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Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 1.5 years
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Large - current weight 30kg
Location: Foster home - Andover, Hants
Live with children: Yes - 10 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: No
Special Requirements: Needs experienced dog owners who can continue his lead training and give him the exercise he needs.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Meet Pluto from Crete.
We met Pluto in January this year when we visited a new shelter in Crete. Pluto had only just arrived poor boy, he had no idea how awful his life was about to become. Thrown out onto the street then caught and chucked into a prison hell.
Stuck in a kennel, no walks or love, so awfully sad. He was one of man many dogs in the shelter and was about to start going crazy with frustration, bad care and boredom. Living in a prison without basic needs.
Pluto is in foster and being a great boy, fun, funny, clean indoors. Pluto loves his walks and loves hanging with other dogs. Pluto loves a good cuddle and will make a very loyal family addition. He will still need ongoing guidance as has never received any guidance on how to be a loved family pet. All he has known is life in a horrid kennel.
Pluto is now fully vaccinated and microchipped and now neutered.
He has only known life in a horrid shelter and and a short time in foster, so his new family need to be prepared for to introduce him to life in the UK and his new surroundings - including maintaining his training, toilet, walking, getting used to noises and living in a 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 consistent work required.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's name: Pluto
Arrival date: 5th August 2022
Where does Pluto sleep at night?
Downstairs by himself behind a baby gate. He is quiet and clean all night.
How is Pluto with current pets?
Pluto is currently living with two other dogs, one male (relaxed and friendly), one female (nervous and bossy), both neutered. He is fine with the male, they just ignore each other. He does not get on well with the female so most of the time they stay away from each other.
Pluto also lives with two cats and chickens. He is a bit naughty with them as he likes to chase and so needs to live in a cat free home.
Is Pluto clean indoors?
Pluto is almost fully house trained with only the occasional accident (wee) in the house. He has just been neutered (15.08.22) and so this should help.
Can Pluto be left alone?
So far I have left him for just over an hour by himself, and this does not seem to bother him. This needs to be continued each day by the new owners, building up the time little by little to get him used to being left for longer periods.
Is Pluto out on walks?
Pluto loves his walks. He is enthusiastic about meeting other people and dogs.
How does Pluto walk on the lead?
His lead training needs to be continued. He can be a bit excited and so pull at first, but does walk nicely on a short lead after a while.
Has Pluto met with other dogs?
On walks Pluto is friendly and interested in other dogs. He will bark back if they growl or bark at him. If they are quiet, then he is quiet.
How is Pluto with humans?
Pluto loves people. He is very enthusiastic in greeting new people. He likes to do it eye-to-eye on two legs. We are working on this. He has no wariness of strangers and will accept affection from anyone he meets. He is best mates with our postman!
Have you noticed if Pluto is afraid of any particular things?
Pluto is actually a very confident dog considering his start in life. He has experienced the full range of household appliances. He keeps away when the hoover is on, but it doesn’t particularly frighten him. Sometimes going through new doorways makes him stop while he works out what is going on, give him a minute without forcing him and he will carry on.
Any other useful information?
He is happy to be brushed, he tolerates a bath and having his feet wiped.
He loves to play fetch all day long as he is very energetic.
Once play time is over, he does like to have a snooze next to me while I work, until next play time.
He eats well. He is fine with me taking away his bowl and being around his food. He is eating Forthglade wet food for adults twice a day. He loves Bonios and treats.
He has learnt sit, down and bed. His recall is very good, he wants to be with you!
Pluto’s ideal home
Pluto could live with another calm and relaxed dog but would probably be best as an only dog as he can be a bit over enthusiastic with play.
He would need a very active household. He is a large, young dog with boundless energy. He needs lots of exercise.
He needs to live with an experienced dog owner who can manage the lead training (he is currently 30 kg and strong), and also continue the efforts to curb his enthusiasm for jumping up.
He has not been tested with children, but I would think he would be fine with calm, older children.
I do not recommend that he is homed with cats.
Pluto is going to grow into a fantastic dog for his lucky owners. He is incredibly loyal, happy and very affectionate.