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Dodger Staffie DOB 07.11 Roehampton SWLondon
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject: Dodger Staffie DOB 07.11 Roehampton SWLondon Reply with quote

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Homing Requirements: Dodger needs to be an integral member of his family and to live with at least one other dog; He also needs to be encouraged to find his own company which will gradually come but he was born & grew up with his twin. He would like to sleep in the bedroom and needs planned support with leaving him initially until he feels secure. Dodger is proven with young children, dogs all sizes, cats and rabbits. At most a very part-time working home as he couldn't go straight into being left unless part of a pack.

Video: Dodger's cushion buddy
Video: Dodger's first walk in rescue
Video: Morning Play

His Story: Dodger grew up with very young children and his twin brother. The family had to move and couldn't take their dogs with them. They rehomed Duke his litter brother and whilst we were scheduled to take both we were informed just Dodger was coming. Dodger didn't cope alone in kennels so was fostered within days and homed shortly after. He was homed in with an elderly Staffie, but he died and Dodger became nervous as an only dog, so came back to us into foster with 4 others until his forever family finds him. Dodger is neutered, chipped and vax'd. Currently in foster in Hertford, Hertfordshire.

Advert: Dodger is a special soul. He has to be friends with everyone and everything. People adore him, children adore him and most dogs adore him. He has a special vibe and can happily live with dog-friendly cats. He even play bowed in front of one! He has also lived alongside hutched small furries. Dodger is currently fostered with 4 other dogs and has slipped into the pack as though he has always been a part of them. Dodger travels well, would like to enjoy the sofa, is easy to walk and has good recall off lead.

Dodger is a 2 year old Brindle Staffie with white accessories who is an ambassador for his breed. He is a medium to large Staffie and behind his gentleness is a lad who is a little nervous, so kennelling isn't possible for him as he withdraws and becomes shaky. He needs company in his home and wants to be with you rather than separated. Dodger had a twin and naturally had a companion at his shoulder. He loves children especially. What a special boy Dodger truly is.

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See Dodger's Thread Below: Watch his progress through our Rescue
Original Referral Details: I was told to contact you by another rescue when trying to place my two staffy boys, everyone seems to refuse to take staffys these days. It's a truly heartbreaking decision we've been forced into making, me and my family will be going into temporary housing on monday (bed and breakfast) because we're being evicted. We've tried so hard to find temporary homes for our two lovely boys Dodger and Duke but we've failed and now we're seriously running out of time. It really will break all our hearts handing them over but if they can find a loving forever home it will help ease the pain somewhat, certainly better than taking them to the vet to be destroyed on monday which is looking like our only option if we can't get urgent help from a rescue organisation. Please respond ASAP, we're really running out of time to find our beautiful family pets somewhere to go. I can be contacted day or night by e-mail or on my mobile number xx Bill

Bill had found a place for Duke, and bought Dodger to us on Monday. Today he was neutered and vaccinated. Dodger bled more than usual during the operation so is being treated for lungworm as a precaution.
Adoreable boy Didn't have time to photograph him but oh is he handsome. Large brindle boy with white neck ruff and soft woeful eyes.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:10 am    Post subject: Dodger Reply with quote

Welcome Sweet boy.  TLH for you soon. Ronnie n Summer send kisses love4
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:41 pm    Post subject: Dodger Reply with quote

I was given the very wonderful privilege of walking this boy first thing today.  

All I can say is wow!  What a lovely boy love4 Dodger was a bit shy at first but he just sat like a good boy waiting to be harnessed.  Then off we popped and he was all smiles :D

He is very easy to walk with, no pulling just a nice positive walker.  Dodger grew in confidence as we got going and would look up with the most amazing smile  wave By the end we were firm friends and he was very affectionate in a gentle and unassuming way.

He is a truly sweet boy who would make someone very happy.  I hope he finds that forever home soon  Heartfill

Two very similar photos but seeing as he doesn't have any up yet I thought both should be here...



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Dodger. So very sad that he had to be separated from his friend, but at least they are both safe.  love4  love4
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everyone is enjoying Dodger. He has humility; a gentle air and is fluent with others dogs. Here he is on Friday..he will learn to smile ..he is still settling in the midst of the unfamiliar


Video: Dodger's first walk in Rescue







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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dodger came home with us today for the weekend and I quickly realised just how hard it must have been for his family to give him up, he is a real heart stealer.
On the way back from kennels we stopped off at a country park where we could get to know him better, as he seemed very shy and confused when we took him from kennels. He gradually came out of his shell, met a few people very nicely (all commented on what a lovely nature he has), met a huge Lab and was a little worried, tail between his legs but no reaction from him, he just let the Lab say hello them moved on.
We arrived home to see one of the cats was indoors, no interest from Dodger at all. Within 10 minutes he had said hello to the cat nose to nose, amazingly the cat let him as she usually runs and hides at the sight of a new foster dog. As the day went on Dodger relaxed more and by early evening we were getting lots of face licks and cuddles, as well as a few play sessions (he really enjoyed chasing my hands around the bed and pouncing on them :D ).
When we met him at kennels he took an instant shine to my daughter Chelsey and this has continued through the day, he's quite happy to follow her upstairs and even jumped up on her high-sleeper to be with her :D Out on his evening walk we met a lovely little JR cross and Dodger would have loved nothing more than to play with his ball, but the little JR was having none of it and gave Dodger a quick show of teeth and Dodger walked away. Tia took the opportunity to steal the ball while the JR was distracted though La La La
Dodger is very easy around the house, he's very relaxed and loves the company of people. Takes treats very gently and waits patiently if Tia gets hers first. His recall on the extender lead is excellent and he doesn't pull when walking, nor does he stray too far on the extender.
He's been asleep on the sofa for the past hour and pleased to say that he doesn't do the Staffie snore Woo













