Thursday, 14 August 2014

ADOPTED - LANA - UK foster - 1.5 year old female Istrian Hound. Fostered in Hemel Hempsted, Hertfordshire.

ADOPTED - LANA - UK foster - 1.5 year old female Istrian Hound. Fostered in Hemel Hempsted, Hertfordshire.

This is Lana's story in the words of her wonderful rescuers and carers.

Lana is a gentle soul in a body of an Istrian Short-haired Hound.  We don't know actually if she's a pure breed and you know what?  We don't care.  She's alive and safe and waiting for her forever home.   

We found her after she's been wandering the streets for days, totally malnourished and hypothermic with overgrown nails.   After a foster home has been found, we managed to catch her and checked if she is micro chipped which, of course, she wasn't.   But she was covered with fleas, has one canine damaged (nothing serious), one joint is swollen and she has small wounds on one of the paws.   

Since this was written Lana has been lucky enough to be fostered by a lovely couple in the UK. She really is showing her loving side and has bonded well with her foster mother. She is great with other dogs and loves to run and play, but also to be fussed and cuddled. She also gets on with her foster dad but only when her foster mother isn't there. As she bonded with her first she seems unwilling to 'share' her and when both foster parents are there she is 'warning' her foster dad away from her and her foster mother. 

This is jealousy and insecurity which the foster parents who are very experienced are working on. However, at this time we would have to say that she needs a home where there is only one person and no children or other dogs. 

Name: Lana
Gender: Female
Breed: Potentially an Istrian short-haired Hound
Birth: 1.10.2012.
Vacc./chipped: Yes
Spayed: Yes

Location: foster home in Hemel Hempsted, Hertfordshire.
Ref: HR-DSV-Lana-000134

ADOPTED - Missy - 12 month old female lab cross. In foster in UK

ADOPTED - Missy - 12 month old female lab cross. In foster in UK

Missy was found as a very young girl, wandering the streets and fending for herself as best she could. She may have been born on the streets, her mother thrown out when her owners realised she was pregnant .. or she may have been born in the owners house and then thrown on to the streets when she stopped feeding off her mother. Either way as a very young little girl she would have found herself in a terrifying situation, always hungry as the older bigger dogs fought her off any food she found .. and always thirsty as they also chased her off any water. Her days will have been filled with the sounds of dogs fighting, often to the death and she would have soon learnt to avoid the local people many of whom beat, kick and brutally kill any stray dog that gets in their way. A life where every day you are in fear, hungry and thirsty, and every night you only have sleep, listening out for any sound that tells you you need to run. By the time she was found she was exhausted, her body and mind worn down by such a hard life .. and yet when some lovely rescuers found her and took her to safety they saw an amazingly strong character, a little girl who refused to be beaten by the hardships of her life... all this at just 4 months old !!

After a couple of days Missy started to show the immense amount of love she has. Despite everything human kind had done to her she started to show amazing forgiveness and trust. Her carers started to be greeted with a very waggy tail, and a very vocal welcome. With good food, medical treatment for ticks, fleas and small cuts and grazes, and the gentle and patient love from her rescuers she was starting to heal in body and mind .. and having felt the gentleness of her carers touches, she decided she liked it very much.

And so, the other side of Missy started to shine through .. the girl full of love who just adored her cuddles. And then she began to flourish ! The shy and scared little girl disappeared and her cheeky, playful and energetic character started to shine through.

Shortly afterwards it looked like Missy's life was at last settled forever. She was adopted by a lovely couple in the UK. But, sadly, through no-ones fault circumstances changed and they could no longer keep her. Now, she is in foster in the UK. She is so happy with her foster father and for all the love she gets she gives it back tenfold. However, she really is a livewire, full of energy and very boisterous. She needs a lot of excersise to work off all that zest for life. At the moment her energy and youthfulness over takes her sometimes so she will need someone experienced with high energy breeds who will make sure she is physically stimulated and mentally stimulated or she does become over excitable. This of course will get better as long as she is exercised regularly. Because of her zealous nature she needs a lot of training. She is not yet able to be let off the leader as her excitement over takes her recall .. and she can jump a 5 foot fence so until she settles she will need a very secure garden.

Missy loves other dogs. She loves to play. She is rather dominant, just down to her youth and energy but there is no malice in her. She would be a surperb companion to another energetic and playful dog but would be a bit too much for an older and/or quieter dog. She is very 'interested' in cats. There is no aggression but she will chase them with her tail going mad wanting to play. Cats being cats don't appreciate this generally and so a home without a house cat would be most suitable.

Missy is a dog that will need a lot of patience and hard work. BUT for just 5 minutes of her love all the work is worth it. Finally settled at night she loves to just cuddle up and no amount of fuss is too much. She desperately needs a forever home now, where she can settle for once and for all.

DEFRA Compliant for travel
Clinically examined
Vaccinated: yes (inc. Rabies)
Spayed: yes
Treated for fleas and worms: yes
Microchipped: yes
EU passport: yes