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Sex: Female - neutered
Age: 2 years
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Medium - currently 15.5 kg
Location: Foster home - Andover, Hants
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: OK if cat is dog savvy.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Welcome Cara who has recently arrived from Crete and is now settling in to her foster home in the UK.
Cara was rescued from a very sad life, in a Crete shelter, no walks, no love, just alone in a horrid concrete kennel, no grass or outside space, we saw her bouncing up and down like a kangaroo, begging to be freed.
We saw her and move her to foster that day. Cara has been grateful ever since.
Cara is fully vaccinated, microchipped and neutered.
Although she has spent a some time in foster, she is in need of continued training.
Her new family will need to be prepared for the continuing work of introducing a dog to domestic life in the UK - basic training, walking on and off lead, getting used to noises and living in a home.
The decision to adopt a rescue dog should not be taken lightly - we have had dogs returned as people have not been fully prepared for the hard work that can be needed. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Cara will adapt well. But please do not underestimate this can mean a few weeks of consistent work.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's name: Cara
Arrival date: 28th April 2023
Where does Cara sleep at night?
Downstairs in her bed with my dogs nearby. She is quiet and clean all night.
How is Cara with current pets?
She is fine with the resident dogs, my grumpy dog gave her a hard time on the first day. Within 24 hours they were all great friends. She’s not overly interested in the chickens. She does like to chase the cats when outside, but she doesn’t mean them any harm. She may be able to live with very confident, dog savvy cats, but might be a nuisance for more sensitive cats.
Is Cara clean indoors?
Clean from day one.
Can Cara be left alone?
Yes, I have left her for up to three hours at a time with no problems.
Is Cara out on walks?
Yes, she really enjoys her walks. She has not been fazed by the cars, people or dogs we have met.
How does Cara walk on the lead?
She does pull a bit, but not bad at all considering that being on a lead is a new experience. She listens to what she is told and does respond to correction, so with a bit of training she will soon be fine.
Has Cara met other dogs?
Yes, she is perfectly behaved and meets other dogs nicely.
How is Cara with humans?
She really loves people and is happy to greet strangers. She loves affection. No pulling or misbehaving when we meet people on walks. She had a lovely time meeting people in the pet shop, and was very happy to take treats from all.
Have you noticed if Cara is afraid of any particular things? No, nothing seems to bother her particularly.
Any other useful information?
She eats and drinks well. She is on Forthglade wet food.
She is a very smart girl and eager to please. She also loves food. This all adds up to a dog who is easy to train.
She likes yak chews and antlers etc, and we have had no problems with her chewing things she should not (but she is a committed slipper thief).
Her current weight is 15.5kg, she is still underweight.
Her neck size is approx. 33cm. She measures 70cm from nape of neck to base of tail and her shoulder height is approx. 50cm.
She comes to her name, her recall is actually very good. She also knows “sit” and “bed”. She is good with being bathed and having her feet wiped.
Cara’s ideal home:
She would make a great companion for a family or couple. I think she would be happy with another friendly dog or fine by herself.
She is a great dog. She has fitted in to home life seamlessly. She loves people, she just wants to be loved, she is so affectionate.
She’s a confident girl, but not overly so.
She is happy to be in the car and travels well.
She is clean and quiet in the house. She settles nicely while I am working, and also at night.
She is very playful with the resident dogs. She likes to chase balls, and often brings them back!
She has not been tested with children, but I do not see any problem in her living with older kids, but she still needs to have jumping up trained out of her (we’re getting there!) so you may need to be prepared for that.
She has been a real pleasure to foster.