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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**** WINIFRED IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION ****
EDIT: Applications extended until close of play Weds 6th December – we need to get her home for Christmas
This will be our last adoption post of 2017.
Winifred is an absolutely beautifully-natured girl, very easy-going and easy to love but has to spend SO much of her time wearing this cone because her ears are very bad. The process of mending them has begun and she has had ear canal ablation to one ear already, which can and did take a while to heal, but apart from it being so very sore and irritating, Winifred has been a star throughout. Her other ear is now showing signs of needing attention, which we are dealing with and will obviously commit to in the terms of her adoption contract, as well as her spay. The cone should be off very soon now as things are mending well and it is hoped that the other ear wont need anything too major, but Winifred is not quite 3 years old yet so anything done now to ensure her a long and healthy life will be well worth it. especially as she has such a ready smile that should be seen often.
Winifred does love toys and a game, and also likes her humans to be around for cuddles too – she thoroughly enjoys children and as a little dot of a dog she isn’t too much of a problem with bowling them over, but be aware that this can happen with sheer exuberance! She is not a lover of cats and would be better homed as an only dog. She is also not a fan of the hoover ….
We really do want to get Winifred home for Christmas and Forever as she has already had some unsettling times and just wants to love and be loved.
If you would like to apply for Winifred:
1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this page in the ‘files’ tab at the top left or downloaded from the website. Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly – also in the files tab and available on the website.
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.
EDIT: Payment plans are not available but fees will not be payable until after Christmas
All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.
**** APPLICATIONS FOR WINIFRED WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY SUNDAY 3rd DECEMBER, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ****
SIDNEY IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION (3/11/2017)
How can you possibly resist that chin?!
Sidney isn’t quite 2 years old yet and he may just have a hint of Boston Terrier in him …
From his fosterer:
“This lad needs an active home with children old enough to understand that they need to leave him alone when eating and dog savvy enough to deal with typical boisterous teenage bully playfulness. He would be fine living with a part-time worker as he’s totally comfortable being left and is clean at home and not interested in being destructive to anything that’s not his toy.
Sidney could be an only dog or with another dog but he can be persistent so a well mannered but confident enough dog to put him in his place should it be needed. Males or females he doesn’t mind, he’s not interested in challenging the boys but he can be a little humpy with the girls at first but soon takes a telling from them that they’re not interested in that caper.
All breeds and sizes are fine he’s social with them all just boisterous and he makes weird noises but he’s learning to calm that down with the help of a resident diva dog. He’s friendly, affectionate, playful and he has good basic obedience (sit, stay, leave it, both paws, a recall). He does exhibit food aggression but this is only when you attempt to remove his bowl while there is food in it (so don’t!) He needs an experienced handler as it could be fairly hazardous if not managed correctly, otherwise as long as he’s left alone to eat he doesn’t cause any problems. The guarding of high value toys (bones) is again only at the point of trying to remove it from him but he’s happy to trade for a high value treat like cheese or peanut butter.
Children – he’s pretty boisterous so robust, older kids who are dog savvy and will be able to comprehend leaving his bowl and bones alone would be considered”
Plenty to think about there! In summary, he needs a home with older children only, if any, someone who understands that he is still a work in progress but advancing rapidly, any dog must be very willing to cope with his persistence and play but categorically NO CATS OR FURRIES. This lad has high prey drive and will chase .. and worse if he catches … must be some terrier in him.
If you would like to apply for Sidney:
1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this page in the ‘files’ tab at the top left on the FB page, under adoption on the webpage or from your RC . Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly – also available as stated.
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. Remember, sell yourselves! Tell us why YOUR home is best for this pooch!
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, not just the fee, but the living costs too.
4. We are sorry but due to volume of applications that we receive for our dogs it is not possible to contact each unsuccessful applicant personally. Please watch this page for updates or contact your Regional Coordinator for an update if you are concerned.
Payment plans are not available.
All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.
**** APPLICATIONS FOR SIDNEY WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY TUESDAY 7th NOVEMBER, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ****
Applications for the following dogs are now closed and they are busy settling into their new forever homes – updates for adopted dogs are posted in our ‘News’ section and our ‘Rogues Gallery’ so you can see how they are getting on.
