Charlie is a 3 year old tri-colour collie and is neutered, fully vaccinated and micro-chipped.
He is currently living in our kennels in South Wales and is desperately seeking a new long term foster home.
Charlie originally arrived in our care at the beginning of October 2010 in terrible condition from the council pound. He was very underweight, had serious muscle wastage and such a filthy, matted coat it all had to be clipped off.
Charlie was diagnosed with hip dysplasia in November 2010 follow x-rays and manipulation. His condition is worse in his left hip. Since his diagnosis, his condition has been managed and he has only had to have minimal pain relief with Metacam. He has also attended hydro therapy to build up the muscles around his hips.
Charlie will be rehomed as a long term foster. This means Hope Rescue will remain responsible for all the costs associated with Charlie's care. There will be no adoption donation, any future veterinary costs, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments etc will all be covered and our team will always be available for support and advice.
The Charlie Fact File
Dog status: When Charlie arrived he was reactive to other dogs and defensive when they invaded his personal space. However, since his diagnosis of HD and subsequent treatment his behaviour has been much improved. His previous foster home worked with a trainer focusing on socialisation work on a long line allowing him to show relaxed, calm body language to approaching dogs. He can however, still take exception to another dog approaching him at speed a small percentage of the time. Charlie has lived happily in a foster home with another male collie and was not food or toy possessive.
Cat status: He has not lived with a cat but has visited homes where cats live and was able to remain calm. He could possibly be rehomed with dog savvy cat and an owner experienced in introducing cats and dogs.
Child status: Charlie will be looking for a new home without children.
House training: Very good, like to be accompanied outside as he can panic if shut out in a garden alone
People status: Charlie can be nervous of new people and shys away from their touch. However, with people he is nervous of he demonstrates and approach/avoid conflict. He will actually approach and invade their personal space by leaning on them or touching them with his nose. If they try to touch him before he is ready he will shy away and has been known to snap at strangers. It is difficult for new people meeting him for the first time to understand his behaviour as he masks his nerves with confidence and approach. This means strangers often try to touch him before he is ready.
Handling: Charlie is very stressed by visits to the vets and finds the experience very scary. He has attended hydro weekly and once he was familiar with the environment and the practitioners he was relaxed and happy to be handled and moved around.
Home alone: Charlie can be left alone without being distressed or destructive. He has always been left with canine company in his time with his last foster home.
Training: Charlie has a good grasp of basic commands, sit, down, stay, back, paw, and hand touches. He is also clicker savvy and work has begun to teach him focus and tricks using the clicker.
Charlie has been around calm, dog savvy children who have visited him whilst he is in foster. Whilst he is well behaved with them, he is looking for a home that is child free as he would not appreciate the natural noise and energy that children generate
Charlie is looking for an experienced new home, with somebody who is experienced with collies or other herding breeds. His training and socialisation will need to continue using positive, kind methods. He will need a patient owner who realises that he may take time to settle due to his previous negative experiences and trust issues. Charlie needs to be exercised and mentally stimulated as he is full of bounce, energy and enthusiasm.
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 email@example.com