Hi, my name is Shiloh. I’m 4 1/2 years old and I’ve been in rescue since I was 6 months old.
I never had a good start in life and was abused. I was beaten and my tail was broken. It wasn’t treated and became infected. I was very poorly. Luckily for me, a lovely lady from West Yorkshire Dog Rescue heard about me and she saved me. No matter what the vets did they couldn’t fix my tail so I had an operation and they took it off. I don’t mind though as I can still wag my stump!
I spent some time in Yorkshire then I came to Islay Dog Rescue in Scotland. I was here for a while then I went to Paws for Progress where I worked with dog trainers and young offenders. I was on this training programme for a year and it shows!! I am very clever. I know how to walk well on the lead, sit, lie down, give a paw, watch you when asked – I can even do some agility!
I am very loving and affectionate. Richard says I am one of the best dogs he has had in the rescue. While that’s nice to know I have spent most of my life in rescue. I see the other dogs come and at night, I lie in my kennel and dream that one day it might just be me who finds a family to love.
Whilst I have lots of good points I also have some points that any new family would have to consider. I have a very high prey drive. This means I cannot live with cats, guinea pigs, hamsters etc. Also, I cannot be let off lead near sheep as I would chase them. This doesn’t make me a bad dog though! It means I need an owner who can manage that and look after me properly.
I used to be very reactive to other dogs but with the correct introductions I get along well with most other dogs. My rescuers have some easy tricks to keep my attention and I am sure they would show you. recently I had a day out to Dumfries House. While I was there we went a big walk around the grounds and I saw several other dogs. I didn’t bother with them at all as my sneaky rescuers had sausage for me instead! It was a case of look at the other dogs or have some sausage – I mean, what’s a guy to do??
We had something to eat and drink in the outdoor cafe. One of my rescuers had a cheese toastie and I liked that even more than the sausage. Cheese would be good to train me with There were loads of dogs coming in and out the cafe area and I barked a wee bit at a couple but not many – there was cheese on the go!! I was so relaxed I lay down in a blanket and had a snooze!!
Part of the fun was travelling in the van. I was on the front seat and I behaved impeccably. It’s good fun travelling as you never know where you are going to end up!
Well I guess that’s all. In the words of the song…….I have a dream.