for foster or adoption in Cornwall/Devon or Isle of Wight
SMUDGE FOR ADOPTION ISLE OF WIGHT/CORNWALL/DEVON
Size and breed: Large Size Collie Cross
Age: 5 years
Child friendly: Would prefer a home without children. Older visiting children (10+) who are patient, calm and respect her boundaries would be acceptable.
Dog friendly: Yes
Cat friendly: She has lived with cats all her life but this is no guarantee that she will accept a new cat.
Current location: Isle of Wight, but we need to find Smudge a suitable home/foster home by the end of January as she needs to be moved by early February.
Smudge is an absolutely stunning, large-size female collie cross looking for a quiet, experienced and active home, preferably in a rural location.
Smudge was initially adopted on the Isle of Wight by a very kind, loving couple. Sadly, unexpected health issues have forced them to make the heart-breaking decision to re-home her.
Smudge is a nervous dog. When people visit she can have problems accepting them into her home. She expresses this by barking at them and then hiding under the table, sometimes growling. She does come out eventually and this is quicker with people she knows. With strangers it can take longer. She can also bark excessively without a specific reason. It would be ideal if Smudge could find a home where her barking would not cause distress while her new family work with her on this, which may take some time.
Smudge is friendly with other dogs and loves to meet them out on walks. With people, she needs lots of encouragement and reassurance. She is a highly sensitive girl and whilst being very affectionate with people she knows well and taking treats from them, she is very insecure initially and backs away. Smudge has got on well with the cats she has lived with but we don’t know how she would be with other cats.
She has had contact with visiting, older children too, however, we would be looking for a home for Smudge without children as we feel a quieter environment would be best for her.
Smudge will need plenty of exercise and her new family can look forward to lots of long walks with her whilst being a constant reassuring presence as she explores her new environment.
For the past year she has attended weekly socialisation/training classes and she has made some progress. We are looking for an experienced family who would be happy to continue this work. With time Smudge will be able to make more progress but her new family should be aware that there is a chance that she may never become a truly balanced dog.
Overall, it will take a lot of time and patience for Smudge to trust people and her new family will need to help her with this. She will require constant reassurance and plenty of patience, especially when she first comes into her new home. Your reward will be to help this adorable girl adapt to her new surroundings and family and nurture her progress.
Do you have the time and patience, the experience and love to take Smudge into your heart and into your home? To show her reassurance and help her to gain confidence and overcome her shyness? Would you like to know more about Smudge or do you have any questions you would like to ask?
We would be delighted to hear from you. Simply contact us here and we will get back to you.
Smudge and P2F are looking forward to hearing from you.
A successful adoption involves our usual vetting process, an adoption donation of £250 and signing of our adoption contract.
The criteria for foster are different from adoption as it is essentially free. Please let's have a chat if you would like to offer Smudge a temporary home and are committed to work with her to prepare her for adoption.
If you are able to help this wonderful soul please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thank You from P2F and Smudge.