elen & Peggy are now in our care and in foster in Fernhurst, GU27. Our Fosterer has written a little write up on them, see below.
If you are looking for two dogs, gorgeous, well behaved, clean indoors, loving then these girls are for you. We are looking for a special home where these sweet bonded girls can stay together.
These ladies are sisters who have spent the 8 years of their lives together and have formed an unbreakable bond that has seen them through their cruel treatment by humans. Through their years of abuse they have depended on each other for comfort and to pull through.
So why should they now be separated after so long? They've been given their chance and have now left the shelter, the cage they had lived in together for 5 years. It would be cruel to have to be parted now, so we are looking for a home where they can live together the life they should have always had.
Please read their story below.
Names: Helen & Peggy
Age: 8 years
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Fernhurst, GU27
Live with children: Children 6 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
If you are ready to adopt Peggy and Helen, with no holidays or prearranged engagements which could delay adopting, please read through our adoption policy information before completing our enquiry / application form.
Before meeting any of our dogs, you will need to complete and pass a home check.
You must be able to travel to Fleet, Hampshire and surrounding areas to meet / collect your dog.
We will discuss our procedures for adopting at this time on the home check.
Before being rescued Helen and Peggy lived in a small shed together locked up 24/7 unless they were being used for hunting. They were only fed 3 times a week by their cruel master, this way they would be hungry enough to hunt well, in Portugal they believe starving your dogs mean better hunters, can you imagine poor girls starving, hunting successfully and not being able to eat a morsel of their catch. Karen at the shelter was told about these girls, and was able to rescue them form this life. They have been at the shelter since 2015, with not much hope of adoption, until now.
These two sisters are devoted to each other. They always sleep cuddled up together and can't bear to be separated. On one occasion when Peggy was recovering from being attacked by another dog at the shelter and had to go to the vets for treatment, Helen fretted so much that they took her to the vets and she joined Peggy in the hospital until she recovered.
Even now in their kennel, they had 2 beds, but they choose to sleep together in one.
Both are confident and happy girls. They are very energetic get along well with all the dogs they have met . They have shared their area with several male dogs over the years and no issues.
They are quiet dogs not prone to barking much. Although they are hunting dogs they didn't seem to have much of a prey drive at the shelter. Peggy is a bit of an escape artist jumping high to clamber to the top of fences. Helen is too chubby and can't be bothered to do this unless it is easy. Really nice, easy going girls.
Both are fully vaccinated and microchipped and neutered. They came into our care 20th May 2020 and are now in foster settling into home life and are doing really well. Having only lived in the shelter prior they may need some initial guidance on toilet training, and time to adjust to living in a home environment after growing up as working hunting dogs living in rudimentary shelter. The outside world will be brand new to them - traffic, people, open spaces etc but we don't think it will take long to adjust.
With the correct training, guidance and boundaries they will settle well and we ask our adopters to be fully committed to doing whatever is needed to help them become the perfect pet.
If you wish to be considered for these lovely girls, please kindly complete an enquiry form which you will find after you have read through our procedures and criteria, link in the red box above.
The girls fosterer has answered the following questions (23/05/2020)
Dogs name: Helen & Peggy
Where do the girls sleep at night? The girls have been sleeping at the base of my bed on their own bed. They settle really easily & they lie straight on their bed together when they are told its bedtime & stay there all night without any accidents or stirring. They always have to touch each other and tentatively stir & check the other is still there throughout their rest times. As soon as they wake around 7-8 they both jump up for snuggles on the bed. They are very settled souls considering their background.
How are Helen & Peggy with current pets- We don’t have any other pets in the house, however they are very kind & accepting of one another.
Are Helen & Peggy clean indoors? Both girls have never had any accidents in the home since their arrival which is amazing given so many years in a shelter. When taken out for wee breaks – they wee almost straight away & nearly always simultaneously!..
Can Helen & Peggy be left alone? I have not done extended durations of being left yet but all signs are good of the small breaks they have had being left. They do not chew or get into mischief and settle themselves really well and very adaptive to different environments. As long as they have each other you will find them curled up and content. Peggy is the mischievous one & very clever.. I found her moving the stay on a window to open the window further to try & get outside into the exciting garden! However when pulled up she is very subservient and is eager to be a good girl. Helen is definitely the sensible one of the two and often leads by example but they very much balance each other out. There is not an aggressive bone in their bodies. Such an adorable pair.
How are the girls out on walks? They are both great on lead. Due to their sad background in hunting they have a very keen nose and very aware of their surroundings and will most likely associate walks with hunting & having to find food for survival but that will change with a new home life and the reassurance of regular food and walks for fun and not in a forced environment. Initial recall training has been excellent on only day 2!... The technique at the moment is to let each one off separately as they will always return to each other but I believe with their forever humans the bond will strengthen and both will have great recall together. They simply have to learn they don’t need to fend for themselves anymore. Watching them simply be free is such a gift and they both return without even food to coax & reward them.
How do Peggy & Helen walk on the lead? Well – very inquisitive due to their history but really impressed given their past.
Have they met with other dogs? Yes and Very friendly with other dogs & gentle on meeting new dogs of different sizes. They are protective of one another without being bullies when other dogs are near. Its very endearing to watch them with their careful eye on one another. We have not seen them in close proximity to a cat yet.
How are they with humans? They are both very gentle & settled. They are excellent with children and would trust them with all ages from the earliest age onwards.
Have you noticed if Helen & Peggy are afraid of any particular things? They are not nervous, great at travelling in the car and not bothered by noises in the house. Sudden and loud noises are not an issue and come to think of it small noises of little animals scurrying around in the rafters & also fine in water ( our first experience of it was brilliant)
Any other useful information ? Peggy & Helen have a unique and inseparable bond which is endearing to watch yet not restrictive of every day activities as they each have their own independence and give each other the space to be themselves. They both have very individual personalities with beautiful traits in each yet together give the most delicate love and its easy to leverage each of them to get your any desired behaviour or outcome . I have not experienced dogs that have settled so quickly before and it’s a true pleasure having them around.
The adoption fee for these two girls is £400.