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Urgent appeal for a foster/forever home for two wonderful dogs.
Cody is a gorgeous teddy bear of a dog about 18 months old. She is the size of a stocky lab with a beautiful thick coat. Possibly a mountain dog or Carpathian shepherd cross with St Bernard-like colour and markings (she looks like a brown Burnese Mountain dog).
She is very friendly and waggy and likes to play and be fussed. She will make the most incredibly loving dog to whoever is lucky enough to adopt her and give her lots of cuddles. She is very good with people.
Finn is about 10 months old and is a smaller dog, possibly a Carpathian shepherd cross with a smaller breed and about the size of a Springer spaniel.
She has a light blonde coat and is likely not to grow much bigger than collie/small lab size. Finn is very wary of people at the moment and has doubtless suffered some traumatic experiences. She would be best placed with someone who has good knowledge of dogs and preferably homed with another calm, confident dog who can show her the ropes.
She will require a lot of patience, time and understanding while she regains her confidence but she will make a cracking dog for the right person. Due to her wariness I wouldn't re-home her with young children or those who weren't very dog-savvy. She has not bitten or tried to bite at all, she is just very scared.
Ideally, if they could be re-homed together Finn would be much happier as she currently looks to Cody for support and company but they could be split if the right homes come along.
Neither are very good on the lead at present and presumably they have never experienced these before. They are having short walks on a slip lead and harness to prevent any escapes so this is something that will have to be worked on gradually. Both are very smart however and will therefore respond very well to training once they're settled with their new families.
These two dogs have been sponsored to come to the UK where they will hopefully find their forever home(s). They are both spayed, micro-chipped, fully vaccinated (including rabies) and each hold a pet passport enabling them to travel within the EU if you wanted to take them on holiday with you.
Both dogs are brilliant with each other, appear to be house-trained (no accidents at all so far), quiet, sleep through the night and show no food or toy aggression but there are some issues developing with the two resident male dogs at their foster home and would benefit from being re-homed as soon as possible.
Beauty is a little adorable puppy, she is about 5 months old and is a cross breed... She's the size of a chihuahua now and I don't think she'll grow much bigger.
She is a bit quiet around new people but once she knows you she has the waggiest little bottom and loves to play. She loves to play with other dogs big and small and is really gentle around children.
She would suit a family with young children with or without another dog. She is toilet trained, walks very nicely on the lead and she is brilliant with great recall off the lead... She really is a fantastic little puppy.
He is an Irish setter cross collie who is two and a half years old, he's been chipped and all up together on his jabs. He has been part of our family and still is but unfortunately a few things have changed and we feel we cannot offer him the life he needs or deserves.
I will try and describe him as best possible, He has always been a lovely dog, and very intelligent, we've never and any aggression issues or concerns with him, he loved other dogs, being out on walks and within our house etc. As you can imagine he has a lot of energy, and is always playful.
Last June Ozlo was attacked by another collie whilst out for a walk and he was badly bitten above the eye, this we feel has changed his personality quite a bit and he needs some precious time spent getting his confidence and calmness back.
His want for attention seems to have increased and sometimes this can lead to him being quite boisterous in trying to gain it, for example if we are trying to change our little boy etc he will charge over from whatever he may have been doing at the time. This is never aggressive, just persistent and very 'in your face' with paws etc. Through no fault of his at all we just feel we aren't able to give him the amount he wants or deserves and sometimes feel a little uneasy about his charging around if our little one is in the way or on the floor.
We currently live on a road where we have a lot of dogs around us and there are always dogs walking past throughout the day or barking near by, this is when we struggle with him the most. He gets very uptight and goes some what 'uncontrollable', this involves continued barking, running around and agitated behaviour when trying to calm him etc. We have had a few occasions when he forgets about our little boy and has knocked him over in his flurry, not intentional by any means.
This being said he has been fine with dogs since the attack if he has had chance to meet/sniff them, or they approach him first without him noticing. He rarely starts the barking etc if we are out walking but almost seems more 'defensive' to an approaching dog that may have barked at him.
He has always been walked on a harness and has been good as gold at not pulling, since the attack though to gain a little more control if he gets upset we have been using a Haltie, again he is fab to walk on this.
