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Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 10 months
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Medium - 18 kgs
Location: Foster home - Ottershaw KT16
Live with children: Yes - 12 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Only dog savvy cats as likes to play
Special Requirements: Spotty can live as an only dog with investment in socialisation.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Spotty was rescued by tourists then left with him with a cat rescuer in Crete and forgotten. The rescuer tried all other rescues but Spotty was not helped until she approached us.
Spotty had to learn all about UK living; he is a clever boy and learns quickly.
We realized soon after he arrived he was mostly deaf, initially a deep sleeper we saw he just couldn’t hear.
Being deaf does not stop Spotty at all and he is off road, clean indoors, lovely playful fun happy boy.
Please don’t be put off by Scotty’s hearing as it does not affect him at all. Actually a good thing for fireworks and loud noises.
Spotty is looking for his forever home where he can have his walks, interaction, adventures and to play with other dogs as often as he can.
With the right boundaries and guidance Spotty will easily adjust and make a lovely addition to any home, but adopters need to be fully committed.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's name: Spotty
Arrival date: 4th April 2023.
Where does Spotty sleep at night?
Downstairs with 2 of my dogs. He is sleeps soundly and is clean all night.
How is Spotty with current pets?
He currently lives with my two female and one male dog. He plays chase with one of them on walks and a little tug of way with one of the others at home. He has learnt to understand when they need some time out and space. He is also very respectful when they tell him “no” even though he cannot hear their warning grumbles. He is building up his confidence and seems to favour my older male dog who is very placid.
He also lives with a cat and chickens. He is good with my big fat cat who is the boss, but I think tat he would chase a young cat that runs so would be better suited to a cat free home as he wants to chase and play.
Is Spotty clean indoors?
Yes, we let him out regularly and he goes to the toilet straight away if he needs to. He needs a little extra encouragement in torrential rain but will let you know if he needs to go out.
Can Spotty be left alone?
He has been very good at being left for up to 2 hours at a time. He settles nicely on his bed and seems to sleep. I have only left him after a walk and breakfast but he seems great at my comings and goings. I’m so impressed how good he is being left for such a young dog. He chews his toys so enthusiastically but, to date, has never chewed or picked up anything he shouldn’t have.
Is Spotty out on walks?
Spotty loves walks. He loves to sniff and is mainly off lead when we can see there is nothing to startle him. He loves to play with the others and will chase them nudging them to get them to chase him. It’s all so exciting! Although he plays chase he doesn’t like to go too far and returns to check in. Letting him off-lead will have to be done with caution as he cannot hear recall sounds.
He stays with my dogs but if they go too far he won’t follow. Choosing instead to stay close to us.
I would highly recommend a tracker for him for his safety.
How does Spotty walk on the lead?
He is good on a lead and doesn’t pull but still learning to walk in a straight line. He loves sniffing about and watching the big wide world. We have been along busy high streets and he is gaining confidence and is happy to keep moving. A few things may prompt a bark if he sees them for the first time and is afraid. For example an umbrella! He’s fine with push chairs, mobility scooters, shopping trolleys for example.
Has Spotty met other dogs?
On walks Spotty can bark at some other dogs but then happy to approach cautiously and say hello. We are correcting this by giving him a treat as soon as the other dog comes into view (and before he barks). This distracts him and he is then fine to stop while I talk to the owner and he can say hi at his own pace. So, he just needs to get used to seeing other dogs.
Once he has met other dogs he is then keen to see if they will be his friend and play.
How is Spotty with humans?
Spotty is a little shy initially and looks startled if people rush to him. He will occasionally bark but he soon stops If they approach him calmly and he will happily accept a stroke from people enjoying a fuss. With the help of a treat (he loves food) he comes round quite quickly. He actually loves people and catches on quickly if they are friendly.
Have you noticed if Spotty is afraid of any particular things?
No, he doesn’t appear to have any specific fears. He can be a little shy and lacking a little confidence, but not afraid of anything in particular. Apart from one of the bird boxes in the woods near us. He’s ok with the other 20!
Any other useful information?
He loves to be stroked and cuddled and is very affectionate. He likes to put his paws up and give you a cuddle. His greeting are very special and affectionate.
He loves to play with soft toys and run around with them in his mouth. He will bring them back to play tug with you. He hasn’t chewed anything he shouldn’t and seems to but love chew toys, like horns, yak chews or antlers. He loves to interact with a tug toy and will get very enthusiastic. He is learning hand signals when to stop now though.
When he has finished playing, he settles really nicely in his bed and sleeps undisturbed for hours.
He eats well. He is fine with me taking away his bowl when he’s finished and being around his food. He is eating raw food currently as mine do but has previously eaten a wet food and isn’t fussy. He now weighs 18.4 kgs which seems an ideal weight for him now.
He likes most treats and they are a great tool for his training.
He will sit beautifully when he wants something ie his dinner or his lead on for walks.
He has no interest in going upstairs to sleep and when it’s night time he selects his bed, covers his nose with his paw and sleeps through until 7am. (When I have to wake him)
Spotty’s ideal home:
Spotty could live with another friendly dog who likes to play. I think he would also be happy as an only dog, but would need to be regularly socialised.
He is still very puppy like, and enjoys rough playing with his humans but is learning when to stop. Like a puppy he is still a little mouthy but cannot hear the reaction of this so we are swapping whatever body part he has for a toy and his almost there with this.
He needs an active household. He has plenty of energy to burn off, but will reward you with being quiet and calm at night and when left alone in the house.
He needs someone who will continue with his lead training and setting boundaries (e.g. to stop him jumping up).
He has not been tested with children, but I would think he would be fine with calm, older teenage children.
I do not recommend that he is homed with cats or young children.
Spotty is a lovely, lively, cheeky, affectionate dog who will make a great companion. He will need extra patience and understanding and someone to take good care of him if ever off the lead but he looks to you for directions and your reactions and we think this is common in deaf or hard of hearing dogs.
He is an absolute treasure and easy to fall in love with.
One of the easiest foster dogs I’ve had x