William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Takeley, Hertfordshire

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Robw
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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Partridge Green Sussex Foste

Post by Robw » Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:33 pm

I had a couple of work meetings in the office this week, so William and Coco have been on a couple of playdates with my kids and their mum in Brighton.

They both showed off Williams new found skill with a raggy, it's taken Coco a little while to get him to understand how to play this game without it ending in a fight, but he has got the hang of it now


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William also likes to chase his stump of a tail, because of the problems with his back he doesn't seem to be able to do this especially quickly!


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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Partridge Green Sussex Foste

Post by Robw » Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:37 pm

William and I took a trip up the M23 today to visit Mark the vet so he could see exactly what was going on with the little chaps spine. We waited outside because the lovely Tia was in the waiting room waiting to have her stitches out and William can get a little bit overexcited and overwhelmed with strange dogs in close proximity. We sat on the bench outside and enjoyed the sun, William sat besides me on the bench having a cuddle and watching the world go by.

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When Tia came out, we went in and Mark gave William a nice sedative to relax him

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The x-rays showed Spondylosis of L2 and L3, which would explain the difficulties the poor boy has with going for a wee and jumping up on the sofa. However, over the past week or so I have noticed that Williams movements(physical, not bowel!) are much more loose and he seems less taunt in how he holds his body. He has even had a couple of speedy moments with Coco where he has actually managed to outrun her in one of their races around my house. I think some of this will be stress relief from not being in a kennel (or horrible home), but a large amount of this new flexibility will come from the fact he is getting much more exercise, both walkies, but also in play with her Ladyship. I mentioned this to Mark and he was of the opinion that while the condition was always going to have an impact on his mobility, with a good diet and exercise this shouldn't be too limiting for him.

The nice sedative that Mark gave him was still working it's magic when we got home...


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I continue to be amazed by this little chap, how a dog that has had such a horrible start to life can be so loving and affectionate is beyond me. He loves my son to death and pins him down for a very thorough face cleaning whenever he gets the chance. The reason this picture is so blurry is that William is wagging not only his little stumpy tail but his entire body as well....

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I really hope there is a forever home just around the corner for him, one that will help him to continue to overcome his worries about all things in the big scary place called "outside" because in return they will get a truly handsome and incredibly affectionate little addition to their homes and lives.

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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Partridge Green Sussex Foste

Post by Robw » Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:00 pm

William is back to his normal self after the vets visit last week. He saw a cat in my garden and in his desire to say hello tried to use the cat flap

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It's fair to say that William does not fit through a cat flap. He wasn't stuck in these pictures, he just refused to move until the cat left the garden

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KISSES!

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Apologies for the dodgy quality of this, but it was the first time that William and Coco have shared the bed and also a toy (without playing with it)

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When William first arrived I know there was talk of him being a very reactive/aggressive dog, after spending time with him I can see why his behaviour could be interpreted that way if viewed in isolation or for short periods. However, after watching his body language and reactions on our walks to other dogs I can safely say he IS reactive, but he is not aggressive. An aggressive dog's first movement on seeing another dog is usually to pull forward - William pulls back and tries to get between my legs. An aggressive dog's first vocalisation on seeing another dog is usually a growl or a sharp bark - William's is something between a whine and a cry. He is definitely reacting, but out of fear rather than any innate aggression, his fight or flight instinct is kicking in and overwhelming him. The very clear lack of socialisation he has had in his life has left him scared of the world outside in general and other dogs specifically. To start to counter this we are now walking with a much shorter lead so he is close by me to get reassurance, we are also going to places where the dog density is high enough that we will see at least one other dog, but not so high that it is too much for him. If we meet another dog on a path we don't detour around them(unless there is just not enough room to pass safely), we walk past them and if William reacts we just keep on walking. We've been doing this technique for about a week now, so it's still early days for him, but he seems to be calming much quicker and returning to a less alert state. He is very eager to please and I have started clicker training with him to re-enforce the idea that we can be out and share the world with others and nothing bad will happen as a result.

For a dog that has had such a rubbish start to life he is incredibly laid back in the home, probably the easiest young dog I have had to deal with ever. Apart from the odd fuss, he is perfectly happy just chilling out in the sun or on the sofa. He absolutely loves people, I had a builder visit to do some repairs on my fencing and William would not leave him alone, he kept going over to him with his little stumpy tail moving so quickly it was causing his entire body to wag in sync to get a fuss. He does a little ruff-ru-ru-ruff bark to get attention from people who he thinks have not given him his requisite amount of love and does a sort of "semi-sit" to make them stroke him. It's only a semi-sit because I think he would dig through concrete with that little tail wagging so hard.... Not only does he love people, but people seem to love him - even my mother, who has owned cats for as long as I can remember, has fallen for his charms. When you fuss him and he looks up at you with his big brown eyes and a huge staffie smile - it's hard not to fall in love with him.

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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Partridge Green Sussex Foste

Post by Robw » Wed May 02, 2018 10:32 am

I could catch this thing if only this cushion would stop getting in my way!

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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Partridge Green Sussex Foste

Post by Robw » Sun May 20, 2018 1:42 pm

William and Coco enjoying a bit of staffie puppy play! The big hole in the middle of the grass was originally started by Huck and has been "improved" upon by Coco, Conan, Ace and William, I should point out that this isn't my garden!


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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Partridge Green Sussex Foster

Post by Robw » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:49 am

William has had to come out of foster with me so I could have Hugo for an extended cat test, my son Sam and I took him for a walk on his final day here and I think this video shows just how well the lovely little chap has come on. Really good recall, bouncy energy and a waggy stump of a tail. When we first walked him here, he really struggled with the wide open space and the noise of the traffic, he still finds encounters with other dogs a challenge but with reassurance he gets through it. Once he knows he can trust you, he will open up his little heart that is bursting with love and special William kisses. Of all the dogs I have fostered, William will always have a place in my memory - he is just that wonderful!

Apologies for the slightly wonky video, I was having to use my walking stick and juggling camera, dog and stick was not easy!


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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Gatwick Kenns

Post by CarolynRob » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:48 pm

Rob Thank you for allowing William into your life. You have worked wonders with this very fearful boy. xx

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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Gatwick Kenns

Post by Robw » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:42 pm

CarolynRob wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:48 pm
Rob Thank you for allowing William into your life. You have worked wonders with this very fearful boy. xx
Thank you, but this was all him, all I did was give him the time and opportunity to show what was really inside. He now needs that forever home to come along and show him that the world is really a nice place and that he is safe. Fingers crossed that home isn't too far away :)

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Re: William Staffie DofB 6.7.15 Gatwick Kenns

Post by anne » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:47 pm

Although sad to see William back in kennels at the moment, it was lovely to catch up with him. He was little unsure what my intention were when I entered his kennel so I sat a while and talked to him and gave him some treats while we made friends again. Once I had clipped on leads he headed for the door and was delighted to be going out. We had a lovely, slow walk ( it was a hot afternoon) down to the stream. He was not sure about having a paddle, so I paddled in first and he decided to join me and get his little paws wet. William needed lots of reassurance on his walk but as long as I told him he was a good boy every time he looked up, he was comfortable to keep walking. He is such a dear little soul and I love him to bits, but as Rob has said, he needs a family who can surround him with love and show him the world can be a happy and safe place where he can relax and enjoy having fun and cuddles.

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