It is time to give Russell and Roxy a mention. They have been at Wiccaweys over a year now during which time they have been promoted together and separately. It is a mystery why they are still here as they are adorable dogs?
Russell is very keen to bond with people whereas Roxy wants to bond with Russell so as a pair they are perfect, Russel will walk happily by your side and Roxy happily by his.
I will post some pictures from last weekend followed by the original description as posted on Wiccaweys website.
Russell is very loving and gaining in confidence all the time.
Roxy is slightly more timid than Russell but more confident with him there, she is also very loving.
They are a beautiful pair of dogs who deserve a loving home where they will flourish and enrich the life of their people.
If you think that Russell and Roxy might fit in your home, call Wiccaweys (number on website) and have a chat.
Here is the original listing.
Roxy & Russell came over to us in November, 2011 from our volunteers in Eire. They’d never been really touched by humans until our Irish folks rescued them and they came to us. They’d spent their lives shut up with no real human contact.
When they arrived in November, they were so sad and scared it broke our hearts. They never snapped or anything like that. They wanted to be loved, but couldn’t bring themselves to let you “in”. If you even so much as looked at them, they would panic and wet themselves. We knew it was time, space and patience they needed. For a long time they were both completely shut down.
Everything since November has been based on ‘hands off’ and ‘trust’.
At the beginning of February, the first real steps forward appeared. Instead of hiding their faces when we walked in, Roxy started to come to the front of her bed, wagging her tail, Russell slowly following suit. When we let them out, they would race around with the other dogs properly, starting to interact with them, and they would come when called to go back in – as long as we gave them space to pass. Still all done ‘hands off and with trust’.
Then the little cheeky signs started to appear. When they thought we weren’t looking they would sneak up behind us – usually with another dog for support to check us out properly with a good sniffing and little nose pokes, tails wagging. Those are the hard times for us, when at first we have to resist the temptation to look round at them, put our hands out and make contact. After a few days of ‘poking’, the day came, when without lookingback, a hand went down to give a stroke. A little jump back, but the fuss was received and the hand was poked and snuffled.
Since then, they are both coming on. A couple of months ago, Roxy & Russell took their biggest steps yet. They accepted a lead and collar and have discovered walkies!!! Walks were quite a scatty experience at first, but they love it and their little faces are a picture.
The little game of ‘poking’ has turned into a run up, poke in the knee and run round in front of us, smiling – “it was me!!!” Its like a doggy kiss chase.
They both still automatically flinch if you move to quickly, but instead of shutting down now, they seem to take a deep breath and start again.
Both Roxy & Russell have walked close to our horses with no issues, basically ignoring them. They are great with other dogs.
Roxy & Russell are wonderful, beautiful dogs who need a very patient home who will understand they will take a bit of time to get there – but when they do they will be the most perfect and loyal friends you could wish for. They just need someone to love them like we do.
Picture taken at time of rescue in Ireland.