Loki is a 4 year old male Cross-Breed. He is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. He came into our care almost two years ago from the Radauti public shelter in Romania. It’s fair to say that Loki was like a wild animal back then and it’s taken this long to “tame” him. Nowadays Loki is a favourite with the team, he has come a long long way from the feisty, raging little dog that was and is now cheeky and loving in his own quirky little way.
Loki makes us laugh daily, he is a bundle of character and it pains us to come to the realisation he’s ready for a home and to make room for the next dog that needs our help!
Loki will need an experienced adopter with at least one other dog or a larger pack. He has met cats and wasn’t interested in them at all. Loki enjoys his walks and walks beautifully on a lead. He will take a week or two to settle in a new home purely because he has been with us for so long so potential adopters need to have the patience to bear with him whilst he adjusts.
Loki travels well in a car and is happy to be left at home with reasonably periods with his dog friends once fully settled. 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.