Danny is a German Short-haired Pointer. He is originally from mainland Greece, where he worked as a hunting dog until he was in a terrible state – skeletal and ill. He was taken into a Greek shelter initially, and was then brought to the UK by a charity called Desperate Greekies. Danny was then signed over to the Oldies Club dog rescue and he is now in an Oldies Club foster home in Cardiff, South Wales, waiting for someone to offer him a permanent home.
Danny’s age was said to be an oldie – but the vet feels that he could be much younger, and he displays a lot of puppylike behavior, such as boinging, bouncing, play nibbling and shoe chewing. He is a little grey in the muzzle but this seems to be part of his black, white and grey coloring, and his canines have been filed down (common practice in working dogs in Greece) so it is hard to be precise about his age.
Settled surprisingly quickly: Given Danny had in all likelihood previously lived outdoors, he settled very quickly at his foster home. There was a little bit of crying on the first night, and there have been a few accidents inside, but on the whole Danny is now clean during the day if reminded to go outside. He has been clean overnight since he arrived. Prefers not to be left too long: Danny prefers not to be left at home on his own for too long as he has a strong instinct to call his pack members home. He prefers company but is fine being left with a bone to chew. He would be best in a home with owners who are at home, work part time, or can take him to work with them.
Good with young dogs but would do well as an only dog: Danny likes other dogs and wants to play with them, but he plays a little rough for his foster carer’s two oldies! He would be a good companion for a rough and tumble younger dog, but he would probably do best as an only dog so that he has the full attention of his humans.
Best in a cat-free home: Danny’s previous foster family said that he doesn’t like cats. He hasn’t met any with his current foster carer, but he barks at any TV adverts that meow!
Could live with older children: Danny is very friendly to all people including children. He can be boisterous though and, given his power and jumping skills, he would be better with older children. He wouldn’t be suitable for small children or a home where there was anyone who was infirm — not because he is any way aggressive, but because of his exuberance.
Strong on the lead; Needs long walks: Danny is incredibly strong and is currently walked with l lead and Halti. His foster carer is used to walking large Pointers but on her first walk with Danny she tore a muscle in her hip as he was a very determined leader. He is very energetic and will need about a 1-hour walk, twice a day. He has had some long lead recall and had his first off lead experience in the snow. He happily he returned when called, but he covers the ground very very quickly so would need a large area away from traffic to practice this skill.
Very good in the car: Danny loves going for a drive. He can leap into the rear of his foster carer’s Land Rover and travels and waits happily in the back. He needs to travel behind a dog guard, otherwise he will try to sit on your knee whilst you drive!
Danny’s favorite pastimes: Eating; Chewing bones; Snuggling and Eating. Danny’s dislikes: Raised voices or a raised hand; The Specsavers advert with the sheep; Sledges.
Danny’s perfect home: Danny would love an active family where at least one his humans does not work, or works part time, and has lots of time for him.
Health notes: Danny has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, wormed and flea-treated. Danny contracted Leishmaniasis in Greece, which will be a lifelong condition. He requires twice daily medication called Zylapour, an antacid Zantac to help protect his stomach, and he will need annual blood tests. As a result of the condition he has damage to his eyes, which look a little cloudy and can be a little red, although he can still see well. Danny has some stiffness in his joints and has a pronounced limp when he wakes up which eases once he is up and about and he can still jump all four feet off the floor approximately 4 or even 5 feet high. Danny was very underweight but is now at his ideal weight; he needs a high quality dog food low in taurines, and plenty of good quality protein, such as chicken, fish or cottage cheese.
Foster carer’s summary of Danny: “Happy, waggy, bouncy, barktastic boy. Danny is a wonderful dog who is full of love. He is a smart cookie who will be very trainable if his human can dedicate the time to teach this not-so-old-oldie new tricks.”