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Sex: Female - neutered
Age: 1 year approx
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Foster home - Ottershaw, Chertsey
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: Families who have another sociable dog in the home, under 8 years of age. Ideally a home where she will not be left alone on her own and who will help her adapt to UK life.
Wilma loves her walks and has been off lead in foster. Wilma would not suit an older home due to her activity levels.
SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES WILL BE IN PLACE TO ALLOW MEETING/ADOPTIONS.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £500
Wilma spent so long in a shelter in Crete, most of her short life, but she got her ticket to leave and now is in the UK and blossoming in foster, when she arrived she was shy and wary, but now she is becoming the dog she always wanted and deserved to be.
Below is what her foster mum says about her.
I love people. Especially my own. I prefer to approach you to start with than you approach me but I’m happy to meet strangers both big and small.
I really don’t like bouncy rude dogs in my face. I will air snap at them if I can’t get away but I’d rather avoid them at all costs. I don’t want to be mean, I am just a bit scared of them.
I love long walks and water and sticks and mud and grass and to prance. When we’re done I like to show you the way home.
Cars are fun as they take me nice places and I will sit in the boot and look out of the window. I get a little excited when we arrive and like to get out quickly. When we’re done I love to hop back in the car before the others to get my space.
I’m happy having my paws wiped when i come in.
I grumble sometimes if I’m in the garden and hear happy dogs.
I love a fuss and cuddles but I like you to approach me slowly so I can read your body language first.
I don’t mind you tickling my tummy for a few hours or my ears/chin/neck.
Living with another dog is great as I get to see how the people are with them then I know if I can trust them or not.
I can’t resist stealing my foster mums left slipper. It should be mine now as I’ve had it longer.
I like to play with other dogs and be part of their pack.
I love my raw food sooo much.
I love to run with my friend(s) off lead in fields. I will come back to you and wont got too far from you once I know who you are.
I like the occasional chew toy or Antler but sometimes too tired after my walk to chew it.
I’m happy for you to go out for a while. Make it a few hours if you like (as long as I’ve had a good walk).
I’m happy sleeping downstairs at night as long as I have a friend. I get really excited when the humans come down in the morning and love to make a fuss of them.
I have never messed in the house as long as I’m allowed out occasionally.
Wilma needs an experienced fairly who will understand she still needs a bit of time and patience as can still be wary of other dogs if they approach her too quickly. She just needs to adapt and learn the ropes, she is blossoming in foster and a very sweet girl.
With the right boundaries and guidance she 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 hard work required.
IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO ADOPT NOW, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS OUR ADOPTION PROCESS CAN BE SPEEDY ONCE WE IDENTIFY A SUITABLE HOME.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Wilma
Where does Wilma sleep at night?
Downstairs with 2 of my dogs. She was initially restless for 2 nights but now settles down and sleeps soundly all night.
How is she with current dogs/animals?
We have 3 dogs. She loves to follow my greyhound around and likes my younger spaniel. I also have and old very grumpy spaniel and wants to be left alone. Wilma is very perceptive and avoids her.
She is very comfortable with my pack. They aren’t playful but they are confident and this gives her confidence. I have a bold cat who she ignores after initial introductions. I have a very jumpy scared cat who hisses and runs. She’s afraid of him and won’t go near him.
Is Wilma clean indoors?
Yes and has been from day one. Goes out in the garden to do her business without any encouragement. She likes the garden and quick to do her business. She’s not to keen to poo out on walks yet.
Can Wilma be left alone?
She has been left for 2hrs a few times but only after a long walk (1 1/2hrs) and she just sleeps. I think once she knows her home and has had her walk she will be fine. She’s a young dog who’s learning all the time.
Is Wilma out on walks?
She loves her walks and likes to sniff about. Her recall needs work but she had bonded with my 3 and us so wants to come back close to arms length. She doesn’t appear to have a prey drive and will happily watch the ducks on the river. She likes the water and I don’t think it will be long before she’s swimming. She loves to run and prance in puddles and she smiles !!
This is when we see her true puppy.
How does she walk on the lead?
Wilma is a good girl now, can be off lead in the right environment.
Has she met with other dogs?
She can be scared of other dogs when first meets them indoors, outdoors she is alot braver.
She prefers to approach them and sniff them out. If they bounce at her or rush her she wants to get away and with and air snap. There’s no agression she
just wants them to go away. After a few minutes when she knows they won’t harm her she settles down and accepts their company. She just prefers gentle introductions.
How is Wilma with humans?
She likes humans and really wants to be around them. She shows no fear when we meet people out. More intrigue.
In the house she will come and join you and likes to cuddle up to to your feet. She loves her neck tickled and occasionally offers up her belly for a rub.
She is very excited when you come into the room wagging her tail and coming to greet you. She is becoming more animated each day and it won’t be long before she will play with you and toys.
Have you noticed if Wilma afraid of any particular things?
She seems fine with any household noises. Hoovers, washing machines, general banging and crashing about.
Any other useful information
Wilma likes to be where the people are bonds quite quickly.
She is showing signs of becoming a very loyal friend and I believe we will see a different dog in a few months.
She’s very clever and watches everything hence she needs time a space to work it all out. She responds to correction and learns very quickly.
What kind of home do you think would be suitable?
Wilma needs a family who will give her structure, training and routine and lots of exercise.
Older children would be fine/good for her. She needs another confident friendly/playful dog as we know she loves to play. Under 8 years old as she is a young girl. Her new family will have to continue the work on leaving her and be able to build the time up so preferably time at home to do this initially. If she doesn’t have regular walks she may get bored like all dogs.