**BEAUTIFUL MINDY IS NOW IN HER NEW HOME**
This lovely little lady is needing her Forever Home. She is a complete love but is needy. She may have a few toileting accidents when she is moved because she does fret, but with a little love and care she will soon settle into a routine. She came from a very dubious background where she has been bred and clearly her health was not the first priority – her ears bare testament to this. But, they have been settled and she is far more comfortable now. However, Mind appears to have had to learn to live as an indoor ‘pet’ and does show anxiety and concern but is adapting very well.
Mindy is happy living with other dogs if slowly and correctly introduced, and probably needs one for her confidence too. She can be on the chewy side so is best crated when left, but she is happy with this – it is part of her anxiety and a crate is her safe place. She has probably never been walked on a lead until joining Phoenix and so her foster home has been working on this with her; she enjoys the walk but is a bit undefined in her direction!
She likes children too, even very young ones, and is incredibly gentle, but is untested with cats.
Mindy needs a home who can take their time to teach her the basics kindly, to encourage her and give her lots of cuddles (she enjoys these!). She does have her crazy funny side (see photo evidence!) and is a fan of the zoomies too. She loves to play with a ball and this has clearly helped her to get her figure back on track because she was surprisingly rotund on arrival.
So if you have a dog that is kind and can help Mindy, if you or someone in your home is around most of the time, and you think you could help Mindy to overcome these little niggles then please do apply. She really does just want to be a little lap-dog and would make a wonderful dog.
Remember Trevor? He has been having a ball in foster but is now available for adoption as his wonderful foster parents have decided they want to be serial-fosterers; and, seeing the fabulous job they have done with this wee man, we are delighted.
Trevor is a 2 year old lad who was depressed, not eating well and in need of another dog to bring him out of himself. As you can see from these photos, and will have seen in his many updates, it has certainly worked! We do need Trevor to be homed with another dog who will cuddle up with him, but who is willing to share his/her sofa and human cuddles. One thing that Trevor adores is his cuddles. He can be a bit nippy in play, still gets a little over-excited, so children over 7 please. But no cats, sorry.
Ideally Trevor needs someone at home for most of the time as he can be anxious, especially with loud outside noises and is VERY noisy when someone knocks at the door, and so this will need on-going training and reassurance. It seems that having another dog around has helped with his eating too as he now eats like a horse, and has gone in quite the opposite direction, guarding his food! He will need to be fed separately from a resident dog but has no issues with humans. He is very lively so is gaining weight very slowly, but is definitely fit and well, loving to play and go on walks.
This is a turn-up for the books isn’t it? Thierry has been in foster for some time now while his very dedicated foster-parents got him back into fabulous condition after his shocking case of demodex. Then came the big decision of to adopt or not to adopt, not an enviable choice to have to make. Thierry’s foster-parents have fostered for Phoenix a couple of times before, and very successfully too, and so knowing the satisfaction that it brings, and the fact that Thierry will NOT live with another dog, they have decided to let him find his Forever Home so that they can open their home and hearts to another dog in need. It is an admirable decision and Phoenix always needs top-class fosterers like these, so we are not too upset by this decision at all – also because we know Thierry has been given the very best start to settling down for a wonderful future.
Thierry came to us after being found running loose and handed in to a vet. Yes, he was a mess for sure – you can see his earlier photos by searching him by name. He really was our little Pink Piglet but was such a good lad with his baths (soaking his poor foster-Mum, but enjoying them all the same!) and a good diet, exercise, love and cuddles have brought him to the amazing looking pooch you see now. He also learned to be a real lap-dog very quickly too, he really enjoys being able to snuggle up for a fuss.
On the less positive side of things – although is this SO bad? – he has learned to play his foster-Dad lately. Oh yes, he is good boy sleeping in his crate when they have to pop out and also at night too ….. until a few nights ago. Bedtime came, in he popped and within a few moments of lights out across the house the singing started …. and no, it wasn’t his foster-Mum or Dad. Foster-Dad dutifully went to see if he was okay and foster-Mum waited to hear what was wrong only to hear the pitter-patter of tiny paws before he jumped up onto the bed and settled down to sleep – monkey! But he does have good manners in general, just knows how to abuse those cute looks too!
On a lead Thierry can still pull a bit but he loves his walks, travels well in the car, is a good lad at the vet (just as well as he will be castrated this week – might not like them as much after that), but does not like other dogs. He has improved greatly since his arrival but should be kept away from other dogs on a walk as different dogs seem to to illicit a different response each time, so this is something that just needs on-going training. He loves to play with his toys and will play fetch all day long if allowed; there is no food or toy guarding, he even takes treats very gently. He is very good in the house too, completely house-trained.
