Prepare to have your heart melted! Paddy is on his search for a family to love him unconditionally!
Meet Paddy. He's a gorgeous tri-coloured boy, who is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. We aren't sure of his actual age, we were told around 2, but the vet suggests around 4. Either way, age is just a number to this lad, who just oozes gorgeousness!
Paddy is currently in foster with Susan and her family in Cheshire, and will be sad to see him go, but this boy will be a real asset to any hound loving family! Susan says;
"Paddy came to us as a total unknown, we had no information about him at all. He had been reported as a stray after wandering around for at least 2 weeks before being caught, then a week in a pound. He was very nervous, he found it hard to trust us for some time.
I hate to say it, but some of his reactions suggest that at some point he has been subjected to abuse by humans; either as a stray, or the previous owners. A sudden movement nearby, loud noises, or being pulled by his collar terrified him to begin with.
He is fed away from our two Bassets (as they are gannets!) he was food defensive at first, which is hardly surprising.He is also scared to go out for the night time wee in the dark, so one of us has to switch the outside lights on, and stand where he can see us, for reassurance.
Now for all the good news!
Paddy has settled into a smashing little character, with some very amusing quirks. He walks very well wearing a harness rather than the collar, and enjoys it tremendously.
He plays quite noisily with our hounds and with a variety of toys, especially the tugging rope types with us.
He has attacks of the zoomies some evenings, where he rushes up and down the kitchen and living room tiled floors, skidding and turning!
When he thinks the it's time for food, or fresher water, he loves to rattle his bowl to get our attention.
He loves the crusts off the edge of toast at breakfast, especially with a little bit of Marmite, also raw carrots, sliced apples, and boiled eggs (once in a while) or raw mixed with his meal a couple of times a week.
He hasn't been bothered by other dogs when out, but not had many dealings with cats, and no contact with young children, due to isolation. He totally ignores our chickens, and gives the bee hives a wide berth.
He has changed into a very affectionate little guy, with a great sense of humour.
He loves his cuddles, and instigates play scraps when he's in the mood.
He still has a fear of the hoover, shovels and being cornered or being grabbed, but he's very much more laid back.
He has a little kink at the tip of his tail, which looks like the bones have been trapped at some point, it looks like a scorpion sting, but causes no pain.
Paddy deserves a very laidback and tolerant new home, with people who would be prepared to give him the time to readjust to a new set of circumstances, and accept that he might be unsettled for a while.
I love this little guy to pieces, he deserves the best possible forever home, after his previous experiences."
Isn't he just the BOMB?
Paddy is looking for a home that includes the following;
- someone who is at home often, as Paddy does love company.
- a home with a resident, confident dog, as Paddy loves to play.
- someone who can work with Paddy's anxieties and build up his confidence.
- an active family who can take Paddy on exciting walks which he loves.
- no small children or cats.
- patience and time to spend with Paddy in the crucial first few weeks as he adapts.
If you tick all the boxes above, and you feel you and your family are suitable to adopt Paddy, please fill in our online Adoption Application:
Applications for Paddy close on Saturday 8th August - we will aim to email you within a week of applications closing.
Please ensure you read our FAQ's before applying:
Taking on a rescue dog is not the easy option. You need to be prepared to help a confused and troubled hound find their place in your family. They have been through a massive upheaval and will need time to settle into a new way of life, so please consider this BEFORE you fill in an application.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Paddy is subject to an adoption fee and a successful home check. If your home check is successful, your family, including your resident hounds if you have them, will need to be able to travel to his foster home to meet him and his foster family.
Please ensure you can do this before applying.
You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Paddy’s foster family, so that all of his history can be shared with you in person, and that we can be assured that you can fill all of his needs and requirements.
Paddy comes with 5 weeks free insurance via our rehoming partner, Agria.
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