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Sex: Female - neutered
Age: 4 years
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Small to Medium
Location: Foster home - Addlestone
Live with children: Yes - 16 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: No
Special Requirements: A calm patient home
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
This is Dottie who was found chained up in a village and in a dreadful state with matted hair and with feet so sore from walking she was barely able to stand. She was taken into foster in Crete, given urgent medical care and a thorough grooming. She is now settling in to her UK foster home and waiting to find her forever family.
Dottie is a shy girl, she has only known such sorrow and bad treatment form humans, she is learning to trust again. She is doing brilliantly but will need a patient home to help her fully trust and feel safe.
Dottie 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 the 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 consistent work that can be needed. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Dottie will adapt well.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs Name : Dottie
Dottie is a gorgeous, well behaved and calm dog
Where does Dottie sleep at night?:
Dottie sleeps in her own bed in the lounge with our two dogs. Sleeps well and does not make a sound
How is Dottie with current Animals?:
Dottie is fine with other dogs. She does not appear stressed or reactive when she encounters other dogs on walks. She is starting to sniff and explore, but is wary and cautious of other dogs so generally gives them a ‘wide berth’. She gets on well with our 2 older dogs and follows them around. In particular she is forming a strong bond with our eldest dog and takes her lead from him. Her fosterer in Crete said she will chase cats outside the home so we will say no to cats.
Is Dottie Clean indoors?:
Dottie has been clean indoors from the day she arrived with us. She will go to the toilet in the garden. We let her out every few hours and when the weather is good, the back door is open for her to go outside when she wants.
Can Dottie be left alone?:
Dottie is fine being left with our other two dogs. She initially will wait by the door…then retires to her bed or sofa and sleeps. We have left her for up to 2 hours with no issues.
How is Dottie out on Walks?:
Dottie walks really well on a slip lead. She does not pull whatsoever and walks at our pace. No sign of being prey driven or wanting to chase. Is respectful around other dogs. She is shy and a little nervous but is starting to sniff and explore.
Has Dottie met with other dogs?:
Dottie is living with our two other dogs and meets many more dogs on walks. She is not interested yet in greeting or interacting with other dogs. Everything appears new to her, so she is cautious and avoids other dogs.
How is Dottie with Humans?:
Dottie is shy and nervous around people especially strangers. She is starting to trust us in the short time she has been with us. She can still be skittish, but will gently approach for a chin rub and a stroke. She does not like quick movements. As long as we are gentle and slowly approach her, she relaxes and allows us to touch her. She just needs time to get used to to the presence of visitors or strangers. She loves nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa with us and is starting to rest her head on our legs and enjoying strokes, petting and human touch.
Have you noticed that Dottie is afraid of particular things?:
Loud noises attract her attention and sudden quick movements. She is cautious and just needs time to know that she is safe. We have not heard her bark whatsoever even when someone knocks on the door or the postman makes deliveries.
Useful Information: Dottie is blossoming beautifully. From where she came from….she has quickly adapted to life as a domesticated dog. She is a quick learner and starting to understand ‘No’ and her name when necessary. She is observant and constantly looks for reassurance. She is perfect on pavement walks. Only slightly nervous when trucks or loud vehicles pass. She enjoys walks in fields, woods and off road. She travels very well in a car, jumping onto the back seat herself and settles down for the journey.
She does not like being picked up & cowers if you try to. You have to be gentle when needed so not to scare her.
What kind of home would be suitable?: We think that Dottie will thrive with another perhaps calm older dog as a role model. A quiet home with older children would suit her. If not homed with another dog, a home that have had experience with dogs. She does not need lots of walking…and does not have lots of energy. She is just looking for a safe retirement home, walks and some cuddles.
We are building up her stamina with two walks a day between 45 mins to 1 hour per walk,then snoozes on the sofa or her bed. She does not appear interested in toys or playing but that may be because our two dogs do not. She walks at a gentle pace so she would make an excellent older person’s companion. Once she gets accustomed to her new home and family, we have no doubt she will become a very loyal and loving dog. Dottie just needs time and understanding.