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Rocky - Older B&W crossbreed in Abingdon (Hope Rescue)

Discussion in 'Dog Rescue and Adoption' started by kilmousk, Jan 28, 2012.


  1. kilmousk

    kilmousk PetForums Member

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    Rocky is a 9/10 year old Crossbreed and is currently on foster in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

    The Rocky Fact File
    Dog status: Very good
    Cat status: Best rehomed without cats
    Child status: Could be rehomed with children aged 8 years plus who are used to dogs
    House training: Perfect
    Home alone: Has been left for a couple of hours and been happy. Not suitable for full time worker as he does love people and company.
    Basic training: Knows sit and off, good recall and walks nicely on the lead with harness. Bright and eager to please.

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    Rocky is an easy dog to look after and an easy dog to love. Adaptable, friendly, charming and full of character he would settle in well to many types of home.

    Rocky is good with other dogs and could be rehomed into an existing pack or as a single dog. With his foster home he has been living with two canine companions and also met dogs on walks and has been fine with all of them. However, while not meaning to, he could cause trouble as in the park as he is the dog likely to steal another dog’s ball!
    He has not been living in foster with cats but has shown a lot of excitement and interest when he sees them out on walks so he would be best rehomed without feline company.

    Rocky loves people and has been friendly and charming with everyone he has met. He has been assessed in an adult only foster home so has not been living with children. However, due to his sunny, laid back personality we feel he may be able to live with children over the age of 8 years following successful meetings with them.

    Rocky already knows some of the basic commands and has been introduced to clicker training by his foster carer and is bright and eager to please. He walks nicely on the lead when he is walked on a harness and has shown he has good recall so far although this has not been tested with high level distractions as his foster home have understandably been careful.

    Rocky adores people and there is a risk he could become a little clingy. He has been through the stress of coming in to rescue and although he has settled well in his foster home there will naturally be another upheaval and change when he moves to his forever home. There is a risk he could become clingy with a new owner and care will have to be taken to gradually leave him alone and not allow him to become too over dependent. Rocky can open doors to be back with the humans he is bonded with and will need a secure home and garden. He will not be rehomed with full time workers but would suit a part time worker or someone who is home for the best part of the day.

    Despite his age, he is still fit, lively and playful. He needs a reasonable walk once a day and perhaps just a quick last thing at night walk. You can take him pretty much anywhere with no problems as he is well socialised. He showed some upset when travelling at first but this is much improved now he has realised going in the car usually equals a fun new walk to explore.

    He may have been fed a lot of human food in the past and was trying a bit of a hunger strike when he first arrive in our care. However, with a good quality kibble and some wet food mixed in he is now eating well.


    All Hope Rescue dogs are neutered (if over 6 months), vaccinated, flea treated, wormed and micro-chipped prior to adoption. If a puppy is not old enough to be neutered then this must be carried out at the owner’s expense when old enough, and the relevant form completed by the vet and returned to Hope Rescue. A homecheck will be required, and you will need to come and meet the dog with your own dogs and family. Hope Rescue rehomes throughout the UK. A Pre-Home Interest Form can be downloaded from Home - http://hoperescue.org.uk and should be returned to dogs@hoperescue.org.uk
     
  2. kilmousk

    kilmousk PetForums Member

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    Rocky is a lovely boy and has slotted in to his foster home really well. Him and the resident border collie play together and share a crate when travelling.

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    Despite being an older boy, he doesn't show it. He loves going for a run and playing. He will also settle nicely when you just need him to chill though.

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    He is now much more relaxed and less clingy after settling in and now feeling secure. He sleeps downstairs in a crate all night without a peep.

    On one of their walks there was a group of 21 dogs at one point. He was such a good boy with all of them. He is particularly fond of the border collie. When first let off the lead they both run full pelt, rubbing alongside each other and making lovely grrring noises at each other.

    He is undemanding. Will play, have a cuddle, go for a walk with great glee, but also just chill and sleep when you need him to. Bless
    Rocky really is a take anywhere boy. He takes new areas of walks in his stride and is equally at home in the local park or a country walk.

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    He's not bothered by traffic, bikes, joggers, all types of people and dogs. He will also recall away from other dogs too - before he gets to them.

    He's not a barky boy at all, except sometimes when he gets excited in play. He likes to greet you with a toy and makes the most amazing noises when he's pleased to see you

    He's a little star

    Rocky has been to agility and was a very good boy! He did a little bit of jumping, tunnel, dog walk and A frame. He was as good as gold, bless him. Met loads of dogs and people and was fab with all of them.

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