Bernard – 9 year old male Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Brilliant Beautiful Bernard is a loving, friendly 9 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier seeking a forever home. Bernard came into the care of RSPCA Middlesex North West branch via the RSPCA Inspectors who found him abandoned in some woods. Who could do such a thing to this lovely boy? Bernard has Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is on a strict veterinary diet, steroids and other medication, as and when needed. He also has a head tilt, is a bit wobbly but investigations have proved inconclusive. He needs to be neutered when he is more stable. He will need regular check ups at the vets. Vet bills for his existing medical conditions will be paid for, (within reason, we can’t pay thousands and thousands of pounds on specialist care for example). We expect the new owner to take on the usual pet ownership responsibilities vaccinations/treatment for worms & fleas etc.

Bernard is a very happy go lucky lad, he’s always smiling and his tail never stops wagging. He loves getting out and about, he walks lovely on lead and harness and is very easy to manage. We are building up his exercise gradually, he currently has two short 30 min walks per day but does like to sit and watch the world go by on the park benches, or do some yoga on the grass, so he can be out of his kennel longer. Due to his medical conditions it’s unlikely he will be running marathons any time soon, so its best to keep his walks short. He has been very good around other dogs, males, females, large and small. However due to his very, very strict diet it is preferable that he is rehomed as an only pet but we would consider a calm, older, neutered female dog, if introductions were successful. No cats though please.

Bernard would be a wonderful companion for retired people, or those who are home most of the time. We have no background history, so with regards to families and children, we would say kind and caring teenagers upwards, or an adult only home. Bernard is a typical loving and sweet Staffordshire Bull Terrier, you couldn’t meet a more loving dog. He appreciates everything you do for him and if you are lucky, he will even give you a little kiss!

If Bernard could talk, this is what he would be saying:

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I’m holding on, I’m being strong,
Trying to find a place where I belong,
I thought I’d surely not survive,
But here I am, I’m still alive,
I’ve been east, I’ve been west,
But a home where I’m loved will be best!

RSPCA Essex South West
The RSPCA Essex South West Branch is, like all RSPCA branches, an independent charitable trust. As such, it has to be financially self-supporting – in other words it has to raise the funds it needs to support its animal welfare activities. The Branch covers an area ranging from Dagenham & Barking in the South to Epping & Nazeing in the North, Waltham Abbey to the West and Abridge to the East. Although we do rehome our dogs to all other areas. The Branch is run and staffed entirely by volunteers. The main activity of the Branch is in rescuing and finding new homes for companion animals that for a variety of reasons are either homeless or cannot stay with their present owner. We work in partnership with Goddard's Chingford Kennels, who board and care for our rescue dogs. All dogs who are rehomed from us will have their initial course of vaccinations, worm and flea treatments, will be neutered, microchipped and come with 6 weeks free pet insurance in conjunction with the RSPCA and More Than insurance company. In the last eight years (to December 2012) the RSPCA ESSEX SOUTH WEST Branch has re-homed approximately 2200 cats and 1700 dogs. 220 dogs were re-homed in 2013. For further details regarding adopting a dog from RSPCA Essex South West branch, please visit our website http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/essex-south-west-branch. Email: Trish.rspcaessexsw@aol.co.uk or for telephone enquiries please call 07944 234360 (sociable hours only please).
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