**UPDATED: 24th NOVEMBER 2013**
Location: Kennels in Norfolk, UK. Hamlet would love a dog-free foster home while he waits for his forever family.
Key Points: A bit of a project, recovering from bad start & currently very stressed in kennels, , very loving and friendly with people, affectionate, boisterous, muzzled offlead, needs careful introduction to other dogs, ok on lead, not yet in a home, clean in kennel, eager to please, active and benefits from work/training.
Dear Hamlet is a little 1-2 year old black lurcher who was fortunate enough to find himself straying in the vicinity of one of our volunteers, who took him in. He was found in a thin, poor condition, riddled with fleas and mange and has plenty of scars so has likely been worked. This boy dearly needs a calm home where he can learn to relax and enjoy life. He is finding our kennels extremely stressful, and desperately needs out so that he can recover himself.
~ Personality ~
Generally: Damaged boy needing loving home to regain himself, very loving, bouncy, playful, has sweet moments, loves people, eager to please, foodie, active.
Hamlet has healing scars both physically and mentally, and so what he needs most now is a patient, loving owner who will calmly show him that life is not a big chore and that he can relax and safely ‘smell the roses’, so to speak. He has been with us for 2 months now, and in this short time he has already come out of his shell a lot. He was initially very reserved and unsure of affection, but now he has no qualms about asking for it and greeting people with big happy faces and waggy tails. This boy just needs a bit of direction in his life, he’s crying out for it, and once he knows what his lot is, he’ll settle.
Hamlet has a beautiful sweet side and has sooooooo much love to give. Once he knows you, you get a huge happy greeting of full body wags, guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Sometimes it bubbles over in the form of over-excited bouncing but please don’t see this as a negative, he just needs to channel that love. Hamlet has just started some clicker training and this alongside healthy exercise is definitely the way forward with him. Teaching him to place the butt on the ground will be a key factor in stopping the jumping, and Hamlet is eager to please and food driven.
~ In the Home ~
Generally: Not yet in a home, not suitable to live with small dogs.
Hamlet has not yet been in a home environment, so new owners will need to be a bit understanding at the start and give him a bit of time to learn the house rules. Due to his current habit of jumping and bouncing when happy, Hamlet wouldn’t be suitable to live with young children as he may knock them over. Hamlet is just now learning about toys and hasn’t mastered the art yet, but does enjoy chasing a ball.
~ Other Animals ~
Generally: Needs careful canine introductions.
Well poor Hamlet, he has had such a tough start and is finding kennel life very stressful. Before coming to our rescue, Hamlet was being kennelled in Ireland, where he got on perfectly fine with medium-large sized dogs. He showed a bit of excitement at very small dogs, but was quite dog savvy with other dogs his size and larger, ran offlead with them and played with his kennel mate daily.
Now however, since coming to our kennels, which is a busier and louder environment, Hamlet has become aggressive with other dogs. We know this is not who Hamlet truly is, he is simply extremely stressed in this type of kennel situation and is venting at other dogs. What Hamlet needs now above all else is a calm, quiet foster home where he can de-stress and remember how to be himself. We are appealing now for a dog-free foster home for Hamlet so that he can be slowly introduced to dogs again once he is free of the stressful kennel environment. Please please contact us if you think you can help this boy, he is visibly crying out for help.
~ Out and About ~
Generally: Walks well after excitement wears off, very social with people, offlead with muzzle, active.
Hamlet is an active lad who will hugely benefit from healthy exercise and we don’t think he has an upper limit, its simply whatever you can give him. He has been getting 45min daily lead walks with 60min offlead sessions a few times a week and this is currently not enough for him. Right now Hamlet has a lot of internal stress and anxiety that is showing itself as hyperactivity. This is not really who Hamlet is. This is fully expected to calm down once he internally calms down, and that will start to happen naturally once he’s settled in a home. His potential owners just need to understand this process and encourage it to happen.
Hamlet pulls a bit on the lead initially, but soon relaxes and walks calmly beside you. He can get carsick on very twisty roads, though this is getting better with time.
~ Where Can I Live? ~
As mentioned, we feel Hamlet is currently holding a lot of anxiety tight within him, and this is coming out as negative energy and hyperactivity when engaging people and other dogs. What Hamlet needs most of all is to learn to relax, and so he desperately needs a patient and understanding owner who will facilitate this. He might benefit hugely from some TTouch sessions, as well as clicker training, agility, positive socialisation sessions and an area in the house where he can ‘downtime’, e.g. a crate. This boy is a project and a work in progress, and so will require an owner who wants to give their time and love to watch this boy bloom. He is not currently suitable to live with small children or dogs, but we feel this will change if he gets a chance at a calm foster home where he can recover.
With the right home and setting, Hamlet can most definitely be the chillaxed lurcher boy we all know is in there.
~ Where Am I? ~
Hamlet is currently in kennels in Norfolk. He can be homed anywhere in the UK provided we have a homechecker available, but please note that you may be required to travel to our rescue to meet and collect him.
~ Want To Adopt Me? ~
Hamlet is vaccinated, microchipped, de-flea'd and wormed and a homecheck will be required as part of the adoption procedure. He will be neutered before going to his new home. This dear boy would benefit so very much from a chance to live in a foster home and Kerry Greyhounds UK is always eager for new foster volunteers. It is an extremely rewarding experience and costs are covered by us.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering Hamlet, you can contact me (Tam) via email: email@example.com, or speak directly to Bronwen by phoning: 075 000 62648. Emails are usually replied to within 24 hrs.
There are application forms for both adopting and fostering Hamlet, and we will ask you to fill the relevant one in as the first step in the adoption/fostering process. To speed up this process, we recommend you do this before emailing/calling. You can find the forms, as well as further information on our homing & fostering procedures, on either the Adoption Page: http://s300889640.we...k/adoption.html or Fostering Page: http://s300889640.we.../Fostering.html .
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~~ [color=#3333FF]KERRY GREYHOUNDS UK ~~
Kerry Greyhounds UK is a voluntary organisation based in Norfolk, England. It focuses on rehoming unwanted Irish greyhounds and lurchers, as huge numbers are bred in Ireland each year and homes are few and far between. KGUK operates through a network of volunteers spread over Ireland and the UK. We can look after approximately 30 dogs at any one time in both kennels and foster homes.
Each dog is neutered, vaccinated, & microchipped before being adopted (unless stated otherwise).
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Edited by Tamakin, 04 January 2014 - 03:47 PM.