Black retriever x urgent foster

Black Retriever X need an urgent fosterer, can you help? contact details at bottom of posting. Thank you
Dear all
George is a very sweet lab x boy who arrived with us about a week ago and we are looking for an experienced foster (or possible forever) home who can take him tomorrow for six days while his current foster is away. 
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My heart just goes out to this boy who is finding everything a little overwhelming at the moment but clearly has all the makings of a loving and loyal boy
George was described to us as “easy, placid and bombproof” but he does have a couple of issues which have emerged since his arrival. The first is that George growls when he is anxious and when you touch or brush some parts of his body.

It really is an apologetic “oh…please don’t do that” and it is quite common in otherwise perfectly nice dogs (as he is) but unnerving if you’re not used to dogs who vocalise this way. It is not accompanied by any other sign of aggression and his body-set is submissive. He also loves to be petted/stroked on his head and other parts of his body, so it is very specific – and once you know his “hot spots” totally avoidable. We think it might be due to something that has happened to him in the past and are confident it will resolve in time.

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The second is that he gets a little anxious when he sees other dogs when he’s on a lead or if joggers run towards him. Again, this is not aggression, and it is perfectly manageable – he is walking very well on a Halti (which he doesn’t mind at all) and with reassurance and a distracting treat, he quickly settles down. But he would be best in a home that has had a bit of experience of coping with a dog that can be strong on the lead.

George is lovely with other dogs off-lead – no aggression at all – and he also sticks close, wanting to be near you. He is being firmly bossed around by Poppy, the small lab x girl (rehomed through us in 2007) he is currently sharing with – and he is very sweet through the garden fence with the dogs in the properties either side of him – one a Cavalier puppy.

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George is completely housetrained, settles very well in the house (other than being scared of the TV), isn’t territorial at all and he has no problems being left – he doesn’t bark and makes no fuss at all. He is particularly happy mooching around the garden.  When someone left the garden gate open by mistake the other day, his foster sister Poppy went exploring, but, bless him, George simply stayed put  looking through the open gate.

George clearly wants to please you/do the right thing, and he is also a very quick learner.

George is 2-3 years old, vaccinated, housetrained, wormed and flea-treated. Not neutered yet (something for us to do once he’s a bit more settled).

We need somewhere for this by end of tomorrow (Tuesday) so his situation is really urgent.  He is currently in Hampshire and we can help get him anywhere within reason.

Could you provide a safe refuge for George for the next week?
If you can help, please let me know asap!
Best
Jemima
Jemima Harrison
Black Retriever X Rescue
01672 811851

www.blackretrieverx.co.uk
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About Mick C Gorman

Slightly damaged old bloke who is plodding on with more than a little help from a great wife. I have been married for 35 years and have 2 grown up children. I did the usual thing and replaced children with dogs when the nest became empty, best thing I ever did (apart from getting married of course). Life has taken a few interesting turns so far but this Epilepsy thing beats the lot! I love lots of things but in the past have never really stuck with them long enough to be good at them, I am trying harder to be better at a few things rather than okay at loads of things. There is still plenty of time. :-D
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