This is gentle ex-breeder is 5-year old West Highland Terrier Polly, who is being fostered in RCT, South Wales. She has progressed so well in the 2 weeks that she has been with us. Now that she is starting to settle she is becoming a sociable little girl who responds to her name by pricking up her ears and tilting her head to one side. Polly sleeps in her own bed at the side of her foster parents but likes to come up for morning cuddles. When playing she has the most endearing habit of rearing up on her hind legs like a meerkat! She is the gentlest of souls – she just loves to be cuddled and tickled. Amusingly, Polly will sleep anywhere – she even nods off when she is standing up.
Polly came into us with hair loss and skin problems which have cleared up with treatment. Now that her fur is growing back you can see how pretty her little face is. Polly is still very nervous of humans but is learning to trust. When she first came in she went as stiff as a board when touched – now she responds well to tickles and scratches. She loved he bald patches being tickled, her head being gently scratched and most types of contact. She is not keen on her eyes being cleaned and soon gets fed up when you clean her ears! Polly had not had any training when she came in to foster so her new family will need loving patience as they continue with her basic training, including house training – which is progressing well.
Household noises do not seem to bother her and Polly doesn’t have any major problems in the home. Although she has not been tested with children we feel that she would find a home with small children running around rather stressful, so would only re-home her with a family that had older children or no children.
A placid dog, she loves cuddling and playing with other dogs but when startled, has snapped at them on occasion. She travels well in the car in a crate and doesn’t mind the vets. Polly is not dominant with her food but she is always hungry! She is a little “space dominant” when playing with other dogs. She has mouthed a couple of toys but hasn’t worked out what they are for yet. Polly has been left for a couple of hours without any problems and has not been crate tested other than when travelling. Polly is lead trained and walks well on her lead. She has not been tested with cats or small furries.
Polly will need a home with experience of ex-breeding dogs. A resident calm doggie friend would be ideal to give her confidence and help her get the hang of what all this being a much loved family pet is about but given her love of attention she would also be happy as an only dog. Her new family will need to continue with all of her basic training and be prepared to allow her to progress at her own pace. It will take time to build up her trust and it will be essential that she is not pushed too quickly to bond with her family. As she is such a quiet girl she would perhaps suit an older couple, although she could also settle with a family with older children.
Polly has been neutered and is up to date with her flea and worming treatment, micro-chipped and vaccinated. Prospective adopters will be expected to travel to meet her in her foster home in South Wales.
If you are interested in adopting Polly please read about our rehoming process and complete a Pre-Adoption form ( link here ) and one of our adoption coordinators will contact you for a chat.