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Health: Neutered, Vaccinated and Microchipped.
Lovely Seth, a mannerly, senior basset hound!
"Seth needs an active family who have lots of time to give him the cuddles and reassurance that he needs in his December years. Seth can cope with being left for up to a few hours alone but needs to be with a family who are around the majority of the time. Separation anxiety was a reason cited for him needing a new home when I took him on as a foster. A family with older children - or couple who are able to take Seth to work with them - would be a perfect solution for Seth. He LOVES people.
Seth has shown few signs of anxiety for the last four weeks, but it is in his nature to form strong and immediate bonds. Please don't think about adopting Seth if there are any chances your circumstances could change.
His most challenging behaviour is when you move him from a sofa, generally this is late at night to send him to the garden for toilet time. He can become very growly, verbal and tries to be in charge of the situation, but I do not believe this behaviour to be aggressive. I believe this is as he associates it with being locked up at night in his old home. However, this behaviour could be seen as aggressive, and his noises do sound quite scary if you aren't a very experienced dog owner who is prepared to understand that his unknown background will have a lasting impact on some aspects of his personality. This is the only dominant behaviour I have seen him exhibit.
He enjoys viewing the world from our front window and howls hysterically if anyone comes near the house (but that is his job right?)! I have really stress tested him with his separation anxiety - and weaned him off the calming spray - and he is fine until he cannot see out of a window (I felt so mean testing that theory). He gets very claustrophobic.
He will tolerate other dogs but takes himself off with my partner for peace from my two, much younger, bassets. He does get on with every dog that we meet on walks, but in terms of spending more time with other dogs than just a quick sniff on a walk will do him. He is much happier around other old senior dogs like himself. Old man Seth finds younger, more exuberant dogs a bit overwhelming. He needs to be an only dog who can live out his final years with a minimum of stress.
He's accepted our feral cat but finds horses a bit scary (we live next to stables where I have a horse).
Any new family will have to accept that they will only have a few years with him (at the most), as he is 11 soon. He is great with older children who understand the needs of a dog and allow him to be a dog. He loves attention and cuddles, so a family with older children would give him more people to love him and he'd definitely be happy with that! He has been tested a lot with teenagers and is great with them.
Though he is not a hugely challenging dog, I believe that he should be re-homed with experienced dog owners who are sympathetic to the needs of an older dog and have rescue experience. I do believe he would start to push his luck if this was not the case. As he is an old dog Seth the harsh reality is he needs to go to a home with the financial ability to be able the pay the insurance or vet bills."
Seth 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.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Seth 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.
You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Seth'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.
Seth comes with 5 weeks free insurance via our rehoming partner, Agria.
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