Buddy – 1-2 year old male Poodle cross Cockapoo

Buddy is a 1-2 year old male Poodle cross Cockapoo. He is being fostered in family home with teenager and visiting grandchildren in Devon with other dogs. Buddy came into our care with another dog because their family were not coping with both the boys after a lot of personal pressures. A well-known charity had deemed both dogs bite risks and refused to take them and the owners felt they had no choice but to have them put down.

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Our Vets advised them to contact us before any decision was made. After meeting the family who were really honest with us about the past 12 months and us spending time with both dogs, we were happy about taking them. We decided it was best for both dogs to be split up as both needed time and one to one. Both dogs had always got on and had never fallen out.

Buddy’s story. Buddy was brought as a puppy and at 6 months he broke his leg and had to have crate rest for 6 weeks this seems to have an impact on his confidence along with other personal turmoil within the family. Buddy appeared very stressed and on high alert all the time and very worried about everything. Reactive on the lead towards other dogs he met out like he did not know what to do.

Because of this behaviour, his walk times were limited which also had a detrimental effect on him. Since being in our care just in a very short while he has changed. When he arrived, he was quite nippy with the resident dogs more nerves than anything else, found it very hard to relax, the car was a bit too scary to jump in. This was after a couple of days in our care. He has now in just over a week settled with the other dogs with no problems.

He loves his runs over the moors he has an excellent recall, settled with the family met the grandkids and bonded mainly with Aunty Deb his foster mummy. He is still reactive on the lead with new dogs but after meeting them he calms down; he worries around traffic and busy places. At night he can be chilled out but if his foster dad suddenly moves his feet, he jumps up very scared. So, improvements but he does still worry.

He is a very loving little dog and very easy to love but needs to learn to stop worrying which is happening but will take time. He is going to suit an adult only home in the countryside we think he would be best living with other dogs, he is fine with kids so if you had visiting grandchildren, he would be fine but just at this stage in his life he would not cope with the business of a family home. He would need to be an experienced home who has guided a dog like Buddy before. He is looking at the videos you can see the potential he has when he lets himself relax. Buddy is vaccinated, chipped, neutered, flea/wormed.

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Starfish Dog Rescue Gloucestershire

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Starfish Dog Rescue is a small Rescue helping UK dogs established since 2011.

The dogs that find their way to us are those in need of support in a small home-based rescue where the dogs are fostered as our own in our homes, the old, the young and more vulnerable that would not do well with a kennel-based rescue.

We work closely with the dogs assessing them so we know them so well we can give potential owners a complete picture of the dogs and what they need in the form of a forever home, we home our dogs as if they are our own and have a 99.9% success rate in matching dogs and people up we will never compromise so please do not be offended when we say no which is quite often our rescue is about the dogs first and their needs we home them knowing if they could speak it's about their perfect match.

We are a small team of local volunteers who have worked together closely for many years now many of us have worked for larger organisation where sometimes people lose sight of the most important factors and that is the dogs.

All our dogs are neutered, vaccinated, chipped, wormed/fleaed to us that is just the basics, dogs will get everything they need to make sure they lead a healthy happy life before they leave us, if they need surgery for heart problems, treatment for ear infections, dentals for infected teeth to name a few they will get it - we often organise fund raisers to help pay their vet fees from our wonderful supporters.

Each dog is a special precious soul and will always be the centre of what Starfish is - a Rescue that is all about the dogs.

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