Age: c. 3 years old
Breed: Bichon Frise
Can I live with Children: Yes
Can I live with cats: Yes
Can I live with other dogs: Yes
Adorable Beatrice is a 3-year old Bichon Frise, who is being fostered in Newport. She is a former breeding dog who has made significant progress on the road to rehabilitation. She will need patient owners who will allow her time to build up a bond with them.
People – Beatrice is so much better with people than when she first arrived but she is still an extremely nervous dog. Whilst she will take treats, she cowers at human touch. She is exceptionally averse to having her legs touched as the puppy farmer used to grab her by the legs. Given time and patience, she will be more confident with being touched.
Dogs – She lives with a variety of dogs in her foster home but as weeks go by it is evident that she is just as happy without them. She is very nervous at meal times and needs to be fed on her own. Her past means she grabs at her bowl and drops food out the bowl to then eat it.
Cats – Beatrice is fine with cats and currently has two cats in her foster home who she lives alongside with no issues.
In the home – Beatrice is toilet trained and a happy and relaxed dog in the home. She’s able to be left for a few hours at a time and is not destructive. Whilst Beatrice has a little anxiety travelling in the car, this quickly subsides as she has assurance. At meal times, she is very vocal at her foster daddy as he is the one who has mainly prepared her meals. She’s much more placid when her foster mummy feeds her. However, given the chance, she will steal food from other dogs due to being a puppy farm dog and potential adopters might want to consider feeding her on her own and by hand initially.
Out and about – Beatrice walks well on a lead when she trusts you. She has quickly got to grips with a recall and happily plays, sniffs and runs off the lead and greets other dogs well. Initially, Beatrice had stiff limbs but with supplements to her diet and regular exercise, she’s now limbered up and agile. Beatrice loves walking and running in the forest for a couple of hours every day.
Type of home – She walks around 4 miles each day and has eventually started to run with other dogs which has helped her mobility. She needs owners that will be prepared to ensure she continues her daily walks and that she has a healthy diet and exercise regime. New owners must not expect too much from her too soon and she will need time to settle. A quiet and relaxed home would suit Beatrice best, with or without other dogs. Her house must be 100% secure otherwise she’s likely to escape because of her initial nervousness.
Please remember, if you have a dog and it is not neutered, it is against our policies to re-home a dog with you.
Beatrice is neutered, chipped, vaccinated and up to date with her flea and worming treatment. Potential adopters will be expected to travel to the Newport area to meet her.