Name Polar Bear (Minchul)
Age 18 months (as of 6/28/21)
Breed Jindo mix
Dog Great with dogs, likes little ones
Cat Will Chase
Kids No Kids
Crate-trained Good in crate
Leash Not Tested
Behavioral Shy and timid, needs time to open up. Afraid of being trapped or touched. Happy and playful after adjusting.
Adoption fee Sponsored
Location Fostered in El Sobrante, CA
Additional Note Korea International program
Sweet Minchul (called Polar Bear by her foster mom) has had the roughest life possible. She was found in the mountains of Korea, with a litter of tiny puppies. A male dog was found with her, assumed to be the puppy-daddy. It’s suspected that they both escaped from a “private meat farm” (which is at least as bad as it sounds). She has a ligature scar on her leg, probably from being caught in a snare-trap. (And she’s so very lucky that she didn’t lose her leg!) Once rescuers got her safe, she was diagnosed with heartworm and had to undergo that dangerous and painful treatment for 6 months.
Now Polar Bear is in a foster home, learning how to be a house-dog. She thrives outdoors, and loves to play with the other dogs. She particularly loves the tiny Yorkie, and the 5 month old puppy! She readily comes inside for treats or dinner, knows her new name with a great recall, and she’s starting to even jump up on the furniture! Polar Bear is still very afraid of being touched, though. She will happily take food from her foster mom’s hand, and sometimes approaches on her own within a few feet. But she jumps and runs away when touched, except gently and briefly on the chin.
Polar Bear needs a very special person or family. It might take her months before she is comfortable being touched by her family, and she might never be a snuggle dog. She needs a good yard, and someone who understands that she just likes to be outside by herself a lot. She would not do well in an apartment, or in a busy area of the city. She needs to be adopted into a home with another dog, preferably one smaller than her. They tested her with children in Korea, and she would probably be fine with an occasional quiet child visitor, but would not do well living with one.
Polar Bear is house broken, and knows how to use the doggy door. She mostly doesn’t chew things up – although she will steal things and take them outside, and has chewed up one dog-dish.) She chases her foster mom’s cat, but has not tried to hurt it. She hasn’t been tested yet walking on the leash in the neighborhood, or driving in the car, because her foster mom can’t really get close enough to adjust the harness for safety. She is extremely food motivated!
Polar Bear is being fostered in El Sobrante. If you think you might be the special, patient person who can help this sweet, loving girl come out of her shell and learn to trust, Polar Bear is patiently waiting to meet you.