Albert is a 4-5 year old, Terrier cross. When Albert was first at the rescue he was here for many months. During that time he built a very strong relationship with Richard and is ideally a man’s dog. He was turned out into the exercise arena every day with all the other dogs and during that time he was never once aggressive to any of them. In fact, a couple of times he was bullied and picked on. He would often actively avoid any dogs he didn’t feel comfortable around. After several months he was eventually adopted by a couple called Joe and Ann (names changed). He was very much Joe’s dog. He did present several problems but mainly they were worked through. However, when out walking on the lead it seemed he was not good with other dogs. This was a surprise given how he had been at the rescue. However, Joe and Ann took him to trainers and behaviourists and worked hard on this. He is quite a strong dog and walks on both a halti and a harness and double-ended lead. He can walk very nicely though and knows how to sit and wait at the pavement.
Unfortunately after approximately a year Joe died very suddenly and both Jet and Ann were launched into limbo. Both of them missing the anchor in their lives. Albert was very traumatised, his dad left the room one evening and never came back. He began to suffer from separation anxiety and when Ann would leave him, even for a very short period of time, he would toilet in the house. For almost a year Ann tried to cope with Albert on her own but he proved too much for her. Suffering from health problems and finding Albert too much it was with a heavy heart she asked us to take him back into the rescue. At this point we found a foster carer who welcomed a project!! This project, we felt, could be Albert. Kate, the foster carer, looked after Albert for over 2 months.
Kate has many positives to report about Albert. He sleeps on her bed at night and has never once toileted in the house overnight. He loves his walk but does need both his halti and harness as he is very strong. He does not react well when he sees another dog when he is on the lead and this is an area for work. However, this is confusing for us as we have found when we walk him on a lead near other dogs he gets over-excited. Kate’s friend has a female dog and Albert is very accepting of her. Although it took a little bit of time before he would play with her he is now keen to meet her and we feel he would happily live with another calm, female dog.
Albert is what can only be described as “a character!” He has several funny little habits. For example, when you are at the kitchen sink, running water, he goes crazy in fun and he loves you to blow bubbles at him. However, this game needs to stop when the human says as otherwise he continues to jump up and use the person as a wall. He’s not all that keen on being groomed but does let you do it for maybe around 15 mins a time. He gets excited at meal times and does a little dance when his meal is getting made up. He likes you to stay with him while he eats and if you leave the room then he will leave his meal and follow you. He is fine with children (though we would prefer to rehome him where the children are dog savvy and over 8). He adores his boomer ball – in fact, all balls. He will play fetch for as long as you can be bothered. When playing fetch he normally drops the ball into your hand but if he drops it on the floor and you don’t pick it up he remembers and will give it to you. He will play with children at football or fetch for as long as they like! (There you go Mum and Dad, take the kids and Albert to the park and they will be entertained for HOURS!). He settled well in foster care but did display some signs of separation anxiety in that he sometimes toileted in the house if left alone. We would suggest this is dealt with by crating him and giving him a stuffed kong when he is to be left.
Other than that he’s an ideal doggie. He does as he’s told, not always on the first ask, but he does do it. He big love in life is to play ball and he gets really excited with this. Sometimes so excited he chews the ball up!! He is not an overly affectionate dog and doesn’t like a lot of loving, though he does like to know you are there. There are a couple of types of homes that would suit Albert. He would be happy living with a single man who he could bond with an be with all the time. However, he would also be happy living with a family where there were slightly older children (maybe over 8) who would play football with him!! No cats though!! His new adopter would have to appreciate and understand though that he has had a lot of upset in his life over the past couple of years and this is presenting through his separation anxiety. Realistically, it could take Albert a year or so to settle properly into a new home.
Updated Information :-
Albert’s foster carer is moving home outwith the area therefore Albert has returned to live in kennels. He has only been here a few days (12.07.14) but during this time he has been perfectly well behaved. He has thoroughly enjoyed playing with all the other dogs in the rescue. At one point he was playing with a St Bernard Cross and they had a ball 🙂