Santa is a 2 year old female Podenco Andaluz. She is small-medium size. She is living in a foster home in Gloucesteshire. Santa is a very beautiful girl – she is white with gold markings, and as with so many pods she has fabulous ears and amazing amber coloured eyes. Santa weighs 11kg.
Santa is fostered by Auntie Jo, and is living with a teenager and 7 dogs. She is good with all the dogs, but is wary of the teenager.
Santa has come on leaps and bounds since she arrived on 9th August, but she is still a very nervous dog, and we are looking for an adopter who is experienced with nervous dogs, and has the time and patience to put in the work to help Santa adjust.
She would be best suited to an individual or couple without children who are able to spend precious time with her and would not leave her alone for long periods of time. She will need a patient and experienced person to help her gain her confidence in her new environment.
When Santa arrived she was too scared to leave the house, and just lay down when Jo tried to walk her. It took around 6 weeks to get her out walking. Now she loves her walks, walking mostly in fields and woods, she also goes on pavement walks, and is quite good, but she lives in a quiet area. She would not suit town living.
Santa is still quite aloof but has started to play with the dogs sometimes, and has now started to go to Jo for the occasional fuss. She likes having a fuss made of her on her bed, and loves to be stroked, and will turn onto her back to get her belly rubbed.
She won’t sit in the sitting room in the evening, but we think if she was in a quieter home, with just one calm dog, she would be fine. She has a gentle nature and is not aggressive at all, although she doesn’t want to share her food, and is fed separately. She won’t have treats in front of the other dogs, and Jo puts a treat in her bed and shuts the door til she has eaten it.
We have no idea of the trauma she has gone through, but it is so sad to see a dog so wanting to love and be loved but not quite knowing how to go about it. We won’t home her with children because she needs a quiet household, nor with any small furries.
This is her story, the only part we know: In May this year Santa was found abandoned outside the town of Benamejí in southern Spain. She was in the countryside next to her 2 puppies, who were found in a hollow tree trunk. We have no idea what she went through, but can only assume that she was kept by a hunter and when she was found to be pregnant was discarded in the countryside. It is difficult for us to understand this mentality, but sadly it happens all too often.
Apart from basic lead training and house training, Santa is not trained and will need training in all other aspects.
Santa is neutered, vaccinated, blood tested, microchipped, and has a passport.
If you think you meet the criteria to adopt Santa, please get in touch.