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Age: 3 years
Location: In foster / Fleet, Hampshire
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Alfie is about 3 years old and was living in a shelter in N.Greece.
He's a very gentle dog, gets along very well with other dogs and children, but he is a lot shyer than we had initially been told so he will need adopters who understand he will take some time to adjust and settle.
He is fully vaccinated, microchipped and neutered.
The latest update below is from his foster mum Karen:
Alfie in the house is loads better. He will approach us for cuddles, sit with us, greet us when we come in, walk past us to go to the toilet and come when called. He looks really settled and I don’t have a camera at home but when I return from work he looks like he’s just got up (he’s taken to sleeping on my bed now!) and looks relaxed and happy. With walks, he’s keen to go out then once out doesn’t really look like he’s enjoying it. He loves a good sniff but mostly he looks a bit anxious. Will say hello to other people and dogs no bother (after a bit of encouragement) but it’s just a sniff and that’s it. No real interaction. He can get a bit car sick so will need some help with that. The tail wags more but there’s no fun interaction with Darcy or other dogs and doesn’t play with balls, toys, us, even when he sees it with us, he’ll watch but not join in. So he is improving but still skittish and anxious which honestly, I think will decrease but think there’ll always be a nervous side to him. We had friends here for dinner yesterday and he was absolutely fine with 9 of us in the house and just sat by the table to be near and watch. So like I said, inside the house, he’s loads better, just need to keep working on the outside.
The great points about our special boy:
Alfie is now more affectionate and liking cuddles. He is in foster with a cat and a dog and no issues.
He is clean indoors, walks well on a lead and has become braver each day.
Areas he needs help with:
Time and patience to grow each day in confidence, he needs a family who can continue socialisation, walks outside to help overcome his fear.
Alfie is an easy house guest, he is a sweet soul who deserves a home with humans who are around if no other dog in the home, can offer 2 walks a day and help him fully blossom.
We appreciate he needs some help but we are hoping there is a family who want to be able to change his life and give him a happy safe f
Where does Alfie sleep at night?:
Alfie has been sleeping in his bed in our bedroom. He sleeps through the night no bother.
How is Alfie with current pets?:
We have a cat and a dog. He doesn’t bother at all with the cat and gets on well with our dog. He hasn’t yet had any playtime, as although encouraged by our dog, he doesn’t seem to really know what to do. This will come I’m sure as he becomes more relaxed and settled but he is happy to sit next to our dog on the sofa.
Can Alfie be left alone?:
Yes, he’s fine to be left alone, the longest has been 3 hours.
Is Alfie out on walks?:
Yes he is. Alfieis a very nervous and anxious dog. He is keen to go on walks and loves a good sniff around but he is very cautious. It will take some time for his confidence to build as he becomes more and more desensitised from stressors in his environment. Lots of recall work will need to be done. At the moment he spooks easily and extra precautions are wise on walks.
Has Alfie met other dogs?:
Yes and Alfie will say hello cautiously.
How is Alfie with humans?:
Alfie is a very gentle, sweet boy. He arrived a very nervous boy who we struggled to get out the car on arrival but he is gaining his confidence. He answers to his name at home and will come (mostly!) when called. He will always come to see who has entered the house and gingerly will great them. Despite being nervous he loves a cuddle! He especially likes a nose rub and is more than happy to jump up and sit or lie with us on the sofa. He seems to really like children and often follows my 8 year old around. He is a gentle loving boy who once brave, is a wonderful cuddly dog.
Have you noticed if Alfie is afraid of any particular things?:
Alfie is generally anxious. He will quickly flinch at movements and noises. Sometimes he realises that it is nothing to be scared of and other times he will run or back away. When he first arrived he wouldn’t walk past me to go out for the toilet but he does now. It’s little things that he will just need some time and patience with. He has been fine with things like hoovers and hairdryers. He does become very quickly anxious in the car though and work will need to continue here to make this experience more manageable for him.
Any other useful information?
Alfie is a lovely boy but does need someone who has the time and patience to build his trust and confidence. He is a very anxious boy and it’s such a shame to see him worried about so many different things but equally he is a friendly, loving gentle boy who just wants to be loved. He will make a fantastic addition to the right family who have the time to work with him
He is fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.