Stuffy

 

Stuffy Status: Reserved

ID: 28341

Name: Stuffy

Breed: Cross Breed

Age: 2 Years

Gender: Male

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: At Many Tears in
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

27-07-2020  Stuffy is back!! He originally came from Romania. Someone who fed strays came across him and fed him for 3 days in a row. On the forth day, Stuffy ran and ran after him in the car, so he opened the car door and Stuffy hopped in! He was taken to the local rescue and we offered to take him in and helped him find his first home.
This first home only lasted a day, as he chased the cat. He then went to his second home, sadly after 2 weeks he has been retuned, again. He has been fearful of ALL stranger, he has not respected the owners husband and snapped at him when sitting on the sofa. Sadly, they felt this behaviour was too much for them to work with.
Before you apply PLEASE REMEMBER that Romanian strays have been treated very badly. People have tried to burn them with boiling water, strangle them, run them over and other terrible things. These poor dogs often come with sad baggage and it looks like Stuffy is sadly one of those.
Stuffy will need a very experienced, dog savvy person. One who understands dog psychology and one who who knows how to train. He really is a sweet dog to those he knows and trusts, here at the kennel, but it sounds like whilst trying to settle in to a home he pushes his boudaries more and more.
Someone out there could turn Stuffy's life around for ever. Could that be you??

19-08-20 UPDATE

Stuffy has a beautiful, quirky character, he is happy, playful, his tail never stops wagging, he adores treats and the greeting you get from him once he's familiar with you will bring a smile to your face on even the darkest of days. Unfortunately, he has clearly been subject to a lot of cruelty in his time as a street dog in Romania and he carries a lot of fear with him as a result.
Please don't interpret the following write-up as him being a bad dog, because he is certainly far from that. However, it's important that Stuffy finds the right home with a very experienced owner who ideally would have dealt with behavioural issues before, he needs someone who will love him, stick by him and use positive reinforcement to help him with his fears.
I only have the last two days under my belt when it comes to working with Stuffy, however I have done plenty with him and eased him into a variety of situations to gage what he is like with a new person (me) handling him. Truthfully, he hasn't stepped out of line once, he's been incredible, I have walked him along side a female Cockerpoo for a fairly long period of time and he loved it, I have walked him in fairly close proximity to a few groups of people, both men, women and even children and he wasn't fazed in the slightest, he didn't even take a second look. However despite this perfect behaviour for us in kennels even with someone like me who was a stranger to him a few days ago, Stuffy seems to become naughty and really overstep when he gets into a home environment.
As stated above, Stuffy has been re-homed twice since coming to us and we need to make sure the third time is his forever home, luckily we have learned a lot from his time in his homes and thanks to the adopters we are now able to clearly outline what he is like when in one.
The good points to begin with...Stuffy is completely house trained and is a delightfully affectionate, happy dog, he is sometimes a bit too affectionate and will try to mouth you if he gets too excited. He sleeps through the night without a peep and even sits patiently for his food or a treat, what a good boy! He's a very bright dog, he listens well and even started developing good recall around the house and garden. He travels very well in a car, walks perfectly on a lead or harness and in his time in his home he displayed no signs at all of food guarding issues, but this is still something I would always be sensible with as Romanian dogs are used to being challenged for their food when they're on the streets and many can develop issues with possessiveness especially if it's tasty!
Despite being a well mannered boy inside and seemingly settling really well, for whatever reason certain behavioural issues arise when he goes out for walks, specifically with strangers and other dogs that he comes across. He becomes fearful when approached by strangers which can come out in aggression, this is completely understandable given the way people would have treated him in the past but its definitely the biggest thing that would need work in his new home. Despite walking perfectly along side dogs at the rescue, he displays similar behaviour to dogs as he does strangers when he's in a home, again this needs work. One thing we have all noticed here is when taking a slip lead off of him he becomes worried when contact is made with his neck area, whether he has had a terrible experience with something around his neck, we do not know. However, we are told he was very good with having a harness put on and off him in his home and as he can be touchy with his neck, this may well be the best option for him.
Stuffy's ideal home in my opinion would be with one person, he definitely appears to be a one person kind of dog and he seems to form a stronger bond with one person, which is lovely but in the wrong situation could bring on guarding issues. A quiet home and a quiet area would suit him down to the ground, busy areas with lots of dogs, traffic and people would be setting him up to fail in my opinion, a place off of the main roads, quiet forest walks, now we're talking!

22-08-20 UPDATE
Please read this, then close your eyes and imagine Stuffys life. Stuffy was once loved, this is apparent as with those he knows and trusts he loves. However at some point his love was betrayed and he was thrown on the streets. Some tried to run him over, some threw boiling water at him, some put down poison and his canine friends died.
One man fed the remaining little pack every day. The others ate and left but Stuffy waited, hoping for to find that love he once knew, yet in his mind was also the cruelty and abuse he had suffered.
One day after feeding Stuffy could not wait any more, he ran after the food man's van on and on till the man just could not bear it and stopped and in Stuffy jumped. The man had nowhere but a rescue to take him too, and the Romanian rescue was so full, so after health checks inoculations and passports and a month's wait he made the journey here.
He has demons lurking in his sad mind, if grabbed by the collar he does not think but turns and snaps, as he thinks he's being attacked.  He protects his food and chases cats. He meets strangers badly some of the time. He needs a real dog whisperer who understands him and will open their hearts and minds so they can adapt training, walks and their lifestyle to fit him till they have trained him to theirs. He can live with a large non-confrontational female dog.  

11-09-20 UPDATE

Stuffy is one of my favourite dogs to work with, he is so comical and loving, once he knows and trusts you.
He'll happily give me a cuddle and kisses for as long as I am able to spend time with him.
Stuffy has some quirks, but knowing where he came from and all that he must have seen, it's no surprise really. Stuffy just needs an experienced home with no children, dogs or cats, surely there is the perfect home out there for him, he'll repay your kindness with so much love and laughter.
I wish I could take him home myself to be honest, he has completely stolen my heart.
If you think you'll be the right home then please fill in an application form. Stuffy is waiting for you.

25-09-20 UPDATE

 

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All dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation* and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

* Many Tears uses Vanguard to vaccinate their dogs.  However, this can sometimes be difficult to source at local vets so if you are adopting a dog or puppy that has only had one vaccination please be aware your vets may require you to start the course from the beginning.

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