Available Dogs

Below are our current dogs available for Adoption – please read the description carefully to make sure that you are the perfect person/family for a dog before applying to adopt. We consider each prospective adopter individually and will only place one of our dogs with the ‘right’ family.

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*** LULU IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION ***

Lulu is a fabulous little lady and after a very rocky beginning to her life she came to us earlier this year and settled in to foster, which rapidly became Adoption. Although only just a year old then, Lulu was not without issues as she did struggle with trust and confidence, particularly towards men, and she was not particularly kind to the other dogs in the home. But her new family persisted because Lulu is the most adorable little cuddle-bug and makes a fabulous companion. Outside the home she ignores other dogs, travels well, has overcome her food aggression and walks very nicely on a lead. She still prefers females but is not a fan of children, even or especially teenagers, which is why we are needing to find a different home for her, much to her family’s great distress.

Lulu can be very restless, always on alert and is a nervous dog who may snap when fearful. It is very likely that she has come from a very loud and/or abusive home originally as she will react quickly and negatively to raised voices/liveliness, even when only in jest, children playing, screaming and high pitched laughter. Due to her fearfulness she likes to be in control and therefore needs boundaries – her new home must not “baby” her too much. That same lack of confidence means she hates being alone, even in the garden. She seems to feel that she must be top dog, guarding and watching, but she needs to slowly learn that all is well, the humans have it all under control and nothing is going to hurt her or them. It is pure fear making her so uneasy but she is only 16 months old now and still has youth on her side, and she is willing to learn.

When Lulu does venture with you outside she walks well on the lead and she does like to have a paddle in the sea, even a bath. Being with her adult humans is what she enjoys most and she will even play ball once she is interested.

We need a quiet home for her who can understand her issues as she is troubled by the quick movement of hands or feet, anyone leaving the house (she will guard her loved-humans), anyone coming into the house (they may threaten her loved humans), the door bell (that could signal trouble for her loved humans) … you can see where this is going, Lulu needs stability with experienced people who make no fuss, ignore her indiscretions but praise her successes. Her formative months have not been kind.
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Having her harness / collar / lead put on / taken off can also distress Lulu – this needs to be done slowly and with no distractions around her – she may try to bite when putting on and will attack the lead. However, once out of the house she does not touch the lead again and all is well.

Lulu has had very irregular seasons meaning that she has not yet been spayed but this is due, and she is also due to have her palate fixed. This will be covered by Phoenix. The current heat is not her friend, so it will be important to keep her cool and calm.

Lulu needs a home with no children (or dogs preferably), a house that is not too noisy or lively and where someone can be home for much of the time to spend time with her and continue her training.

Lulu and her new home will have the full on-going support of our behaviourist.

If you would like to apply for Lulu:

1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this page in the ‘files’ tab at the top left. Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly – also in the files tab.

2. Once completed with as much detail as possible please email or post your form to your Regional Coordinator. They will inform you if you meet the required criteria before passing the form to the Management Team for consideration. The most likely candidates for each dog being adopted will then receive a home visit after which a decision will be taken and announced here. No names will be given out publicly.

3. All dogs entering adoption are subject to a 2 week ‘trial period’ for the family and the dog to decide if they like each other. The Adoption Fee is only payable after this time – details of this fee can be found on the Adoption Guidelines, please ensure you have read them thoroughly and understand what is expected of you, and that you can afford to take on a rescue dog.

Payment plans are not available.

All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.

**** APPLICATIONS FOR LULU WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY MONDAY 26th JUNE, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ****

**** MARTHA IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION ****

I would love to share a picture of Martha with you but she is one of our PPP dogs and we cant show her yet as it may compromise the safety of other dogs. I can tell you that she is fawn, around 5 years old and has been used as a breeding machine. Today she has had ear surgery and has had one canal ablation, and come through it very well but does have floppy ears.

