Sex: Male - not neutered
Age: 5 months
Type: Mixed breed - stumpy legs
Size: Small to medium - fully grown
Location: Foster in Farnborough
Live with children: Yes - 5 years+
Live with dogs: Yes
Live with cats: No
Special Requirements: We are only able to reply to applications from applications from families with another sociable dog under 8 years old in the home.
You will not receive a reply if you submit an enquiry but do not match the criteria.
OUR ADOPTION FEE WILL BE INCREASED TO £400 DURING JULY DUE TO INCREASED TRAVEL COSTS.
e first met Dudley, and sibling Dorita, on a recent trip to the shelter in Crete and what sad eyes they had, huddled together for support and comfort.
They arrived 24th July and have gone into foster together.
They are stumpy little guys, quite chunky but little legs, fully grown. They are vaccinated and microchipped, but are too young to be neutered so adopters will be asked to commit to doing this as soon as they are old enough.
They are very affectionate but have lived in the shelter for so long they need time and patience to fully blossom, even after 2 days they are showing their happiness and personalities so it won't take long but we are looking for homes who have had dogs previously and have the time and patience to teach them the ropes.
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, Dudley will adapt and become a wonderful family member. But please do not underestimate this can mean a few weeks of hard work.
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 Dudley will easily adjust.
IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ADOPT IMMEDIATELY PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AS YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REPLY.
Dudley's foster mum has provided the feedback below:
Where does the Dudley sleep at night?
He has the option of sleeping anywhere in my room whether that’s his bed, my bed or the floor. The past few nights he’s snuggled up to me at night but is also happy in his own bed. He sleeps throughout the night without any accidents
How is the Dudley with current dogs/animals?
He is currently in foster with another dog. Dudley likes to wonder over calmly wagging his tail and says a quick hello to patch when he enters a room.
He is also living with a cat and has shown some interest in him but response well to NO and moves away.
Is he clean indoors?
He's been clean Indoors from day one. When he wakes up in the morning we go into the garden straight away and he does his business. He’s had one accident but this is to be expected as he’s young and still learning
Can the Dudley be left alone?
Dudley can get distressed at first when left, we have work on his separation anxiety over the last few days increasing the times he is left whether that's 10min or 40min and he’s getting better.
He can now be left for an hour, He does still cry now and then but does settle but only when with another dog. Which is why he believe he would enjoy living with another dog who could make him feel safe.
The new owners will need to continue to leave him for periods of time so he can continue his progress.
When we left him little and often throughout the day I could see some progress and less crying when he was left.
Is Dudley out on walks and how do they walk on lead?
At first he was very unsure on lead and was reluctant to move. However now he has learnt how fun walks can be and now he happily walks next to or in front of me.
Dudley is more of a gentle soul and looks at you for encouragement. He loves his walks and runs around with other dogs
Has Dudley met with other dogs?
At first he was very reluctant to meet other dogs and was scared to be approached. This is due to the lack of socialisation and poor treatment he endured in his early life.
Now that he is more comfortable and confident on walks he’s getting better at meeting new dogs.
He has met lots of dogs with different personalities and size and has started to play with other dogs too.
How is Dudley with humans?
Dudley love nothing but love and attention.
At first Dudley can be timid but with some encouragement and when he realises you aren’t going to hurt him he’s the most loving sweet boy. He loves nothing more then a snuggle and to follow you around. He’s very loyal but does need time to adjust.
Have you noticed the Dudley are afraid or worried of any particular things?
Dudley hasn’t been in the U.K. long and is still adjusting. Their is a few things he can bewary of.
To start with he was nervous of being approached by dogs or people walking past, this is due to missing out on Key socialisation when he was a young pup. I’ve seen this fear slowly improve while he has been in foster and have been meeting lots of new dogs and people on walks and while out on trips to the shops.
He has been getting better and enjoy getting tickles and attention by lots of new people, the new adopters will need to continue to introduce him to lots of people and lovely dogs.
THE PERFECT FAMILY FOR DUDLEY
Dudley is a sweet and sometimes sensitive soul who has the most beautiful eyes, he has not had the best story to life so will need a family which is patient and will give him time to adjust.
He loves to snuggle up and loves to be with other dogs so a home with a dog would be ideal,
The new adopters will need to continue to work on his separation anxiety by leaving him little and often by doing this he will slowly learn to relax once you have left.
He will need to be out on walk and play dates meeting lots new dogs and people daily to help him grow in confidence.