Thierry likes children and is very gentle with them, but as we don’t know if he has ever lived with young ones for extended periods of time we are going to be cautious and say that he can only live with older ones, 8/9+ and dog-savvy. Visiting ones are certainly no problem at all as any visitor to the house of any age is very much welcomed by him, maybe with too much tongue sometimes, yuk. He has not been exposed to any cats but his reaction to other dogs suggests that he may have a rather high prey-drive so we will say no to those too.
**ENID IS NOW HOME**
We haven’t even had time to introduce you to this shiny and beautiful,18 month old girl. Enid has been surrendered to us under very sad circumstances of family illness but has been loved and well-treated all of her life by her doting owner. This is very apparent as she is a confident, happy, well-balanced little lady. She cannot fail to catch the eye with that coat and face.
She is a lively little girl who gets very excited about visitors but soon calms down and enjoys their company. She also loves children of all ages, having always been around them. Enid needs to live with a castrated male dog but definitely NOT a female. She will usually tolerate a female when out and about, but not in her home. She is not spayed yet and PFBR will commit to getting this done. She will play with a canine companion but can get carried away so needs boundaries. And she will bark if excited too, but soon calms and stops. She takes her confidence from a companion dog as she does not like to eat alone either – she is raw fed, and looks great on it too.
Enid’s favourite game is with a squeaky ball and this will always get her attention so is a great training aid, although her manners are generally very good. She cant be left with said-squeaky-ball though as it will be destroyed! She will play fetch forever and is not toy or food aggressive at all. She does pull on the lead still and needs to be walked to get her energy levels down, but she is a very bright and biddable little dog, keen to learn.
Enid is 100% house-trained and even asks to go outside. Although she is not an especially cuddly dog, preferring to rest her head against you rather than cuddling on your lap, and when she wants to, she doesn’t like to be left too long and will cry initially, especially if crated.
Cats are a complete no-no – she will chase and becomes very agitated if we she sees one out – she is not tested but with other fluffies but prey-drive like this would suggest it may not be a good idea.
So, a family who like walking, with at least one castrated male dog, where someone is home for much of the time – that would be perfection for Enid.
**APPLICATIONS FOR WILLOW ARE NOW CLOSED**
This little lady is a real pocket rocket. She has stolen a few hearts along her journey with us and now absolutely needs her very own Forever Home. She was surrendered because she was in a home with several other dogs, several young children, and was having to be separated because she was becoming very anxious and upset. She now does not like to share her home with other dogs at all. Out and about on a lead she is completely indifferent, just not in HER home thank you. She even gets rather indignant if they come on the TV! She is a pleasure to walk, trots nicely and is very well-behaved too.
On arrival to Phoenix she needed some medical attention to her ears and these are now under control and have not necessitated surgery, but will need cleaning weekly as her ear canals are very narrow – she doesn’t like it but will tolerate the process. She has also been spayed. We are told that Willow is around 3/4 years old and she is teeny! She is a lovely size for a lap and enjoys being cuddled up at any time. She can jump very high when excited and will give a fuss to anyone who wants it … or maybe if they don’t … she is a real people dog who will make a fabulous companion. She has an unusual tail – quite long, and it wags furiously, which is very appealing. Her foster-Mum has also said that she loves to walk on her back legs and give high fives! And she also enjoys cuddles and quiet time in the evening to watch TV .. yes, she does actually watch it too.
Willow needs a home with no other dogs or any kind of flufflies – that does include cats of any kind. Her prey drive is off the scale and so even rabbits/guinea pigs etc would be a very bad idea near her. She is good with calm, older children but having lived in a very lively home where she was quite stressed by them as well as dogs, we would prefer older children for Willow now. She would also make a fabulous companion dog for someone more mature but active, maybe retired, particularly as she does not like to be left for long-periods of time.
**APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR POOTLE!**
Pootle is now around 8/9 weeks old and has had his first vaccination, his 2nd will happen next week and he will need the final one once he goes to his Forever Home, obviously funded by Phoenix. He will also need to have his right eye monitored as he has a small growth on it. It is getting slightly bigger but even when adopted Phoenix will commit to having this rectified. He must be at least 4/5 months old before this can be done, preferably older, and it is simply a cyst/skin-tag type growth so causes him no pain or discomfort. The adopter will commit to having him castrated at their cost once he is over a year old, but not sooner.