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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What great pictures, especially the ones with Chelsey, he looks so happy and relaxed.  love4  love4
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great start to the day for Dodger, woke up this morning to be pounced upon by 2 very happy licky Staffies (heaven) then down to the living room where the scaredy cat dashed across the floor and Dodger didn't even look to give chase Woo As the morning went on the cats stayed indoors and Dodger pretty much ignored them - he did try to say hello to one of them but she hissed at him and he did a quick u-turn looking a little bit hurt at the rejection. Shortly after, he tried to get Tia to play but she wasn't too sure at first so he gave up. Tia then had a 'hang on I was just playing hard to get' moment but Dodger had decided that playing with the cushions could be just as much fun, only managed to catch a little bit of it on camera.
Video: Dodger's cushion buddy

This helped to answer something that had been puzzling me, as 3 times previously I'd left the room and returned to find cushions scattered on the floor :D

After that I decided to give the bike a wash, so gave both Tia and Dodger a bone to chew on to keep them busy and leave me in peace...




Dodger had other ideas though Laugh
Video: Dodger playing with the hose

After that it was time for a proper bath which he wasn't over the moon about but got on with it none the less, then the towel rubdown which he thoroughly enjoyed, throwing himself on his back and insisting that his belly had to be dried first  :D
With heavy hearts we then returned Dodger to kennels, no sooner had we arrived than he was trembling again and looking very down in the dumps (though he was still very happy to say a big hello to his RR friends at kennels). I put him back in his kennels and we walked a couple of dogs but the thought of him spending the week in kennels had me in a fluster, especially when I heard him whining in his kennel, so a couple of phone calls later and he was in the car and on his way back home. Leesa will come and walk him tomorrow around midday and my mum will come over tomorrow night to keep him company for the rest of the week while I'm at work during the day Woo  I'm not sure who was more relieved, me or Dodger La La La
Big test for him tomorrow as he'll be left alone for 5 hours but I'm confident that he will settle after a good walk and a large breakfast. He is a fantastic Staffie who will fit in to a new home very easily and so deserves it  love4
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done John. Guess you'll remove the cushions before you leave him for the 5 hours  Wink  Laugh
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So good to see Dodger looking so happy after hearing he wasn't doing so well in kennels, give him a big hug and kiss from me.

Hope everything goes alright leaving him alone today, he can sometimes be a bit destructive if he isn't well tired out so make sure it's an extra long walk!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's safe to say that Dodger wasn't overly impressed when the alarm went off at 6am this morning, he just looked at me as if thinking 'If you'd warned me about this I'd have stayed in kennels' Laugh
Managed to peel the pair of them off the bed and they went into the garden to do their business while I made a cuppa, then both of them came back indoors and headed straight back up to bed laughing6
Took them out for a walk before breakfast and they soon livened up, enjoying a good play session for the first time.
Video: Dodger early morning play

and then another :D
Video: More play
Followed by another, but you get the picture Wink
Back home after breakfast and the pair of them were curled up together on the sofa. I had planned to leave Dodger upstairs with Tia downstairs but didn't have the heart to move him as they looked so comfy, so put the cats out, closed the dog flap and crossed my fingers that they can both cross their legs until about midday Laugh
As I was leaving I told Dodger to stay so he didn't follow me out the front door, no need though as he was far too comfy to follow me Wink . I shut the door behind me and peered through the glass, expecting to see Dodger following to the front door but no, nothing. Put my crash helmet and gloves on and had one last look through the door window, just in time to see 2 Staffie bums waddling off upstairs to bed Laugh
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah Dodger sounds so lovely - he must have been so confused to find himself in kennels.  So pleased that you did not have the heart to leave him there after you had returned him from his weekend break with you. My heart goes out to his family, how they must be missing him.  Hope he has been a good boy whilst you were out - I am sure he has been.  I hope your new forever homes comes to you very soon Dodger. xx
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:41 pm    Post subject: Dodger Reply with quote

So pleased he is with you John.   I ran out of terriers to walk and then spied Dodger but by the time I got back to walk him you had him ready to go home with you.  As you know, I am a terrier person but I can spot a great dog a mile off of any breed and he is certainly one great dog.  Can understand you not wanting to leave him, he is one in a million and deserves all the love and affection he can get.  Very jealous of the Staffie fun you will all be having Laugh
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bill wrote:
he can sometimes be a bit destructive if he isn't well tired out so make sure it's an extra long walk!


help Dread to think what awaits me when I get home La La La
Leesa went round to walk them early afternoon then took both dogs back to hers for a couple of hours, text me to say Dodger has pinched a cat bowl and was charging around her garden with it Laugh
No mention of my house being destroyed...yet. Anyone
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got home and after being pounced upon I got to survey the damage.  Its as I feared, the cushions have been rearanged Real mad
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