Her current fosterers are only allowing her adoption as they have primed themselves to be exactly that – fosterers. This means that you very lucky people get to apply for what can only be described as a little angel – I can quote some of what her fosterers have said about her: “She’s a beautiful beautiful dog. She’s such a dear. She has a gorgeous personality. She loves cuddles and just likes to touch you. So she’ll be on the sofa and has to have at least one foot touching you to know you’re there.”

But don’t be fooled by such innocence – oh no, this is still a true Frenchie and they have also said: “She’s a little minx too, in the fact she will find your dining table and she will steal your food, but we are working on that. She does not like the crate at all. We’ve done some work around that but it’s definitely a no. She is a bit bargy so if she goes with another dog, he or she has to either tolerate or tell her no. [their dog] just accepts it and moves. Her toiletting is a lot better just tends to be some upsets over night [was not house-trained]. She likes walking and is a bit of a plodder but she will run a little with other dogs. She is fine with children, in fact beautiful and gentle with them. We’re talking toddler and baby age too. She’s fine with other dogs but sometimes she’s had enough and will take herself off.

I love this girl and would make a beautiful pet. She loves to be with people so maybe someone who can spend more time with her. I love her and will be so sad to see her go. I just love that old sad face. Oh, she loves head rubs and cheek rubs too. She’s not sure on being picked up or lying on your lap, that’s on her terms xx”

I had to share that with you as it perfectly sums up not only what Martha needs, but how important fostering is in discovering the true dog. Martha is still learning to trust and be a dog, with all the good things that should come with that, but she truly is a perfect little girl who just needs gentle love. She has n;t lived with cats but shows no interest when out.

We think a calm-ish home, family orientated or not, but not a hugely out-doorsy hiking-type environment as her fitness and stamina is still developing. A home with someone home for much of the time, another dog as company maybe, but not essential – this lady is a very straight forward girl.

If you would like to apply for Martha:

1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this page in the ‘files’ tab at the top left. Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly – also in the files tab.

2. Once completed with as much detail as possible please email or post your form to your Regional Coordinator. They will inform you if you meet the required criteria before passing the form to the Management Team for consideration. The most likely candidates for each dog being adopted will then receive a home visit after which a decision will be taken and announced here. No names will be given out publicly.

3. All dogs entering adoption are subject to a 2 week ‘trial period’ for the family and the dog to decide if they like each other. The Adoption Fee is only payable after this time – details of this fee can be found on the Adoption Guidelines, please ensure you have read them thoroughly and understand what is expected of you, and that you can afford to take on a rescue dog.

Payment plans are not available.

All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.

**** APPLICATIONS FOR MARTHA WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY MONDAY 26th JUNE, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ****

**** JACOB IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION **** (15/6/2017)

Isn’t he handsome? This lad just looks like a big Teddy Bear, and when it suits him he is just as cuddly – when it suits him. Please do read very carefully because Jacob ticks a great many positive boxes but his main negative point must be known and understood. We will not set this lad up for a fall, so his Forever Home must be absolutely perfect.

Jacob has now been in foster with me personally for about a month and you can read about his background in his introductory post. He has not had the best of starts in life and has been left emotionally scarred by this – he was babied like a child and then when his confusion caused him to react, he was hit and kicked to make him behave. He has been living with my family and I, and our pooches, and has improved and relaxed a little each day. We have allowed him to come to us when he is ready, and he does, often, but we don’t over-fuss or crowd him, or allow him on the sofa without invitation (he can guard) and we have found he has settled very quickly being allowed to be dog – not a child, or a toy, a dog. And he has sought us out more and more for fuss and cuddles and been rewarded for it. We have had a couple of snapping incidents whilst here, and each time it was very easy to see why they had happened; a hand coming to him too quickly, a movement that startled him when sleeping, trying to clip claws or look in ears too soon into his time here … all common sense stuff and in his space but they just need to be understood and managed. They were not ‘bites’ but literally snaps to say ‘go away, I am scared’ and so we did and let him settle. Jacob WANTS to be loved and cuddled and is very easy to read – when his face tells you to back off because he is scared or nervous, just do it and all is well. Everything carries on as usual with no issues and he settles immediately. We use Rescue Remedy to help him calm if an incident occurs and he is happy to be reassured that all is well. And we can now look in his ears, put nose-balm on what was dry little nose, and I hope to clip his dew-claws soon too. This is all through trust built over time.

