Suzie – 5 year old female Beagle

Suzie is a 5 year old female Beagle. Suzie has come to us to find her forever home. It is painfully clear that this little girl has not enjoyed life as a much loved pet and has known little kindness nor the touch of a gentle hand. She is very fearful of humans and it will take her quite some time to fully adapt. She will need owners who are around for most of the day and who are used to very fearful dogs. No young children as Suzie would struggle to cope. Visiting children are fine as she can choose to be in their company or not. Older teenagers who understand she will take time and lots of patience to enable her to trust and form a bond would be fine.

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This little lady must be homed with at least one other resident dog, Suzie does love a game of chase with the other dogs so a friendly dog is a must. A home with no small furries though please. Suzie loves to be around her humans so new owners who are around for a good part of the day and who have the time and patience required to allow Suzie to trust again. This girl must not be pushed it has to be on her terms and when she is ready to allow interaction with you.

Suzie quickly learns when food times are and where she gets fed, she is very food motivated and this has helped with building her trust. Cheese is a great favourite along with just about any other food item. Care will need to be taken to ensure she does not become over weight but it is a wonderful medium to begin in building her trust. She is a strange little girl in that she will happily lay by your feet, follow you around the house and be content in your company so long as her boundaries are not pushed. She has progressed and is allowing a fuss under her chin and will take food. Please consider fully Suzies needs before applying, she needs owners who will commit for the entirety of her life. She is not ready made, she will take lots of effort, time and patience in order to become a loving companion.

Suzie is making progress with her foster and we will be happy to discuss her needs with any serious applicants. She has been neutered, vaccinated and micro chipped and is up to date with flea and worming treatments. She is currently on foster in London SE12.

UPDATE: November 2017

Suzie is a wonderful family member. She is bright, calm, inquisitive, well behaved and funny, and truly deserves to find her forever home. She has been waiting a while in foster, but in that time we have seen so many positive changes as her confidence and trust in humans have grown. I have listed some of her achievements below.

Suzie came to us with no idea of how to live in a home. She has learned toilet training; is now clean in the house and will happily trot out to the garden on her own. She has learned how to walk on a lead, following her nose for the most part, and has excellent recall when she is let off the lead. She has learned how to eat with other dogs and how not to charge straight into their bowls for cheeky seconds. She has learned that it’s OK to be left without humans for short periods. She has learned routines and clearly enjoys when she knows what’s coming up next. She has learned to endure baths and grooming, but secretly enjoys a soft towel dry.

She has learned to trust the touch of humans, will even now have her harness put on by visitors and be stroked by the odd stranger. I should mention that she gets pretty bad car sickness, so caravan/driving holidays would be unpleasant – for all in the car. She has learned to play with the odd toy, what to chew and what not to chew, and how to say ‘please’ (sit). She has achieved a lot for a dog who wouldn’t be touched when she first came to live with us. The best part is that she hasn’t stopped changing, I had my first groom and ‘kisses’ from Suzie last week, as she lazily snuggled up to me.

If you have the time and patience to give to Suzie, understanding that it’s her choice to come to you for affection, you will be rewarded with a loyal, loving family member. Suzie is easy going, tolerant, playful and respectful to her foster brother and sisters. She needs a dog companion in her new home to help with the on going doggie side of training that we can’t do. There will be lots of tears when Suzie finally leaves the house, but this beautiful girl shouldn’t need to wait much longer.

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