Forever Home Wanted
I am looking for Beautiful Bonnie’s happy ever after.
I collected her from her original owner and to say she had a bad start in life is an understatement
She had no name , no manners , no training , had never been walked and certainly had no idea what a warm bed or kindness was .
She was crammed in a small crate with another dog ( who I also took ) and looked petrified .
Heartbreaking to imagine how the first few months of her life was .
I would describe her as a headstrong free spirit,she was feral and had no idea how to behave .
She has been in foster a lot longer than normal due to not wanting to rush things and work with her slowly .
Her foster family have been amazing , so patient and understanding helping her to adjust and learn .
Please do not apply unless you can offer her the same has her foster family have , continue with her training , give her time to adapt , decompress and learn .
She needs lots of patience and I understanding.
She is a beautiful girl who deserves to be happy .
Please read the foster evaluation below .
Woodlesford, Leeds, West yorks LS26 (meet and greet applies )
NAME OF DOG Bonnie
BREED OF DOG Spaniel x lab
SEX OF DOG Female
COLOUR OF DOG Black white
CURRENT WEIGHT 16.6kg
AGE OR DOB OF DOG 7.9.21
Last season feb/23
DATE OF LAST WORM TREATMENT 1.7.23
DATE OF LAST FLEA/TICK TREATMENT 1.7.23
DATE OF 1ST VACCINATION 9.3.23
DATE OF 2ND VACCINATION 25.3.23
IS DOG CURRENTLY ON ANY MEDICATION? IF SO PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. No
HIP OR JOINT PROBLEMS? No
SKIN PROBLEMS? No
EAR INFECTIONS? No
EYE PROBLEMS? No
BLADDER PROBLEMS? No
HEART PROBLEMS? No
FOOD ALLERGIES? None as we know
ANY OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS AT ALL? PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. No
IS THE DOG GOOD WITH PEOPLE
Interacts well around people, currently learning manners but is good natured.
HAS THE DOG BEEN IN CONTACT WITH CHILDREN?
Been around 2 experienced 13 & 14 year old who are used to the spaniel breed.
COULD LIVE WITH CHILDREN?
OVER 12 YEARS? Yes
SHOULD NOT LIVE WITH CHILDREN? Older children only
IS THE DOG AFRAID OF OR REACTIVE TO WOMEN? MEN? OTHER DOGS? OTHER ANIMALS?
Is not nervous around men or women. Lives with 2 other sprockers. Not keen on hairdryer or hoover. When my dogs bark she will bark. Very sniff orientated within garden, will chase birds.
IS THE DOG GOOD WITH ALL OTHER DOGS?
Good with our 2 female sprockers. Has lunged at other dogs on walks but not shown any aggression.
HOW DOES THE DOG NORMALLY INTERACT WITH OTHER DOGS? On walks she is curious when other dogs approach. We have managed to keep a safe distance from others whilst she is out due to her being very sniff orientated.
HOW DOES THE DOG REACT TO CATS? When cats have walked along the fence line she has charged at them.
IS THE DOG RELIABLY HOUSETRAINED? We are concious of regularly letting her outside for toilet. She has had 5 accidents in the house since she has been here, none in the last few months.
CRATE TRAINED? OR NOT USED A CRATE WHILST WITH YOU? Introduced crate for chill out times and sleeping.
IS THE DOG RELIABLE AT DOORS/GATES OR PRONE TO BOLTING?
Bonnie originally took any opportunity to escape, she can easily scale a 4ft decking area. She can not be left unattended in the garden, she has peviously escaped twice.
She is learning to sit and wait when opening doors and at gates on our walks.
HOW IS THE DOG ON A LEAD?
She had never been on a lead or harness. She has been learning how to walk with a long lead and harness. This needs consistency with heaps of patience, she is a big puller and is not to be trusted to be let off the long lead as she bolts off sniffing, she has no recall as her desire to sniff takes over. Only within the last week (after 19 weeks of her being with us) have we attempted to let her loose as she darts off but will circle back around our dogs, her recall requires work on. We are on guard to chase the long lead which we have done.
In the garden she is learning to listen and come to us. She came without a name so it has taken alot of trust. She's been enjoying sniff training treats in the garden, recall work, sit/ wait, she is willing to learn but its on her terms and pace.
She came with a ball and will play with it and is learning to catch & retreive, shes learning to drop and return ball/kong.
Recall outside in the field requires further work on. Her desire to pull and sniff overides any treats. She is not bothered for treats unless in the garden or house. She enjoys running on the long lead, you have to be hypervigilant and strong to her pulling. She is now looking up at you after a sniff so she is aware of where you are, she gets heaps of praise for this progress.
DOES THE DOG HAVE SEPARATION ANXIETY? HOW LONG CAN HE COPE WITH BEING LEFT? HOW DOES HE BEHAVE WHEN LEFT ALONE? She has been left in the crate for a few hours whilst my dogs are in their baskets. She howls when left on her own briefly when I have been in the garden.
