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Tips for Rehoming?

Post by ellebee on Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:57 pm

Hey everyone,

I went to Dunboyne Pound today and met the love of my life- a little staffy :)

Any tips for settling him in, I'm picking him up tomorrow...

Thanks, Ellebee cheers
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Post by celticpitbulls on Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:36 pm

hi ellebee, lovely to hear you found your litlle buddy there's some great dogs up there that make fantastic pets, the dog might feel a little shy at first the main thing is not to pity or feel to sorry for him as we do its natural for us, if you set a nice stable foundation for him from the beginning he will adjust to your way of life instead of his. The best way i can explain from the dogs point of view is its just like starting a new job you tend to be shy till you find your way around and then you start to gradually become yourself.
A good long walk before you take him home is a fantastic way of starting off your bond before bringing him home. For the dogs sake its always better to start off as you mean to go on set your rules from the start little things like...if you dont want him on the sofa or any parts of the house you should tell him from the start. Its always lovely to hear another bully getting a forever home and i cant wait to see some pics as soon as you can, wish you the best of luck and if we can help here just ask Wink

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Post by ellebee on Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:17 am

Thanks, I will definitely take him for a walk beforehand! Apparently he is a pit bull/staff x...

He is the love of my life I knew it immediately- he was so affectionate and trusting- all the other dogs were barking but there wasn't a peep out of him just his tail wagging low and relaxed and he kissed the hand off me!

I am planning to feed him Royal Canin and mackerel once or twice a week with carrot and apples for treats is that ok?

And also how soon should I begin to socialise him because I dont want to overwhelm him...
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Post by staceyol on Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:43 am

I'm delighted for you Ellebee and even more happy that 1 of the 7 staffies/pits in Dunboyne Pound will be getting out tomorrow as A Dog's Life have no more room for them unfortunately. Fair play for adopting and giving the little man another chance at life and I'm sure you will do a fantastic job!

I feed my girl mackeral or sardines in sunflower oil 1-2 times per week, carrots twice a week and small piece of liver once a week along with her dry food. And a raw egg 1-2 times per week too.

Please get some pics up of him when you get a chance and look forward to meeting you and your new buddy at one of our training days :)

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Post by YENALED on Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:23 am

I love reading posts like yours Ellebee. Cant wait to see pics of him, I bet you hardly slept last night with the excitement. We have lots of tips on food and treats in the health and nutrition thread but I dont think that little lad will refuse a bowl of R/ Canin lol. Apples are ok but you should remove any pips as they can be toxic to dogs and cause tummy upset. If you can get a few pigs ears he will love chewing on one of them. If you think it wont be too much you could come to the get-together on Sunday all the info is in k9 events. All the very best please keep us posted on how he is settling in. Jules

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Post by pitguy on Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:07 am

each dog is different.it took me two years with one of the dogs i rescued to get her ok with people and not to try leg it every time a car drove past.wheres my other rescue was fine straight away.i wouldnt take it slow at the start you want to see what your dog reacts to straight away so you can start working on it with the dog if you dont push the dog you will never see how t would react in real life situations.if it will snap run away etc.one thing with this breed you have to make sure when you adopt one when you have no idea about there past is to make sure theres no behaviours that are seriously bad.
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Post by pitties rule on Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:53 pm

hope all went well picking up the new member today..... when ya can get the pics up
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Post by jetro on Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:24 pm

atb with the new dog ellebee.
pity more wouldnt adopt instead off buying pups.
its good to give a dog a second chance.
it would cut down on all the unwanted puops and young dogs.
fair play to you.
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Post by Philly Mc00 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:06 pm

Fair play ellebee, great to see endings like this one. You should try get up Sunday if ye can with or without the new arrival, it's always nice to put a face to the name.

Stacey instead of giving her raw eggs try boil them for 2:30mins for the time the water starts to boil, you basically want the yoke still runny egg White cooked to get the most outta the egg, I give them shell and all.

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Re: Tips for Rehoming?

Post by ellebee on Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:47 pm

Hey everyone!

