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> Dylan - German Shepherd (methyr Tydfil), Hope Rescue
kilmousk
post 2nd Feb 2012, 9:24 pm
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Dylan is an approximately 4 year old GSD and is currently on foster in Merthyr Tydfil.

Dylan will be ready to go to his new home once he has been castrated however an interest in adopting him can be registered now and homechecks and meetings etc organised in advance.

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Dog status: Good
Cat status: Best rehomed without cats or small animals
Child status: Good, can be rehomed with children aged 8 plus
House training: Work in progress
Home alone: Fine for short periods. Has always had another dog for company in foster home.
Basic training: Good in the home but needs some help outdoors as he is strong on the lead and recall is currently a work in progress.

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Dylan is a real heartbreaker, he is a handsome dog with eyes that really show you his soul. They are the type of eyes that express what a loving and loyal dog he truly is. We don't think Dylan has had the best start in life. He has come in to our care in poor condition, hje has been unloved for a long time. He is still a little underweight, his skin and coat were poor, his muscles showed he had not been given the exercise he needed and he lacks a little training.

However, that being said he is still the sort of dog you would be proud to own. He is gentle with people that he meets and once he really gets to know you, well, you have a friend for life. True to the breed he is a loyal and giving dog. We feel he will not be suitable as a first dog and would suit someone with a little more experience. He can be nervy with men who are standing over him or raise voices and he became become very submissive and can be a bit backwards at coming forwards when he greets strange men.

Dylan has been assessed in an adult only foster home however he has spent time with older children during his assessment. He has been very affectionate and gentle with them so we feel he could be rehomed with children over the age of 8 who are used to dogs (and are tough enough to cope if his big tail wag in to them or he steps on their foot!).

Dyl has been living with an adult female shepherd in his foster home and has settled in with her beautifully. He had a bit of a grumble day one near his food bowl but this has not been repeated and they happily share toys and beds. Dylan has been good with many dogs he meets out on walks, some he completely ignores. He has had a few testy moments with some other dogs, sizing each other up etc but he is still entire so this can be expected. He will not be rehomed until he has been castrated and has had time to settle after the op.

Dylan is strong out on the lead and seems to have lacked much freedom in his previous home. His recall was not too hot when he arrived in foster care but his foster family have been working hard on it and this will need to continue in a new home. He has also learnt to sit on command and is getting the hang of some other commands. We recommend that a new owner continue basic training with him using positive kind training methods. He is not a dog who can be trained through punishment or raised voices as he is a sensitive and submissive dog. He is bright and eager to please and will come along quickly in experienced hands or with the help of a trainer.

Dylan can be left but has always had another dog for company in his foster home. Ideally we fell he would be best suited to a home with another dog who will show him the ropes and keep him company. He can whine at first when his humans leave but he will settle down.

Dylan has not been tested with cats but has shown a lot of interest in small furries and we fell it would be best if he were rehomed without feline company.

Dylan has a heck of a jump and he is a nosey soul so he will require a secure garden with high fencing.

All Hope Rescue dogs are neutered, vaccinated, wormed, flea treated and microchipped prior to rehoming. A homecheck will be required, and you will need to come and meet the dog with your own dogs and family. Hope Rescue rehomes throughout the UK. A Pre-Home Interest Form can be downloaded from www.hoperescue.org.uk and should be returned to dogs@hoperescue.org.uk



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post 3rd Feb 2012, 10:17 pm
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What a lovely boy. wub.gif

Good Luck to him, do you have any more pics? Just so I can swoon... lol.gif


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post 3rd Feb 2012, 10:29 pm
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We also have Phelan and I thought of you cos I think he is gorgeous

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post 11th Feb 2012, 9:25 pm
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Dylan has come on in leaps and bounds.

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He has now learned how to live in a house and truly loves his home comforts. His house training is now spot on, we haven't had an accident in the house for weeks, although we do still make sure he goes out several times a day he has started asking to go out when he needs to.

He is learning lots of new things and is eager to please, he will do anything for food. He was fantastic with the sparky we had doing work in the house and after a small fuss left him alone to get on with his work.

Out and about he has got much better, he still pulls like a train on walks but only heading away from home, he is now much calmer on the way home. We have been trying to walk him in the same places all the time so he doesn't get too excited and we are slowly adding new places in the hope that he will soon be able to go anywhere without too much fuss. His recall still leaves a lot to be desired, again taking him to the same places is helping and he can't be trusted off the longline yet but he has got better recently.

He really was in a sorry state when we got him, underweight, pressure sores, bald patches, dry flaky skin, no muscle tone. He now looks beautiful. His fur has grown back and his coat is getting a lovely shine. He has put on weight and looks healthy, his muscle tone is great and no longer wobbles when he walks. The tips of his ears were mangled and bald but now have really cute tufts of white fur starting to grown back. The only real sign of what he's been through are two of the worst pressure sores that haven't fully healed but have got better.

He has come such a long way in such a short time and will be a wonderful friend for someone.





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post 14th Feb 2012, 5:43 am
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post 20th Feb 2012, 4:55 pm
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Dylan had his first proper off lead run today and his recall was brilliant, he came back every time he was called, I'm sure the treats and fuss helped. I think this is the end of the long-line for him. He is still put on a lead on pathways but can now go off for a run/explore in fields without distractions.

He really is such a clever boy and made me so proud
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post 29th Feb 2012, 9:56 pm
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Still looking


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post 29th Feb 2012, 10:17 pm
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Oh if only we had space for 1 more - what an absolutely beautiful gorgeous boy wub.gif
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post 23rd Mar 2012, 11:08 pm
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He is handsome. Is he still looking and if so, has he been neutered yet?
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post 23rd Mar 2012, 11:25 pm
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Dylan is still looking smile.gif He was neutered 2 weeks ago yesterday and has recovered well.

If you would like an interest form if you PM me an email address I can foward you the form wink.gif


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post 28th Mar 2012, 10:33 am
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Dylan is still available smile.gif


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post 28th Mar 2012, 7:46 pm
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It's so sad to see that Dylan hasn't found his forever home yet sad.gif

Probably like many people, I fell in love with his photos and his details when I first saw them a weeks ago.

Unfortunately I have two cats - so I think I have fallen at the first hurdle.

I hope he finds the home he so deserves very very soon wub.gif
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post 7th Apr 2012, 11:51 pm
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post 20th May 2012, 12:33 am
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Not good news for Dylan I'm afraid. He has had xrays and they show he has arthritis in his spine and hips. Surgery is not an option. We are now taking blood to check organ function as he will need lifetime pain meds.


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post 20th May 2012, 8:43 am
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Oh poor Dylan wub.gif crying.gif
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