- Name: Ted
- Location: On Site
- Status: Available
- Breed: Husky X
- Age: D.O.B. Approx 12/12/2015
- Sex: Male
- Good with Children: No
- Good with Dogs: No
- Good with Cats: No
- Time able to be left: Amber: 4 hrs
- Height of Fence Required: 1.8m (6ft)
Please adopt Ted (Husky X)
Meet Ted, our super handsome Husky X. Ted originally came into us as a stray back in 2017 being one of the saddest cases we had ever dealt with. He was very emaciated weighing a mere 13kg with an estimated age of two. But with lots of TLC from our carers he came on leaps and bounds, regaining weight and strength. Ted weighed a healthy 25kg when he was adopted into loving home.
Sadly Ted has been reluctantly returned to us due to there now being a young child in the home. As Ted is a little sensitive about his back end being touched, they thought it best to err on the side of caution. Whilst Ted has previously shown that he can be a little uncomfortable with his back end being touched, he has developed strong bonds with some of the staff here and has shown that once he trusts and feels safe with you, he is quite happy to be handled in that area. In fact, he will actively offer you his back end for a gentle fuss if he feels comfortable and will simply move away if he has had enough which is an amazing choice for any dog to make.
Because Ted can be sensitive about his back end being touched, we have had investigations and x rays done to try and find out why this may be. However, our vet was unable to find a cause for this so we can only assume that it may be as a result of something that happened to him prior to him coming into us as a stray. We recently had an acupuncturist volunteer for us and she gave Ted some acupuncture sessions which he tolerated amazingly and we have seen a massive improvement in his handling due to it being such a lovely positive experience for him. He has even let staff members he trusts give him a good groom which is something he has struggled with in the past and this shows just how far he’s come.
Ted can be reactive to other dogs. This is something that we have worked really hard on with him and he is able to walk with other calm dogs that are happy to ignore him at a distance without reacting. When out and about, he is also happy to disengage from other dogs and move to one side with you so they can walk past (provided you put enough distance between the approaching dog). However, this is something that his new owners will need to continue to work on with him. Ted has also shown to have quite a strong prey drive towards cats, cows, horses and sheep. However, with the right guidance he is able to disengage from them and move away from them and consistently makes good choices!
Ted is a real gentleman; he walks nicely on the lead, has good manners and good basic training for his new owners to build upon. He is a firm favourite with some of our volunteers and has loved making new human friends. He loves going out in the car and for walks in quieter places where he doesn’t have to worry about other dogs. He knows lots of tricks and loves to learn new things. Ted is also a massive foodie which will help with any ongoing training as he will do ANYTHING for a treat! No puzzle is too difficult for Ted to solve and he loves doing puzzles and various brain games because he is super smart.
Being an anxious boy, enrichment has proven to be very beneficial in helping him to destress if he’s felt uncomfortable or overwhelmed and therefore his new owners will want to find a good balance of both physical exercise and mental stimulation. His new owners will need to be willing to put the time in to build a good relationship with him and gain his trust and not force any interactions if he is feeling uncomfortable. However, once you have a friend in Ted, you have a friend for life and he is incredibly loyal and affectionate!
Ted wears a muzzle out on his walks as in the past he has had a tendency to grab his lead and his harness. However he is happy to wear his muzzle and in his previous home, they were not needing to use his muzzle and therefore this may be something that his new owners can phase out once he is settled into a home.
To apply for Ted, please email [email protected] stating your current situation & working hours and reasons for wanting to adopt him. Please note, we can only accept applications that match his needs. Therefore, also consider if your work hours and situation will still be suitable on a long term basis. Thank you.