Cushing - a Dog in need of rescue in Scotland
Below is Cushing . they are in need of a new home. please visit the shelter's website to view their requirements and advice before contacting to rehome.
Please take very careful consideration when considering rehoming. Visit the shelter's website and check their guidance and criteria to ensure you meet them.
If you do contact a shelter please mention you found the pet through Rescue Scottish Pets
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Phoenix French Bulldog Rescue
A Male White French Bulldog who is age 6
Pet Location: Scotland and UK
Please put 'Cushing' into the 'search this group' box on the FB page to find out just how much has already been said about Cushing already.
Yes, he is a lad with problems and so I decided that the only way to find out more about him, so that I could write his post honestly, would be to meet him. I met his foster-mum on neutral ground in a services car park (yes, I WILL be arrested one day!), in the freezing cold last week. I approached him exactly as everyone meeting him must do for the first time: don't look at him, ignore him and let him do his thing. I chatted with his foster Mum, chatted AT him, we just walked and talked. He was totally disinterested in me. We walked back to my car and I opened the tail gate to sit in it. He jumped in beside me! I continued to ignore him. Eventually I was able to speak to him, get a paw, ask him to sit - all for treats. But I could not touch him. The part that amused me most during our 45 minute interaction was when, on several occasions, I completely ignored him as he was barking for attention beside me and so I turned away from him. He jumped out of the car and started to roll around on his back in front of us - 'look at me, look at me!' Still ignored him until he sat when asked, he got a treat. We did have one small altercation which very likely pushed him further than I should have done - I moved my hand to get a treat from a large bag beside him, and he reacted to my hand - this is his thing, hands/being touched terrifies him. I continued to the bag, away from him, but he was very upset and continued to lunge and nose at my hand. BUT, at NO TIME did he bite me. He pushes - it is fear, purely and simply, get it away, move it, don't touch me. He sounded as though he was mauling me and the look on his foster-Mum's face said that she thought I was being mauled too! I moved away, he pulled back, sat and took a treat, instantly calm. It would be very easy to misunderstand this lad, and whoever takes him on will have our fullest support, but this is why his next home must be THE home. He is showing strong attachment to his foster Mum who can now do anything with him but cannot keep him, and so we need to start working him in his own home to achieve this.
So what does Cushing need? Patience, space and time. Take him home, get on with your chores, go for a walk, just nothing in his space until he allows it, and then very, very gradually. Feet, legs, bodies, these don't rouble him, it s hands coming towards him. Almost ignore him. He is nervous, scared, but wants affection and cuddles (and is very good at them) but needs just a few days. He likes other dogs, ladies preferably (he is castrated) and we would prefer at least one other to give him some comfort and confidence. Only much older children though as he is so easily startled just now and needs time. He is not cat tested.
The last thing we want to do is to set Cushing up for a fall. I found that even within my brief 45 minutes with him we had made friends - I still couldn't touch him but could see it would come easily - and I also saw the clown that wants to be loved. I also saw the bluster and bravado for being exactly that, but it has been founded in reality and must be respected.
Think carefully about Cushing and his issues - he is definitely not an aggressive dog but his fear makes you think he could be, as he wants you to, but ignore him, walk away with the treats in your hand, ungiven, and he is utterly flabbergasted! He is not for the feint of heart, but when understood and left to get over things, relax a little, he is a different dog. He is a very biddable lad, and his foster-Mum has proved that. He will reward any patient human ten-fold. Oh, and he has one brown eye and one blue eye ...
If you would like to apply for Cushing:
1. Complete an Adoption Application form that can be found on this page in the 'files' tab at the top left or downloaded from the website. Before doing this please make sure that you fulfil the criteria required and read the Adoption Guidelines thoroughly - also in the files tab and available on the website.
2. Once completed with as much detail as possible please email or post your form to your Regional Coordinator. They will inform you if you meet the required criteria before passing the form to the Management Team for consideration. The most likely candidates for each dog being adopted will then receive a home visit after which a decision will be taken and announced here. No names will be given out publicly.
3. All dogs entering adoption are subject to a 2 week 'trial period' for the family and the dog to decide if they like each other. The Adoption Fee is only payable after this time - details of this fee can be found on the Adoption Guidelines, please ensure you have read them thoroughly and understand what is expected of you, and that you can afford to take on a rescue dog.
Payment plans are not available and fees will be payable prior to our Christmas closure on Friday 15th December.
All Phoenix Rescue Dogs have 5 weeks free insurance on completion of Adoption contracts.
**** APPLICATIONS FOR CUSHING WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL CLOSE OF PLAY SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER, AFTER WHICH THE CHECKING PROCESS WILL BEGIN AND NO FURTHER APPLICATIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ****
Cushing Adoption Form