We need a child-free home for Jacob ideally – he has been living with my VERY dog-savvy 12 year old son, but he too has forgotten himself and gone for a cuddle too quickly and been snapped at, so it is safer that we place him with adults who are aware (he was fine and realised his mistake immediately – they soon made friends again). Having said that, Jacob adores him, as can be seen in the picture. He is also currently living with 5 other dogs and although he has no issue with this, he will tell the younger more irritating ones to clear off – again with a snap and no more, and so we feel that although he would benefit from a dog of similar size/type to have as company in the house, it would be preferable if they were older and not too lively. He doesn’t really interact with them and will guard his food if they try to muscle-in, but nothing extreme.

Those are all the negatives for Jacob, but there are many more positives, apart from his handsome good looks. He is a big lad, around 16kg and very well muscled and proportioned. He is fully house-trained, neutered, walks wonderfully on a lead, loves a walk, can be left for short periods of time but does like to be around people, isn’t noisy or yappy but is a good house-dog if something makes a noise and he soon lets you know. He eats well, is gentle with treats from the hand and has good basic obedience and manners too. He is in good health although should be kept on grain-free food to maintain this. Jacob is crate trained but goes to bed very happily in just his bed at night and makes no sound. He has started to talk to us if he is a room where we are not and cant get to us because of a stair-gate, and is always very pleased to see us in the mornings or if we have been out. It is very sweet and endearing.

We need to take our time in finding the right home for Jacob as he is prime yo-yo material with people falling for his good looks but not being able to take on his baggage. He is a damaged boy, but not irretrievably and certainly not beyond hope. He will stay here as long as is needed but we feel that a quieter home would suit him better where he can be out and about on walks with his chosen human and just be a dog, a country life maybe, with a quiet laid-back attitude, like him.

If you would like to apply for Jacob:

1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this page in the ‘files’ tab at the top left. Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly – also in the files tab.

2. Once completed with as much detail as possible please email or post your form to your Regional Coordinator. They will inform you if you meet the required criteria before passing the form to the Management Team for consideration. The most likely candidates for each dog being adopted will then receive a home visit after which a decision will be taken and announced here. No names will be given out publicly.

3. All dogs entering adoption are subject to a 2 week ‘trial period’ for the family and the dog to decide if they like each other. The Adoption Fee is only payable after this time – details of this fee can be found on the Adoption Guidelines, please ensure you have read them thoroughly and understand what is expected of you, and that you can afford to take on a rescue dog.

Payment plans are not available.

All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.

**** APPLICATIONS FOR JACOB WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ****

 

*** TABITHA NEEDS A FOSTER FOR FOREVER HOME ***
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12.15hrs Revised – dramatically!
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Look at that goofy little face! You all fell for her when we posted her introduction and it is not hard to see why, her fosterers have fallen heavily too but the reason for the foster period is to assess and understand the dog, and make sure we know as much as possible so that the very best Forever Home can be found – and yes, that is often the very same foster home, but not always.

You will have read that Tabitha has been passed around from home to home many times this year already – and that is just what we know about, her earlier years are not known. Thanks to her very diligent foster-family we think we now know why this is and it is highly likely that is caused by humans – she is fearful.

