Registered Charity No 1166291
AGE: 7 Years
Please read Blossom's blog in full as she is looking for a very particular home........
Blossom is a 7 year old lady who knows her own mind. She has oodles of character but is looking for a very specific home to meet her needs. Blossom was initially fostered with a lovely, calm female basset but let us all know she would prefer to be an only dog by showing some dominant behaviour – resource guarding toys, stairs and beds. As the only dog here she hasn't felt the same need to guard things, but there have been some incidents For example, she does like to get too close to the wood burner and will give an intimidating growl if advised to move. A slip lead is very effective in these situations. Blossom is a busy girl and does need physical and mental stimulation to keep her out of mischief. She loves the colder months because it gives her the opportunity to pinch hats, gloves and wellington boot socks leading to the inevitable chase.
Blossom has had some issues with her back, but these are easily managed with sensible measures. For example, we have a stairgate fitted so she has no access to the stairs and beds. She is also kept off the furniture but is happy to curl up in her own bed on the floor. She always uses a ramp for the car.
Unfortunately, sometime in the past, someone has not picked up on Blossom's excellent communication skills and her "go to" behaviour has been to lunge or air snap when she is uncomfortable with a situation. We have been working on this but it will require ongoing training and management using only positive and force free methods. Because of these behavioural issues - the following criteria is essential: • A home without other dogs, cats or small furries. • An adult home without children. • Very dog savvy people that can read dog body language really well and respond in a positive way. • Experienced and confident handlers. Blossom is not for the faint hearted nor first time dog owners.
Blossom loves people and can sulk if her favourite neighbours don't come out to say hello when she walks past – we sometimes 'phone them in advance to let them know we are on our way. Blossom very much enjoys her walks and needs a home where people enjoy walking too. She is not a "quick round the block" type of girl and currently walks at least 2 miles per day. We are always proud to take her out as she is well behaved and enjoys being admired. We have introduced Blossom to many dogs – both big and small – and she has always greeted them nicely. She does not like amorous male dogs, but then she is a lady of a certain age and like most ladies of that age would prefer to read a book!
From an early age Blossom had sore skin and has been on a special diet ever since to keep her comfortable. The Hills Prescription z/d can be bought online but is expensive. The cost is something you need to consider before applying. Blossom does not have titbits or scraps as these negate the effectiveness of the kibble. She is happy on the food so can't have someone who gives her treats because they feel sorry for her. Blossom enjoys mealtimes and usually lets us know about an hour before that she is getting hungry!
Blossom sleeps very happily in the kitchen and there have been no disturbances during the night. She quite likes a warm radiator to keep her company. Getting up to Blossom in the morning is an absolute pleasure. She has a very waggy tail and always presents you with "Tigger" her favourite soft toy. She insists on a session of tummy tickles and chin rubs before breakfast.
A favourite pastime is gazing out of the window or patio door. She will barge past to get the best vantage point! A nice, interesting garden is a must. Blossom enjoys human company so does not like to be left. She would certainly not like to be re- homed with all day workers. She likes to be involved – whether it be with hanging the washing out, gardening, car washing, decorating or sitting by the collection bucket for the local Brass Band. Blossom travels well in the car for local journeys. As a treat she has been in an open top sports car - she enjoyed watching the hood go up and down and having the wind in her ears. She is also partial to Classic FM on the car radio. Blossom is house trained and has not had a single accident. She has lovely manners and will lift her front paws to be dried after a wet walk. Blossom also knows some hand signals but will give us such a look of disdain if we get them wrong.
In the right environment, Blossom can only be described as an absolute delight. She is very loving, sassy and just the loveliest of friends. She is a happy girl and enjoys being praised. As you can probably tell, we adore her so if you are lucky enough to be invited to meet her, expect a friendly grilling! When completing the application form, please provide as much information as possible as to how you can meet Blossom's needs. Details of your experience with similar behaviour issues is essential.
Blossom is looking for a home that includes the following;
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.
The Application form can be found under Volunteer - adoption form on our website
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Blossom is subject to an adoption fee and a successful home check. If your home check is successful, your family, will need to be able to travel to her foster home to meet her and her foster family.
You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Blossom's foster family, so that all of her history can be shared with you in person, and that we can be assured that you can fill all of her needs and requirements.
Blossom comes with 5 weeks free insurance via our rehoming partner, Agria.
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