Joey is a 5-6 year old male Collie Cross. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. We originally met Joey back in March 2020 on our trip to the Botosani public shelter in Romania.
The rescuers there wanted us to see each of the 700 dogs up close and personally so that every single one of them had the chance to get chosen to come to the UK. This meticulous and painstaking process saved Joey’s life!
It is impossible to monitor that amount of dogs on a daily basis, the paid staff there don’t care anyway and the volunteers are stretched to just cover the basics as they work around their full-time, paid jobs.
At the back of one of the wooden huts in a pen with a larger dog, Joey was slowly starving to death. He was skin and bone as nobody had noticed the other dog being aggressive with him whenever he attempted to get to the food.
We pulled Joey out of the pen that day and moved him to a pen with smaller, gentler dogs where he was monitored and fed separately until he gained full strength.
A few months later Joey travelled to the UK. Far from being grateful for any of the efforts put into saving him, Joey didn’t like people at all.
Full-strength Joey in fact made it very clear he didn’t want to be touched or to be near us! It’s taken a long time and a lot of effort from the team, but Joey is finally ready to look for his own home.
After initially writing this album Joey has turned a humungous corner. He has changed from a grumpy, standoffish loner to a friendly, approachable, and affectionate boy who seeks out the company of his humans at any given opportunity.
Anyone taking him on will need to have a good amount of dog experience and not be put off by his initial (potential) grumpiness when he moves to his new home.
Joey currently lives with a multitude of other dogs and gets on fine with them but isn’t particularly bonded with any and we think he may be ok as an only dog.
Joey is not cat-tested but can be. Joey is currently living with children as young as seven but isn’t particularly interactive with them, we feel children aged twelve plus would be better suited.
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 a 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.