Ready to adopt?
Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 1.5 years
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Small to medium size 10kg
Location: Foster home - Sunbury On Thames
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Special Requirements: Bobbi is an active boy who likes to play. So we are wanting him to live with another sociable dog in the home, under 6 years of age, who can show him the ropes. His family will need to help him learn to trust people a bit more.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £500
SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE TO ALLOW MEETING/ADOPTIONS.
Poor Bobbi has had an awful life, he and his mum Zizzi were owned by a Greek family who made them live on their small balcony all their life, no walks not even good nutrition. A local rescue were informed about mum Zizzi as she was in a bad way and they took her to the vets for malnutrition, her family didn't want to give her up so they were warned and kept and eye on. Zizzi gave birth to Bobbi, then the two of them lived on the balcony. Not neutered and so frustrated.
The family agreed to give the dogs for adoption so we agreed to find them families.
Zizzi and Bobbi are wonderful dogs considering the life they have had to endure.
Bobbi is small sized, a sweet boy who needs to adjust to UK life, he is great with dogs and doing well in foster but can be a bit wary of strangers so we need a family to help him overcome his worries.
We want Bobbi to have another playful, sociable dog in the home under 6 years as he enjoys other dogs and we want him to have a role model in the home to help him become more confident.
Bobbi is active and lively and needs an active home with a playful dog.
His new family will need to be prepared for the work of introducing him to his new surroundings - socialisation, walking, getting used to a routine and learning the ropes of his forever home. He needs to meet other people and learn to trust.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Bobbi – Update 18/2/2021
Arrival date: 6th February 2021
Young Bobbi is an affectionate, energetic, playful boy.
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 Bobbi 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.