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Joseph is a very sweet natured and affectionate collie boy who likes nothing more than cuddles and fuss. He will need a VERY special home though so please make sure you read the details carefully before applying.
We feel he is probably an ex farm dog from his behaviour and preferences, as you can see, he does rather love his bed in the hay! He’s a super friendly boy, loves playing with some of the other dogs, the girls especially, but some of the boys spook him so probably best as the only boy in a home, but it would be lovely to see him have a sister to play with as he really does enjoy playing with another dog given the chance. We don’t normally insist on this but we feel Joseph needs a home with a garden – he is wary of walking on the lead still and traffic is a bit scary for him, he can get quite timid so a good secure garden is a must at least in the early days whilst he settles in with you and learns to live in a home environment. Sometimes even at kennels he just wants to walk a short distance and then sit and be stroked – he is a quiet boy and we feel would like a garden to be safe in first before he meets too much of the big bad world. He is NOT looking for a home with long walks and the great outdoor life just yet!
He would possibly prefer not to be bothered with young children either – he loves fuss and attention but as he is quite shy it would be nice to not have to contend with young kids please! He will also do best in a home where he has company – we do feel he would be happiest living with another dog (ideally female) and where he is not at home alone too much, too often.
Joseph possibly has an issue with his eyes – vet reports as follows:-
On examination the eyes look comfortable and there is no active inflammation.The pupils are quite dilated on examination but he is a little nervous so this is partly fear response.There is a reasonable direct right pupillary light response and a much less convincing left pupillary light response. The menace response is reasonable in the right eye but absent in the left.”
It then goes on to explain there is limited vision in the right eye, which he will hopefully retain but none in the left and “The aetiology is unknown although toxoplasmosis in dogs living close to sheep is a possibility”.
Joseph has probably been on a sheep farm where this parasitic illness has developed and affected his eye sight – either through ingesting sheep or feral cat poo – we will never know his true history but it hurts to think that he was badly treated or not fed or left to scrounge for food himself. I wish we could find him a home where people could take good care of a scared little boy who just wants to be loved 🙁
Joseph is displaying signs of severe anxiety and is reluctant to go for walks or move too far away from his kennel and he has started with some OCD behaviours too. All he wants to do is be loved and cuddled, there is no aggression or malice, he is just a scared, confused little boy who needs an experienced and understanding home with peace and quiet and the chance to learn to relax.
Anyone who adopted Joseph would get our full support including free access to a professionally qualified behaviourist at every step.
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