Currently fostered in Cornwall
ON HOLD FOR FURTHER ASSESSMENT
Size: Medium- Large - Labrador cross
Age: 3 years old
Child friendly: Yes, but older children, 10 years +
Dog friendly: Yes, but is quite full on and barks
Cat friendly: Possibly (has lived with 2 cats and was fine with them, but may need time to adjust to a new cat and did not accept the cats in her previous foster home who are former feral cats)
Zoe's current location is Launceston in Cornwall. Adopting Zoe would entail meeting her a few times prior to adoption after our vetting process has been passed successfully.
Zoe is a lively, strong and affectionate dog who bonds with people deeply. However, it does take her some time to get used to new people.
Due to lack of socialization in her past Zoe has got fear issues and is a dog who needs confidence building. Her previous foster mum has already worked wonders with our girl. From a very shy insecure girl Zoe who had not seen and experienced much in her young life, Zoe has bravely conquered rides on the London Tube, been briefly introduced into a busy office environment and made friends in the secure doggy run close to where she was previously fostered in London.
Zoe is very much a work in progress and needs further slow exposing to different situations to boost her confidence more. She is still quite fearful in many situations and will show this by hiding or barking at what she perceives as frightening.
Her new family would need to be realistic in their expectations and be prepared to take things at Zoe's pace.
Zoe needs a very special home where she won't be overwhelmed (which would sadly set her back) and where she can progress in her own time. Preferably a home without busy comings and goings by too many people. Someone who can give her the love, patience and help she needs.
Zoe very much takes her courage and reassurance from a confident person or a role model dog. She needs a confident adopter and preferably a well balanced dog for company. This will help her to progress further and become the best she can be.
Here with us Zoe lives with 6 other dogs. But in our opinion she would prefer to live with less dogs. Her manners are not very polished and she was not very readily received into the gang of resident dogs. Zoe sadly has the tendency to bully other dogs and is very much a 'me first!' dog who loves to get all the attention. But she does listen when told by us or the other dogs. This spirited girl is a trier and not a fighter.
She can be left without a problem. In her previous foster home she lived as an only dog and was never left for very long. 2 hours as a maximum. They did not experience any problems. Here she shares her living space with other dogs and is no problem at all.
Zoe likes to ride in the car and we are taking her with us at every opportunity. This helps her get used to different situations and also meet new people. She is not a dog who will approach new people with a waggy tail. She is very cautious and needs her time to approach people when she is ready. This can take time. It took Zoe a couple of hours to find her trust in us. But once she trusts you she is a very clingy dog.
Due to her guarding instincts as we well as fear issues Zoe barks at things. And she has quite a bark on her! Hence she is looking for a home where this would not be a problem.
Zoe is very much a country girl at heart. She copes with city life if needs be. But she is far more relaxed in the country. We would not want to see her in a busy town or city life.
Zoe is gorgeous. From experience we can say that she will love cuddles and will give you so much love and loyalty. As long as her boundaries are respected she will be a fabulous dog.
Being a labrador cross her love for food is huge and given the chance she will steal food from worktop or other places. This love for food can be channeled into training incentive. Her recall is already fabulous. And she knows other commands too.
Sadly she does pull on the lead in her eagerness. We are working on this with her, but progress is not a quick one. She is strong dog too!
Zoe loves to chase her ball and cannot get enough of a game of fetch in the field. However, she can be quite possessive over her toys. We also found her to guard her bed from the other dogs.
Her adopters would need to be prepared to alter their lives to fit in with the kind of dog that Zoe is today and accept that she will improve a lot, but may never be quite perfectly balanced and needs a degree of managing throughout her lifetime.
If you think you could give Zoe the special caring and loving home she needs we would love to hear from you.
Vetting process, adoption donation of £250 and adoption contract apply.
With much hope from Zoe and Paws2Freedom Team.
Please see Zoe's latest report (July 2019) further down which was written by her foster mum in London before she came to us here in Cornwall recently.
Beautiful puppy Zoe was thrown over the garden fence of our friend Brinda’s house. She was just a few weeks old. It may be because Zoe is a black dog and sadly, in Romania, black dogs are generally disliked and suffer more because of that. Brinda took her into her home and had her examined for any injury she may have sustained and amazingly, she was fine. Like many dogs from Romania Zoe suffered a brush with distemper. But caught early it did not progress far and did not cause any nerve damage. The only trace that still speaks of her short battle with this condition is a discolouration of some of her teeth which will remain with her for life.
At first she was shy and nervous but quickly overcame that when she was introduced to more dogs and soon became a part of the gang. She has now grown into a highly energetic, adventurous and very playful young dog.
Zoe is a happy young girl. She loves exploring her environment and is very affectionate. She has a strong will to survive and enjoy life to the full, which is expressed in her bright and clever personality.
Sadly, as Zoe grew up our lovely Brinda was unable to give this lovely dog what she needs due to her highly energetic nature. So we have found Zoe a lovely home foster place in Bucharest where she is being socialized and receives some training in how to sit and walk on the lead. She is living with a lovely family and a group of dogs as well as some cats.
