Ready to adopt?
Sex: Male - neutered
Age: 9 months
Type: Jindo cross
Size: Medium - approx 14kg
Location: Foster home - Sunbury, Surrey
Live with children: Over 12 years
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Yes
Special Requirements: Firecracker would prefer a dog under 10 years of age in the home to show him guidance and eventually would like to play. Firecracker can live as an only dog with an experienced adopter.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
This is Firecracker, one of our wonderful South Korean meat farm rescue dogs.
Firecracker has adapted well to foster and learning to be a brave boy.
Firecracker is fully grown, approx weight 18kg, neutered. He is clean indoors, not destructive, he is a sweet boy who smiles and when his tail wags it brings a smile to any face. Firecracker is not the finished article but with time and guidance will blossom into a smashing boy.
Firecracker can still be a little shy, he will need a family who can continue exposing him to new surroundings etc and help him adapt.
Detailed write up below from his foster family.
Please only apply if you are ready to proceed within a week and meet the criteria.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Firecracker
Firecracker, gentle boy, clean indoors, likes to be groomed, eats well, lives wiht other dogs, can live with cats.
Whilst he is still wary of strangers he no longer cowers away and will happily sit alongside others in the company of other dogs.
If he is worried about anything he will seek reassurance from my other dogs and stay close to them.
He had a sleep over with another fosterer for a couple of nights and was the perfect houseguest with their 3 dogs and also their cat which he ignored.
He is becoming more comfortable in busier places but would prefer a quiet life with his new family.
He is always excited to go out and will happily allow you to put his harness and lead on. He is wary of cyclists and people running and loud noises worry him.
He is very affectionate with us and our dogs and now loves to play with a tennis ball.
His ideal family would be a calm household with a confident, tolerant dog who will help him to overcome his shyness. He is an adorable little boy and will be a wonderful companion when he is fully settled.
Where does Firecracker sleep at night?
He sleeps downstairs at night with my other dogs. He likes to sleep underneath the table or the sofa and sleeps through the night until we come downstairs. We are greeted with a waggy tail and he will jump up for a fuss.
How is Firecracker with current pets?
He was initially wary of my 3 female dogs but is now desperate to play with them and throws himself on his back in front of them and licks their face. They tolerate him but pretty much ignore him as they are older girls and far too snooty to play with a puppy.
Is he clean indoors?
Yes, not one mess.
Can he be left alone?
Yes, he can be left for a few hours, no issues.
Is Firecracker out on walks?
Yes, he absolutely loves his walks and is excited when you pick up his lead to go out. He is currently having 3 walks a day with my dogs. He is happy to have his harness and lead put on.
He does tend to do his toilet on his walks so if his routine changes this would need to be managed. We drive to the walk so he is used to the van and travels well. He wants to be in the front with us to check everything out so he needs to be secured in the back with his harness. He happily jumps in the van with my other dogs.
How do they walk on the lead?
We use a slip lead and a lead attached to his harness. He seems to have overcome his fear of of walking through gates now. He does not like noise and traffic so walking him on a road is currently a challenge for him. He wants to get back to the van, which he obviously finds safe.
Have they met with other dogs?
Yes. If he is introduced calmly he is polite and sniffs them and then generally walks away. He will happily walk alongside other dogs unless they jump all over him. He is not keen on boisterous dogs rushing up to him and will show his teeth as a warning but backs away from them. The only dogs he has shown any interest in playing with are my dogs.
How are they with humans?
Firecracker is wary of strangers but is becoming more confident with visitors to the house. If given the choice he would stay in his safe place under the table or sofa but we are encouraging him to come out into the garden to get used to being around other people. We have a fairly busy house and our dogs bark at the doorbell which doesn’t help him.
Have you noticed Firecracker is afraid of any particular things?
Firecracker is becoming much more comfortable going outside in the garden and will follow my other dogs outside now. We do occasionally need to encourage him outside but he has become much more relaxed once out there. Loud noises and sudden movements still worry him. He is wary of cyclists and anyone running. We sit outside a busy café every morning with our van doors open to get him used to the daily noise of people and traffic. He sat very calmly outside a quieter café with other people and dogs and coped very well. He is less comfortable with busier areas. His anxiety is easing but his new family will need to be patient with him.
He also appears to be wary of small children and moves away from them. This could be because they are excited and giving off too much energy for him.
Other useful info:
Firecracker is a very sweet boy and is just starting to show us his playful nature. He has started to pick toys up and take them to his bed but is not really sure what to do with them. He did initially guard his bed from my dogs and growled at them a couple of times but this has stopped and he will now share a bed.
He is getting braver by the day and has bonded with me and my husband in the short time we have had him. He is happy to be groomed and handled. He is affectionate and will lay beside us on the sofa for a cuddle.
I feel that he needs a calm home environment, potentially with older children who will give him his space. He has undoubtedly benefited from being around my dogs and learning from them so his transition to his new family would be easier if they have a tolerant but playful dog. He could potentially be an only dog if living with patient and experienced family with experience of handling nervous dogs to continue with his training and rehabilitation. He does like the company of other dogs so would need to be socialised.
He is truly a delightful dog and once he learns to trust humans he will be an awesome family dog.