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Captainbeaky
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Hello from Glos.

Post by Captainbeaky » Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:16 pm

Hi there,

Just joined the forum..

Very sad - we recently had to have our beloved Sam ( a beautiful and loving rescue shar-pei) PTS with kidney failure.

House feels empty now - definitely need to have a dog...

Mike.

johnfowle
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Re: Hello from Glos.

Post by johnfowle » Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:26 pm

Hello Mike,

So sorry to hear of your recent sad loss....the greatest gift you can give your canine friend is having the strength to offer your companion the relief or avoidance of pain.

Really pleased you are possibly considering adopting one of "our" super dogs. Take time to read through their threads carefully before making any decisions, then submit a homing questionnaire and discuss your chosen dog(s) with the member of the homing team who will contact you.

Best wishes

John and the Mob in TWells

Captainbeaky
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Re: Hello from Glos.

Post by Captainbeaky » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:38 pm

I just thought I'd pop down my thoughts to anyone who is thinking of getting a rescue dog.
We adopted a little cracker of a Staffie called Tazz - we are so happy with him - he is a real gift.

To anyone who takes a dog for its first walk to see if it's the right dog for you - bear in mind, that when a dog is in kennels, they are really starved of human contact and activity - we walked Tazz in pouring rain for 90 mins, and he still hadn't calmed down. We were soaked, and wanted a dry towel and cup of tea - Tazz wanted to crack on!
He remained hyper all the way home, and didn't fall asleep for the whole day!
But we were encouraged by the way he interacted with us, paying attention, wanting to please and wanting the company - we saw a spark we could work with, so we decided to go for it, and give Tazz our best shot.

One week on, and that little dog that was so keen to walk in the pouring rain when we first met, is now far less keen of the prospect of a wet walk, when he could cuddle up on the sofa instead!

Eight weeks on, he is challenging us to find new things for us to teach him - agility next probably!

When you see a dog in kennels, you have to bear in mind that it will be excited to see any contact, and desperate to go on that walk, because it doesn't get many walks...

The real dog only comes out of its shell many days, and weeks after you get it home, when the dog realises that this is its new home - and boy is it worth putting the work in.

Is Tazz perfect? No - he still mouths a fair bit, and gets too excited when we have visitors - but we are working on these minor issues - giving him something positive to do instead, and it's getting better day by day with patience and consistent handling.

No dog will be 100% perfect - even if you have a dog from a puppy, it will need training, socialisation, etc,. A rescue is no different, but I do think rescues are that little bit more loving - they've seen the "other side", and appreciate your love and companionship that little bit more....

johnfowle
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Re: Hello from Glos.

Post by johnfowle » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:57 am

What a great and discerning account of dogs in kennels. Thank you so much for making people aware of their plight and their enthusiasm at the opportunity to have time out in the company of an understanding and a dog friendly walker/fosterer/potential owner.

So many people expect their chosen dog to be fluent in every respect and, sadly many, although not all, rescue dogs have experienced little love, training or companionship in their previous life. So your observation is a timely reminder to us all of the need to be patient and forgiving of their many quirks and when they fail to live up to our expectations.

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