*** Please scroll to the bottom of this thread to see the most recent update on this now slim-line girl ***
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.
She is in good health, apart from the fact that unusually for a GSP, she is very over-weight.
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.
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 )
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.
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:-
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 )
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 ...
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? as within 2 minutes she was fast asleep snoring.
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.