So, about Pootle: he is still being house-trained and will occasionally use puppy-pads, when he remembers, but if a pair of paws are on the pad he is happy to pee …. even if the important part of him is off the pad! He is crate-trained and although he sometimes whinges for a couple of minutes, he soon goes off to sleep at night. He MUST be re-homed with at least one other dog, he needs buddies to play with and lacks confidence when alone. They need to be patient as his teeth are VERY sharp! You have seen his updates and heard of his shenanigans in the time that he has been with me. He loves to cuddle and does have his little routine, but above all he is a puppy, a proper puppy. He needs to learn to wear a collar, walk on a lead, toilet outside, everything a puppy needs. He came to us as a very sick little pooch, looking very run-down, and our focus has been to fix him and make him as bomb-proof as possible for the outside world. Families are of course welcome to apply, as long as small children accept very sharp teeth and manners that are still developing, but the main focus is doggy pals and the wherewithal to understand the needs of a puppy. Full support will be given, as always.
**** PENELOPE ****
Penelope is currently in foster and addressing her hatred of other dogs – she is very reactive when on the lead but in experienced hands we are hoping to begin the process of de-sensitisation and this will need to be continued in her new home. For that reason she cannot live with other dogs or cats.
But children, well they are a different matter entirely. It would be a criminal shame for Penelope to not have children around her – she needs some one to watch the TV with! She is very gentle with young children and seems to find their company most acceptable. Maybe her table manners need some working on (see photographic evidence of crime in process!) but as she approaches 3 years old we really do need to be teaching an old(ish) dog some new tricks!
She is a wonderfully cuddly girl but needs a dog-experienced home to get her walking nicely on a lead without being so reactive to other dogs.
This was an update from her foster-Mum, and I am sharing it in its entirety because it sums up the character of this pooch (and her foster-Mum actually!):
” Good morning people! Well I had a great night last night. My foster mum broke all her rules and let me have my bed in her room. I only jumped up into her bed three times in the night, but each time she put me back. So that taught me about stealth, so the fourth time I was much more careful and didn’t wake her up! When she woke up I was curled up in the small of her back! Winner!!! Then I went into the garden and did three poos (I didn’t really need a wee as I’d had various wees throughout the night in interesting places)… then I came in and rubbed my poopy bottom all over foster mum’s lovely clean white sheets. She says I’m a minx! Fortunately I am very cute. I’ve just seen off the bin lorry and had some breakfast. Once I’ve ripped this rabbit to shreds I’m going back to bed… Hope you’re all well. Love from Penelope xxx ”
No Dog Whisperers please, we don’t approve of his methods, but someone with good, positive reinforcement and reward methodologies for training will go a long way with this lady. And a sense of humour …
**** WILLOW ****
This little pocket-rocket will make a fabulous companion for a home with NO OTHER PETS. She adores humans, especially children but share her her home with another dog? I think not! And fluffy things, rabbits etc, REALLY excite her, and not in a good way. She is currently unspayed but this will be arranged as soon as she arrives and settles, as will her vaccinations.
Willow is 3 and is truly tiny but is quite a springy little thing, just brimming over with excitement to be loved and cuddled. She is great to walk, enjoys meeting other people and actually ignores other dogs on a walk, not interested. Just don’t let them visit …..
She is not too keen on a crate but is very well behaved in the house anyway, asking to be let out when needed.
Scooby is now ready to find his forever-home! At just 13 months old and fully house trained he is still very much a pup, full of life and loves to give his foster family the run around, this includes his fur sister!
Scooby has not been castrated yet, this will be addressed by Phoenix in the near future! So no un-spayed females.
Cats are not on Scooby’s list of favourite things; he WILL chase them so a cat free home is a must!
He is dog friendly, having always lived with a female frenchie, however he can still be a little big for his boots when it comes to males; ( not aggressive)and this is improving with training, he isn’t ready to live with one! So no males. He would love a female companion, a confident one who can put him in his place when needed.
Scooby is fine around children having lived with them in the past, we will be looking for children 5yrs old and above.
Scooby has come a long way while in foster, he has been working on self control and his manners! This will need to be continued in his forever home, he really is a clever lad and responds well to training.
Scooby is very affectionate and loves a cuddle but is just as happy to take himself off for some Scooby down time alone.
