Daisy is a 4 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. She was pulled out of a public shelter in Bosnia to be spayed as she was pregnant and rescuers didn’t want more dogs being born into the barbaric environment.
The rescuer’s supporters felt so sorry for her when pictures were put on Facebook as she looked so scared and vulnerable.
Funds were raised so that she wouldn’t have to go back to the public shelter and we were asked to take her to the UK once she was ready.
On arrival, Daisy is scared of her own shadow, over the weeks she has developed trust in the humans in her foster home and shows a quirky, but heartwarming personality.
Daisy still lacks confidence in unusual situations and is very much more comfortable in her usual routine, but she is so happy to get love and contact from her humans.
Daisy likes to be around other dogs and recently surprised even herself by trying to play with the pack. In a quiet and settled environment, she could also be okay as an only dog as long as she is allowed extra time to adjust.
This girl looks at you most appealingly and makes you feel like you would give her anything she desires just to make her happy.
Daisy still has an aura of vulnerability to her but that adds to her charm. Daisy would like a quiet home environment with no children under the age of twelve.
When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog.
If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs). The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period.
Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).
Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup safety measure. The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging.
If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm. Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted.
Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer. Retractable/extendable leads must never be used on our dogs. Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.