Posts Tagged With: Staffy

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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Baking for my dogs

I really enjoy baking and baking for my dogs is a big part of that. People are always surprised when I tell them that I bake my own dog treats, but see the reason behind it when I explain that a) I have 2 Staffys and b) a lot of commercial dog snacks are full of additives and hydrated stuff. Baking your own treats is pretty quick and simple, usually you have the staples in your cupboard anyway and the dogs are so grateful, sometimes more so than other family members!!

Today I baked them apple and carrot dumplings:

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Grated carrot, grated apple, flour, oats, poppy seeds (for extra crunch), 2 eggs, molasses and a few walnuts. The food processor did all the work!

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I just popped spoonfuls of the sticky mix onto a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 30 minutes. The dogs think the oven is the “Baking Channel” and are quite happy lying on the kitchen rug whilst their treats bake! I leave them in the oven to dry out and then pop them into a container when they’re completely cold. 🙂

I must admit, we are all missing Dad (Nick), who is fishing a big competition this weekend and won’t be home until Sunday. It makes us all restless and we don’t sleep well without him, so keeping busy is the only cure!! This is Flake’s sulky, “I miss Daddy” face yesterday…

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Definitely didn’t want to get up, bless her!

Tomorrow I’ll post another of the Loving Homes Dog Rescue dogs looking for their Forever Home… Have a good weekend 🙂

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Doggy Ice Cream…

I’m not sure whether or not I’ll make this for my two dogs, but here’s the recipe in case anyone fancies trying it – and also for me in case I forget where I saw it!!

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Let me know if you do try it – looks good enough for us humans too! 🙂
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SNOWIE’s looking for a forever home…

SNOWIE

Your chance to adopt a lovely puppy who will give you years of joy, affection and companionship. 🙂

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REGGIE needs a Forever Home

REGGIE

This is Reggie… one of the dogs in rescue to Loving Homes Dog Rescue at the moment. This is the dog rescue I work alongside and where Flake came from. I hope this lovely boy finds a home soon. ❤

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The dogs enjoying the sunshine!

Zeus and Flake have had a lot of fun sunbathing, playing and sleeping lately. The weather has been gloriously sunny, although the air temperature has dropped considerably now… Here are a few fun photos the kids managed to get on Sunday of Flake, and yesterday, of Zeus. Both dogs appear to be enjoying posing in sunglasses…

Flake's "Robert DeNiro" look...

Flake’s “Robert DeNiro” look…

They're both gorgeous!

They’re both gorgeous!

Hello!!

Hello!!

Dis is mah smug face.... 'cos I has swagger!

Dis is mah smug face…. ‘cos I has swagger!

Priceless! I am so thankful for the modern technology that makes these memories for us. Such happy faces! 🙂

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Cold carrots = real goodness!

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Zeus and Flake are very healthy rescue dogs, due mainly to their food! They both love their frozen stuffed Kongs (as I have already shown you), but they also have a penchant for cold carrots, straight from the fridge!

zeus-carrotI highly recommend them as treats – full of Vitamins and sweetness, healthy, good for their teeth and coats and they don’t put weight on your pet either! Flake likes to lay down and delicately devour her carrots:

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She’s such a lady!! 😉

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Zeus & Flake Doggy-Popsicles

It’s been such a beautiful couple of days here in the UK – well, here in the East Midlands, at any rate! The dogs have been sunbathing and we’ve had the doors and windows open for the best part of the day. I make them an AirKong each every day, sometimes it has peanut butter and banana in it, mostly though, I fill 75% of it with chopped apple and add a few tsps (teaspoons) of plain, cheap cream cheese to the end, to stop the apple from falling out. I put them in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes to set/firm the cheese and then they can enjoy one each.

This is Zeus, rolling his very frozen Kong around the decking…

He is a greedy pupster, and will always make sure he eats every last morsel, whereas Flake is lazier – she’s just after the cream cheese or peanut butter, and has a “take it or leave it” attitude to the apple! She is also much slower to consume her Kongs!

The Buffalo Horn is fantastic! It’s much harder for the dogs to destroy and is still pretty much in tact. However, I can’t say the same for the stag bar, which is no more! We’ll definitely be buying more buffalo horn in the future – the only chewable treats that we’ve found equal to a Staffy’s jaw-power are these and the Anco roots. It’s great to have options!

I have now discovered Youtube Capture which means I can upload more videos easily from the iPad so expect more footage over the next weeks!! How cool is that! 🙂

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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”!

Loving-Flake

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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