Maya is an 8 year old female English Springer Spaniel. Maya has been a wonderful first foster for us but would prefer life outside the city. Her ideal home would be someone who can be with her most of the day and ideally has a large private garden she can play in without having to worry about meeting other dogs. This person or family will need to be confident and experienced dog owners willing to give Maya time to settle and lots of training. While she can be nervous of new situations the work you put in is more than repaid in love and her cheeky personality is endlessly amusing. Everyone that meets her adores her and she truly is a fantastic girl.
Maya arrived with us a rather poorly, shy, shut down girl but very quickly got settled in to city life. Despite her being 8 it seems that lots of things she is doing for the first time. Maya is very well behaved in the house (but she believes food left unattended is fair game!) and learnt very quickly what she is and isn’t allowed to do. She adores being around people and once you’ve formed a bond she likes to keep track of where you are and what you’re doing. She’s a very clear communicator and will be sure to tell you if she wants to play or if she wants a scratch, just don’t be fooled when she tells you she’s hungry. Maya will bark at the doorbell if she’s sleeping.
The only thing we have found that really upsets her is if someone lets themselves in to the house late at night when she’s been asleep. She will bark and growl for about 30 seconds through the closed door, huff, then settle back in her bed. She will stop immediately if allowed out to see who it is. She’s very good with visitors provided she is ignored to begin with and may give them a ‘hello’ bark on arrival. After about 10 minutes she will most likely give them a sniff or bring them a toy. Maya settles well on her own when left with a puzzle to solve and is shut in the living room. Maya is very good with children but would prefer a calm home where she can relax without being disturbed.
Maya still has a lot of energy and she walks 15km to work with me in the morning. She is also learning to cani-cross and will happily do 5km or sprint intervals for a similar distance. Walking her can be tricky due to her reactivity to other dogs. While this has improved it will be a process that takes time and patience. Mayas comfortable threshold is around 20m, much closer than that and she will lunge and bark. If an off lead dog comes to her she will snarl and snap. As far as we know she has never bitten but we are very conscious that if this is not managed and respected its something that she could be capable of. When she does not perceive a threat she walks well and enjoys a good sniff around. To help her relax she does scent work and she adores it. She will often bring you her Kong which is her way of asking you to hide it for her to find. She can now find it wrapped in a towel hidden in a box under the sofa. You will need a good imagination to find so many hiding places!
Maya is neutered chipped vaccinated wormed and flead and adoption is subject to meet and greet homecheck and adoption fee. Applications via forms section of website please.