He is such an affectionate dog and loves nothing more than continued cuddles and attention, Hence why this is such a hard thing for us to have decided to do, but due to having an 18month old little boy and currently expecting another at the end of April we haven't been able to give him all the time we wish we could have.
He is fab with our cats, but sometimes just wants to play ball with them and in regards to our little boy he is excellent with him and always has been, we have never had any fears of him with being around him or other children/people for that matter. He's so tolerate and affectionate to children.
Like a lot of dogs he is very excitable to meet new people and loves it when they come to the house or to greet him, once he's said his hellos he's happy and calms down.
Ozlo has had many holidays at his 'grandparents' (my partners mum and dads) seeing him with them and at their house has opened us up to the thought that maybe he just isn't as happy here as he could be in an environment like theirs.
Its just the two of them, in a lovely size house (with separate rooms for boundaries instead of open plan like ours), with lots of garden space that backs on to open fields. Whilst their neighbours both sides have dogs ozlo doesn't seem bothered by these, like he does the passing ones we have at ours. He seems completely more relaxed and almost a happier, calmer dog whilst at theirs.
This is heart wrenching for us as he's what we always wanted (my partners 'first baby') and why we wondered if you may be able to help us find that perfect home where he will be loved as much as we do and always will, but maybe somewhere that can offer him the things we just can't.
Sunny is a 8 yr old male German Shepard, he has been neutered, he is in good health with no ongoing problems.
He loves his walks and is well behaved on the lead/harness he needs the odd reminder not to pull and then settles down. He is fine with most other dogs but if a similar sized male dog barks at him he sometimes answers back! He is living with a female dog at the moment and they get on fine, he is fed in a separate room as he eats very quickly and would happily finish her meal too, he can be food aggressive with other dogs but not with people.
He is very obedient, he sits, lies down and goes to his bed when told, he is not a fussy eater and loves treats and these help when training him. He sleeps well at night, he will not be able to live with cats as he might think they are to be played with. He loves to play with a ball or any squeaky toy the louder the better!
His main problem is he is very protective of his family, he doesn't like visitors and is very vocal in telling them so. He is not finding our busy household easy and I feel a quieter home would suit him much better with less people coming and going.
He is very loyal and affectionate and loves lots of attention but is also good when left alone although he has not been left by us for more then about 2 hours. He has been in the shower and was fine with that.
Please can someone help give Sunny the happy life he deserves.
Storm is a Staffy cross who is about 1 year old (born Feb 2013). She is being re homed through no fault of her own.
She is not being given the attention she needs in her current home, and needs someone who can show her the ropes and give her the attention she deserves. She is house trained and knows not to get on the furniture.
She needs some basic training to get her walking nicely on the lead. She has lived fine with a baby and toddler, she hasn't lived with dogs but lies on the floor when she sees one. She has lots of energy and loves to play with her toys, a typical young dog who has lots of energy.
Dexter is a four year old male neutered cocker spaniel. He is micro-chipped, fully vaccinated and flee and worming is up to date.
We have had Dexter from eight weeks old. He has been to puppy classes from the beginning and was initially socialised with people and animals.
Dexter is very loving to those he knows. He is great with commands such as come, sit etc. and loves doing AGILITY. He is currently walked twice a day and has good recall and travels well in the car. Unfortunately he has a nervousness of strangers which often manifests as aggressive barking, although he hasn't bitten (he did catch my leg once when he was barking at the postman and one other time he caught the hand of a stranger who tried to stroke his head when he was cornered).
He is occasionally looked after by a friend who has three dogs and a lot of experience herself and he doesn't display this behaviour with her, so a home with either other dogs or an experienced dog owner would be the best thing for him. She also has a cat who he gets on fine with. We often use a muzzle when we are out of the house and this stops the barking.
We have two young children who adore him and constantly want to hug him and chase him around. He has never shown aggression to the children however he is really uncomfortable with the unpredictability of their behaviour and I'm concerned that this may become an issue in the future.
He is happy to be left at home for up to 4-5 hours.
Riley is a very loving dog, friendly but also protective of his family.
He love's to go on walks, he pulls a little on the lead as he tries to keep up with my daughter's.
