Reuben is a 9 year old male Whippet Cross. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He came into our care around a year ago from the Botosani public shelter in Romania.
He was completely shut down and just a shell after spending around six or seven years in there. Such trauma takes a while to unravel and, although he’s come a long way, he will continue to progress in growing in confidence in his new forever home.
Reuben initially would snap if touched because he was so scared of human hands. He was terrified of everything and everyone but now enjoys his walks, shows great excitement at food time and displays amazing happy dances when his “people” come home or get up in the morning.
He can now be stroked under duress, we make him have a fuss for a few seconds before he has breakfast and a few times lately we have glimpsed a wagging tail and he’s enjoyed a bum scratch!
It’s baby steps with this quirky little boy but each progression means the world to us all. He will get there and he will be worth all input!
Reuben would like the company of another quiet dog or dog. He gets on fine with cats and has lived with them amicably in a foster home. He will need a quiet, calm environment where he can enjoy nice walks.
Reuben is happy to be left at home for reasonable periods and travels well in a car. He will need a home with no children under twelve, he would be ok with visiting children as long as he had a safe space to call his own.
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.