Fran is a 3 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. We met Fran back in November when we drove to Bacau from Bucharest. It was freezing cold and dark and we’d gone to an industrial area to see the strays that our rescuer friend fed every day. Fran was with another dog and ran to greet us, as we shone our phone torches around we spotted movement near a large drain pipe and found her four puppies in there.
The puppies are safe and we later sent a van back to pick up Fran and some other dogs to move them to the safe shelter in Bucharest. She is the sweetest and most affectionate girl you could meet, she gets on well with other dogs but would also be very happy to be the only dog soaking up all the love and attention.
She would be fine to live with children of five plus. She is an amazing dog, super friendly and loving and she’s going to make some lucky family a fantastic addition. 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 it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up 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.