Registered Charity No 1166291
Age: 2 in May
Health: Neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, no health concerns
"Ben is a very special little boy, a "worker basset" so long legs and much leaner than the average basset. He currently weighs a healthy 22kg.
Despite a difficult start in life he is such a friendly, loveable little boy. We believe that he must have been prevented from normal puppy play when younger and that despite being almost 2 years of age, he has now discovered what play is about and loves it! The downside of this is that he will "puppy mouth" at times and will jump up when excited/ to greet you. He will need further training with this. His long legs are assets for counter surfing – keep food away from the edge!
Ben is a very timid boy and scares easily with loud noises, loud men's voices and large sticks including brooms, although this has improved considerably. We were led to believe that he started fights previously, but since being with us he has not once instigated a fight with any of our dogs and will actually run away from one. He has also never displayed any food aggression/ guarding while he has been with us and eats with our dogs with no drama. You do at times, however, have to reassure him it is ok for him to eat his food. When he first arrived he was scavenging the floor for food, but this soon stopped once he realised that he was getting regular meals and now he will leave food if he is full.
He loves toys and takes no time in emptying the entire toy box, but be warned, he is very apt at disembowelling them! He is also very good at helping you empty the laundry! Ben can be very hyperactive and will play bitey face/ zoomies for ages and will race around the garden at hyper speed. He is very agile and will jump small fences. He will also try to escape through the front door when opened if you are not paying attention. Ben does need stimulation and an active family that will take him for walks. He is very good at letting you know when you need to take him out and that zoomies in the garden is not enough! Ben walks reasonably well on the lead but does pull when excited. We have been working on his recall which has improved but this will need further work. A word of warning – Ben is very efficient at chewing through leads if he gets hold of them especially while waiting to go out when he is excited or if they are within reach.
When Ben first arrived he did have several accidents, but this settled quickly. He doesn't always ask to go out, but it is easy to pick up on his behaviour and recently he has been letting us know more often than not when he needs out. Another bad habit – he does like to eat poo, any poo, but again he seems to have lost appetite for this delicacy over recent weeks!
Ben was lacking in confidence when he first arrived, not surprising given his traumatic past, but he has come out of his shell. He is more comfortable with another dog that will play with him, and he has settled in well with our pack. He socialises well with other dogs at doggy day care and although he was extremely hesitant going in initially, he now is the first to jump out of the car to go in. We were concerned about separation anxiety initially, but this settled quickly once he realised that he was safe with us and the other dogs and he can be easily left for a little while if necessary as long as there is another dog with him. He has been sleeping downstairs with the other dogs with no problem.
He is untested with cats, but will chase birds!
Ben is a wonderful boy who will be the most amazing pet. I will miss his kisses and cuddles and his excitement to see me when I come down the stairs or come in from work. It is with a very heavy heart that I write this blog, but this very special boy has been told that there is a very special family waiting for him."
Ben is looking for a home that includes the following;
If you tick all the boxes above, and you feel you and your family are suitable to adopt Ben, please fill in our online Adoption Application: