Bella is a very special lurcher. She has a very abused background and this has made her fearful of people and dogs. In her foster home she is perfect – she is funny, sweet, really well behaved and very affectionate. But she is scared of the big world outdoors. If you are interested in Bella you must follow the guidance we give you and be prepared to use a muzzle – if you don’t you will be sending her back.
Bella is only a little lurcher and she is very light – so she is easy to handle. And because she is so lovely – she is worth all the extra effort.
She will become friends with everyone if you introduce her to them without scaring her – the easiest way to to just pop a muzzle on her and ignore her – let her work everything out herself. Or pop the crate in the room with new people and ju7st sit around chatting until she realises they are your friends. If anyone is interested in Bella they will have to visit a few times to gain her confidence. She would be better in a quiet area but she can live in other areas with the right people.
Can you please think very carefully, before adopting? Dogs – even quiet greyhounds – are a huge responsibility and a lifestyle change. If you have any health issues – please think very carefully and ensure you can look after the dog before applying.
Please also note you do need to be in a position to adopt before applying. Once your home check is done, you need to collect your dog within 3 to 4 days.
It takes months before a dog will settle into your home and lifestyle – and you, as the human, must ensure it works. We have become a very throw away society where it is easier to return a dog than to train a dog. Most rescues are experiencing some people who just give up all too easily – as though they are just returning something to Amazon. When people return a dog – they feel very guilty, so they create a lot of issues and extra work for our rescue.
We are, of course, not talking about the genuine cases – where you may have an illness, lost your job or have to move to somewhere you cannot take the dog – we are talking about just giving up in the 1st 6 months.
You may just think you are just returning the dog, and all is OK – but the disruption caused to that dog can be immense and can be very damaging for him. The dog will have to go back into kennels (after being in a home) and a “returned” dog is a lot harder to rehome than other dogs.
Please also remember – we are all volunteers at KGR and we can only process so many applications in the time we have – if you give up and return your dog – someone else has missed out on having a dog because we spent our time on you.
We appreciate this sounds harsh – but for the sake of the dogs please think carefully. We can provide full backup to help settle your dog into your life – but you have to be up for the challenge and be 100% onboard to help your dog settle into your home and life. You cannot expect the dog to just move into your home and for you to put no effort into making the relationship work.
Please remember the 3-3-3- rule
It is 3 days before your new dog can even start to relax (so overnight disruption, using the rug as a toilet etc) 3 weeks before he even realises he is staying so starts to learn your routine and 3 months before he starts to settle.
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Please make sure you are in a position to adopt a dog, before completing the online adoption form. We are unable to hold onto dogs for more than a few days, once you have passed your homecheck.
We do rehome throughout the UK, so long as you are prepared to travel to meet the dog within a few days of applying for him and then again to adopt him, once you have passed your homecheck.