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Sex: Male / neutered
Age: 1 year
Size: Small / Medium
Location: Foster Crete (see * below for arrival date)
Live with children: Yes - 5 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: No
In the words of his foster mum, "Smudge is our miracle foster dog".
In his previous 'home' he was one of 30 dogs kept in a dark basement - the victim of a hoarder. The dogs' living conditions were disgraceful and they were poorly fed.
When first rescued he was fearful of all humans - he would cower, shake and wet himself at any human touch. Gradually, with lots of love and attention, he has come out of his shell, plays with other dogs, and loves to cuddle.
Smudge weighs 11 kilos, he is clean in the house, learning to walk with a harness, and is getting used to normal household noises. We are looking for a patient furr-ever family which is committed to continuing his training and helping him reach his potential. He would do best placed with another dog friend, but no cats, as his chase instinct is too strong.
We are keen to find an adopter who can give Smudge some training, and be patient, he is getting better but can still be spooked by loud bangs so does need a patient home.
Below is some information from his foster mum in Crete.
Smudge : The vet has said that Smudge is approximately 1 year old and is fully grown. He weighed 11 kilos at his last vet visit and is not expected to get bigger. He has no ongoing health issues but he does have some scars on his face and body from his previous life in a hoarding situation. He has no food problems and does not show food aggression when another dog approaches while eating. At night he sleeps on a dog bed in our room as do all our fosters. Sometimes he chooses to share a bed with one of our other fosters sometimes not. He sleeps well through the night and is clean in the house. However, usually, my husband or I get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night and we let our 3 fosters, , go out to have a pee in the yard. They all come right back in and we all go back to sleep. At bedtime, if I let him, he will hop up on the bed next to me for a 5 min cuddle, but then I return him to his bed. He is clean in the house and usually dances around by the front door when he wants to go out. We lead an active lifestyle and are outside together for large parts of the day when the weather is good. We often leave him in the house for 1-2 ½ hours in the kitchen with no messes or chewing damage. I give him Nyla bones to satisfy any chew urge, sometimes he chews them sometimes not. When walking with a lead we ALWAYS use a harness, as being pulled by the neck frightens him. However, we do also put a slip lead on his neck as an extra precaution in case something should surprise or scare him. He does not pull on the lead, quite the opposite, will need coaxing and assurances to walk. It helps him that there are other dogs and it seems like a normal thing to him. But he will need continued work in this area. He has a strong chase instinct with cats and I imagine that could transfer to squirrels, which we do not have in Crete. His ongoing training needs are to continue to get used to household noises and new people. He will bark when there is a new unknown loud noise. We are exposing him to as many new noises and situations as possible. Smudge is a very sweet, cuddly boy who has come very far in foster. With love and continued training he will make an excellent companion.
Dogs like Smudge are the reason we are in rescue work, he is a prime example of how neglected and abused animals can recover and live happy, full lives. He will make a wonderful family pet.
*We are keen to rehome Smudge here in the UK as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we do not have a vacancies in a UK foster home for the foreseeable future. However, we are planning to bring some dogs from Crete on 7th February. If we have found an adoptive family before then, Smudge will travel to the UK as part of that group.