Well I have to say that I have often dreamed of writing this blog for so many reasons. It’s not every day a CAT 1 dog is adopted and especially one who has been in the refuge for 34 months!
Zina was brought into the refuge by her owner who was so scared of her he refused to remove her muzzle! He assured us that she was aggressive so imagine our surprise when we removed the muzzle and a smiling, waggy staffy emerged who was delighted to say hello to everyone! Hmmmm…… was his fear due to her typical appearance, a broad head with strong jaws that appear to be constantly smiling. We will never know!
But what we soon learnt was that Zina loves people, loves affection and is good with other dogs if slow careful introductions are done. This is not a breed trait, it’s just Zima’s own personality and my boxer cross is exactly the same. This causes us no problems whatsoever and I just make sure I never put her in a situation that I know she will struggle to cope with.
Even although our category dogs aren’t walked outside the refuge like the other dogs this did not quell her zest for life and she lived for her playtimes in the parks with staff and volunteers. She loved her tug toy and would chase a ball all day… but that life is behind her now!
Thanks to Carole, Estelle and El Rancho Les Canailles, home checks were done, paperwork completed and this morning the family came along with the children and their dog. Introductions went well and off she went…gosh, after 34 months at the refuge I wonder how she is feeling tonight?
One dog who wasn’t so fortunate was Lucky. After only 4 days in his new home Lucky was brought back to the refuge yesterday as he kept escaping from the garden. This is the second return in a week for exactly the same reason.
I am really shocked about people’s expectations, surely everyone know that you need to make sure your garden is totally secure before letting a rescue or indeed any dog that you do not know free. If that standard of care is indicative of how things were going to be for the dog then I am glad that he is back with us. Its simply not good enough for our dogs!
Dogs run off or escape from gardens for lots of reasons. Many dogs just love to run and escape purely for the joy of the great outdoors. Some are following their nose and just want to have fun, others are simply bored and looking for excitement! Of course the intact ones are probably looking for a mate! Whatever reason you dog is escaping for you need to prevent it happening. A loose dog, even a friendly one is a liability and it’s the owner’s responsibility to ensure that it doesn’t happen. A dog that runs can get hit by car, stolen, attacked by another animal, or end up at a refuge.
So, what can you do to prevent him escaping? Well first of all make sure he’s getting enough exercise. Make sure he’s not too bored by playing games with him. Then look at the height of your fence, heighten it or put something in the way to prevent him jumping over it. If that’s not feasible then keep him on a lead in the garden!
Zina with her new family!
(Un) Lucky back after only 4 days!