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lisa73
post 18th Mar 2014, 1:19 pm
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Tinkerbelle 11mnth old Alaskan Malamute x Great Dane/Mastiff

Meet our beautiful, clever, intelligent, sweet, bidable, loving, BIG Belle of the ball.... Tinkerbelle

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Belle is another of those dogs who has rapidly crawled under our skin here at Greyhound Gap and stamped her way firmly into many a heart. We adore her. There is nothing bad to be said regardless of her size or breeding she is just the most wise beyond her years little girl you could wish to engage with.

Tinkerbelle came to us from a stray pound and we found a record of her breeding having seen her offered for rehoming on Gumtree two weeks before FOC. The reason said that she had grown to big for the house (well you might kind of guess she would be a big dog huh?) and also that she was knocking their very small children over (again really?)

When Belle first landed we wondered what we had taken on. Big, strong, busy and inquisitive we soon learnt that it was all based around the euphoria of finding herself in a good, fun, environment with people who spoilt her rotten. It was like walking a bear! Quickly though with the introduction of a head collar she calmed immediately and we had her under control. From that VERY SECOND onwards she was a joy to work with. Belle has the most fabulous temprement. She is brilliant with people, has been great with the children at the kennels and her manners with other dogs is second to non. She greets them gently and if they wish to play knows to lie down at their level and play alongside them not standing up and over them and risking hurting them un intentionally. The only thing that has to be watched in play is her paws as she likes to play by batting a little and some tiny dogs she may knock over. We have introduced her to all manner of breeds including a 9 week old puppy as you will see on the photos below and she even rolled over so that he could help her wash her bits and erm.... attempt to suckle which we quickly rectified but Belle did not care. Belle however is NOT cat friendly.

We feel that Belle's ideal home will be with a family with big dog experience and the company of another dog as she does love them so much. We recommend that although good with children she is rehomed with dog savy children 10 plus just due to her size as smaller children she may knock over un intentionally. Belle would love a home with a large garden to allow her to stretch her legs BUT we feel it is imperative that if anyone offering Belle a home does have land they understand that it is necessary to continue to take her out and about and make sure she continues as she matures with the fabulous social temprement she has now as opposed to isolating her by ONLY excercissing her on their own land. She is wonderful and we would like to keep her that way. We do feel training classes would be beneficial from a recall point of view as Belle is very nosey and inquisitive and is desperate to say hello to all other dogs and their owners she meets. Obviously due to her size if she approaches quickly off lead without a good element of control we feel this could scare people as they will naturally be worried and taken aback. Walking we find that a combination of head collar and harness combined makes her no harder to handle than any other dog. At the Country Park yesterday she saw downhill from us around 15 other dogs running off lead and got a little frustrated as I would not let her tow me down to see what was going on! However, within seconds she learnt that if she sits or lays calmly she can watch and observe! She is one of the brightest dogs I have had the pleasure to work with and very quickly adjusts her behaviour in accordance of the situation, it is almost like she herself recognises that her size can be a worry and she then tackles everything calmly.

Whoever gets Belle will get a dog in a million, all the good basics are there, fine tuning is all that is needed to maintain the level of training she has already received and soaked up as she does everything like a sponge. Although Belle is in kennels here in Stoke on Trent she is a very very clean girl and does toilet immediately on leaving the kennel so we are sure her housetraining like the rest of her will be almost perfect!

Belle is currently being lavished, adored and smoothered in hugs and kisses here at the kennels in Stoke on Trent. She can be rehomed nationally subject to a successful homevisit and family members along with any current dogs being willing to travel to meet her

Belle is vaccinated, kc vaccinated, de flead, de wormed, microchipped and spayed.

If you are interested in offering out beautiful Belle a home please in the first instance complete the pre adoption questionnaire below

http://www.greyhoundgap.com/homing-a-adopt...n-questionnaire

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Watching off lead dogs play calmly in the local Country Park yesterday

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Jingles 10 year old Deerhound x Greyhound - Cat Workable

Beautiful Jingles landed into our care in a bit of a state. He had a large perineal hernia bigger than we had ever seen and was a very grumpy and uncomfortable boy. He was treated by the wonderful Alan Mayo at Nantwich Veterinary Hospital and we can not thank him and his team enough for the love and care they put into this boy, he is now healthy, happy and the most adorable lad you could wish to meet.

Jingles when he arrived with us

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The nasty huge hernia

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The day after his massive two day surgery to rectify it

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and Jingles now

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Jingles is probably one of the best behaved dogs we have had in our care! He is obedient and eager to please and a real honest lurcher boy! Do not let the fact he is 10 years old put you off he puts most younger dogs to shame!! He is currently in foster with a greyhound male and 3 young lurcher bitches and gets on with them well! He spends the best part of his day wrestling and face fencing with the young girls and is usually found with one or the other of them's heads in his mouth having a good old game!

Jingles is also in foster with a 7 year old child and she loves him as he is so good with her and has been fabulous with all other children he has met. Out and about Jingles walks well on the lead, you can not even tell you have hold of him and he is sociable and fine with all other dogs he meets both big and small. Jingles has also now had two cat tests and on both occassions showed absolutely no interest in them at all. We also feel that the wonderful Jingles will be fine to go off lead with no issues whatsoever and that his recall and urge to stick with you will be good.

Jingles is housetrained, good to be left and travels well. We struggle to say anything about Jingles that is bad other than again just because he is 10 do not be fooled into think he is an old boy, Jingles can jump and likes to show off his prowess, however he has no intentions of going anywhere just likes to show you he can. Jingles would be best in an environment with 5ft fences to hopefully deter him from this wonderful game slighty!! Oh and Jingles likes to talk!! He likes to tell you what he is doing, what he did, where he has been and where he would like you to take him. However, he is not vocal or destructive when left.

Ideally Jingles would love a home with other lurchers who will play with him, preferably a young female or we do feel likewise with someone around all or most of the day Jingles would be more than happy to learn to co exist as an only dog. In the beginning you would have to follow careful instructions and settling plan with us not to overly fuss this boy as fuss is what he thrives on and if given to much attention straight away he will think that you have nothing better to do than sit around all day giving and receiving Jingles loving!!

Whoever gets this boy will be so very lucky! He really is a dog of a lifetime!

Jingles is currently in foster in Stoke on Trent and can be rehomed nationally subject to a successful homevisit being carried out and family members and any existing dogs being willing to travel to meet him.

Jingles is vaccinated, kc vaccinated, de flead, de wormed, microchipped and castrated.

As Jingles has had major surgery Greyhound Gap will endeavour to remain responsible for any care relation to the hernia. Alan his consultant almost looked afronted when we asked what risk it would pose in the future and assured us NON! Should though this not be the case and the hernia need more due care and attention at anytime Greyhound Gap will be more than happy to refund any return journey to Nantwich Veterinary Hospital back under the care of Alan Mayo and any surgical rectification that may once again necessitate.

For more information or to offer our wonderful Jingles a home please in the first instance complete the pre adoption questionnaire below

http://www.greyhoundgap.com/homing-a-adopt...n-questionnaire

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