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Sex: Male neutered
Age: 10 years
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Foster home - High Wycombe
Live with children: Yes - 16 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Special Requirements: A calm home where Murphy can enjoy his twilight years.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £400
Murphy is an older gentleman, and he has a very sad story.It is likely that Murphy was abandoned at the Crete shelter many years ago. Then the shelter owner, for whatever reason, adopted him and he lived in her home for many years. At the age of 10 he was thrown back into the shelter.
The shelter owner is very sick and her family want to keep all the inheritance for themselves so there no more help for the shelter. No choices for the owner who is too sick to fight them. Her dogs, Murphy and Stanley, were thrown back into the shelter. No care that they are elderly or the mental trauma that would be caused. Just get them out of the house!
Stanley arrived a few weeks ago and has found his family. Now it is Murphy’s turn.
Murphy is a little shy at first but warms up and is an affectionate sweet boy. He just needs a calm home with a family who will give him a little time to adapt to another change, he loves his walks.
He can live with another calm dog or as an only dog.
Murphy will make a devoted companion to a single person or a couple in an adult home to have a calm retirement where he can enjoy peace and quiet, lovely long walks and somewhere to retreat if he's wary of visitors.
It is now Murphy's chance for a forever home.
We estimate age range for adopters between 40-75 years. No children.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO MEET / ADOPT NOW PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS WE ARE A SMALL TEAM AND NEED TO PRIORITISE FAMILIES READY.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Murphy (Murph, Smurf)
Where does Murphy sleep at night?
Happy in a comfy basket or cosy bedding on a sofa or floor.
How is Murphy with current pets?
A little wary of our placid resident dog. Neither are aggressive or confrontational but they prefer to avoid each other.
Is Murphy clean indoors?
Yes. As soon as he arrived he waited to be taken outside & we've had no accidents. He was initially wary of going into the garden alone but after a good look around, he has been happy to take himself out to explore & do his toileting unaccompanied.
Can Murphy be left alone?
Initially he followed me around & from a distance kept an eye on where I was at all times. I've gradually left him for up to 45 mins (& will continue to extend the time he is left) and he's quite happy & settled. He even comes to greet me with his propeller tail wag at the door when I return.
How is Murphy out on walks?
Very timid & looks for reassurance when someone approaches, but gradually calms and seems happy trotting along.
How does Murphy walk on the lead?
Very well, but will dart behind my legs if spooked, but has never pulled or tried to bolt.
Once reassured he will trot along and seems to enjoy following.
Has Murphy met other dogs?
Murphy has met around 6 other dogs so far (in 3 days) & is rather aloof. He backs away from yappy/exuberant dogs, but seems happy to let them sniff & move on.
How is Murphy with humans?
Murph bonds with his key humans fairly quickly & is interested in what they are doing but needs space and time to follow them. He settles easily with calming reassurance & soon approaches for some strokes & scratches. He will venture forward if you stop too soon!
Have you noticed if Murphy is afraid of any particular things?
Murphy is afraid of unpredictable children & sudden movements. He's never aggressive, but backs away and looks for reassurance.
I think he'd cope well with most things if there's a calming, reassuring voice to let him know he's safe.
Any other useful information ?
New adopters will need to invest time to build Murphy's confidence and reassure him, but I imagine he will grow in confidence and be a happy 4 legged partner.
What is Murphy's ideal home?
Murphy will make a devoted companion to a single person or a couple in an adult home to have a calm retirement where he can enjoy peace and quiet, lovely long walks and somewhere to retreat if he's wary of visitors. Despite his upheaval & difficult past he soon bonded with me and with kind reassurance happily settled and was content to seek me out and interact. Murph travels well in a car & jumps in & out easily. He would be OK in calm social situations with other dogs or people as long as he has some reassurance & can stay beside his companion.
Murphy is an uncomplicated soul who just wants to be loved and will be a fantastic faithful friend in return.