10-12 year old female Cross-Breed available for adoption

Ophelia is a small ( but heavy cos she’s overweight) crossbreed. She is believed to be around ten to twelve years old.

Ophelia was a terrified little soul in a shelter that we visited in January this year. We just couldn’t leave her there.

Ophelia is a sweet, very lazy, little girl. She likes people and loves a fuss but when strangers approach she will cower as she thinks she’s going to be hit. Ophelia is rather oblivious to other dogs so could live with or without them.

She needs a quiet home environment where she can at least relax and feel safe. We hope that she will be a little more energetic once she has lost some weight and in better shape but a gentle stroll once a day is likely to be sufficient for her. Currently, she sleeps the majority of the time and absolutely loves her bed.

Sadly when we offered to take Ophelia and she had the necessary tests she tested positive for heartworm. She will come with the full treatment for this at no cost to the adopter.

When you adopt a Safe Rescue dog, you MUST use a slip lead. This will keep your dog safe: your new dog will be nervous and will not trust you, and you will not know which situations might upset your dog.

If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs). The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period.

Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night). Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup safety measure.

The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging. If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm.

Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted. Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer.

Retractable/extendable leads must never be used on our dogs.

Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.

Fences and gates must be 5ft min & secure.

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