**** YOGI ****
You have NO idea how hard it is to get a picture of this little chap – he is either asleep, and you don’t get to see those gorgeous big brown eyes with their ginger eye-lashes, or he is moving about like a lunatic wanting to have cuddles and kisses, so doesn’t keep still long enough for a photo that isn’t blurred! In these ones he is demonstrating his very best Chihuahua dancing.
You may recall some of Yogi’s story – abandoned on a building site, barely conscious, heavily contaminated with demodex, virtually no fur, red raw and full of scabs where he had been scratching. Find out more by typing his name into the ‘search this page’ box at the top left of the page.
Things are very different now, as I hope you can see. Yogi now weighs a respectable 8.3kg and you can no longer feel his ribs (unless you poke hard!), and his spine and hips are beginning to cover nicely. The mites are dead and the fur is regrowing nicely. He loves his food and after being fed 3 to 4 times a day to get him built up he is now on the regular twice a day that we would expect for a 6 month old pup. Yogi will not be a huge dog as it is fairly obvious and generally considered accurate by vets to say that he has Chihuahua in him as well as a very healthy dose of Frenchie. This accounts for his truly amazing dance moves and that slightly longer nose. It has done nothing to affect those Bat-Lugs either! And yes, they can hear EVERYTHING.
When he came to us a heart murmur had been noticed. This has now been graded at approximately 2 out of 6 and so is not generally expected to be of any concern to or for him.
Yogi was incredibly scared when he arrived with us but took great comfort from our other dogs, and so we will be looking to place him in a home with at least one other dog, preferably not too big or bold. He is not cat-tested but has been disinterested on walks – he is a very laid back lad. He is still coming to terms with walking on a lead and does not wear a collar all the time in the house. Gentle persuasion and patience are paying off on walks and he prefers to be with another dog for confidence too. He also loves travel by car, curling up happily on a comfy blanket for yet another snooze.
He is a calm and loving little dog, not prone to being too lively even though he is so young. He will play and enjoys it, but can be worried by too much frolicking around from humans – for this reason he is not really a ‘family’ dog per se but does like children, just not too much of a busy family life. He would even be a good companion for an older couple with visiting children.
Yogi will take time to relax when left as he does have issues with anxiety – hardly surprising when you consider his background. As is common with dogs who have been seriously ill/abused he has very much latched on to his first human care-giver – me, in this case. He will howl when I leave him, even if others are home with him. He does settle though, just give him time. Experience has taught us that it s much easier after the foster-home, he wont be needy in the same way. He has been sleeping with me but due to his excessive snoring and his selfishness regarding personal space (mine) I have begun the process of teaching him to sleep alone in his bed downstairs. This has brought some initial howling and whimpering but is improving and will be continued until he finds his Forever Home. I could not possibly condone sleeping with your dogs (ha!), but if you do then he loves it and is no trouble all night – clean and dry, just has to be your second skin.
There is LOADS more I can tell you abut Yogi as he has so many little quirks and foibles but I hope this paints a picture that tells you he needs time, patience and love, but returns it tenfold.
Yogi will be placed into extended pre-adoption with his new Forever Home to allow time for him to continue his recovery, be fully vaccinated and castrated.
Please be sure that you fulfil the criteria for him before making your application.
** THE ADORABLE JEMIMA **
I think you may be able to see from these photos that although Jemima is just over 7 years old, she is a very happy Golden Oldie with a real glint in her eye!
She is great with children, good with other dogs and just wants to cuddle up, love and be loved. She is not much of a player, more of a lover, and for this reason we feel that she probably would not chase a cat but she is NOT tested so it would be have to be a very exceptional cat for us to allow her to be homed with one.
And yes, she does love children but is not of an age where she wants to run and play or go on long family walks, so either older ones or maybe visiting children would be perfect for her. She likes a walk, but not a hike, just a gentle amble to allow her to take the air and be fussed. This is not a dog for Zoomies, oh no, a companion dog for sure, and she would enjoy the company of another canine pal but not a lively one because she wont keep up with those loony activities.
She does have some muscle-waste on her rear legs and these are building up nicely, but they mean that a house/flat with lots of stairs wont suit her. She will go upstairs (to bed if she can!) but not too many times a day.
And yes, she will sleep on your bed if you let her, but she is also crate-trained too, so a very versatile little lady.
Everyone who has come into contact with Jemima has fallen for her, and looking at her smile it is so easy to why. Can you offer her home to suit her needs?
