Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 1 year
Type: Mixed breed - German shepherd mix
Location: Foster home - Blackwater, Hants
Live with children: Yes - 5 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: Ideally another dog in the home as Floyd gets confidence from other dogs.
OUR ADOPTION FEE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO £400 DURING OCTOBER FOR OUR GREEK DOGS DUE TO INCREASED TRAVEL COSTS.
Our sweet boy Floyd from Crete.
We saw Floyd in the shelter back in July, he was a sweet boy but when we went back in August he appeared to e being bullied, too many teenage males in one small enclosure, so we moved him and Maisie from the shelter into foster.
Floyd is a calm, shy boy but adores his humans when he bonds, likes to cuddle on the sofa and be close, but this will take a few days, he will be shy initially and need guidnace, routine and structure, and another dog in the home, he does like to play and after about a week he will be a different boy, but any new family has to be prepared for initial shyness and some work to reassure and help him adapt.
Floyd is a shepherd mix, neutered, 12 months of age. No aggression or meanness just had a bad start living in a shelter all his life and missed out on his important months.
He has only known life in the shelter, so his new family will need to be prepared to introduce him to his new UK life, by introducing him to his new surroundings - he is clean indoors and has started to walk on a lead but needs some more guidance to be more confident on the lead. He likes dogs so another sociable dog in the home.
With the right boundaries and guidance he will all easily adjust and make a great family pet. We ask our adopters to be 100% sure they are ready to commit to the training and hard work required.
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: Floyd
Where does Floyd sleep at night?
The first night I slept downstairs with him but from day 2 he has followed us upstairs as this is where my dog sleeps. He has been sleeping in a dog bed on the floor next to our bed, settles to sleep straight away and sleeps well throughout the night. We did wake to find him on our bed one morning for cuddles.
How is Floyd with current pets?
He gets on brilliantly with my 2 year old dog and is taking the lead from him with what to do. He hasn’t yet played with him although there is signs that he may do. He sits next to him and goes out in the garden with him.
He is not bothered at all by my two cats, he takes very little interest in them when they have been feeding on the side.
Is Floyd clean indoors?
Yes. Apart from one excited very tiny wee he has had no accidents indoors at all. He stands by the patio door when he needs to go out and wees and poos with no problem. He has not done any when out on walks yet only when out in the garden.
Can Floyd be left alone?
Yes. We have left him for 10-15 minutes. He does whine a little but when we have returned he has been fine and waiting for us wagging his tail. He’s a quick learner and we are gradually increasing the time we are leaving him .
Is Floyd out on walks?
He is out on walks. It’s very strange to him still so takes a little bit of persuasion to get out but he is enjoying himself once out. We have been out in the sun and rain and he wasn’t bothered by the rain at all. He has started to lift his tail when out and enjoys a good sniff around. He has gone into water willingly as well and I get the impression he will be a lover of swimming in the future.
How does Floyd walk on the lead?
He has had to learn to walk on a lead as he did not know how. He needs a bit of a pull initially to get out of the house however he walks beautifully on a lead now. He does not like a slip lead being put on at all so he has been wearing a harness that he cannot get out of and walking well with this. This is after just a few days so with lots of walks he will soon love going out.
Has Floyd met other dogs?
He has met a few dogs out on walks and although a little hesitant he’s has gone up and had a sniff and had no issue with any of them. He has also met my sister's dog off lead and had a sniff and was absolutely fine.
How is Floyd with humans?
He is a little hesitant still but with perseverance he will get better. He is already a lot better than when he first arrived when he did not like touch at all. He cuddles up to me and is very fond of licking those he’s settled with. He will wander up to others if you put your hand out to sniff first. With a bit of stroking and grooming and just being around, Floyd soon trusts and then there’s no stopping him with his affection.
Have you noticed if Floyd is afraid of any particular things?
He is wary of most things at the moment as everything is new to him but he has learnt so much in such a short time that he will learn more as time goes on.
He needs lifting to get in and out of the car at the moment but he will soon get used to this and he has jumped out once when asked. He was scared of the hoover but he now stands and watches it. He’s a bit wary of others when out on walks but only as he’s just not used to it and he’s already getting better. He used to turn his back now he stands and watches. He was scared of the shower when he had his first bath but stood there and let me do it anyway with a bit of encouragement.
Any other useful information ?
Floyd is a lovely dog and will be a loyal companion. He turned one the day he came over so is still young. He doesn’t play yet although he does love an antler and buffalo horn to chew on and has looked in interest at squeaky toys and squeaky balls with his tail wagging.
I think he will soon love to play and be around lots of dogs by the way he is with my dog, giving him lots of licks all the time. He is wary so needs a bit of coaxing to do things but he soon picks things up. He goes into the corner to hide if scared so we have been leaving his harness on during the day to help us get him out when going for walks etc. I do not want to grab him by his collar and scare him.