Zoe - B/White 8 year old GSP girl *** Available ***

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Zoe - B/White 8 year old GSP girl *** Available ***

gsprescuesw
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18 Nov 2016, 18:56 #1

*** Please scroll to the bottom of this thread to see the most recent update on this now slim-line girl :lol: ***

Zoe is a lovely friendly black and white 7 year old GSP girl. She is seeking a new home through no fault of her own following a change in her owner’s circumstances.

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She is in good health, apart from the fact that unusually for a GSP, she is very over-weight. :?

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N.B. She has been fully checked by the vet including blood tests, and he has reported that all is OK – she just needs to lose those excess kgs!

Zoe is vaccinated, micro-chipped and legally docked.

Zoe is house-trained and crate trained.

She is a very friendly girl and wants to welcome everyone, although has no real experience of children.

Zoe is fine with other dogs and has always lived with a ‘gang’, although we are not sure how many small dogs she may have met, although no reason to suppose there would be any issue. Certainly whilst in foster with me for the past 2.5 weeks she has met dogs of spaniel-size upwards without any issue.

Zoe has no experience of cats (although she did look rather keen when there where cats on the TV – so best not to rehome her with cats).

Zoe has no experience of stock. Her owner did have free-range chickens around the property behind a fence, and Zoe was understandably interested ….. so we wil not rehome her with loose fowl to be on the safe side.

Zoe currently pulls on the lead – she is not too bad on a short lead when on her own, but when with other dogs on-lead it does become a bit of a towing contest ….. However, that should soon improve with regular lead outings.

Zoe is very responsive to being called around the house and home, and is part whistle-trained, but she has no experience of off-lead out and about as we are still working on getting her basically fit.

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Zoe travels well in the car, and has been OK to be left for short periods whilst I pop into shops or whatever.

Zoe has been fine left alone (with my other dogs) for up to two hours. She has barked a bit initially, but is quiet upon my return and nothing destroyed.

Zoe is currently fed twice a day on a quality complete food (the quantity suitable for the weight we want her to be!). She has lost 2% of her body weight whilst with me, and that would have been more if she was receiving more exercise. **

Zoe has free run of the house and garden.

At night Zoe sleeps quietly in a crate in my bedroom.

Zoe has shown no aggression towards any person or dog.

I have just discovered that Zoe loves playing fetch! (OK, so not exactly very flattering, but it shows she is happy and up to rushing around 8) )

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Zoe has shown no fear of anything to date.

Zoe is looking for an experienced home. As she has always lived with other dogs, she would be best placed with another active dog in the home. Zoe could live with older (teenage) dog savvy children. We do not recommend Zoe to live with birds or small furries, Zoe will need a new family who understand that it is important to continue her diet and to give her a sensible daily exercise routine whilst she loses the extra weight and gains fitness. Zoe would also benefit from more general training – she is very responsive, but seems to know few formal commands.

Zoe is a lovely girl and needs a family who would enjoy the challenge of getting her back into the shape she should be, and then all can benefit from living with this active and friendly girl.

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Zoe was initially living in North Lincolnshire, but since early January moved to a lovely foster family near Melton Mowbray.

So are you up to the challenge to help Zoe turn her life around? If so, please contact me.

** Whilst Zoe is ultimately looking for a permanent new home, a foster home would also be welcomed. Unfortunately I have been unable to offer her the level of exercise she really needs due to a combination of my own back problems, and the recent ill-health of one of my own dogs. The situation is now looking even more difficult as I am going into hospital in 10 days’ time ………. So if anyone feels they can offer Zoe a foster home, that too would be a great help.

N.B. If you haven’t already done so, please can you complete our on-line Adoption Interest Form before getting in touch:-

http://www.gsprescuesw.co.uk/adopt.html

Thank you.
Sarah Hadley

on behalf of GSP Rescue SW
http://www.gsprescuesw.co.uk
E-Mail:- info@gsprescuesw.co.uk
01472-398653 (not after 9:00 pm please)
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gsprescuesw
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20 Nov 2016, 19:59 #2

A little updatae on Zoe ....

Due to my limited ability to walk her at the moment, I put out a pleas for help in my village. A very nice lady (Jackie :) ) offered her services at weekends.

So she came and met Zoe last Saturday (8 days ago) after Zoe had been with me for just over 1.5 weeks.

Zoe was delighted to have a visitor, and despite teh rain, Jackie and Zoe set off for an on-lead walk around the quiet local roads. The did about a couple of miles, with Zoe enjoying every minute! She walked well on a short lead too. The following day Sunday was a lovely bright day, so this time Jackie took Zoe for half of a 3.5 mile walk round the roads, but also went onto the disused runway where Zoe got a bit more freedom on a long-line on her harness. Again Zoe was very eager and coped well (although she did sleep well for the rest of the day :wink: )

Yesterday, Jackie turned up again on a beautiful sunny frosty morning. Zoe was just so excited to see her! This time they went for a more rural walk, with just a short bit of roadwork at the start and at the end, the rest of the walk in fields. Zoe apparently did pull quite hard on the road, but once on the first farm track relaxed.

This is where she went, it is very undulating, and as it is winter, the wheat fields etc are ploughed, so much harder walking ... :wink:

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She was really good, although did get somewhat surprised when Jackie decided to try jogging down a hill - Zoe really wasn't sure. (TBH, it isn't clear if she was a bit tired, or if she found the hill a bit daunting, or just being asked to run on a lead?). But again she really enjoyed herself on this more challenging 5 miler which included hills and some quite heavy going in the cultivated fields. She was still keen upon her return, but that was maybe for show? 8) as within 2 minutes she was fast asleep snoring. :lol:

Today it was again wet, so another 2.5 brisk walk on the roads, plus a few throws of ball retrieving in the garden. She really does try hard when chasing a ball, and Jackie was very impressed with her gallop as she'd not see her go faster than a trot on her lead walks (which is understandable).