Sometimes there are visitors of all ages and Zoe tends to be shy at first, but once she realizes that there will be no cruelty towards her she enjoys the attention very much.
Zoe's future family would need to be prepared to put in the time it takes to continue Zoe's training and socialization. She would need to learn more about the outside world. Training classes would be extremely beneficial for Zoe.
Like all our dogs, Zoe is vaccinated, neutered and micro-chipped.
This lovely girl is currently home fostered in Romania where she is living in a group of dogs.
Zoe is ready for travel to her new home. Could it be to you?
Like a lot of romanian dogs Zoe will need time to adjust to what we consider normal life. But she is one of the lucky ones who has experienced things that come with home life and will find the transition easier than other dogs from abroad.
Zoe is looking for a home with no or older children 10 years +. This is because she is not a small dog and highly energetic. Her home would need to know how to handle this type of dog and give Zoe plenty of opportunity to burn off some of this energy. She is such a lively and fun loving young girl!
If you are interested in giving this beautiful young girl her forever home then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to contact us here on the page and we will get right back to you.
Each one of us at the Paws2Freedom team thanks every one of you for taking the time to visit us and for reading Zoe's story.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
LATEST FOSTER REPORT JULY 2019
-Zoe understands “No”, “Sit”, “Stay”, “Gently” (used when hand-feeding her) “Down” and “Cross”, and also understands when I ask her to please get out of the kitchen, and point towards the lounge
-She’s very obedient outside of the house unless scared by something (whereby she’ll then either want to run away from it, or she’ll feel the need to stand still and stare at it for the entire time it’s in her vision and won’t respond to any command words)
-She automatically sits at every kerb and waits till she hears “Cross” (if we have to wait for a minute or two, I’ll remind her to “Stay”)
-Zoe has been going on long walks in Epping Forest on a 50m lead so that she has complete freedom to run as much as she’d like to and can be controlled if need be (there’s a busy road that runs alongside parts of the forest). She’s never gone more than 30m away from me, and if she loses sight of me around a bend or a tree, she comes rushing back to check I’m following her. If she makes a wrong turn ahead of me and I need her to go another way, she responds immediately to my calling her name and will turn and run in the direction I’m pointing to
-When it’s time to switch to a shorter lead and head back to the train station, Zoe comes immediately when called
-Zoe has been trialled off the lead for short stints in the local park when it’s been very early in the morning and completely empty, and again, she likes to stay close and is very obedient
-The only reason that she doesn’t get long stints off the lead is in case she gets spooked by something and decides to try and run home - her recall is excellent, she doesn’t let you out of her sight for long and will mostly stay pretty close to you
Behaviour with People
-Zoe is incredibly nervous around other people, and can’t bear for people she doesn’t know to touch her or stare at her, and she becomes visibly agitated and will try to get away if any sort of interaction is initiated
-Zoe barks on the lead at other people only if they’re doing something she’s not encountered before or encountered very little - for example, if someone’s dragging a large suitcase behind them, she’ll bark at the suitcase, and the first time she saw a kid on a scooter, she barked at the scooter: she’s just afraid of the new thing she’s seeing, and isn’t aggressive in any way to other humans, just barks at the inanimate object they’re with if she doesn’t know what it is
-Zoe gets the train or Tube multiple times a week, and while her anxiety is clear to see (straining at the lead, intense panting and drooling), she has been slowly adapting to getting public transport and her courage and confidence has increased exponentially - though she’s still fairly anxious, and generally sits/stands close to my legs and will tentatively sniff towards other people until they look at her/try to touch her, at which point she’ll immediately back off
Behaviour with Dogs
-Zoe loves to play with other dogs
-Zoe has a very boisterous approach to other dogs, which can sometimes seem over the top (she can get really barky around them, and initially charge back and forth, to and from them) but the dogs seem to understand that this is play, and they generally just happily run around chasing one another, so this seems to be pure excitement. On reflection, there’s a little, mixed-breed dog that loves to bark, and so he and Zoe run up and down along the fence of the enclosed area, us inside, him on the outside, barking at each other non-stop. It’s an absolute frenzy, and people nearby just laugh. I wonder if Zoe experiencing this sort of play very early on in her time in England then set the tone for being barky when playing properly with other dogs
-Zoe is very gentle, sweet and affectionate and always in a good mood and up for either a tummy rub or playing with her soft toys (depending on her energy levels and the heat!)
-Zoe is incredibly intelligent and has been quick to understand what I’ve been teaching her
-Although she’s a mix of breeds, Zoe’s overall temperament is very much that of a retriever-type breed, the Labrador in her seems to be dominant
-She gets excited by laughter - so if a jokey conversation starts up, with lots of laughter, she’ll get up and start leaping around and trying to join in
-Zoe loves music and dancing - when I put the radio on in the kitchen, and dance around a bit, Zoe gets straight up and rushes over and starts swirling around me, wagging like a loon
-Zoe is an incredibly fearful dog. She goes absolutely beserk when someone comes to the front door, and after 30 seconds or so can be lead into another room, where she’ll immediately grab one of her toys and pace up and down, barking and whining. She is genuinely deeply anguished and afraid
-Zoe will also bark at all noises to the front and back of the house, again through fear
-Zoe sleeps on her own in a separate room, to which she’s adapted very well. Separation anxiety doesn’t seem to be particularly present in her. Although she’d prefer to constantly be with her humans, and might whine a few times when you first leave to go out for a couple of hours, she doesn’t destroy or chew anything (in fact she’s never taken anything that hasn’t been given to her) and seems to just curl up and sleep in my absence - she’s always a little sleepy and boss-eyed when she comes wagging to greet me when I get back...!
