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Sex: Male (neutered) -current weight 9.8 kg
Age: 8 months
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Small to Medium
Location: Foster home - Addlestone, Surrey
Live with children: Yes - 10 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: If no other dog in the home then adopters must detail how they plan to socialise Ernie.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Meet Ernie, recently arrived from Crete.
Ernie was one of 9 dogs stuck inside a kennel the size of a small bathroom, for many months, no affection, freedom from the cell, walks, awful food and likely not enough food as all the dogs from here have been so thin.
Adopters need to appreciate he missed out on all his puppy learning, stuck in a kennel with bars 24 hours a day. No walks or love, so everyday is a learning day for Ernie and with consistent exposure he will adapt and get used to everything. He is a wonderful sweet natured boy who is eager to be around humans and loving his new life.
Ernie is quick to learn and blossoming each day, clean indoors, loves cuddles. Ernie still has a little way to go until he is fully adapted but with his forever family who will continue his training he will adapt very quickly and make a wonderful family pet.
Ideally another dog to show him the ropes but if no other dog in the home then adopters must detail how they plan to meet other dogs daily.
No children under 10 years of age.
Ernie is fully vaccinated, neutered and microchipped.
Our adoption process is usually completed quickly so if you are interested in adopting her please make sure you are free of commitments before applying.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's name: Ernie
Where does Ernie sleep at night.
Ernie wants to sleep on the bed next to his humans. He sleeps soundly through the night and hardly moves, but does like to be cuddled. We’ve encouraged Ernie to move off the bed at night and his new favourite sleeping place is under the bed.
How is Ernie with current dogs/animals?
Ernie is a timid chap but growing with confidence every day; he does enjoy running around and a playing with our smaller dogs who he is now familiar with, but is very cautious of bigger dogs and tends to stay away. If any dog grumbles or growls at him, he runs away from them back to his humans.
Ernie sniffed our cat and got a smack on the nose and then refused to go near the cat or would whimper as he ran past. He is worried about horses and chickens and likes to stay a safe distance away.
Is Ernie clean indoors?
Ernie has not had a wee in the house at all. He did poop in the middle of his second night in the house but I genuinely think he just wasn’t used to the amount of food he was getting (we have been feeding him four meals a day to help him gain weight). He has been going out for walks twice a day and has access to the garden and there have been no other accidents and he asks to go outside if he needs a wee.
Ernie does not know how to cock his leg yet.
Can Ernie be left alone?
Ernie has been left alone for just under an hour. He paces for a about 5 minutes and then settles on the bed, he does not cry and seems content being left alone for short periods. He will come and greet you quietly but warmly when you return.
How is Ernie out on walks?
Ernie finds security and comfort in his humans and initially stayed very close to us. We have now had Ernie just over a week and he is off the lead every walk. He is now comfortable with his foster sisters and likes to follow them around. He doesn’t particularly play with them but likes toys and treats. He really enjoys his walks, and his recall is good. He is submissive around other dogs, especially bigger dogs and humans coming towards him. He will jump at a sudden noise but is getting better. Ernie improving in confidence every day.
He enjoys treats and the odd paddle in the stream.
How does Ernie walk on the lead?
Ernie now walks really well on a lead and in a straight line. He is still under weight and he needs his muscles developing. He runs a bit like a Bambi and seems uncoordinated probably due to spending most of his young life in a very small kennel. Ernie’s new family would need to understand that they would have to build up his walking at a steady pace and not over do it. He still gets tired easily.
Has Ernie met with other dogs?
Ernie has met quite a few other dogs and is gaining confidence every day. He is immediately submissive and is a bit nervous of bigger or boisterous dogs. He avoids bouncy dogs or ones that growl or bark. He does like running around with smaller, familiar dogs.
How is Ernie with humans?
Ernie is a people person and he loves his foster parents! He wants to cuddle up on the sofa, in bed or under my desk when I am working. He does like children and wants to be with them (I think because they are smaller in stature) however, he becomes nervous if they start screaming or making noise with toys.
Have you noticed that Ernie is afraid of any particular things?
He worries about going through door ways and it is best to leave the door open and back away so he can go inside by himself.
Ernie is getting braver every day but worries about any loud noise, a bin lid banging, children screaming, furniture moving, plastic bags near him and large boxes. He will go into the house into his bed and try to come out after a few moments. He really is gaining confidence every day, but Ernie would not like a very noisy or busy household. He is still very anxious about eating, especially if you move around him while he is trying to eat. He eats very quickly and therefore he is not fed with his foster sisters as he would eat all of their food too. He does not show any aggression around treats or toys.
What kind of home do you think would be suitable?
I think Ernie would quite like to be the only dog in the family or with another dog. He likes children but wouldn’t like the noise of very young children. He does really enjoy human company so although he can be left, he would be lonely if his new family were out for regular long periods. I don’t think Ernie would like a doggie day care setting but it would be good for him to meet with other dogs out on a walk. I think he would benefit from a family who have experience of having dogs and could help Ernie build his confidence and physical strength at a pace that suits him.