A very sunny day brought the adoption of six year old Prune. This lovely shepherd cross was brought back for rehoming three weeks ago with a very impressive CV; calm, obedient, good with other dogs and children. It is a shame that the family who adopted her when she was a puppy could no longer keep her, but at least she came back to the refuge as a good canine citizen, not a wild dog who had not been socialised, as is sadly so often the case.
And one thing was for sure; whoever adopted her would be very lucky.
A family came to the refuge earlier this week looking for a canine companion. There were two dogs they liked, and had to decide between them, so they returned several times to make sure they were making the right decision. Although some people seem to think otherwise, adopting a dog really should be a lifetime commitment, and it is worth taking the time to make sure of your choice! I have a feeling that if everyone did this, there would be far fewer failed adoptions.
As we have said before, it is well worth asking advice of the staff when trying to select a dog. When the ScPA knows as much about a dog as they do about Prune, choices are often easier to make. Staff were able to tell Prune’s potential new family about her likes and dislikes. This is why it is far better for a dog if they are brought in for rehoming in a responsible manner.
But in any case, it is important to take dogs out on a walk and away from the refuge environment; it is only there that so many of them relax and show their true personalities. You will be surprised at how many of them recognise you if you pay them a second or third visit; that is where the bond can really start to grow.
Lucky Prune has started her new life and we hope she will be very happy.
Don’t forget the refuge is open tomorrow afternoon, and we hope to bring you more good news.