FOR ADOPTION in CORNWALL/DEVON
GRANT - Crossbreed (Collie/Shepherd Dog cross)
AFFECTIONATE OLDER GENTLEMAN GRANT:
Size: 50-55cm shoulder height approx (medium-large size)
Age: 9-10 years approx
Temperament: friendly cuddle monster, likes to attach himself to his human. pretty much obsessed with food. Also insecure in many ways and will benefit immensely from confident building expercises. Having collie in him, he does display some of their traits eg herding/rounding up
Child friendly: yes (older children under supervision) as long as they respect his boundaries and that he is a dog who values his own space, however as this is his retirement home Grant will be looking for a very quiet home without resident children where he can get lots of attention
Dog friendly: yes, but if living with another dog, the resident dog needs the right temperament, preferably female and not be ambitious
Cat friendly: not known
Grant has got quite good recall. He is very food orientated which makes him easy to train for rewards, but it also means he can be a bit of a challenge in his excitement around food too which his previous people have already worked with a lot.
Often insecure due to his limited experiences in life which will improve over time.
He loves attention, but not used to it fully yet. Hence can get overwhelmed at times which is when Grant does suddenly lets you know that he needs his space and does not want to be touched for now. It is important to give him that space when he needs it. This may deminish in time or may be one of his character traits. Only time will tell.
Has a tendency to guard his resources, eg food and people which comes from years of having to compete with other dogs in a shelter. This is fairly easily discouraged though as Grant wants to please and will look to you for guidance, and again, Grant will need confidence building that he is doing ok, is good enough as he is and that all good things are always plenty in his life from now on. This may take a some time due to the past years in a shelter.
Not quite ready to be walked in busy public places as Grant does need help with lead training until he feels comfortable on it. It would not be advisable to put him into this situation until trust has been built and he realises that he can rely on you. Grant can react out of his gentle and friendly character and bark and lunge when restrained as being restrained is not familiar to him. Patience and experience with this would be beneficial, however we are more than happy to provide help and guidance throughout. If adopters need to leave Grant alone in the house they have to work with him on that first please and increase the time very gradually to avoid stress. Food toys for example are a good way to keep him occupied. Grant has never been on his own without either human or dog company. He is fine to be left with another dog for company here with us, but may bark for a few minutes initially.
Housetrained: yes, but initial accidents due to the change of situation are not unusual. Howver, he was clean in his previous short term home and is also clean here.
Bloodtested: before pet travel he tested negative for heartworm, ehrlichia, lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Passed his health check in the UK
Ideal Home: I just want to be loved and understood. My retirement home should be calm, settled and child free. I love to be outdoors as I am still reasonably active and love to run around with another dog for example (see my videos below). But I also love to snuggle up on your sofa and enjoy the warmth of home comforts. If you have the compassion I need and are fine with giving me the time I require to become the best I can be, are willing to help me feel more confident and don't expect me to fit in with all of your life style straight away please ask if you could adopt me. I will be a very faithful friend to you if you let me be myself and don't rush me or expect too much of me. Due to my history I am looking for a capable, realistic home with sufficient dog experience as I still have a few things to learn.
Hello my name is GRANT and this is my story.
I wish I could tell you a really exciting story of my life. One full of adventure. But sadly this is not the case. My story is very simple and short. I was found as a stray and taken to the Bark Ark rescue shelter. In a way I was lucky as I did not have to be in the main shelter, but ended up in a smaller shelter who sometimes takes some of the Bark Ark dogs. It's not as noisy there, but still very busy and not a relaxed place to be. The years went by and nobody ever came for me. During that time I also had an accident and lost my tail :'( I was overlooked time and time again until I had lost all hope. Time took its toll on me and I changed from the beautiful dog with shiny fur to an older version who you can see in my recent photos. And then my day of hope and joy came. I was finally chosen! Paws2Freedom had stepped up for me when they heard of my plight and after ove 4 years in kennels I am finally getting my chance of finding my very own forever home where I will be loved and cherished. I still cannot believe my luck. Me! I am not so young any longer and this feels like winning the happy doggy lottery to me. Oh I just cannot wait to come to the UK and be finally allowed home comforts and a normal life.
I have been in the UK now for nearly 12 weeks and someone kind took me in and even considered giving me a forever home. Sadly they had young grandchildren and because of my growling moments when I wanted my own space or got insecure, and because not always reacting well when walked on a lead I was not suitable to live there any longer. They loved me, but it was decided that there would be a more suitable home out there for me. I will need a home where someone accepts me like I am. I will be a big friend to you I promise. But please remember my past and how this would affect how much time I need to get used to how things are done in a home. I try my best, but I am not young any longer and need time, patience and understanding so I can gain trust and feel more confident.
If you would like to apply for giving me my forever home, please complete an application form as a first step. But please bear in mind that I am advertized on other sites too and I hope that you understand that there may be more than one application to my name by the time you have completed yours for me.
Please enjoy my photos. The last ones show me in the shelter and my younger version when I still had a tail where they rescued me years ago. some others when I was in my temporary home and at Paws2Freedom. There are also a couple of video where you can see me with my friends here who I only just met when the clips were taken.
If you would like to support Bark Ark dogs like me a bit I would be ever so grateful. Your donation will help so much and every penny counts. This is a big rescue mission for such a small charity and we can't do it without you. If you could mark your kind giving with ‘Bosnian Dogs’ your funds will be put towards my costs or that of another dog like me.
Thank you so much from my happy heart and excited paws ~ Love, Grant ♥
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