

Cali really needs to get out of boarding and back into a home environment. She has two weeks of a board and train program sponsored by loving donors. However, we cannot sign her up to begin this without having a place lined up for her to land afterwards. This feels to us like the answer to all her prayers is just beyond our grasp we have the means to give her what she needs. We have the ability and know that she will thrive with formal training but we cannot give it to her without this missing piece to her puzzle: a home, be it foster or forever.

Do you or maybe someone you know have a place where Cali can crash while she finds her forever home - after shes completed her training program?! She loves a yard but its not necessary.

Adult only homes sans other animals (shes scared of other dogs so far and maybe that will get better. She has some growing to do cant say that sentiment doesnt apply to us all she needs someone to help her get there.

Cali is spayed, microchipped, utd on vaccines and adoption donation is $250

Applications for foster or adopter can be submitted @

Maxx & Me is an all volunteer, all foster home rescue and do not have a shelter. Please allow at least 48 hours for applications to be processed (missing information may SLOW the process, so please take your time and be thoughtful in your answers). All dogs posted are available (so no need to ask). We place dogs based on best home for each dog and not order of applications received. Email us at for updates and questions. Thank you for choosing rescue.