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Faith - Ruby's mother
Sex: Female - not neutered
Age: 4.5 months
Type: Mixed breed
Size: Medium when fully grown. Mum Faith was small/medium
Location: Foster home Basingstoke, RG22
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: Not tested
Special Requirements: Ideally another dog in the house as a playmate and role model.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS £550
This is Ruby one of a litter of pups who, along with Faith their mum, were taken into foster care in Crete a little over four months ago. The family had been dumped on rocky, waste ground but Faith had managed to feed her litter, although in a very poor state herself.
Once the pups were weaned and Faith was back to full health, she was brought to the UK and is now enjoying life in a wonderful new home.
We are pleased to say that all the pups progressed well having received vet care & regular check-ups and are now ready to find a new home in the UK.They have been vaccinated and microchipped but are too young to be neutered - so adopters will be asked to commit to doing this as soon as their pup is old enough.
Ruby has spent a little time in a foster home so she has seen something of living in a domestic environment. However she is a puppy who needs ongoing training training. Her new family will need to be prepared for the consistent work of introducing a pup to domestic life in the UK - basic training, toileting, walking on and off lead, getting used to noises and living in a home.
The decision to adopt a rescue dog should not be taken lightly - we have had dogs returned as people have not been fully prepared for the consistent work that maybe needed. If you invest time and energy into the advice we give you, Ruby will adapt well to her new UK life.
A reminder - Chimney Farm will be closing by end of 2023 so all adopters need to be aware there will be no rescue back up after November 1st. However, we would like to assure new adoptive families that our rehoming team will be available for advice during the early months of their dog's settling-in period.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dog's Name: Ruby
Where does Ruby sleep at night?
Ruby sleeps in a dog bed in our hallway area with our dog Basil. She tends to sneak into bed with Basil during the night. She is very excited to see us in the morning.
How is Ruby with current pets?
Ruby is very sociable and tries to get Basil or any dog to play with her. She shadows our resident dog and copies what he does which is a good way of learning. On occasion our dog has told Ruby off when he has had enough playing and she backs away or rolls onto her back submissively.
Is Ruby clean indoors?
Ruby is not yet clean indoors but she is learning. With toilet training she is using the garden 50% of the time and responds well to the praise she gets when she goes. Indoors, she always goes on a puppy pad, so we are moving the pads closer to the door to help with her progress
Can Ruby be left alone?
Yes, she has been left alone for 2 hours and just settles into bed with our dog. We come home to find them snuggled up. Being a puppy, she does chew, so we leave toys with her when we go out and this seems fine as she doesn’t chew anything else.
Is Ruby out on walks?
Yes, she loves going out for walks and exploring. She wants to meet every dog she comes across and is full of energy.
How does Ruby walk on the lead?
She is getting used to being walked on a lead and responds well when you guide her to your side. She checks in with regularly on our walks ( runs back when on long lead) and will always come when called.
Has Ruby met with other dogs? Yes, many. She loves to play with other dogs and doesn’t seem at all bothered when meeting large dogs. She follows them around and tries to get them to play.
How is Ruby with humans?
Absolutely fine. She has met lots of kids and loves the attention she gets.
Have you noticed if Ruby is afraid of any particular things?
The only thing she seems timid about is when cars drive pass her on walks. She tends to stick to your legs when they approach or runs to our other dog but then explores again as soon as they are past you. She also tends to stay away from the washing machine when it is on but I think she is still learning what she can trust.
Any other useful information?
Ruby is very cute and playful. She is learning and has learnt to sit for her food. She does pine when we go upstairs and leave her downstairs, but with a firm “no”, she eventually settles down. Ruby loves tummy tickles and is super flexible. She sleeps in all sorts of funny positions.
Occasionally she carries her toys to bed with her and on occasion, one of our garden shoes!
What is Ruby ideal home:
Ideally Ruby needs another dog in the house as she seeks the company of our dog all the time. I think she would struggle to be left alone without another dog. She is fine with younger children.