Bea is an 8 month old Pointer cross girly being fostered in Gloucestershire in family home with older children, 3 dogs and two cats. Bea was re homed by Starfish as a baby but unfortunately came back into our care we were told due to an allergy. Bea was born in Spain in rescue, her mum was a pure German Short Haired Pointer Dad unknown but suspect some sort of lurcher – she had 8 siblings who along with their mum have all found their forever homes and are doing really well they even have their own page on facebook so the families can stay in touch with each other.
Bea has settled down beautifully, she sleeps in her crate at night in the kitchen with the other dogs with no problems, she is also left in the crate when the family is out again with no problems. She is perfectly house trained and asks to go out. She never lived with cats before she came to us but again like everything that seems to be thrown at her she has learnt to live with them and we have no worries about her around them. She is a very friendly affectionate dog and has the most wonderful temperament with everyone and everything once she knows you – but she does seem wary of men to begin with and it took her a little while to settle with the men in her foster home but now she is perfectly at ease with them – but new people coming into the house she will bark and hide to begin with again especially men no malice in her she is just scared but this is improving and her being so food focused she is easy to blackmail, out and about she takes no notice of new people.
This may put people off but please don’t let it she is so special – last night I took her to visit a sick friend in a hospice she is very poorly and loves dogs and loves hearing all about the rescue dogs, I knew Bea would be gentle and not jumping all over her like young dogs can and I was right, my friend had doggy treats and from her bed fed Bea some treats, Bea is very gentle taking food and if you had seen her resting her on the bed so my friend could stroke her and then laid quietly on the floor at my feet – not many dogs at her age that I could trust to do that including my own 10 month Spaniel. I know my friend would not mind me saying this as she thought Bea was very special. The only time she barked was when a nurse suddenly appeared at the door and it made her jump. Bea just needs time and patience she has such potential and not a bad bone in her body. She has also visited our vets and was very well behaved in the waiting room sitting by my side – when it was her turn she was a bit nervous but our lovely vet had treats and that is the way to Bea’s heart so was fine. She has been given a clean bill of health – our vet said what wonderful teeth she has.
Bea has learnt manners and about waiting at the door before we go out on walks, she has also mastered now jumping in the car it took 9 days for this to happen as she was too scared and I had to lift her in, but again with food and patience she has done it. Out on a walk she has a really good recall she comes back to the whistle – she does cover some ground she is not your coach potato dog she absolutely loves going out and running, with the other dogs she is amazing and with any new dogs she meets – but will still come back when you call her. I feel I know Bea well now – she is a lovely sensitive girl who unfortunately I feel got let down by her last home and will explain when I speak to potential people – but we are making such massive progress – I would like her to go to an experienced home with people who will carry on the hard work we are putting into her – I would also like her to go with other dogs she adores other dogs – she lives with one a similar age to her and they get on great but she is also living with two older ones and is very respectful of them but they do get a kiss now and then. She also needs to be with people who live in the country this girl needs to run – she needs consistency in her life now so this mean the same people caring for her and the same dogs to mix with not for it to keep changing every day- no full time workers or doggy daycare for her which I feel happened before.
This dog is a very special girl and we have to get it right for her this time we were not told the truth about working hours etc and if we had of done we would have known the home was not suitable and she never would come back because she would not have been homed there. We ask these questions for a reason as we want the potential home to be the right home for the dog as well as the right home for you –
Bea is fully vaccinated, chipped and has a Pet Passport – if you feel you could be the right home for her you need to fill in one of our questionnaires in the first instance please email the rescue.