Sex: Female - not neutered
Age: 6 months
Type: Mixed breed
Location: Foster - Addlestone, Surrey
Live with children: Yes - 8 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: No
Special Requirements: Access to other dogs on walks and to play.
OUR ADOPTION FEE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO £400 DURING SEPTEMBER DUE TO INCREASED TRAVEL COSTS.
This is Sprite. She arrived from the Crete shelter nervous, withdrawn and underweight. She had had little human contact at the shelter - no cuddles or walks. She is making great progress in foster care as you can read below in the foster Mum's report.
Her new family will need accept that Sprite is still a 'work-in-progress' and be prepared for the hard work that this entails - basic training, toileting, walking on and off lead, getting used to noises and living in a home.
She 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 she is old enough.
Sprite has some muscle wastage on her back end, from not walking much and no exercise whilst confined in the shelter, she is very underweight, so she has had a vet check up and the vet believes once she builds muscle from walks and puts on weight this will ease.
The decision to adopt should never be taken lightly, adoption should be for life, and adopters need to be prepared for the effort and hard work involved in helping a dog settle and adjust. So please only apply if you are 100% committed to the hard work a puppy can bring, broken sleep, toilet training, socialisation, boundaries. The first week is very important and with the right boundaries and guidance Sprite will easily adjust and make a lovely addition to any home but adopters need to be fully prepared.
ONLY APPLY IF READY TO ADOPT as the process can be quite quick if a match and home check successful.
Our foster home has provided the feedback below:
Dogs name: Sprite
Where does the Sprite sleep at night?
She sleeps in her nice comfy bed all night downstairs with my dogs. We have spent the first 3 nights with her to settle her in. She sleeps very well but likes company.
How is the Sprite with current dogs/animals?
She is really good with my 3 dogs and watches when we fuss them before coming over for her share. She isn’t too keen on the cat and he’s bold and dog savvy but she barks him away.
Is the she clean indoors?
Mainly yes, we’ve had a few wee’s by the back door when it’s been closed so she knows the drill. She loves the garden but sometimes need encouragement to go out.
Can the she be left alone?
Yes she was left for 2 hrs after her walk. She had a good look around and then slept. Quiet as a mouse.
Is Sprite out on walks?
She loves to walk alongside my dogs. She needs a few short walks at the moment to build muscle and strength. She is very nervous of people, barking and backing off. I’m confident this will change the more she meets. She’s fine if she approaches them from behind. We are working on face to face.
How do they walk on the lead?
Sprite prefers a harness as she likes to run in short bursts so it works well with an extendable lead. She walks well on a lead too.
Have she met with other dogs?
Yes and she shows some interest not that fussed but is very polite.She has started to play with toys and wants to play with my dogs so another dog in the home will give her confidence.
How is she with humans?
Sprite is nervous of humans when she first meets them. If she’s out she will woof out of fear and try to pull away. If she’s indoors she’s more accepting. She has been with us for 5 days now and knows who we are so will come and greet us with the waggiest tail and love a fuss now. She she will bond quickly as she’s looking for love and attention.
Have you noticed the Sprite is afraid of any particular things?
Mainly loud noises but everything is new and she’s getting better daily.
What kind of home do you think would be suitable for.
Sprite needs a little time and patience to learn what domestic life is all about. She’s inquisitive and can be bold in certain circumstances. She would prefer a calm household without cats. She loves to be around the humans when she gets to know you. Give her time and space initially and she will blossom. I think she would be good with calm older children as she has started to play with balls and toys. She loves collecting things and taking them to her bed. Balls, socks, antlers.