Federico is a 6 year old male Spanish Hound. He is a very handsome boy. Federico was dumped at the shelter we work with in North Spain as he was unwanted by his hunter owner. A bag of bones, he managed to keep his head down and rubbed along with all the other dogs but struggled with being cooped up in a small run.
Federico travelled to the UK into foster where he stayed for three months. Initially he was very nervous and unsettled in his new surroundings but soon adapted to the routine and enjoyed his walks and of course his home comforts.
Sadly, he went on to have four failed adoptions. In each case he wasn’t given time or space to adjust and decompress in his new home. Predictably after a honeymoon period, he became stressed and demonstrated reactive behaviour, barking and lunging when he was anxious.
His foster Mum says: “He is a big (30+kg) clumsy clown who loves a fuss and made us laugh with his quizzical, almost cartoon face, that he pulls. At first frightened of the washing machine, he would then wait to grab something out of the drum and run away with it. If bathmats, towels, dirty socks went missing Federico would have taken them into the garden with one of us in hot pursuit.
What a welcome I would get each morning, this big lad on his back legs, paws on my shoulders rubbing his head against me. I made sure everything I did was done slowly, so he didn’t get anxious, until he was used to it, like putting his harness on, asking him to move, cleaning his ears etc”.
An ideal home would be with experienced adopters who have dealt with anxious, reactive dogs before. Fed is strong and active and will need adopters with plenty of energy.
Federico is happier in a quiet rural environment. Traffic and loud noises put him on edge. A large, well fenced garden would be ideal for him. A possible scenario for him would be a gradual transition from kennel to house or if that isn’t practical then careful management of space within the home environment.
We are looking for a home with no cats or children. Fed’s date of birth is 8th April 2015.
Federico is in the shelter in North Spain but he is ready to travel to his forever home in the UK. Could that be with you? Could you help Fed flourish? We will provide a behaviourist to support the adoption.
Adoption fee of £400 is a contribution towards the cost of his rescue, including microchip, passport, vaccinations, tests for Mediterranean diseases, neutering, parasite treatment and transport to the UK from Spain.
If you are interested in giving Federico his forever home, he is available at Setter Brittany Pointer Rescue.