Hi everyone! My name is Digby and I am an 8 year old male Labrador cross Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Unfortunately before I came to SEDR, I spent almost my entire life in kennels, and for this reason I am looking for a quiet, adult only home with an experienced owner without children or visiting children in a rural setting, without any other animals.
Considering I have spent so much time in kennels, I have adapted successfully to life in a foster home with one female experienced adult. When I first left the kennels I was delighted to find myself in a comfy home with a choice of beds, and I slept a lot! However, as to be expected I did find myself becoming anxious at varying times – everything was completely alien to me and it’s been hard to be completely overwhelmed at times.
When I am stressed I tend to pace, lick and will sometimes ‘stress hump’ my foster mum, and I have done the same to a visitor. My foster mum is very calm and helps reassure me and re directs my foster onto something more relaxing like something to chew. I choose to sleep downstairs at night, and I am completely house trained (I don’t like to brag but how clever am I after so many years in a kennel!).
My foster mum leaves me for around 4 hours each day, and I cope perfectly well on my own. I am walked 3 times a day, so when I am left, I’m happy to snooze at home whilst she goes out to earn treat money! I love playing with my toys, but stuffed teddies do not last long here!! I find hoovers and hair dryers distressing and my mum puts me in another room when either of these are being used.
When I arrived at SEDR, I made lots of canine friend and was super friendly to every dog I encountered. Since moving into a foster home I have developed anxiety around other dogs when on walks and will lunge and growl at some dogs. This is one of the reasons I will only be placed in a rural setting where I can enjoy country walks without meeting lots and lots of other dogs.
So all in all, I am a very sweet boy who just needs understanding, reassurance and time to continue to adjust to life in a home.