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A wonderful success story – and a happy ending!

SOPHIE – Staffie x – approx 6 yrs – Redcliffe, Bristol

SOPHIE is a sweetheart who so deserves her forever home after everything she has been through. She does need something a bit special, but we know that the right home is out there for her, maybe with you?

This lovely girl would prefer to be the only dog in the home. Whilst she did previously live with 2 other dogs as time went on she began to feel the need to referee their play sessions and this led on to fighting. She is happier without those stress levels around her.

On walks also Sophie prefers to ignore other dogs, although will tolerate them as long as they don’t pester or hassle her. She will play fetch alongside another dog with no incidents, but should still be watched carefully just to be aware of any signs of anxiety or guarding.

Sophie recently suffered a neck injury, believed to have been sustained jumping from a counter. This caused something similar to whiplash and she was on steroids and reduced exercise while the inflammation and pain eased. It caused her to drag her front paws and she wore down her middle two claws to the point of bleeding. Whilst this is improving well, walks of longer than 20 minutes on pavement still cause scraping so she has little booties to wear which her foster Mum is happy to pass on. Although the pain appears to have gone (she was prescribed Tramadol as Metacam made her sick), she should be prevented from jumping heights or jarring needlessly.

As a result of this injury and reduced exercise Sophie gained some weight so is a little overweight at the moment. She gets tired after playing fetch for 10 minutes, but does love it, so play and exercise are important. She also enjoys her walks and manages an hour at walking pace. If a walk is missed due to illness or other commitments she does not pester and simply settles to the changed routine.

On or off lead Sophie is a dream. She walks beautifully on lead and only begins to pull when excited, but stops immediately she is told. Off lead she remains close, never losing sight of you, and her recall is 100%. Obviously in a new home a bond would need to be built before any off lead walking is undertaken, but in the right setting and once she has gained trust in her person she focuses totally on them.

Sophie is not good with small furries or woollies, so sadly we would not be able to home her where there are cats, rabbits or similar small pets or indeed around livestock.

On meeting new people Sophie tends to shy away and prefer to be left alone. She’s a shy girl who likes to make friends in her own time and at her own pace. Whilst she will not show any negative behaviour in terms of growling or lip curling, she will make her discomfort clear by turning her head away or physically moving away if she can. And whilst she has allowed unknown children to hug her without complaint, she is not used to children and has never lived with them, so with these factors combined we would like to find a quiet home with no resident children and no visiting young children where she has the sole company and attention of a gentle and patient Mum and/or Dad and time to bond with them. Sophie’s life before coming through Loving Homes Dog Rescue to her first home was one filled with neglect and breeding, and we need to know that for the rest of her life she will be treated like the special girl she is and her needs always respected.

Although Sophie doesn’t play much, she does love tennis balls, so prospective owners best stock up on those! She also loves her Kong filled with tasty treats, and frozen raw bones. She shows no possessiveness or guarding with people touching these and does not snatch.

Sophie used to suffer quite badly with separation anxiety, but it has improved well in her foster home where she has been left for 4 hours without noise or destructiveness. She also has a crate which has aided in her sense of security and independence, although it is left open for her to choose whether to use it. New owners should be aware however that a change of home and the unsettling of making a new bond may trigger this issue again, and it is important to be prepared to work on building up to leaving her slowly.

In the home Sophie is a very relaxed girl, and will happily sleep for long periods. She does not pester for attention or constant amusement, but does like to be close to you, especially when sleeping. She’s a real ‘cuddler’. She’s also a bit of a worrier, so her snuggling up is her security and reassurance that all’s well. She currently sleeps with her foster Mum in her bed, so prospective owners should be aware of this and consider whether this is something they would accept, or at least be willing to teach her to sleep in a bed alongside theirs. She may not adjust well to being expected to sleep downstairs alone after this time.

In many respects Sophie is a very easy girl. She travels quite well, and although she used to suffer from travel sickness this seems to have improved and she travels easily for a couple of hours. She needs very little grooming and is tolerant of being handled all over. She is good at having her front nails clipped (with the aid of treats), although a little fussier with the back. In the Summer she needs a little sunscreen on her nose, and in the Winter she feels the cold very easily so wears coats and pyjamas.

Sophie is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated.

She occasionally suffers from ‘Swimmers Tail’ and the vet has prescribed Tramadol for this. It is usually resolved in a day or 2.
**What is Swimmer’s Tail?
Swimmer’s Tail happens when a dog’s tail gets strained or sprained by activities such as swimming or playing. The tail will be sore and the dog may not be able to wag it or hold it up for a few days. It is most commonly seen in breeds who use their tails A LOT for swimming and wagging purposes 🙂
How is Swimmer’s Tail Treated?
A few days rest is the best treatment for swimmer’s tail. Most cases resolve themselves within a few days. Your veterinarian may prescribe a pain or anti-inflammatory medication if your dog is uncomfortable.**

Anyone wishing to discuss Sophie or be considered for adoption is asked to email enquiries@lovinghomesdogrescue.org.uk with their name, address and contact telephone numbers. Please state that it is Sophie you are interested in.

A telephone interview, homecheck and adoption donation/contract apply.

Loving Homes Dog Rescue Dogs for Adoption's photo.
Loving Homes Dog Rescue Dogs for Adoption's photo.Loving Homes Dog Rescue Dogs for Adoption's photo.
And the happy ending? Megan, who fostered Sophie in the beginning and again this time, has now adopted her and they are both ecstatic! 🙂
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Found something new!

