Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

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Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns / Orpington Foster

Post by xxlynne » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:10 am

Current Status: Available
Max's Story : Found stray/abandoned & unclaimed within a South London council pound: Rescue Remedies offered a Rescue place saving his life. Max is neutered; chipped and fully vaccinated. Max is in boarding kennels nr Gatwick and regularly fostered in Orpington as an only dog

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PLEASE NOTE: Dog laws have changed with zero public tolerance and prejudice against bull breeds and terriers. Our Rescue asks new owners to maintain dogs on lead in public spaces, and manage and support encounters so as not to place dog's lives at risk, (Destruction or Control Orders are common place nowadays).

***PLEASE HELP OUR LONG STAY DOGS: Our min. adoption donation £175, which supports our work and Is non returnable. We will offer an alternative dog should our dog not settle given adequate time and reassurance. Rescue Remedies offers their dogs back up for life and exist on the goodwill of our supporters and volunteers.

Please click for Max's thread for regular updates, new pictures and videos. To apply to home a dog, you must be ready within 7 days and complete a homing questionnaire submitted Online We work fast to secure our dogs their loving homes and can be talking to up to 10 families at any one time. Please remain open: We have the dogs we have. Our dogs need a supportive family to offer patience, time & tolerance to allow them to settle.
Max's progress through our Rescue below
Original Referral information : We work with our dogs & often reveal a different picture & positive skills as they build trust. The dog warden has asked up to prepare Max for his home and find his family

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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns

Post by SarahY » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:16 pm

Max is our newbie! He is a 6 year old staffie with French Bulldog ears! He is very friendly and walked to heal for the majority of his walk today, just looked up at me in admiration as we walked, with a smile on his face. He's a happy and friendly chap. He's a little chubby, but nothing a few regular walks couldn't sort. :dog_running-186.gif:
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns

Post by Elliesmum » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:49 pm

Oh my heart, why is this lovely, lovely dog in kennels? I met Max today, he's a very sweet, calm boy who walks very nicely. He is very affectionate and cuddly. He is a bit stressed in kennels, such a shame, he's a smasher love4.gif
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns

Post by anne » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:41 pm

Max was heading out for his walk with Louise this morning so I took the opportunity for a photo shoot. Louise said Max was a sweet, friendly boy who walked nicely and they had an easy, relaxed walk together.

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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns

Post by natdugdale » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:57 pm

Here's a little video of the new boy Max! He's a lovely little fellow, very playful and loves people love4.gif

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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns

Post by SarahW » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:24 pm

What a great video of Max! :goodjob.gif:

Max was my last walk yesterday and what a high to finish on. Max is such an easy walk! He looked to me every so often and is incredibly connected to you when you walk him. He is such a sweet boy who is such an affection staffie, loves cuddles and fuss. A forever home will be very lucky to share their lives with this dinky little charmer!
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Gatwick Kenns

Post by Elliesmum » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:45 pm

Please do not overlook this lovely boy. Max is a real sweetheart. In his kennel he seems to be very upset with the two dogs opposite him and is stressed and Barky. Once outside, he is a quiet, calm little dog and a joy to walk. He gazed up at me the whole time today. He passed all other dogs really well so think he's just stressed in the kennel block, like most are. Max is very affectionate and loves a cuddle. Someone will be lucky to snap this boy up.
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Orpington Temp Foster

Post by lonewolf » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:26 pm

I walked Max on Friday but he didn't seem to really like the rain very much. He's a super easy walk but after having known a dog who doesn't like the feel of raindrops on his back I recognised the same signs with Max. He definitely sped up when we were heading back to kennels so we popped into the poet's shed to dry off and warm up! We walked him on Saturday and with no rain for a change (!) he happily trotted along with us.

After a few hours of walking in yesterday's horrendous weather we told Lynne we could give a weeks' temporary foster and she suggested Max as he didn't have any home feedback on his profile. He seemed quite stressed in kennels and was in need of a break. So he's now with us and asleep on the chair next to me as a type.

Max travels really well. We popped him in the boot and he was initially very excited (not surprising as he hadn't been walked). I had to stop him jumping over into the back seat but after 5 minutes he settled down. No car sickness and traveled well for 40 minutes. He had a baptism of fire and came straight to the stables and he was really well behaved. He's energetic but so far seems generally inquisitive. He was very interested in the horses but also very calm around them. I think he was more wondering what they were.

Back in our house he settled very well. He loves human company, following you about and looking for you. But he also seemed very tired and once we sat down he was more than happy to stretch out. He stayed the whole night in his bed, will jump on beds if invited but will also stay off when told. He's a cracking little dog (much smaller than his thread suggests) and he has very soft fur and very soft skin indeed!

