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Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 2 years
Type: Cretan hound
Location: Foster home Sunbury
Live with children: Yes - 10 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: No
Special Requirements: Lenny is a shyer boy who needs time and consistency and help him overcome his shyness.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Meet the handsome floppy eared Lenny from Crete.
Lenny found himself at the shelter in Crete and life then turned to a prison cell.
We do not know what Lenny's life was before the shelter but we know it was not kind. Lenny was afraid of humans and likely abused, then thrown away.
When we met Lenny we knew he wanted to be loved and part of the fun, he just needed to learn to trust again and that not all humans will hurt him. He wanted to and slowly he has.
Lenny is a shyer boy but so lovely, he is still frightened by loud noises and strange people. So his new family need to be aware and have time and commitment to invest in helping him adapt to his new UK life.
Lenny has spent a little time in foster, but is still in need of continued training. So his new family will need to be prepared for the consistent work of introducing a shyer rescue dog to domestic life in the UK - basic training, toileting, 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 maybe needed. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Duke will adapt well to his new UK life.
A reminder - Chimney Farm will be closing by end of 2023 so all adopters need to be aware there will be no rescue back up after November 1st. However, we would like to assure new adoptive families that our rehoming team will be available for advice during the early months of their dog's settling-in period.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's name: Lenny
Arrival date: Tuesday 3rd October 2023
Lenny is the sweetest, most affectionate shy boy.
Where does Lenny sleep at night?
He sleeps downstairs with one of my dogs. He sleeps through the night without a peep and doesn’t stir until he hears us moving around.
How is Lenny with current pets?
Lenny is very respectful with my two dogs, an elderly female who ignores him and a young male who loves him. He has just started to play with him and likes to sleep beside him on their settee. He is happy to eat alongside them and travel in the van with them. He follows George on the walk.
Is Lenny clean indoors?
Yes. Completely clean from day one and does his business in the garden or out on walks.
Can he be left alone?
He has been left alone with my dogs for about an hour. We monitored him on the camera and he slept on his bed and wasn’t stressed at all.
Is Lenny out on walks?
Lenny loves his walks and is happy to have his harness and slip lead put on. He is currently having 3 walks a day with my dogs.
We walk him early morning around 7am, before his breakfast and late afternoon/ early evening, before supper. These are generally 40 - 60 mins duration.
He also has a short toilet walk at night just before bed. He generally goes to toilet in the garden as soon as he wakes up in the morning. We drive to the walk so he is used to the van and travels well on short journeys. He is secured in the back with his harness. He happily jumps in the van with my other dogs.
How does he walk on the lead?
We use a slip lead and also a long lead attached to his harness. We remove the slip lead when in a safe area to give him more freedom. He has hound traits and sniffs everything, especially if in a new area. He is easily corrected when he does pull and is learning to walk nicely on his lead alongside other dogs. He doesn’t currently appear to have a very high prey drive and hasn’t tried to chase squirrels or birds.
Have they met with other dogs?
He has met lots of different dogs of various sizes. He is very polite when being introduced and will happily walk alongside other dogs. He isn’t too keen on very excitable dogs but just moves away.
How are they with humans?
Lenny is very shy with people, especially men. He will generally not approach strangers although he is very affectionate with myself and my husband after just a few days. He loves a cuddle on the settee with us.
Have you noticed Lenny is afraid of any particular things?
Lenny is still getting used to domestic life after being in a shelter. He dislikes noise but is gradually getting used to domestic appliances such as the hoover and the hairdryer. He is fearful of traffic and is much more relaxed in quiet places. He has been to the garden centre and pet shop and coped surprisingly well although he panics if people approach him. His main fear is strangers but once he feels safe around them he will approach.
Other useful info:
Lenny has only been here a few days but is adapting fairly quickly to his new surroundings. He likes his routine and loves walking so would suit an active family but in a peaceful environment. I think he would benefit from being around another calm dog but could potentially live as an only dog. He is the most adorable boy and will be a loyal companion to a lucky family.