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Sex: Male / Neutered
Age: 2-3 Years old
Type: Mixed Breed
Size: Medium / Fully grown
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire / Available now for adoption
Live with children: No
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes / Foster home has cats, shown no interest
Sweet Johnny arrived into our care on the 28th October 2019, he along with Spike (who has now been adopted) was left at a shelter in Crete when their owner passed away and no one wanted to take them on. Once loved pets, they did not understand what had happened to them or why their owner had suddenly gone. Both dogs found this move hard, the shelter is no home for any dog, there are no creature comforts with them being mainly outside, and 50+ dogs running around in each area, with no one to one human love or care etc so Johnny initially took a further step back than Spike has choosing to completely shut down and blocking out his new life they had been put in.
When one of our team members spotted them a couple of months ago frightened and hiding she knew we had to help them, so when a place became free they were moved to foster, prepared for travel and have now arrived into our care.
Johnny is between 2-3 years old, fully vaccinated, microchipped and has now been neutered.
He is settling into his foster home, but some things are still a little scary for him, at first he preferred women to men but after a few days has completely come round choosing to get cuddles and snuggle up with all family members. He walks well on the lead, but prefers quieter places and is scared of approaching humans and dogs at the moment.
Each day he is getting a little braver and there is a noticeable difference in him from the scared boy who arrived, his adopters would need to understand that it is likely with a move of homes he will take a step back in the early days while he adjusts again, but within a week of being in a foster home he has bounced back with their love and care.
He currently would not suit a busy home with children as would be too much for him, but a calm quieter home would be fine, another happy friendly confident dog would also be a bonus for him to help him settle.
We ask anyone wishing to adopt Johnny to be ready to bring a dog home as he is available now, please read through all our information on bringing a dog home and our criteria before completing an adoption enquiry form.
His foster mum has written the following write up (2nd November 2019);
When Johnny arrived he was absolutely petrified of his own shadow and hid away under the table, we didn’t really see him for first two days except for the occasional cuddle. He did come out for dinner though, he is a very foodie little man. He was petrified of people on walks and frequently tried to bolt or hide just because they had to walk past him. Even the television and radio frightened him as he heard strange voices in the house.
After just five days he is a different boy, he constantly wants cuddles, is much more confident on his walks and is very puppy like when he sees us first thing in the morning. He only now disappears into his hidey hole if strangers appear although once he has seen them more than once they get a hello and a tail wag too, he is gaining confidence every day. He would however still bolt in his scared moments if he got an opportunity to and is still nervous of strangers and other dogs on walks.
Dogs name: Johnny
Where does the dog sleep at night? In his bed with my German Shepherd in her bed
How is the dog with current pets? He ignores the cats and goes to investigate the rabbits but not much interest in them. I wouldn’t however let them out in the garden with them at this stage as I think he would chase rabbits.
Is the dog clean indoors? He found one spot in the living room, he liked to wee on a rug when scared but we are taking him outside at every opportunity, he just seems to hold it but only one accident so far. He poo’s in the garden and on walks.
Can the dog be left alone? Yes he can, I have been to work and he is fine when we go to bed. He doesn’t cry when left and seems to like the peace, he gets very very excitable when you reappear and instantly wants cuddles or follows you everywhere.
Is the dog out on walks? He has two walks every day morning and evening.
How do they walk on the lead? He doesn’t pull but he is nervous and spins around if he finds something upsetting such as a bike or a jogger or someone walking multiple dogs.
Have they met with other dogs? He is very shy but will say hello, but if the dog is loud or excitable he hides behind me and shakes, has a bit of a melt down really.
How are they with humans? Its early days he is fine with people he knows, very scared of people coming in if he doesn’t know them and melts down on a walk if he meets a stranger in close proximity. He is very loyal with us and will make someone an amazing companion if given the time to initially settle and is better with strangers the more he sees them.
Have you noticed the dog is afraid of any particular things? He is getting better every day especially where he feels safe for example at home. His confidence is growing and he is very settled in the house. He is not afraid of fireworks and general noises in the house anymore in fact he is getting quite curious about everything.
Any other useful information ?
Johnny still has a long long way to go, he is confident with my dog and us but he is absolutely terrified of the outside world at the moment. He definitely needs quiet time and lots of cuddles and reassurance. I assume if he heard lots raised voices he would go backwards in his progress and choose to hide, we are not shouty people although he doesn’t shy at me shouting at my dog when she is naughty, he accepts that now. I think that time, the right care and someone who can appreciate what this fur ball has been through, and are willing to work with him on a daily basis with reassurance that he is safe he will be the best companion anyone could as for..