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Rusty is 6 years old. He is neutered and vaccinated and of course microchipped. He is being rehomed as the man of the house who purchased him as a pup, has left, and mum is physically unable to walk him meaning he is stuck in the house day in and day out and only gets any exercise in the garden. Mum also works so he is being left long hours alone.

We were told Rusty is good with the children but we feel he should not be in a home with young children. He lives with a Chihauahau but has not had much socialisation with other dogs and is unknown with cats. He will need some lead training, recall work, but in the right home, we are sure he will quickly learn what he has missed out on.

He is very noisy with people entering the home, however our volunteer did not feel intimidated and probably more excitement at a new person than anything else.

Please can we help Rusty find a home where he can enjoy a normal life having been let down by his dad?

Rusty when in the kennels was fine around the other dogs. Bonds with his handlers and can become protective so needs an experienced home that has the time and patience to work with this super lad.

Rusty is now in a foster home and this is what foster dad has to say about him:

“What a great dog Rusty is!.  If only we could we would certainly keep him.  When we first met him he came charging out, barking, lunging, snarling and snapping at the air.  He was muzzled and the kennel maid said “He’s lovely once you get to know him but keep him muzzled until you feel comfortable”. Not the best of starts but she put him into the car and we set off.  On the journey home he lay quietly behind the dog guard and we were really wondering what we had let ourselves in for.  At home we took him through to the garden to meet our dog and that went very well but I couldn’t get near him to remove the muzzle but, after a while my wife managed to.  It then took several hours of treats and soft words before he, tentatively let us near him.  But, by the following morning he was rolling on his back for a tickle, sitting, giving a paw etc.  And, by the end of day 2 had become devoted to us both, particularly me for a change (They usually prefer my wife).  He follows me everywhere, sleeping on the floor by my bed and waiting outside the loo for me.

When my grandson and his friend came home on day one it was the same barking and snapping but eventually they made friends, as the week has gone on, more visitors have arrived and he has been better with each one as he feels more secure.  He just needs socialising.

So forget all the negatives at the start and now, after only five days:

He gets on very well with our dog, no sign of jealousy or possessiveness over food.

Very docile and loving around the home, spotlessly clean, no chewing or destructiveness

Walks nicely on the lead (The only pulling is from my end as he christens every post or tree and not a blade of grass goes un-sniffed)

Loves toys and treats so very trainable

Once he knows you totally loyal and would defend you with his life.

Rusty does himself no favours on first meeting him but, he really is a gentle giant.  For his own sake, and much as I hate them, he should be on a muzzle when walked until his training is completed.”

Sadly foster dad can no longer care for Rusty long term due to some health issues so he really needs a home to go to so he can carry on improving, rather than having to go back into the kennels.


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6 years
Good with children:
Yes - Older Only
Good with other dogs:
Careful introduction
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