Willow is a 5-6 year old male Bichon Frise. Willow came into us as an ex breeding bitch. She will only be rehomed with another calm, neutered resident dog to help with building her confidence in the home and around humans. Willow is still quite scared of people and is still learning to trust. She is fine with her fostermum stroking and gently grooming her but she is still wary of others, particularly men. She will bark at men when they enter the room or come downstairs. Progress is being made with the help of lots of treats, ham being the favourite. Willow would be scared of young children, older sensible ones would be alright. At first Willow was a bit jealous of sharing her fostermum with the resident dogs but is fine now. New owners will have to be aware of this as its quite common in ex breeders.
Willow is fine with other dogs but does like to be the boss. She’s been fine with all dogs she has met on walks. She looks to the other dogs to give her confidence and for this reason she must be rehomed with at least one other dog. Willow is fine with cats, she lives with one in her foster home. Willow is not afraid of household noises and follows her fostermum around with the hoover. She can be left for a few hours as long as she is with the other dogs. She now wags her tail and joins in the excitement of welcoming her fostermum when she comes in, she follows her everywhere and even sits outside the shower to wait for her. She gets frightened when you have something in your hand, even a mobile phone or a lead-she will hide and needs coaxing out. This will get better over time. She is not destructive at all and is housetrained. For the first couple of days in her foster home Willow tried to escape from the garden. New owners would need a very secure garden and to leave a lead on her until she settles.
Willow’s lead walking is coming along well though she does get frightened easily by loud noises. She’s making good progress and hopefully this will continue. She travels well in the car in a crate to keep her safe. Willow needs a quiet, perhaps female only home with at least one other calm dog as she does like to sleep in a basket with her small foster sister. A man would have to be quiet and patient with her and she would get used to him in time. Willow is a work in progress. She has grown in confidence since being in her foster home and this needs to be continued with time and patience in her forever home. She is a dear little girl, very loyal, who so wants to try things with the other two dogs in her foster home but just lacks the confidence. It would be so wonderful to see her blossom as she learns to be the dog she always should have been.
Willow is neutered, chipped, vaccinated and up to date with her flea and worming treatment. Potential adopters will be expected to travel to meet Willow in her foster home in Newport, South Wales.
If you are interested in adopting Willow 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.