Anyway, whilst I was slightly disappointed that to date Zoe had only lost 1 kg or so, Jackie having not seen her for a week her did comment that she looked more toned, and was much stronger on the lead and wanting to get on, so her fitness and condition is already showing improvement.

I am trying to get her walked more during the week as that will surely help, but with my large garden, the dogs aren't really hard done by, so with some ball retrieving etc., she will carry on with the good work.

So Zoe and I both thank Jackie for her efforts - they are much appreciated. :D

Sarah
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gsprescuesw
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25 Jan 2017, 16:39 #3

The lovely Zoe has been going from strength to strength.

Sh settled really well in with me and my 3 girls, and we started the process of getting her used to being in a home, and most importantly to regaining her fitness AND figure! :lol:

She was clean in the house pretty much from Day 1, with only a couple of accidents in the first day or two. :)

She was great around the home - no destructive behaviours or anything. She was fine to be left for a few hours with my girls too.

She travelled well in the car, and provd to be super-friendly to all she met.

My main issue was not being able to walk her as much as she wanted / needed. However, the lovely local lady Jackie continiued to help at weekends, and the pounds started to come off.

Here is Zoe on the 2rd December - signs of her tummy getting smaller ...

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Then here just 2 weeks later having now lost 5 kgs and you can definately see that her tummy is now level and not drooping!

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So all good.

Then came a turning point for Zoe. On the 2nd January Zoe left me to join a new foster family to live with a couple who can't have a dog of their own permanently, but were happy to take Zoe in as they had the time and inclination to walk her every day - usually twice!

So off Zoe happily went. Within a few days I got pictures showing her settling in ...

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Shortly after that, they decided to take Zoe away to their beach cottage for a few days. Zoe enjoyed the beach, paddling and watching the sea gulls, but TBH, didn't look that impressed wehn being asked to stay still for pictures 8)

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So Zoe has been with her new fosterers for just over 3 weeks. She has been a star throughout. So I should now list her skills:-

Completely clean in the house
Loves visitors
Adores going out in the car
Walks well on the lead
Off-lead work just started and going well
OK to be left home alone for short periods (they have left her for 2 hours so far without incident)
.... and

(Fanfare!) She has now lost about 10 kgs in total and is looking so much better!

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We think she probably needs to lose about another 5 or 6 kgs to get to her ideal weight, but that is not likely to take long. She is so active on her walks, and once off lead more will get even more exercise.

So a huge thank you to her foster parents. :D

Now Zoe just needs a permanent home offered to her ........ either as an only dog, or with company.
Sarah Hadley

on behalf of GSP Rescue SW
http://www.gsprescuesw.co.uk
E-Mail:- info@gsprescuesw.co.uk
01472-398653 (not after 9:00 pm please)
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gsprescuesw
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21 Feb 2017, 15:56 #4

The lovely Zoe has continued to go from strength to strength!

She has now lost close to 13 kgs, and likely only has a couple more kgs to go! :D

She has so much energy now - adores her walks as well as loves playing ball with her family.

She is starting to go off lead, and loves playing with other dogs, although returns promptly when called.

She adores travelling in the car too. She has recently been introduced to joys of visiting a pub life, and took that all her stride.

Whilst she has been left for short periods without incident, she really doesn't like it, so we think she would be happiest rehomed with another dog as well as having very present humans in her new family as she really loves company.

So who is ready to take this girl on more adventures now that she is ready for all the adventures you can throw at her - fit and raring to go. :wink:

Sarah
Sarah Hadley

on behalf of GSP Rescue SW
http://www.gsprescuesw.co.uk
E-Mail:- info@gsprescuesw.co.uk
01472-398653 (not after 9:00 pm please)
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gsprescuesw
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29 Apr 2017, 07:51 #5

Well it has been 6 months now that Zoe has been in our care, most of that time with a lovely foster family who have worked so hard with her to get her back in condition.

I am now very proud to announce that Zoe has got there - she is now only two-thirds of the size she was when she arrived, having gone from 43 kgs down to a perfect 28 kgs, and doesn't she now look well. :D

No longer a square dog, but now a slim leggy one!

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Her boobs have reduced dramatically too!

She also has a waist and slightly visible ribs, and has lost the love-handles round her tail too.

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Not too mention her new super-slim neck as her collar is now two holes tighter! 8)

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.... and now when she runs she doesn't have bits swinging to the side either. :lol:

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All in all a remarkable transformation. She is now back staying with me in North Lincs, as her wonderful foster family who have had her for the past 4 months had other long-standing committments. I have to say Zoe breezed back in here as if she hadn't been away and obviously remembered her routine here and has just gone for it! Mind you, she is such a friendly and easy girl she would settle anywhere.

She has now also been spayed.

So who is looking for a super-friendly happy girl? She is perfect in the house and loves her walks. She adores car journeys too! She is OK to be left for short-periods at home alone, but it would be better and easier for all if she went to live with another dog, as prior to coming to rescue, she had always lived in a multi-dog household, and with doggy company copes far better being left.

So please get in touch if you can offer this lovely friendly happy fit girl a new home.

Thank you.
Sarah Hadley

on behalf of GSP Rescue SW
http://www.gsprescuesw.co.uk
E-Mail:- info@gsprescuesw.co.uk
01472-398653 (not after 9:00 pm please)
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gsprescuesw
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29 Apr 2017, 14:39 #6

A short video of Zoe playing earlier this morning :D

(Err .... just tested this and I couldn't get it to play properly. so if it fails for you, bear with me as I am trying to fix it! Sarah)

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