Ethel is an 8 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. Ethel is another oldie who bears the unwelcome honour of being a “white ear tag” dog.
These tags mean the dogs were caught and put in the Botosani public shelter around ten/eleven years ago.
At some point within that time, Ethel escaped and spent some years back on the streets but has since been caught by the dog catchers again and returned and we could not allow her to end her days there!
Ethel is now in a UK foster home and is just the sweetest girl. She is so gentle but her depression is still slowly lifting and it will be so wonderful to see her character emerge over the next few weeks.
Currently, she behaves like she doesn’t quite believe that this new life is real and all the hardship is finally over. We are looking for a lovely peaceful retirement home for Ethel where she can simply be pampered and adored.
Ethel lives amicably with other dogs but would be very happy as an only dog. She could live with respectful children aged ten plus.
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.