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Sex: Male - neutered
Age: nearly 2 years.
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Sunbury foster
Live with children: No
Live with dogs: Yes - sociable dog who likes to play
Live with cats: Interested in cats so may chase if not a confident cat.
Special Requirements: A home with no children as Bobbi is not comfortable around children. An experienced home where Bobbi will be given space but also boundaries.
Prefer a confident sociable resident dog but if not then daily meetings/play dates.
Important criteria: No other dogs over 8 years, no children. No adults under 30 years.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £250
Bobbi had a very sad life, tied up on a balcony in Crete with his mum.
Never walked, had children that tormented him and clearly he was mis handled.
Bobbi was adopted in February, he settled well and no issues but his adopters did not allowed the children to be left unattended, something happened and Bobbi snapped out, the family lost trust and he was returned.
Bobbi has has been back with us for nearly 3 weeks and is the most affectionate and playful boy. He is a real character and makes us laugh every day. He has a crazy 5 minutes after he’s eaten where he zooms around the garden. He does a cute little shoulder roll if you tell him off and wriggles around on his back. He is completely at ease with us in the house and very affectionate.
He has made enormous progress with his fear of strangers. Whilst still wary of visitors to the house he calms down very quickly and will approach them if ignored.
Our house is fairly busy as my husband works from home so Bobbi has had to get used to lots of visitors. He is now comfortable with regular visitors and will relax at their feet.
He is more confident when my dogs are with him and generally follows their lead and will take a treat from people now.
He is very playful and wants to play with every dog he meets on the walk. He can be a little bouncy and overpowering initially but once he’s introduced he calms down and is generally respectful. He sometimes barks at them if they don’t want to play but I believe this is frustration and not aggression.
We have taken him walking with other dogs as well as my own and he is comfortable in a pack. He has a reasonable recall although we keep him on a long line as he gets distracted easily by other dogs and people. He loves the water and swam in the river for the first time this week.
We have socialised him in busy high streets and taken him into cafes. He made a breakthrough this week when he took a treat from the baker and allowed him to stroke him. He is still a bit hand shy with strangers so we advise people to let him approach them and sniff without touching him.
Whilst this is a work in progress I do believe that it is completely manageable.
I believe he needs a home with confident, experienced dog owners who are prepared to work with his insecurities and preferably a confident, playful dog.
Please only apply if you are 100% committed to the hard work a rescue dog can bring, training, socialisation, boundaries. The first weeks are very important and with the right boundaries and guidance our pdogs will easily adjust and make a lovely additions to any home but adopters need to be fully prepared.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ADOPT IMMEDIATELY PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REPLY.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Bobby
Where does the dog sleep at night? After sleeping downstairs with him for the first few nights Bobbi is now happy to sleep downstairs with my dogs. He generally sleeps on the dog sofa. He has been clean and sleeps through the night for at least 7 hours without any crying. He settles quickly and generally doesn’t stir until we go downstairs in the morning where he is very happy to see us.
How is the dog with current pets? Bobbi is comfortable with my 3 dogs, who are all considerably bigger than him. He will happily get in the car with them and walk with them. He plays with them but is very respectful and listens if they tell him off. He will sleep cuddled up to them (if they allow it). He is fairly independent when out walking and isn’t clingy with them.
He eats alongside my dogs although he is very excitable when their dinner is being prepared and jumps up and tries to get his first. He is made to wait until last and only given his food when he is calm and sits down. This is a work in progress.
Is the dog clean indoors? Bobbi has lived on a small balcony all his life and not walked so understandably he is still getting used to acceptable toilet habits. Having said that he is mostly clean indoors, especially through the night. He has had the occasional wee accident. This has been near to the door to the garden. He does generally go to the door when he needs to go out but we tend to encourage him outside at regular intervals. He will go to the toilet on his walk as well as in the garden.
Can the dog be left alone? Bobbi has been left with my dogs for up to 30 mins. We have timed this after his walk and dinner once he’s settled on his bed. He doesn’t appear bothered without human company but has never been completely alone without the other dogs. Watching him on the camera he doesn’t appear stressed when left and paces for a couple of minutes then settles. He is very happy to see us on our return. He will sometimes stay downstairs even if we are upstairs and he has access to come up. He usually comes to check on us then goes back downstairs.
Is the dog out on walks? He is currently having 3 walks a day with my dogs.
Early morning, before his breakfast, late afternoon before his supper, and last thing at night before bed, a short toilet walk on his own. He is happy to have his harness and slip lead put on although he fidgets and plays whilst we are doing this. He also has a coat which he is happy to have put on. We drive to the walk so he is used to the car and travels well. I have walked him on his own without the other dogs and he is not worried.
How do they walk on the lead? He walks well on his slip lead although he is a little erratic and tries to wander all over the place. He does pull slightly but will stop when checked and he is very easy to control as he’s very light.
We use an extendable lead attached to his harness to give him some more freedom when away from the roads. We have let Bobbi off on a long line and his recall has been very good. This has been in a safe environment with no other dogs around apart from ours. He loves food so this is the best reward for him when he comes back. Traffic doesn’t seem to worry him.
Have they met with other dogs? Bobbi has met other dogs and gets very excited initially and wants to play. He can get frustrated if they don’t want to play with him and starts barking at them. However he is friendly and hasn’t shown any aggression whatsoever.
How are they with humans? Bobbi is now much more confident with strangers and will approach them, especially for a treat. This is a work in progress and if he is worried he will back away and sometimes bark. He is super friendly and affectionate with us at home.
Have you noticed the dog is afraid of any particular things?
He is still a little wary of strangers but is progressing and becoming more confident. He is confident indoors and with everyday household items.
Other useful info:
Bobbi is obsessed with food and will take anything in his reach. He has improved massively in regard to this but he will still need guidance and boundaries. He tends to jump up and is very bouncy and agile so this needs to be born in mind with children. He loves to play tug of war with my dogs and he enjoys a good zoomie in the garden.
I believe Bobbi needs to live with another playful, confident dog, who can guide and reassure him. Preferably a dog who really enjoys a good run around and isn’t afraid to put him in his place. He is a lively, sweet boy who really needs lots of exercise and an experienced, patient family to show him the boundaries he needs.