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BAILEY - Mixed Breed, possible Retriever or Labrador cross

Gorgeous Bailey here has arrived in Cornwall on the 10th July and is currently being assessed in home foster. The following profile is based on initial information given to us by the Bosnian rescue shelter as well as from what we are experiencing here while he was with us at P2F and now in his foster home.

"Bailey's name means law abiding and he is a good dog wanting to please. Bailey the sheriff "

Size: 50cm approx shoulder height

Sex: male

Age: 3 years approx (June 23) 

Neutered: yes

Vaccinated: yes

Microchipped: yes

Child friendly: yes most likely, but only older (10+) dog savvy children
who know how to respect a dog's boundaries as Bailey is a friendly clumsy dog who may hurt a small child unintentionally.

Dog friendly: yes,  behaved well within a large group of dogs in the shelter. Friendly with dogs he was socialized with at Paws2Freedom and great with the dogs in his foster home. Lovely when he met dogs out on his yet still very quiet secluded early days walks. Bailey does play with smaller dogs, but they need to be pretty sturdy and confident as he can be such a clumsy bouncy happy oaf of a dog. Ideally his playmates are slightly bigger dogs which works well.

Cat friendly: Yes, he just ignores the cat in his foster home

Behaviour/Temperament/Unique traits/ Training needs: 

Bailey is very friendly with people and other dogs. Was very social in the shelter in Bosnia where he lived with umpteen other dogs.


Will need  general training and like most other overseas dogs with largely unknown history needs slow introducing to UK life as we know it, in line with our guidelines for new dogs which will need to be implemented during the initial settling in period. This is already happening in home foster, however, it is extremely important that regardless of that new adopters will follow our guidelines for new dogs. 

Bailey is a very loving dog. 

He is desperate to play and if there are no other dogs he will try to use you for it, hence a home with a brother or sister who are equally playful would be perfect. Wants to play ALL the time.


Bailey will sit for his dinner (if you hold his bowl above your head hehe). 


He guards his bone and food,  but not his toys.

Easy to walk on a lead. Behaves appropriately towards other dogs he meets.

Being a young dog  Bailey is very lively and bouncy at times. Due to his past as a chain dog Bailey never experienced a true puppyhood. Therefore his now basically a puppy in an adult body making up for lost time and needs to be treated as a pup in many ways. For example he does counter surf if given the chance. Being a larger size dog it is recommended that his new home takes this behaviour into account so they don't need to tell him off which is not the way to go. The best way would be to show him what's required of him rather than treat him harshly. We will be able to advise on the best and kindest method to achieve this. He jumps up at people to say 'Hi' even though this is getting less now with proper gentle guidance. Bailey has not got many manners yet which is understandable if you think about his past life, but is slowly learning how things work in a home.

He needs a high amount of exercise and stimulation which is super important to keep Bailey happy.
When Bailey arrived here with us he literally had to discover how to run and stretch his legs properly. It was so endearing to see him learn with enthusiasm. Bailey has such fun! He  was so clumsy at first but was getting more at ease with an outstretched run and playing with other dogs very quickly. Bailey is grabbing his new life with all four paws and is enjoying his run and play time immensely. 

We were feeding mainly raw (Paleo Ridge) and Bailey adored his diet of raw food and cooked chicken too. He loves raw bones and furry rabbit ears as well as natural tripe chews. His 'output' was very healthy, not overly bulky or smelly and this diet really suited him. In his foster home Bailey is on a more commercial diet of dried and wet food  (James Wellbeloved kibble mixed with Butchers tin food) and tolerates this very well too. Food is definitely Bailey's thing and he can get quite enthusiastic and greedy at the mere whiff of it, whether dog or human food. He even tried to jump onto the dinner table at one point! His foster family now keeps him in a different room when they are eating which works well and will also teach him the boundaries and rules Bailey is still lacking. With enough food and more time Bailey will eventually realize that there is always enough to go round and his greedy behaviour should diminish. 

Bailey is a yet unpolished diamond and will need friendly fun positive training to become the best he can be. Any harsh methods will make him lose trust in his people (he had his fair share of that in his past) and joy in life, as well as damage the forming relationship with him which should always be based on trust and friendship rather than fear, hence such outdated methods are just not appropriate. 

House trained: Bailey was super clean here and hasn't soiled once and he had regular outings and lots of play and run time. In his foster home due to everything being new he did have a few accidents in the first few days but is now fully house trained and lets you know when you need to let him out. Pees and poos in the same spot every time so if he is shown a place first time he gets to his new adopters he will use it repeatedly.

Blood tested/Health: Tested negative for Brucellosis (this may have to be repeated as a lot of vets now require a UK test 3 months after arrival), Leishmans, Heartworm, Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia and soon to be taken to pass his general pre-travel health check.
 Bailey suffered a possible flea allergy which has been treated while in Bosnia and he is still healing from where he scratched his ears an face and doing really well on that now. 

UK vet check done and all good apart from residue of skin mites as the vet thought that his patches were more likely due to that than fleas. This is being treated very successfully and Bailey is healing quickly. Bailey also caught kennel cough, but it was a mild form which didn't bother him much at all, didn't require treatment and is now fully passed. 

​Rescue story: Bailey was an owner dog while still in Bosnia. He had a fenced yard where he was free to run around from time to time, but often and also at nights he was chained. He never knew love and home life as we lavish on our dogs in the UK, but that's how he lived. In a concrete yard and hours on a chain. You can see it in the video. His owners decided they wanted to move and Bailey was simple surplus to requirements so to speak. They called Bojan from the Bark Ark rescue shelter and Bailey's life changed in an instant. He didn't cope that well with shelter life and became quite depressed so we stepped up for the poor boy who needs a change of life badly. 

Ideal Home: 

Cornwall/Devon only please.

Bailey needs an active new home with another dog who can keep up with Bailey's zest for play.

A busy town/city location would not be suitable for a dog like Bailey.

Secure good size garden essential.

Bailey does like to spend as much time as possible around people and other dogs. A home with another dog as well as a life style which allows as much time as possible with his new people will be given preference. 

His new family needs to have a life style which enables them to give enough time to the new doggo and to settle him in according to our new dog advice.

A home environment which is generally calm, settled and experienced with dogs will be best for Bailey, as well as be willing to learn new things for their new addition if required. Professional help will be available at all times, free of charge via our team canine coach (trainer/behaviourist).

Bailey is a fairly large size clumsy dog who is enthusiastic most of the time and simply full of the joys of life. We describe him as a bungling pup haha and he acts much younger than the nearly 4 years that he is.  Most likely because he never had the chance to express himself fully, live and have fun like a dog should. Now he's like a kid in a sweetshop. Whilst his temperament is super friendly and he would not harm a child intentionally he could easily do so by accident. Older children 10+ who are used to respecting a dog’s boundaries would be fine.

Application and vetting process apply. Please contact us if you would like to help Bailey. We usually reply within 24 hours, mostly sooner and if you don’t hear back please contact us again. Thank you ♥

Vetting process applies. Meet & Greet will gladly be arranged after the application was approved.

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