Norris, affectionately known as “blonde hippo”, is a medium sized, short-legged, stocky crossbreed. Possibly some basset or similar in the mix but he’s quite a difficult dog to describe! He is believed to be around four to five years old.
Norris fostered Norwich Norfolk.
We met Norris last year on trips to the Botosani public shelter in March and October. In amongst 900 dogs, we didn’t really notice him on the March trip but by October he was so emaciated he really stood out of the crowd.
Whilst we were there we made sure he ate every day and sat with him to ensure no other dogs stole his food.
The day after we left we arranged transport for Norris and some other emaciated dogs to be moved a seven-hour drive away at a private shelter in Crivatu owned and run by our friends at Dog Rescue Norway, Oslo.
This saved those dogs’ lives for sure. When I visited Crivatu in June all of those previously weak and emaciated dogs were chunky and happy. Actually, Norris now needs to go on a diet!
Now in a UK foster home, Norris is a comical and contented boy who is really starting to relax around people. He can live with other calm dogs but does not really like to share his bed. He has been fine with the resident cat. Norris would like a calm and quiet forever home with no children under the age of twelve.
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.
Fences and gates must be 5 feet minimum in height and secure.