After reading about Jaffa late last night and seeing he'd gone to Gatwick, I really wanted to go meet him. Kennels were closing earlier today so I had a bit of a rush to get there in this lovely Christmas weather, totally worth it!
I managed to spend around 40 minutes with Jaffa in his kennel, I didn't want to take him out just for a short walk and get him completely soaked. Just talking to him through the kennel door he was very withdrawn at first, shoulders slumped low down to the floor as Lynne said previously. No response to treats or voice until he showed a little interest in some cheese, from there he started to open up more and was giving me some eye contact.
Having got his attention I joined him in his kennel. With a little bit of caution (being a new dog to me) I let him come to me in his own time, which was instantly
He seemed very keen on the cheese I'd just given him and within a few minutes was rolling over and exposing his belly for me, from then on it seemed I had his trust. He was happy for me to sit down and give him some tlc. Eventually affectionate in return, very thorough kisses
Happy to have his head, ears, neck, shoulders, belly and legs touched though the belly rubs did seem to be his favourite
We had a little play with a tennis ball, he has some silky smooth football skills! He was fine with me tucking him up in his bed and sitting with him while he just chewed on the tennis ball, you could see how much more he'd relaxed.
He did still present some anxiety, which is obviously understandable. He'd go into an occasional spell of shaking and whining, then shut down if I stood up or got too far away. A bit nervy as to what my phone was when I took it out to check the time.
So glad I met Jaffa today, I can see he has a lot of love to give and he'll get all the love back and more. He just needs some time to settle and realise that he's in safe hands now and hopefully we'll see him flourish in the care of RR.
You're safe now Jaffa, onwards and upwards for you!