Wilma is a 6-7 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. We first met Wilma on a recent trip to Romania when we had been called in to help with a failing shelter over there. Wilma was in a pen with five other friendly dogs and one very scared emaciated one. She appeared to be one of the better condition dogs as, although underweight, wasn’t emaciated like most in there.
However once we started to sort through them all she was discovered to have heart worm. We had been told from very early on by the Swedish rescue who own the shelter that they would never be able to rehome her in Sweden due to her wonky leg.
She was one of the last two dogs that we were able to help before they closed the doors on us. She is a lovely natured girl who will do pretty much anything for food and/or cuddles. She can be a little submissive at times but is generally quite confident. She gets on brilliantly with other dogs and but could equally live confidently as an only dog. She would be fine with children of eight years plus. She will come with her heartworm treatment at no cost to her adopters. 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 it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).
Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up 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.