Duncan is a 7 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered Norwich Norfolk. We first met Duncan on a recent trip to Romania when we had been called in to help with a failing shelter over there. Duncan appeared to be one of the better condition dogs as he wasn’t thin but once we started to sort through them all he was discovered to have heartworm.
When the Swedish rescue who own the shelter told us that they would be taking his kennel mate out to treat for heartworm because she was more adoptable and he’d be left there untreated we asked if we could take him. They agreed and he was one of the last two dogs that we were able to help before they closed the doors on us. He is a lovely natured boy who will wag his stump of a tail as soon as you talk to him.
He loves a cuddle and is so sweet and gentle it pains me to think he did at least two years in that hellish place. Duncan gets on really well with other dogs but is also confident enough to live as an only dog. He would be fine with children of eight years plus. Duncan will come with his heartworm medication at no cost to his adopters. When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog.
If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle-in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs).
The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period. Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and it situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).
Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a back-up safety measure.The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging. If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm. Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted.
Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer. Retractable / extendable leads must never be used on our dogs. Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.