**** FIFI **** 04/08/2017
Can you even believe that this is the same dog that came to us in such a mess a few weeks ago? The difference that good food, loving care and appropriate medical attention can make is immeasurable – and you all made this possible. Fifi is still unneutered as she had not long had pups when she came to us and so needed to mend from that, physically and psychologically, but we will commit to her spay in her new home once settled.
Her skin has cleared up, her tummy has shrunk back and is not now sore and cracked; she still needs a low-dose Apoquel which we will supply initially as this will need to be reviewed and an adopter should take this on board as a possible commitment for the future. She is still a timid girl but takes her lead from the resident dog in her foster-home, as you can see from the photo, so a small, friendly, calm companion would be good for Fifi. She is only 2 but would probably find a young lively family a bit scary, although she loves children, but maybe quieter or visiting ones would be good for her. She is generally fearful of men but has started to trust the teenage boy in her foster-home so she can be won over as she is very keen on him, and this is improving slowly with others too.
Because of her anxiety and on-going rehablitation we will be looking for a home where someone s home for most of the time for Fifi, preferably with another dog and definitely with a comfy lap or two to cuddle up on, because she likes her cuddles. She will happily sleep in her own bed in your bedroom, but not sway downstairs as she gets very upset and screams.
**** JACOB ****
19th July 2017 – 11.45hrs This post has been tweaked to reflect that Jacob actually needs to be an only dog. His fear-reactivity has been heightened by being with another dog in pre-adoption, whereas although he was nervous in a pack scenario, he kept himself to himself. Jacob desperately wants to be loved and to please so do read carefully!
26th June 2017 – 2215hrs
We had quite a few applications for Jacob initially but for one reason or another, mostly working hours, none were quite right and so if you did apply then we do apologise but as for most rescue dogs, a home where everyone works full-time is not likely to be suitable. A rescued dog generally needs a little more time and care to overcome whatever has gone before. We do hope you understand that it is not a reflection on anyone’s personal ability to take in a dog, just circumstance.And Jacob has the added complication of needing a home with experience too.
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 was 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 lived with my family and I, and our pooches, and improved and relaxed a little each day. We allowed him to come to us when he was ready, and he did, often, but we didn’t over-fuss or crowd him, or allow him on the sofa without invitation (he can guard) and we found he settled very quickly being allowed to be a dog – not a child, or a toy, a dog. And he begun to seek us out more and more for fuss and cuddles and was rewarded for it. We had a couple of snapping incidents whilst here, but 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 due to making him uncomfortable in his space, but they just needed 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 used Rescue Remedy to help him calm if an incident occursed and he was happy to be reassured that all is well. And we managed to look in his ears, put nose-balm on what was a dry little nose. This was all through trust built over time, but a relatively short time.
Jacob was then placed into pre-adoption with a wonderfully understanding and patient family, and their dog. We thought our pack had stifled him and that being with just one other dog (as in his previous home) would allow him to develop more roundly; but no. He does not want to play and just wants a quiet life with his humans. He has been more reactive to the resident dog as he seems to feel threatened and will seek out the poor lad to attack him even though he offers no threat or dominance in return at all. Jacob needs to be an only dog. He can also be very reactive to other dogs out of the house and should not be off-lead if other dogs may be present at all.
We need a child-free home for Jacob ideally – he had been living with my VERY dog-savvy 12 year old son, but he too had 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).
Those are all the negatives for Jacob, but there are many more positives, apart from his handsome good looks. He is a big lad, 4 years old, 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 started to talk to us if he was in a room where we were not and he couldn’t get to us because of a stair-gate, and was always very pleased to see us in the mornings or if we had been out. It is very sweet and endearing.
We took 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 emotional baggage. He is a damaged boy, but not irretrievably and certainly not beyond hope. His pre-acoptive family must consider their dog too, and we completely agree so we need to find Jacob a home, the right home, as soon as possible. We feel that a quieter home would suit him better where he can be out and about on walks with his chosen humans and just be a dog, a country life maybe, with a quiet laid-back attitude, like him.
**** PEPE **** 13/07/2017
[Starts running, very fast]
Yes, this tiny little button has been fully health-checked and aside from probably being much younger than his passport suggests (it says just over 16 weeks, we think about 12) it does seem to check out, but he is considerably underweight with no muscle development (probably from being crated far too much), and he has been given a clear bill of health. He needs building up (4+ meals per day) and gentle exercise so that he doesn’t over do it while his muscles build to support his joints.