He is very good around children and very playful, he love's being outside. He really needs to be with a family that can give him as much love as he will give in return. He doesn't like to be left on his own.
I was in the habit of writing weekly updates for our website. Since the beginning of this year, we have a lovely new official Facebook page and so regular updates go on there thanks to the lovely ladies who run and oversee the page. But I realise lots of people are not members of this, so will start writing updates again to keep people in touch.
We are relentlessly busy as always. There seems to be so many local people losing either their homes or their health lately. We gets so many telephone calls and emails from people needing urgent help. If we can't fit the dog/s in, we will always suggest other rescues or solutions to try to help.
At the start of last summer, we started to get ex breeding dogs in from different Welsh farmers / breeders. The farm that our ex breeders came from before, sent their dogs to us in lovely condition, no worms or flees as they treat their dogs regularly. No thin dogs as they feed their dogs well (over well sometimes as some are very fat but they quickly lose weight), etc. So it has been very sad to see the state that so many of the dogs arrive in from the new places. Blind dogs, thin dogs, dogs with rotten skin. Dogs so worm burdened, it takes several treatments to get rid of the vile things!!!
But, undoubtedly the saddest thing is the sheer terror of people that so many of the dogs have when they first arrive here. So scared they will not move if anyone is around. So scared, they shake and tremble if you have to touch them. Too frightened to venture out of their room, as for walking on a lead - no way!!!!! Anything touching their necks causes them acute distress. If they are small, you can pick them up to do essential things. Some are too big to do so.
Luckily, we have the perfect set up for all these dogs here as they are on a small holding and there is the space to exercise and care for them without having to touch them unnecessarily. There are lots of other dogs here for them to learn from. All of them are really improving and getting so much braver. We try to explain to people asking about them exactly what they are like - but most people seem to find it incomprehensible that dogs can be soo scared.
Some of these dogs have found great new homes - Becky, Sofia Maria, Violet, Vera, some of the little Cavaliers, the two blind Cockers, etc. But there are still some here that have not been so lucky yet. They are the 'worst' ones - but we love them all and do our best for them. The joy I get each day seeing them race round the fields, stretching out on their sofas, sunning themselves (on rare occasions with this weather) in their gardens, loving their meals - they are worth the hard work.
We have Winnie, our wonder dog Labrador, Wags and Whirlwind the two Shih Tzus, Vester the old Westie, Beth, the old Goldie (said to be 10 years - acts like 10 months old), Arron and Amelia and Brian the half blind Bichon and Dougal, the snapping Westie. Thought you might like to see some pictures of them out and about.
Another poor young family who have lost their home and are having to go in to rented accommodation that does not let pets live there, so they have given us their very much loved dogs to re-home.
They are 5 year old Sprocker Tilly and her beloved son, 3 year old Springer Buster. Both are beautiful, well behaved lovely dogs that need a home together. The family spent months unsuccessfully trying to find them a new home. I hope we will have better luck.
They are here at the moment but it will be great for them to have their own new forever home asap. In the meantime, a foster home would be lovely.
Bruce is a handsome 6 month old puppy. He is a cross breed and already quite a big boy and will probably grow to small boxer size.
Bruce is a lovely friendly chap, good with other dogs and can walk sensibly on his lead. He would benefit from puppy training classes, where I'm sure he would excel as he is very focused, clever and will do anything for a treat!!
At the moment Bruce is still very bouncy and playful, so would be best in a home with no small children. Bruce will make a great friend and companion for anyone able to give him plenty of time and attention.
Please phone Whitehouse kennels on 01934 750352 if you would like to know more about Bruce and arrange to meet him.
Oh goodness. We take in lots of dogs, Some are happy, Some are scared. Then you get the 'special cases' like Ben. They are heartbreaking........
Ben is a 7 year old tricoloured Cavalier. He had spent his WHOLE life as the sole companion to an elderly gentleman. Ben saw no-one and nothing except his owner, the home and the garden. He has had no contact with other people, cars, cats and most crucially, other dogs.