Anyway, here's some pictures from Friday and some of him now making himself at home!
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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Orpington Temp Foster

Post by RosC » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:40 pm

Wonderful to see Max relaxing and enjoying himself. Have a good week Max :havefun.gif:

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Re: Max Staffie DofB 06.11 Orpington Temp Foster

Post by lonewolf » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:16 am

We extended Max's foster to two weeks because he was suffering with a cold, runny nose etc and we wanted to give him more time. We are having to bring him back today though but will continue to give him breaks while the right person is found for him. Taking a leaf out of someone else's post I'm going to list what Max likes, doesn't like and some of our other observations.

First off, Max is a super little dog who will thrive with the right adopter, and a quiet and settled routine. He really is the most affectionate little fella who wants to spend time with you. We'd take him today if our work situation wasn't so complicated. Anyway, summary below and then I'll do another post with pictures and maybe some video if I can technically master the process!

Stuff Max likes

People - stops to say hello to everyone if he can! He's stopped for car mechanics, workmen, OAP's and children and is perfectly behaved.
Getting up late (7.30 - 8.00am is his preferred time) followed by a nice half hour walk before his breakfast.
Max is really affectionate - he loves cuddles and to be as close to you as possible.
Unlike other staffies it's not his lower back he likes being scratched it's his shoulder blades on either side - he absolutely loves it!
Sitting in the sunshine. Our previous dog never liked sitting in the garden but Max loves it - he will jump straight up on the bench with you and sit there enjoying the sun on his face
He loves to sleep on the bed with you but will also stay in his dog bed if told to (he's cheeky and takes a bit of coaxing)!
He takes treats really gently and he has no food issues. You can stroke him while he eats, even put your hands on or in the bowl. And he likes a treat of peanut butter licked from your fingers!
Max likes to feel safe, have some quiet and to have a settled routine.

Stuff Max doesn't like

Max doesn't like unexpected noises - especially those from outside. He is not bothered by loud noises when he is on a walk - he can walk up busy high streets with cars and lorries and they don't bother him. It's only outside things that he can hear from indoors or in the garden that upset him.
If he hears noises or sees people / cars from the inside the house it causes him to alarm bark - he's a vocal staffie. His ears are magnificent! But this also means his hearing is amazing and he does react to any strange noises. Noises seem to be his biggest cause of anxiety.
He's afraid of geese in the park. I don't blame him....I don't like them either!
Cats or pigeons coming into his garden - a cat just jumped on the fence looking for a pigeon in the tree and Max was not cat friendly! I mean the cat didn't even ask permission....


Max's fur is so soft it's amazing!
Max is not bothered by loud household noises. For a dog who is bothered by noises from outside he is unfussed by food blenders, hair dryers etc.
I noticed on his thread that people mentioned him looking up at you when he walks. Early on I came to realise this was anxiety. When walking away from home he would look up at you (almost asking to go home where he feels safe), but when I headed back towards home he didn't look up and just put his head down to get home. However, now that he is into a routine he wants to go out for a walk once he has got up (he's a late riser). We've had some really enjoyable morning walks at about 8.30am.
Max really needs to feel safe and have someone who has time to invest in him and give him reassurance and a routine that he likes. I think he would suit a dog experienced person, couple or family who can give him reassurance. In my opinion he needs company and not to be regularly left for long periods.
He is calmer in a house with less visual stimuli (he barks at people if he can see them) so a house where it's not possible for him to get a vantage point would be best.
At first Max wasn't eating that much but now that he has settled a lot more his appetite is back and healthy. He's been relishing his food.
On walks he is not affected by the presence of dogs nearby - they don't seem to bother him. We haven't had him interact with dogs at all so can't say how he reacts in close proximity. He is an easy walk - not a puller at all.
He travels well in the car - no travel sickness but it would be advisable to have him secured in the back with dog bars (as he tends not to have boundaries and jumps from the boot into the back of the car).
He does have an old injury to his back right leg which means he can't seem to bend it as well as the other leg (it's only slight). The vet said there is evidence of injury but not possible to say what caused it without knowing his history. He believes there is a little bit of arthritis in the affected joint. It doesn't affect him walking (we did two 4-mile walks today) or going up and down the stairs (we have to get him to slow down)!
He can get a little excited when getting his leads to walk and sometimes will try to grab them. As long as you do it nice and calmly (and don't leave the end of the lead dangling enticingly for him) he is fine.

I'll now put on some pictures of lovely Max.....
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