SHYNESS OFTEN MEANS THAT DOGS BECOME OVERLOOKED FOR ADOPTION/FOSTERING AND THEY END UP SPENDING MOST OR ALL OF THEIR LIVES IN THE SHELTER
Imagine a shelter with 110 dogs, many of them barking, most of them friendly, some big, some small, cute, not so 'cute', boisterous, cuddly, many looking for attention, all of them craving love and human attention, most of them know how to get that but there are always a few who fear it. With perhaps 100 of those dogs clambering for attention, what happens to the 10 who shy away from it? Simple, they get overlooked. No matter how wonderful these dogs are if they shy away from human attention they never give themselves the chance to be met, cuddled and loved in the way they deserve. Ultimately they miss any chance they have to be fostered and ultimately adopted. Toby, Golfo, Bingo, Henry and Canelo are 5 such boys. To various degrees they have shied away from human contact and as a result have spent many years in the shelter. Yet we have shown that this shyness can gradually be overcome with time, love and patience. We have already made lots of progress with Toby, Golfo, Bingo and Henry and this could certainly be continued in a very caring, quiet, loving household. Toby, Golfo and Bingo now, through this project are shortly moving on to their wonderful new beginning, we now desperately want to give the same chance to Henry and Canelo. Can you help?
Canelo: please read this poor boy's story
This beautiful, gentle, shy podenco was born at the end of 2007 and was brought to the shelter in August 2008 after being found hanging from a tree by tourists. This awful, cruel practice is used by some Spanish hunters as a way of 'disposing' of unwanted hunting dogs. He is a medium size dog approximately 12 kilos, does not enjoy shelter life yet has spent almost his whole life in one. Can you give him his chance of a proper doggy life that he can enjoy?
Henry (nee Arcen), has only ever known shelter life - 8 years in the shelter because he is shy
SIR HENRY OF SAN ROQUE' (nee Arcen) - this lovely noble man was born in 2005 and has been at the shelter since he was a young puppy. He was rescued from the motorway with his mother and brothers who have since been adopted. He is a very gentle, dignified, shy boy who needs to build up confidence with strangers but will be a wonderful easy well behaved dog in any home.
Henry has recently been taken out of the shelter a few times for walks. He was really quite afraid on his first walk - you will see this on some of his photographs, however, so often it is just a case of gentle characters like this learning that new sights and sounds are positive experiences and very soon they come around and begin to enjoy them instead of fearing them. The picture on the left is Henry on his third or fourth walk and as you can see his eyes are definitely smiling! What he needs, is time, patience and love and Henry will learn to live like this all the time. Can you give him what he needs and see him transform into a loving, trusting, loyal wonderful companion?