A few weeks ago Ben's elderly owner sadly died. At this point Ben and his owner had moved in with a caring couple of friends. When his owner died Ben did not move from the spot in the house for several days and just cried and cried with grief. The couple tried to console Ben and have done as much as possible. He has started going for walks and getting brave with traffic.
But, very sadly, the couple could not keep Ben (due to ill health and to the husbands work). So Ben had come to ourselves.
Ben went into foster care but here's the problem, BEN IS SO SO SCARED AND LOST. The lovely foster family have other gentle little Cavaliers but he is too daunted by EVERY THING to get any comfort from them, the people, the dogs or the walks. The foster carer knows Ben will snap if pushed as he is so scared.
We have often taken in such scared dogs, but these have inevitably been ex puppy farm dogs and they get great comfort from other dogs of their breed. Ben is just not used to any dogs, even little Cavs.
We want/need a magic person for this lovely little dog. Someone who is totally and utterly sensible and /or willing to listen as how to help Ben develop in to a happy, balanced little dog.
Update from Bens fosterer. 25/2/14
Although he is now in the same room as all the other small dogs not just the Cavs I think he would be happy as an only dog as well as with lovely Cavs. He is still semi snapping at me although he let me take his lead off just now but he has no problem with Ivan I think because he is a man. Another gentleman or older couple who still enjoy shortish walks would be great.
Rebel, KC cross came to us from Dogsfriends just over a year ago, very timid and nervous of everyone and everything. He quickly settled into our family and became good pals with our other 6year old dog Mia, a Labrador and our two cats. He is nearly 3 now.
Rebel is good with other dogs although he will bark at them if he is on the lead. We live in a very rural area and he loves nothing more than running across the open fields with his pals and coming home to a warm radiator or better still my lap! when not put into a stressful situation Rebel is perfect.
Our problem is that we now look after our grandchildren on a regular basis, in particular a very noisy and boisterous 18month old boy, Rebel finds this very stressful and intimidating. Rebel needs a calm home with no young children who can give him loads of love and training, he is really intelligent and learns very quickly.
If you think you can offer Rebel a 5* home then please contact Dogfriends for futher details.
Want a live wire in your life? An irrepressible, happy, waggy lady? Eva is the dog for you. She is just so friendly and a great young dog. The vet thinks she is a maximum of 12 months old. Eva is very tall and leggy. We think she is a black Labrador Retriever cross Lurcher or Greyhound.
Like all the dogs that are abandoned, it never ceases to amaze us that so many great animals are just so let down by people........................ How could anyone leave Eva, or Elliot or Evan to face being killed as they did not want them any-more. Grrrrrrrrrr.
If you love 'Proper' collies, you will adore Evan. He is a STUNNING, long coated black and white Border Collie that came within a whisker of death (as did Elliott and Eva) as he was not claimed from Brecon Pound. We think he must have come from a farm so will be looking for a rural home. He has been excellent in all ways since arriving.
Evan will make a great companion and friend - collies do!!! He is young, the vet thinks he is about 12 months old.
Mollie is a Parsons/Jack Russell, and her date of birth is 30/04/12. She is tan and white in colour and still has her tail. Her last vaccinations were done in August 2012, so we are contacting our vet and will make sure she is up to date before she goes. Mollie has an Identichip certificate and is registered with Anibase. Mollie was neutered on 15/11/12.
Our issues with Mollie are concerning her defensive nature when outside the house. We live on a farm and regularly have walkers, ramblers and dog owners walking past the gate. Mollie will charge down the drive, bark continuously and nip at people.
It is impossible for us to fence her in, the area is too vast and she is so small that her determined spirit will always find a way out. We found muzzling her to be very distressing for her and know she would be desperately unhappy being caged - she has already chewed through a training crate. Although we know that she is just defending her family and home, we also know that this situation will not end well. The police will undoubtedly be called and Mollie could be at risk
She is a happy, loving little dog. She loves curling up in front of the fire and playing tug-of-war with the kids. We simply live in the wrong house for Mollie - the wide open space makes her defensive and brings out this unwanted behaviour.
The current situation is not ideal but for Mollie's sake she needs to be re-homed somewhere more suitable. We will keep her until a permanent new home is found and are willing to answer any queries and discuss further, you are more than welcome to visit us and meet Mollie if that would help.