ID No.: D/72/19
Age: 10 years old
Breed: American Cocker Spaniel
Colour: Black and white
Reason In: Unwanted pet. I cannot be rehomed to the area of Tamerton Foliot, Ernesettle and Plymstock as this is where I came from.
Can I live with Dogs?
No – I am looking for a home without other dogs.
Can I live with Cats?
No – I am looking for a home with no cats.
Can I live with Children?
Yes – I am suitable to live with a family with older children (13+).
Get the tissues ready, I’ve got a sad story for you!
At 10 years old I have had 4 homes and I have been surrendered to Gables 3 times! I just don’t understand what I’ve been doing wrong!
I first came to Gables in 2013 when I was only a young man. I’d been given up because my owners were moving away and they didn’t have enough space to take me with them. I was shy with strangers but as I was such a good looking chap I was adopted quickly. My life seemed perfect and I had what I thought was my forever home, but after a few years together things changed and I was moved to another house with another family. I spent less than 2 years there before I was given up again, thankfully this time coming back to Gables. Gables found me a very experienced owner so they were sure this time everything would be perfect. But only 3 months after my adoption I was surrendered again! Every time I’ve been given up it’s been for a different reason, so I’m starting to wonder if it’s even my fault or if I’ve just been terribly unlucky.
I don’t want to spend the rest of my days here, I want nothing more than to be settled into a loving home with people who adore me, quirks and all.
I can be a shy and anxious chap when I meet someone for the first time but it really doesn’t take me long to make new friends. I’m full of life and I love going for walks where I can go exploring.
I adore playing with toys, especially if they are ball shaped, but I prefer to play with my toys on my own. I usually take them to bed with me and wrap them in my blankets.
I’ve had some really good training including sit, paw and lie down but it’s never too late to learn some fun new things. I’m an intelligent chap who loves to learn, if I don’t get enough mental stimulation then I’m likely to bark a lot just because I’m bored. I travel well in the car and I have been house trained in the past, that’s a bonus for choosing a mature dog.
I’m not going to pretend that I’m perfect, I know I’m not. I’ve got upset with the vet before (my ears were sore at the time) and I told a previous owner off for trying to push me off the sofa when I was super comfy (do you really blame me?). My behaviour around other dogs had deteriorated with all the upheaval in my life, and when I was returned I really struggled with meeting dogs meaning I had to wear a muzzle when I was out. I’m really pleased to say that I have made great progress and I would now prefer to ignore dogs rather than tell them off. This means I no longer need to wear a muzzle when I got for walks. Woohoo. I still don’t appreciate bouncy dogs invading my space and I prefer my own company which is why I am looking for a home without other animals.
One more thing I need to tell you about is my separation anxiety. This is no surprise given that I’ve been moved from pillar to post with no stability. I don’t like being on my own and I will bark if I’m left, no matter how long for. This is something that I can get help with. If I have the right training, daily exercise and mental stimulation spread throughout the day then in time I should be able to settle on my own for short periods of time. I am already learning how to spend tiny increments of time on my own as I am now spending the days behind reception, helping with admin and tidying (ok I don’t do much to help at all but I try).
It’s been over a year since I have been back here in a kennel so don’t you think it’s time I got my happily ever after?
What kind of home am I looking for?
I’d be happiest living in a quiet location away from busy roads as I do bark at cars, or anything fast moving.
Potential adopters will only be considered if:
- You have owned a dog with separation anxiety in the past and won’t leave me on my own.
- You have owned a dog that hasn’t been social with other dogs.
- You don’t own any other animals.