Today we went off to our local Kennelgate Pet Superstore to buy a new stag antler and another Anco root for the dogs. On the same section, I discovered a new product for “aggressive chewers” – Buffalo Horn! It’s blacker than Zeus, comes in 3 sizes and is about half the price of a stag antler…

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On the reverse, it states: Standard Buffalo Horn also available in mini & jumbo sizes…

  • Low in Fat
  • Long lasting
  • No additives
  • No preservatives

…. and will not splinter. This sounds brilliant. We don’t buy roasted or smoked bones because they do splinter. We don’t buy raw bones as my two will fight over an imaginary toy so they’d probably kill each other over a meaty raw bone. This limits our choices to raw hide chews, all manner of tripe sticks, jerky, etc. and the costly stag bars which should last months, but in our house, mine get through a large stag antler in a couple of weeks! The Anco Roots last longer – a lot longer and the dogs seem quite happy to chew on them daily.

Here’s Zeus, getting to grips with his first ever buffalo horn:

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It’s quite hard to photograph an almost black dog on a black, red and white rug, chewing a black buffalo horn, so this is the clearest pic I managed to get before he felt annoyed and wandered off!!

The Buffalo Horns are from Hollings Ltd. – who have a pretty comprehensive website and an active Facebook Page. I wish they’d make us product testers!! Come on, Hollings people! We’d love to collaborate with you and review your range of products. 🙂

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More Pawsomeness!

Well, the dogs were over the moon with their Pawsome Box… It contained a tug rope with a ball, which kept them both occupied for a couple of days, and was the first item that Flake removed from the box!

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There was another toy too – a pink squeaky pig, which was very soft rubber and rather cute. We gave that to Ambs for her kitten, Mr Pies. Our dogs’ jaws are too strong for this cute piggy and I’m sure they’d have eaten the squeaker too!

Zeus often gets “itchy ears” and we had to take him to the Vet’s with a couple of ear infections, so I was very pleasantly surprised to find a bottle of Ear Cleaner liquid in the box – that will come in very handy indeed! Every other week we clean out his ears to keep them free from infection, so this is a godsend.

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The little red item with a black cross in the centre is a very clever poo-bag dispenser with a plastic clip on it for bagging “doodies” when you’re out walking – another little treasure. The dogs also enjoyed the “Fresh Breath Rolls” – yummy, was the verdict! I like the cheesy chicken strips too – they’re thin and chewy, can’t be swallowed whole, which is always a bonus if you have greedy dogs – and Staffies are notoriously greedy!! Ours will do anything for a treat, literally, but go deaf on “commands”!

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Flake and Zeus were really tired after lunch, all thanks to the excitement of a visit from Ambs and the Pawsome Box arriving, but they did allow time for a few photos!! This is loving girl, Flake… and next, Zeus with his Happy Face on!!

Laughing boy!

Laughing boy!

I’ve been baking for them too and will share some more photos and recipes in the next few days. Although the wind is cold, the advent of more sunny mornings makes it plain that Spring is here and that means spring-cleaning, decluttering and preparing the garden for container growing of salad and herbs. I’m comping madly to win enough to pave the stony area and replace the rotting decking. Wish me luck! 🙂

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Sharing may help find Forever Homes…

I thought it might perhaps help the Loving Homes Dog Rescue to add the dogs that have been rescued and rehabilitated to this blog. They are now looking for their Forever Homes, so it seems only logical to spread the word!

This is Mr. SOX

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In the words of his fosterer:

The superb Mr.SOX is still looking for his forever home. Sox was a very neglected little chap when he came into rescue and it was obvious he had received more than his fair share of physical punishment. Kennels frightened him even more and consequently he was constantly overlooked as either a foster or a forever prospect. Since finally coming into his temporary home though he has absolutely blossomed as everyone who has met him knew he could. Sox is a very straightforward chappie, likes his bumbles around the fields, obviously excellent off lead, loves his toys and a bit of rough and tumble with either another dog or human. He does like a spot or two to sunbathe and apart from that just lots of cuddles. Sox is an absolute testament to how much harm can be done to a dog and yet it can still retain so much love and trust for one of us. His own special home must be out there somewhere 🙂

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I hope this helps Mr. Sox find his forever home… xo

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Happiness is…

Short and sweet today – a Staffy smile!

Happiness

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Day 4 – Sunday

Sunday morning started with play-time and toilet as usual and we noticed that Zeus was beginning to gain in confidence and attitude! If you wag your finger at him, or point at him and say “No!”, he looks you square in the eye, hunkers down on his front paws with his bum in the air and barks! Cheeky!

He also detests being put in the crate which is really stressful, but on the plus side, Flake has become so much friendlier towards him. She sits beside me on her favourite chair and watches him from under her white eyelashes, whilst enjoying a cuddle. It’s quite comical to see her showing him his place in the house, now that she’s beginning to realise that we don’t love her any less despite the tiny new arrival.

Zeus spends most of his day whinging from the crate and galloping about when Flake’s elsewhere. I pray that the puppy play pen will arrive soon!

That evening Zeus was out laying with Nick on the sofa and we were watching “Dancing On Ice”. Both of us were surprised to see him watching too… he was completely absorbed by the first couple, to the extent that his head was moving around as they were skating!! Interesting, as it’s the first time he’s actually noticed the TV.

I think one of the best things about introducing a puppy into a household with an older dog is the way that the puppy learns behaviours (both good and bad!). For example, he started hopping out through the patio doors when they were open to take himself for a wee… Although he also ran off with the paper put down for toilet-training and barked in protest when I told him off! Oh the joys of puppies!! 🙂

Wassup?

Wassup?

 

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