Well what can I say about this poor lad. We were called by the pound and asked to take in Ted who is microchipped and when he came to us was just 2 years old. He is now 3. Apparently the owner had given him to his brother to rehome who paid a man £80 to find him a new home. He was found tied up outside of a police station!
Ted is neutered and vaccinated. Described by the kennels as a perfect gentleman with every one. They did not see one issue at all with this lovely dog.
Ted has a short tail which the vet believes, as it goes to a point, that he was born like it. It does not affect him in anyway and he doesn’t mind you getting hold of it.
Ted was found a home but a year later and out of the blue he panicked when out on a walk and ran back to the car. Since then it has been a struggle to get him to go on a walk at all.Ted is fine with other dogs and loves people but no matter what, if he does not want to walk he will not move. We explored all avenues and have concluded that he was traumatised by large bangs and with dogs being able to hear so acutely, may well have heard something that day that his mum could not. We also now wonder if maybe he lost his tail to a firework which would explain his trauma.
Ted is now in foster where foster mum has worked really hard with the problem and has come on leaps and bounds with him. His ideal home would be somewhere with a large garden and another dog with whom he could play and keep fit. He may always have bouts of not wanting to go out to walk so may suit a not so active home, and needs a family that have the patience to continue working with him.
With patience and time he may flick out of it all together but his loving nature makes up for so much.
This is what foster mum says about him:
“He will chase anything that moves (he is Archie’s wingman on pigeon patrol)
He can jump!
He can run like the wind when he wants to
He is so lovable and just wants oodles of affection always
He does not like to be pulled by his collar – ever!
His recall is fantastic when he wants to come, but should a blade of grass be more interesting …. be prepared to wait!
He loves being in water, but only up to his belly and then lays down in it – not swam yet
He loves his food and will do anything for a treat
He has been great with all people and children we have met
He still panics on occasion and needs reassurance but we are working on this
He will walk off lead in certain places and at certain times but does need the comfort of being on a long lead if he feels nervous (this is easy to spot in his body language and pop him on the lead before he does a runner)
He definitely needs at least one other confident dog to egg him on.”
Can you offer Ted the home he needs?
Ted is now settling into his new life!