Now this is the part we need you to read VERY carefully, because ONLY applications that fulfil this criteria will be forwarded for consideration to the Management Team and no special treatment will be shown. No one has been given pre-warning of this post and so there are no ‘irons in the fire’ and no one has been prompted or ear-marked for him – this will be 100% fair on the merits of the individual application. For ease, and because he is such a baby who will appeal to so many, I will make these points numerically so that you can see if you tick each one before you decide to apply:
1. Pepe will be homed into a family with young, dog savvy children; he thrives on their energy and will grow to be a great family dog.
2. He will be homed with experienced owners as it is important to understand his frailties and not let him walk/jump too far too soon to allow his body to strengthen, and to understand the nutritional needs of a puppy like him.
3. He does have some separation anxiety and so needs some one who is home for most of the time; he will go in a crate but hates it and cries for a long time.
4. He will be homed with at least one other dog (not too large as he is so small) who can teach him to play and be a dog – it is highly likely that he has left his Mum too soon and needs to continue his pup education properly to avoid issues with behaviour later in life.
5. He needs to continue his toilet-training and thrives on the applause he receives when he does go outside, so will learn quickly but is still having a few accidents indoors (not overnight though when he has slept with me – sorry, bad habit but SUCH a good boy)
How is it looking so far? Do you tick all those boxes? Read on if so …. Pepe is up to date with all worm/flea treatments and vaccinations but will need to be castrated AFTER a year, definitely no sooner to allow him to mature properly, physically and psychologically.
*** PASCAL ***
It is with a very heavy heart that I am posting this as Pascal is a top boy who just needs to be understood and kept busy – and he has had that in his foster home but sadly they cant keep him as he needs to be within a smaller pack – like on his own. He has learned to live with his buddies nicely, but it has taken time and patience, and he still needs to be on a lead out of the home as he can be reactive to other dogs in quite a major fashion.
As long as he is kept busy during the day and has access to lots of outdoor life through walking/hiking working with someone, then he very much has an off-switch, yes it has been found. He is just busy, very busy, with an enquiring mind that learns quickly and wants to please. And he is incredibly affectionate too.
Please put ‘Pascal’ in the ‘search this group’ box in the top left corner of this page to see all of his previous posts and you will understand his progress too. He was not far off feral in his behaviour when he arrived, literally bouncing off walls, not sleeping at night, just on the go constantly. But he needed a job. Once he has a purpose on a daily basis and can be kept busy, he is such a dream and gives the very best cuddles too. Pascal is not about fighting and malice, he wants to be loved and safe. His foster carers have been so patient and caring with him but they can not take him any further and so now we need his absolute FOREVER home, no more moves for Pascal, this has to be the one, please.
We need a home with older children who wont be bowled over by him, and someone who is experienced with dogs, maybe working ones, who can keep him stimulated and busy in a caring environment.
Please think very careful if you are right for Pascal – he is the one who cannot adapt easily, but if you can, and will, he will love you forever.
**** RIO ****
Yes, you thought he was settled and home and dry – we did too but because Rio can be a little protective of his toys, he is not suited to being in a home with very young children as he can grab and this needs to be watched. He wont steal their toys, but doesn’t want them to steal his either. Whilst there is no aggression, it can be alarming and so for this reason we need to home him with children of about 10+, those that understand not to take his toys away. Ideally, a home with a couple who can just spoil him would be perfect.
Rio is castrated, completely house-trained (asks to go out) and very well trained too, great manners. He has had his palate shortened and his nares widened, so he now loves a good walk and can cope well with it too.
He likes other dogs but can be a little nervous initially, ignores dogs and cats on walks when told to do so (but hasn’t lived with cats and does show ‘interest’), has adapted to walking with a harness but walks really nicely anyway, sleeps downstairs at night with no problems – maybe not in his bed though! We think he would prefer to an only dog, simply because he has had his confidence knocked in the past by other resident dogs.
Rio is in good health, with the exception of a recent development of mild head tremors. We asked for bloods to be run and have ruled out diabetes or any form of epilepsy, fits or faints. They last for very short periods and are not in any way debilitating but PFBR will commit to responsibility for conditions relating to this as it will not be insurable. No cause can be established and so they should continue to be monitored but the vet has not shown undue concern.
*** LULU ***
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.
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.
**** MARTHA ****
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.
*** TABITHA ***
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 ****
[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?
**** ELI ****
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.