Ready to adopt?
Age: 4 months
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Small to Medium when fully grown current weight 7kg.
Location: Foster home - Leigh 0n -Sea, Essex
Live with children: Yes - 5 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Special Requirements: Thistle would benefit from having another dog under 9 years in the home, to give guidance and be a play buddy.
Please do not apply if you do not have another dog in the home.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
Meet little man Thistle from Crete.
Whilst our founder Jennifer was on holiday in Crete and out running she ran around a corner to find 4 pups running in the road, on a bend, unsafe. She stopped to say hi, they were a little wary of her, but as she stopped a lady came out of a nearby house, after a discussion is transpired she feeds the pups but she has no plan for them and cannot keep them. The lady has 4 other dogs, one on a chain poor thing.
Jennifer offered to help and the lady accepted, all dogs went to foster and to the vets for travel preparations.
Thistle has only been in the UK for a few days, but what a little superstar. So well behaved. Full info in the template below, but Thistle is clean, loves his walks, loves other dogs, a gentleman who will make a wonderful family addition.
Thistle is fully vaccinated and microchipped, but is still too young to be neutered so adopters will be asked to commit to doing this as soon as he is old enough.
The decision to adopt a puppy should not be taken lightly - we have had puppies returned as people have not been fully prepared for the hard work that can come. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Thistle will adapt and become a rounded dog. But please do not underestimate this can mean a few weeks of hard work
Our adoption process can be quick so, if you would like to adopt him, please make sure your calendar is free of commitments that would prevent you meeting and adopting.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog’s name: Thistle
Where does Thistle sleep at night?
Either on the end of the bed or on a blanket. He has slept well overnight since he has been here and has been clean and dry. He is quickly learning that toileting is done outside.
How is Thistle with current pets?
He was initially very ‘barky’ but after 24hrs of being here, he plays nicely and now loves to play with our two other dogs and loves a chew toy! He would fit in with other active dogs but also would be ok as an only dog.
Is Thistle clean indoors?
We have had 1 wee indoors on day 1 but he has now been clean every night
Can Thistle be left alone?
He has been left for short periods and copes better when there is another dog in the house. When left alone without another dog he becomes distressed but we are continuing with leaving him for short periods while monitoring him
Is Thistle good out on walks?
Yes. He walks nicely already but is a little nervous so with lots more practice, he should be calm and well behaved on his lead. We are doing lead work with him to get him used to a lead, and is confident in a pack. He is happy to sniff and hasn’t pulled. He is interested in things and is alert. Shows no fear of cars or traffic. He initially barks at other dogs so we are starting to socialise him with other dogs to increase his confidence.
He is gradually learning that other dogs are not scary but training will need to be continued
How does Thistle walk on the lead?
He is responding to training and is walking off-lead and becoming better behaved on each walk. Is more confident in a pack.
Has Thistle met other dogs?
Yes. He was very ‘barky’ with our two initially but after 24hrs he calmed down and now plays nicely with them. He barks at other dogs out on a walk and we believe this is due to being scared, not aggression. We are starting to train him out of this behaviour and trying to build his confidence by meeting other dogs
How is Thistle with humans?
He is quite nervous to start with but then is friendly. He will allow people to stroke him and make a fuss of him. He loves to sit beside you on the sofa and be cuddled. He is very calm in the home and just craves human attention.
He has now experienced a range of locations – pub, café, shops and gym and he copes really well.
Have you noticed if Thistle is afraid of any particular things?
He hasn’t reacted to household items such as hoovers or washing machines.
Any other useful information?
He can be nervous around people and pets to begin with so you have to give him space and time to settle. He was here less than 24hrs and we saw a huge change in him, he was more settled and comfortable around us and our two dogs.
Not tested on cats. Has met children and is very friendly. Doesn’t guard food. Travels well. Settles well and doesn’t ‘pace’ around.
Thistle would benefit from having another dog in the home, who he can continue to learn from. He loves playing with other dogs and although initially appears scared, he soon settles and then will play nicely. He has been dry overnight and loves his sleep!
He is coming out of his shell and will play nicely with other dogs that he knows. Loves to play with toys and copes well with visitors to the house
Thistle has been a pleasure to foster. He’s a handsome boy and has a friendly nature. Initially he is timid but soon learns to trust. He is a quick learner and will definitely need a family who will take him on long walks and keep him stimulated. As with all puppies he is NOT suited to short walks or long periods of inactivity and even though he loves a cuddle, he definitely isn’t a lap dog.