We have no idea what exactly has caused it but Tabitha can be a feisty little lady if scared and so cannot live with children as these seem to be a major issue for her, and as this can demonstrate as aggression so she will not be homed where there could be conflict. She is only just over 4 but does look older – and maybe too – and her earlier life may have involved struggles within a pack as she is VERY food orientated and although she has improved greatly, she still needs to be taught manners around humans who may be eating as she will steal – from hands if she can. This can be easily rectified by using stair gates to separate or even crating at mealtimes initially. This food fixation is useful in training her and she does learn very quickly, so it can be turned to a positive. This is where the issue has arisen in her foster home – she is food orientated, with no aggression, but her fellow Frenchie is food aggressive so he has not been kind to her when she has shown interest in what he thinks should be his. She is indifferent to him and really does not see what his problem is, but it is not an ideal scenario for either dog and so a very sensible decision has been made by the foster-carers.

Tabitha loves cuddles, particularly with women, and will curl up very happily for as long you like – she is a good snuggle buddy, but don’t sit and snack while you are watching a movie. A rustle of a food packet is quite enough to have her all over you – not aggressively, just rather insistently!

She is a very chilled lady once she learns to trust you – we would expect the odd grumble initially but she is easily won over, likes to toddle about, is not troubled by other dogs or cats, just humans, especially of the smaller variety. She needs a calm, loving home with an early retirement sofa. She will walk out and about with other dogs, ignore cats but small children are her nemesis. We can only imagine what has happened in the past but we wont be putting her or anyone else at risk by allowing her to blot her copy-book.

Tabitha has had extensive dentistry whilst with us, again suggesting she may be older, and we believe her to be spayed – if we are proved wrong on this we will obviously commit to rectifying the situation. She is in good health, a little gap-toothed and gummy, but happy and well.

If you would like to continue Tabitha’s rehabilitation, have no children (she will need to be completely separated if young children visit) then please make yourself known to your RC. Tabitha will receive on-going support from our behaviourist but to see her settle will be very rewarding as she is a loyal and loving dog who has been failed by many humans, probably for most of her life. We think the ideal home would be with an older, active person, cats, maybe another dog, but someone at home with lots of sofa time too for Tabitha. She is a sweet girl, she just needs to learn to trust and be kept away fro stressful situations.

This application is initially to foster but with a view to it becoming permanent, and would like to move Tabitha asap for the last time, so that she can settle and begin a whole new chapter in her life, the final but longest one.

*** BRONSON IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION ****

[Flattens self against the wall to avoid stampede]

Yes, this handsome lad is ready to find his Forever Home. That could be a 10 year+ commitment, so PLEASE let this be a head application and not a heart one.

Bronson is a 14 month old BULLDOG – this is not a smaller version of a Frenchie. A family with experience of Bulldogs will be preferred for him. Yes, he is brachycephalic so needs his folds cleaning, he has a little stump instead of a full tail so may need his tail-pocket cleaning (and his bottom wiping because he wont reach!), he is of a breed that can suffer the same palate/nare/eye/ear issues, will overheat in the summer if not carefully monitored, and he will doubtless clear a room with his eye-watering wind if not fed correctly, but that is where any similarity to a French Bulldog ends. Your Bulldog is built very differently and is a power-house, he rarely exerts it thankfully, that would take too much effort, but if he decides a walk is over, it is over. Scoop him up and carry him home? I think not! I live with both breeds and can honesty say that nothing prepared me for the radical differences between them. Their characters are worlds apart, although still very amiable to live with.

Bronson is of the fit and healthy type; he loves to play with humans and dogs too, and is actually a very athletic lad for his breed. He may mature and decide that today is a duvet day and a walk is very definitely not on the agenda – that WILL be his choice! He will also not have been told that he is 28kg+ and he will consider that he IS a lap-dog – your lap please. A Bulldog is also very convinced that if the head fits then the shoulders will surely follow – have you seen those shoulders?? Brick outhouses come to mind.

What I am needing you to remember before you put pen to paper, or rush for the keyboard is that yes, Bronson is an awesome dog with a wonderful temperament, but graceful and elegant he is not. He is a huge hunk of love and vitality, cuddles and kisses, snogs and slobbers. He will share his water with you after a drink and probably save some of his dinner on his nose for later. Just know that this is not a Frenchie, please, for his sake.