He is settling in so well!! We went for a lovely walk, we visited the pet store and he made friends with a 2yr old girl called lily and we visited my friends dog Poe who he also got on well with! I cant believe how easy going he is!

The only problem is he is shockingly thin, but I'll have him bulked up in no time!

We have named him Junior cheers and we are irrevocably in love already!
He's had a long day and is flaked out here beside me...

It may not be possible to get there this Sunday, but we will be at the next one for sure if we dont make it!

I cannot believe how lucky we are to have gotten such a lovely little man with such pleasant temperament and character!!
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Post by pitties rule on Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:55 pm

congrats elle and the new member to your family junior.... delighted to hear he has settled in so well. was he on the dogs life page id love to see wot he looks like
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Post by ellebee on Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:59 pm

Yeah he is, he's a brindle Pit/Staffy x and in the album of Dogs on 4th Feb on the page he is called Carlos...

But he looks totally different in real life, he has a bit of a mean look in the pic, but he's a dote and he's an AWFUL lot bigger then he looks in the picture... He actually has the biggest head I've ever seen on a dog!
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Post by pitties rule on Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:07 pm

awww i just seen it he doesnt look mean he looks more lost..... congrats again he is beautiful and cant wait to meet him now if the pic doesnt do him justice
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Post by ellebee on Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:10 pm

Ah it doesnt at all he's really a stunner!!

Never in my life have I met such a beauty and a gentle giant! I just cant get over the size of his head....!!
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Post by jetro on Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:34 pm

ellebee wrote:Ah it doesnt at all he's really a stunner!!

Never in my life have I met such a beauty and a gentle giant! I just cant get over the size of his head....!!
hi ellebee.
i was hoping to adopt a young dog soon.
did you happen to see any other ones while you there collecting junior.
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Post by ellebee on Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:55 pm

Hey Jetro

there is a lovely red pitbull there I would say she is probably about three.. She came in with another dog, an akita so she is probably cool with others... There are a few staffs there also you should take a look! There are lots of pics on the facebook page A Dogs Life! Also check out East Galway Animal Rescue, they specialise in bull breeds.

I know for certain there are some lovely dogs for adoption on Irishanimals.ie and also check out Dogs Trust, they even have a boxer pup at the moment who is so pretty!
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Post by jetro on Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:11 am

ellebee wrote:Hey Jetro

there is a lovely red pitbull there I would say she is probably about three.. She came in with another dog, an akita so she is probably cool with others... There are a few staffs there also you should take a look! There are lots of pics on the facebook page A Dogs Life! Also check out East Galway Animal Rescue, they specialise in bull breeds.

I know for certain there are some lovely dogs for adoption on Irishanimals.ie and also check out Dogs Trust, they even have a boxer pup at the moment who is so pretty!
thanks ellebee.
i will give them a call first thing monday.
i have two staffies already that live in the home with family.
i was hoping for a young bitch that i could adjust into the family life easily.
all the best junior.
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Post by ellebee on Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:45 pm

Hey All!

Just an update on Junior- he is settling in nicely and has met my aunts two shih tzu puppies of whom he was actually afraid (he's a big wimp) but they got on grand eventually and he was very gentle with them... However it seems that he now has kennel cough he started hacking last night so he is going to the clinic this evening to get a shot...!

I have dont some small temperament tests on him and he's passed them all with flying colours, he is not food agressive, people agressive or dog agressive but he's very reluctant to give up his toys when I ask him to so we will have to work on that...

I do have some questions if anyone can answer though, he humps everyone all the time! How normal is that and will castrating him make much of a difference or is that just something we will have to live with??

Also guys check out his pics on the IPBTA facebook page, had a bit of difficulty getting photobucket up and running!!


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Post by staceyol on Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:15 pm

Philly Mc00 wrote:Fair play ellebee, great to see endings like this one. You should try get up Sunday if ye can with or without the new arrival, it's always nice to put a face to the name.

Stacey instead of giving her raw eggs try boil them for 2:30mins for the time the water starts to boil, you basically want the yoke still runny egg White cooked to get the most outta the egg, I give them shell and all.

Will give that a try tonight, thanks Phil :)

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