IS THE DOG AGGRESSIVE WITH FOOD? TOYS? ANY KIND OF RESOURCE GUARDING? PLEASE GIVE DETAILS. No guarding or aggression. However she is boisterous and will grab, steal from the other dogs toys.
HAS THE DOG EVER BITTEN ANYONE? No - Considering her background and lack of socialising she is a well tempered, lovely natured girl.
IS THE DOG OBSESSED WITH BALLS? OTHER TOYS? Yes, she will charge for ball and steal from other dogs. She is learning manners and is playful around toys
DOES THE DOG HAVE ANY BAD OR UNUSUAL HABITS? She will not toilet on walks out, she waits until she returns to the garden, you have to wait for her to do her business before entering the house.
She can be destructive with shoes/toys so have to swap those items for a stuffed kong or antler.
She is clever and knows her routine, so will get up to mischeif if she is not taken on morning walks. She will go find the other dogs collars and bring them to you or shoes. She may also bark at you with excitement to go on walks.
She wakes up 6.30am on the dot if she is in her crate. She will sleep for longer on your bed.
She came with no manners so is still learning not to lunge at you for food, she will steal food from counters.
DOG'S FEEDING ROUTINE:
She is fed 250g raw at 7am & 6pm plus 100/200g biscuits for sniff training. She enjoys apples, carrots, cheese, mini sausages for treats.
WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND THE DAY? FREE INDOORS? CONFINED TO ONE ROOM? She roams the house but needs supervision, we restrict access upstairs to minimise toilet accidents and reduce chances to chew things.
She spends 1 hour in the crate after her mid day walk for chill time.
WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND THE NIGHT?
She mainly sleeps in a crate and occasionally on my bed on weekends so we get a lay in.
WHERE DOES THE DOG SPEND TIME IF LEFT ALONE IN THE HOUSE?
She is left in the crate when we go out or will be in the kitchen around my dogs, she is supervised then.
DESCRIBE THE DOG'S PREFERED BEDDING AND PLACE TO SLEEP. She sleeps on 2 pillows after destroying the crate mattress, her crate is in the hallway. She will take herself off to snooze in there.
DESCRIBE THE DOG'S CURRENT EXERCISE ROUTINE:
Morning, midday and 6pm walks on long lead roughly 20 mins each.
Sniff training and basic commands in the house and garden. Along with ball catch games. These are broken up throughout the day.
DESCRIBE THE DOG'S ENERGY LEVELS. Upon waking its all about Bonnie, once she is fed she is ready for walks or some sort of game. She gets very excitable and playful will zoom around the garden and house. She needs constant supervision, imagine having a puppy with no training who is in a adult body.
She came not really bothered by us to now integrating into our routine. Her gorgeous curious nature is adorable now she is learning manners and new experiences. She is showing the willingness to learn but like any spaniel she needs to be nutured so that she can thrive.
NEEDS A LOT OF EXERCISE/TRAINING/STIMULATION? Shes learning new experiences and is curious along with mischievous. So yes its constant until she has got the basics.
NEEDS MODERATE AMOUNT OF EXERCISE/TRAINING. 3 walks daily along with interactions of basic training.
HAPPY TO SLEEP THE DAY AWAY WITH REGULAR EXERCISE. Not just yet, she's too curious, her routine helps her to rest.
HOW IS THE DOG WITH GROOMING? DESCRIBE HOW HE COPES WITH BRUSHING, NAILS, BATHING ETC. She came urine stained and has been bathed by us 4 times. She copes well with this.
DESCRIBE THE DOG'S BEST QUALITIES, THE THINGS THAT MAKE HIM SPECIAL. She has a lovely nature, playful, curious, mischievous with lots of energy. Her routine is helping so that she feels safe, her personality is coming along nicely. She happily plays along my 2 dogs and will plop herself next to you for cuddles and will fall asleep and snore loudly.
She has a wild spirit side that needs nuturing so you must be willing to accept that side of her. She is willing to learn all these new experiences and takes these in her stride. She's made progress in the last 5 months but the basics need to be revisited with consistency and with compassion for what she has never had before.
DESCRIBE THE DOG'S IDEAL HOME, WHAT KIND OF FAMILY WOULD HE SUIT, AND WHERE WOULD HE BE HAPPIEST. She would suit a home who have older children, or a home where there is another dog(s). A home where she is not left alone. She requires people to fully understand her needs; to be patient and be consistent with her training, she needs the time to adjust to routines. She needs you to help nuture her wild spirited side.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL US ANYTHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR FOSTER DOG THAT HASN'T BEEN COVERED ABOVE? She hasnt had the best start in life, this girl came to us neglected and used for breeding. She had no name just a ball. Luckily for us she had a lovely nature which meant that once she adjusted to being loved and cared for. She was able to start to show us her wild spirited side but was also willing to give us some trust in return. She is learning to become a family dog, she just needs the right home and more time for this to happen.