Roman Male Pit Bull Terrier
Roman came in to us with two Staffordshires, they found new homes and he didn’t. Why not? It’s because he’s classified as a Pit Bull Terrier and we are not allowed to rehome him. He is about 8 years old now (2017) and, in the time he has been with us, he has shown himself to be an affectionate and intelligent dog. When he arrived his manners left a lot to be desired but he proved to be a quick learner and was soon picking up commands and walking nicely on the lead. Although big and powerful, he is a gentle giant and loves people, His equable temperament means that he can help to socialise other dogs who need help – he tolerates their jumping around or barking without reacting. Roman perfectly illustrates that it is not the breed of a dog that is a problem, but what they learn and how they are treated.…read more
Lily Female Yorkshire Terrier
This miniature Yorkshire Terrier came into us aged
2 ½ because she was out of control: biting people and fighting with the other dog in the house. Unfortunately this behaviour can result from not being allowed to ‘be a dog’. She was carried everywhere, not taught to socialise, treated like a human baby, slept in the human’s bed. Poor Lily was desperately unhappy, trembling and nervy.
When she was brought in to the office we were told that she would bite whoever tried to take her. We whisked her off into another room and within minutes she had stopped shaking. She went to stay with our most experienced foster family – who have other dogs – and her behaviour quickly improved.
Lily had a lot to learn and it wasn’t always easy trying to make up for 2 ½ years of missed doggy education but she managed it. She is now a happy, affectionate and loyal dog who knows her own place in the household.…read more
Agnes Female Jack Russell
Agnes was found on the streets and was sent to a pound where, unclaimed, she was due to be put to sleep. WTR heard about her and she was brought to Dorset to have the chance of a retirement home. She is about 16 (in 2020) and is a short-legged Jack Russell. Her coat was sparse and she was hungry but also in pain with many bad teeth which made her irritable. With vet care and tlc her health improved and she was a popular character around the sanctuary – though could be rather bad-tempered if at all stressed. She was offered a quiet home with Ken, one of our volunteers, and his dog Jack. Agnes took a while to settle to another change but learnt that she now had a comfortable, peaceful home with good food and loving attention. She has a weakness in her back legs so only has small walks – mainly sniffs – but enjoys looking out at the world from the basket of the mobility scooter…read more
Timmy Male Terrier
Timmy came in at the end of May 2020 aged about 10 years. He was a poorly chap and his hunched appearance made the vet think he had a neck problem. However, it was discovered that he had pancreatitis and the posture was due to the pain he was suffering. He is much happier now that he has the correct medication and is a very affectionate dog. Timmy has a little walk in the morning and enjoys going out in the garden. He jumps up on the garden chair then onto the garden table to be brushed before his evening meal. He loves a cuddle (from anyone who’ll give him some fuss!) and is very good in the car. Every week he does his duty supervising his foster-mum when she is volunteering in the WTR office.…read more