We will be prioritising families for Bronson, preferably with at least one other dog to give him companionship and keep him active. He is not neutered as he is still young and we are of the opinion that Bullbreeds should be at least 18-24 months before doing this to make sure of full maturity. He is no sex-pest but any female dogs he lives with will need to be spayed. He lives with a cat and has been indifferent – well, he did decide to randomly bark at it today as it passed him, but it may have muttered something rude under its whiskers, cats can be very superior so who knows?

Please, think carefully before applying and make sure it is a family decision.

If you would like to apply for Bronson:

1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this page in the ‘files’ tab at the top left. Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly – also in the files tab.

2. Once completed with as much detail as possible please email or post your form to your Regional Coordinator. They will inform you if you meet the required criteria before passing the form to the Management Team for consideration. The most likely candidates for each dog being adopted will then receive a home visit after which a decision will be taken and announced here. No names will be given out publicly.

3. All dogs entering adoption are subject to a 2 week ‘trial period’ for the family and the dog to decide if they like each other. The Adoption Fee is only payable after this time – details of this fee can be found on the Adoption Guidelines, please ensure you have read them thoroughly and understand what is expected of you, and that you can afford to take on a rescue dog.

Payment plans are not available.

All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.

**** APPLICATIONS FOR BRONSON WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY THURSDAY 15th JUNE, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN.   **** APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED***

**** ELI IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION ****

It is a delight to write up the adoption for this lad because he is a joy. He has been re-homed due to not getting on with the resident bitch but that may not have been all Eli – he has been literally trying to play with the chickens in his foster-home so aggression is not on his agenda! The chickens wore him out and he lost interest – no cages between them, just running around and having fun – him anyway.

He has come a very long way in foster-care with his house-training and his manners, but he has only just turned one year old so is still very keen and excited when he sees other dogs if on a lead. He responds really well to a calm approach and will sit and wait while his walker and the other dog-walker chat. He does not seem to represent any threat as other dogs don’t find him challenging.

Eli has no aggression to humans at all – he is not a licker but is a face-sniffer! The closer his face is to his human’s face the quicker he settles. He may be more distant initially in a new home as trust is an issue for him, and he will simply hold back slightly but given space and gentle encouragement Eli will soon come round. He seems to thrive in an orderly calm environment, with routine that he quickly settles in to.

He is not cat tested but we would be happy to place Eli with an older, calm dog. He may accept a spayed female although he is castrated, but any dog that can be his friend and show him the ropes would be great for his confidence. If homing to a home with a resident dog we will expect that home to be experienced enough to manage the introductions and manage them appropriately.

Eli loves children but does react nervously to loud noises, bangs and shrieks, and so for his safety we would prefer him to be homed with older children only, maybe 10+

Oh, and he can jump. I don’t just mean jump up to say hello, that is very manageable. I mean onto worktops. When you are not looking. This will need managing too and a crate may be advisable for when Eli is left for his own safety really. Did I mention mud? It washes off …

So you think that Eli could be the one for you? He is a dog oozing character and will make a wonderful companion.

If you would like to apply for Eli:

1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this regional page in the ‘files’ tab at the top left. Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly.

2. Once completed with as much detail as possible please email or post your form to your Regional Coordinator. They will inform you if you meet the required criteria before passing the form to the Management Team for consideration. The most likely candidates for each dog being adopted will then receive a home visit after which a decision will be taken and announced here. No names will be given out publicly.

3. All dogs entering adoption are subject to a 2 week ‘trial period’ for the family and the dog to decide if they like each other. The Adoption Fee is only payable after this time – details of this fee can be found on the Adoption Guidelines, please ensure you have read them thoroughly and understand what is expected of you, and that you can afford to take on a rescue dog.

All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.

**** APPLICATIONS FOR ELI WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY WEDNESDAY 7th JUNE, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ****  ***APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED***