CHARLIE

LOOKING FOR AN EXPERIENCED HOME

Size: 35cm approx shoulder height
Sex: male
Age: 4 approx
Neutered: yes
Vaccinated: yes
Microchipped: yes
Temperament: human devoted, but very strong lively character and highly intelligent.
Child friendly: no children, but older visiting children who respect a dog's boundaries are fine.  
Dog friendly: yes, but also dominant
Cat friendly: no
Behaviour/Training needs: needs basic obedience training and has issues which need working with (see Charlie's write up)
House trained: never lived in normal home life. Shares a dog room with a female and is very clean there.
Blood tested: tested negative for heart worm, ehrlichia, anaplasmosis and lyme disease shortly before pet travel and passed his general health check at our vet clinic in Launceston
Ready to travel: already in the UK in Launceston at P2F

Hello my name is Charlie and I am looking for a super special, understanding, patient and experienced home who will give me the guidance and training I need, as well as help me gain confidence in new situations.

To help you understand me a bit better I would like to tell you about my past. I was rescued from the streets in Bosnia where I was thrown away as a pup and left to fend for myself with not much chance of survival. They took me to live in a busy rescue shelter where I shared a space with many other dogs. I grew up in the shelter and it’s all I have ever known until I came to the UK a few weeks ago.
In order to survive in this competitive shelter environment I had to learn ways so that other dogs would not challenge me for food and shelter. There wasn’t always enough to go round for all of us. So I learned how to take care of myself and remained strong and fit throughout.
Such a harsh life did not prepare me for a life as you know it in the UK though. Normal home life would be a total mystery to me and I may even find it daunting to start with. Whilst I am generally a confident dog who wants to give new experiences a chance there are many new situations I find very scary. For example I get insecure and scared when I am restricted on a lead. It is something that is ever so new to me and because I cannot react freely I lunge at other dogs and passing cars, telling them to go away. On the other hand I am very friendly and I adore my people. I am eager to please, but I can also think for myself, like to make my own decisions at times and have a stubborn streak.
Whoever falls in love with me needs to take into account that I will be a challenge in some ways as much as I will be a joy in others. But one thing I can promise you is that we will have a deep bond and lasting friendship. I long to find that special home for me who will help me with my insecurities and take me as I am while they help me to improve in my own time.

♥ bosnian crossbreed of handsome looks, possibly crossed with basset hound or bosnian dachshund (they are generally larger than UK dachshund breeds), rough coated tan coloured fur

♥ 4 years, male, generous medium size – very strong, muscly and stocky long body with quite short legs and big paws, size and shape approx like a big basset hound

♥ fully vaccinated and micro chipped, tested negative for heartworm, ehrlichia, anaplasmosis and lyme disease shortly before pet travel from Bosnia and passed his general health check in the UK

♥ dog friendly, but prefers females or submissive males, can be rather dominant,
Charlie is resource guarder towards other dogs due to him growing up in a competitive many dog shelter environment

♥ people friendly and very loyal

♥ not suitable to live with cats or young children, but older visiting children who respect a dog's boundaries are fine.  

♥ not fully used to and relaxed with lead walks yet, hence reactive when on lead where he lunges at other dogs and passing cars and also pulls on the lead

♥ not used to home life, has spent most of his life growing up in a Bosnian shelter

♥ food orientated, great incentive for training, already sits on command, knows his name and has fairly reasonable recall, allowed off lead in secure field

♥ is learning to play with toys and now loves to chase a ball and has become quite obsessed with it

♥ lives in a dedicated doggy room here, currently with one other dog (female), but used to share with one male and 2 females initially, not tested in normal home life and will most possibly be reactive to TV, appliances etc

♥ sleeps in crate and does not soil his living/sleeping space

♥ not an excessive barker, only noisy when he gets excited and sees something he wants to chase or chase away

♥ loves cuddles and attention

♥ needs a routine, consistency, kindness and boundaries

Charlie’s story in Bosnia:

Charlie’s story was a very sad one up till now. A story of a young dog roaming the streets of Modrica, a city in Bosnia. A little chap feeling lost and searching for food and love. For a place where he can belong and be truly wanted. A pup who had lost his family and was all alone. A youngster who was regarded as unsightly and a nuisance. A poor soul who was in danger of not living to see the next day. This was when Bojan from the Bark Ark shelter was alerted and asked to remove Charlie from the streets. Without hesitation he swiftly did so and brought Charlie to safety in his rescue shelter.

Even though Charlie was now safe and he had food as well as care, the shelter is very busy with hundreds of dogs and not a long term solution for any dog. It feels noisy and stressful for many of the canine residents and they are coping to various degrees.

Despite his cute looks Charlie was never picked and became one of the long termers in the shelter. He had been waiting to be chosen for nearly 4 years. Always hoping, waiting…surviving amongst many other dogs, but nobody ever did come for him. When we were shown Charlie we had to step up for him. How could we not? Look at this darling soul! He deserves his chance of happiness as much as all the other dogs.

Would you like for this lovely dog to become part of your life? Are you Charlie’s very own special person? If so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would be delighted to receive your application.
With love, paws and friendly woofs ~ Charlie & everyone at Paws2Freedom ♥ 

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