-Zoe is in excellent health
-She has high energy levels, and is boisterous and playful. Two walks a day plus a few stints of playing with her toys (Tug of War and Keep Away are her favourite games) take the edge off and keep her calm
-Zoe is up to date with all jabs and boosters
-Being part Labrador, she is indescribably greedy and absolutely obsessed with food. I truly believe she’d eat herself to death if given the chance!
ZOE'S INITIAL ASSESSMENT REPORT January 2019, after one month in her UK foster home (she has progressed since then in many ways)
She’s still very cautious around other people when we’re out and about, and will hide behind me and stop if she feels overwhelmed by the number of people around her. She no longer gets spooked and bolts - I can reassure her and we carry on. We do two walks a day now without fail - for the first few weeks she’d only do one in the morning, the second was too much for her.
She will also run around the enclosed area with another person or two in there, where previously she would refuse to even go in.
In the enclosed area in the park, she loves to leap around, play chase and run after sticks, and seems to have an awesome time. She’s a high-energy, playful dog.
The one and only time she barks at people is when she’s in the enclosed area and they’re walking by on the other side of the fence. (It’s not ferocious by the way, her tail is wagging the entire time and she’s got playful body language.) This was excessive, and she used to bark at everyone for their entire walk alongside the fence now it’ll just be a short bark at only one (maybe two) people, just at the very end of their getting past the fence. Saying that, yesterday afternoon, quite a few people were walking past the enclosed area and - with lots of reassurance and stern ‘no’s - she didn’t bark at a single person, and this morning we only had one bark in total, so I think we’re close to seeing the end of that.
She’s very happy with both me and Danny, and no longer (or certainly very rarely) barks at people she can hear through the walls or talking loudly on their way past the front door, or when she’s sees them through a window out the back.
She only ever barks when someone knocks on the door, and then she goes kind of nuts. We’re working on this! Though not nuts in the way that she wants to attack the person at the door - what she actually does is bark like mad and go and hide upstairs, while still barking!
She’s still very cautious around other dogs, however, we’ve made lots of progress here. She used to refuse to go in the enclosed area if there were other dogs already in there, now, providing the dog is smaller than she, she’ll go in and play briefly/intermittently with whoever’s in there. This has only happened in the last couple of days, with two different dogs, so I think we’ve suddenly turned a corner here and she’ll be happy to get amongst most dogs soon when in the enclosed area.
When on the lead though, she’ll still hang back and hide behind me.
Zoe initially wanted to attack them, and growled and snarled at them, but now is excited by them and has swapped the growling and snarling for barking and whining.
I tried her on the main road the other day, which to be fair is super busy with a huge amount of traffic (lots of lorries, buses, trucks etc) and lots of people, and it was far too much for her and incredibly overwhelming, so we’re sticking to our quiet back roads to the park and never go anywhere else.
She’s much more confident heading to the park, and actually sniffs things as she’s going along now - before she’d be on high alert for danger and we’d basically rush to the enclosed area and rush back. Now she’ll happily mooch around a bit, and have a good old sniff here and there.
She still decides when we’re finished playing, and rarely will we be out for more than 30 minutes, and she always leads me home - the only time she pulls on the lead is when she’s close to the gate and wants to head back, then she drags me the entire 5 mins home, absolutely desperate to get back.
She’s picking up words well and understands ‘no’, ‘gently’ (when handing her food), ‘sit’ and ‘down’.
There’s lots of work to be done to get her to behave more sensibly on the roads, as currently she’ll just try to cross one without looking/thinking, so next steps will be to teach her to sit on pavements before crossing a road, and that sort of thing. I’m not trying that yet, will do so when she’s less overwhelmed outside.
Overall, she’s getting so much braver and feeling so much more confident. She’s definitely still fearful of potential danger, though this is slowly fading. And her fear is never manifested as aggression. The couple of instances in which she does bark at people out of fear (a tiny bit through the fence when in the enclosed area and when people knock on the front door) she has no interest in attacking the people, there’s no aggression there as such, just barking. Pretty much all she does when she’s worried about anything/anyone, is hide behind me.
In the house, with me and Danny, she’s confident, playful, affectionate, relaxed - such a lovely little dog, very Labrador-like in temperament. She’s very clever too. When she wants to leave the enclosed area, she goes up to the gate, rests her paw on the lock and turns and looks at me. When she did this in front of Dog Club, they couldn’t believe it - their reaction was hilarious..!