Finally after 4 years hard work, tlc, gentle reassurance and keeping him safe our wonderful Lester is now ready to start finding a home of his own! Stick with me as this will be long but we feel people should read about his whole wonderous journey with us here at Greyhound Gap to help him find that special place he deserves.
Lester joined us as an unclaimed stray in December 2014. At first he seemed like a quiet shy and sweet boy but it soon became apparent that he was actually a shut down, highly anxious and very worried boy. Lester gave us nothing. He has a stump not a tail making it harder to read his body language and it just never wagged. He remained content and you could see he felt secure but Lester just refused to let us see Lester. At times when he did get excited he would nervous grin and back away, other times he would get over the top and grab at hair and arms of people entering his kennel but always whilst backing off. Lester is a dog that at somepoint in time has been badly hurt by a human. We knew it was just a case of time and healing till Lester was confident enough to allow us to meet the real him BUT we never dreamed it would be 4 years. To rehome him before he opened up would have been the wrong thing to do. We could not get a measure on him, we couldn't get to understand him and we could not get to measure if he would become a risk or make dangerous mistakes.
Around 3 weeks ago someone flicked the switch! Literally! It was like someone had paid Lester a visit in the night and switched his happy welcome back Lester light on. Overnight he became vocal in his kennel, he started to demand and instead of backing off when we visited his stump that never wagged often was going ten to the dozen and his whole body literally was on fire with wagging. He was at the front of the kennel instead backing away up at the bars! We were smothered in Lester kisses through them and even more jumping up and kisses when we took him out. The dog that would half heartedly lollop around the paddock was suddenly firing around the paddock, grabbing toys, giving us balls and recalling to us with pure glee in his eyes and a big grin. He started to enjoy kongs, enrichment boxes and wanted to learn and when he had finished learning he wanted to learn more. Even better he wanted to meet other dogs and instead of mooching along beside them showing not much interest he wanted to sniff them and engage them. We started him off with Lass as she is steady and female. He was totally not phased, really interested in her and after going in a bit heavy with his greeting he then sniffed her gently, wagged his stump and said the most wonderful hello. After that was Luthers turn. Luther is a large GSD male and the first chance Lester got he had one lunge, Luther turned and ignored him and from that second on Lester was suddenly oh.... okay nothing to worry about. He has since had subsequent meetings with Luther and although you can see he isn't as comfortable as he is with females he minds his manners and will happily sit alongside him (muzzled for safety) and take a treat.
Now is Lesters time to shine! We refused to give up on him and he has rewarded us ten fold. We will continue to work with confidence building here at the kennels and he is being introduced gently to the agility equipment which he is fabulously curious about another milestone we never thought we would see. However Lesters journey here with us now at the kennels is almost over and he needs a home willing to continue him through life now learning more and more and getting him out and about to experience all the things the big wide world has to offer.
Lester would not be happy as an only dog. We feel he would bond to strongly with his owners and quickly develop the risk of separation anxiety. We feel he would love a middle aged or older gentle female companion, someone to help be the calm to his storm and gently give him confidence on his journey from that point in. He is NOT cat friendly and we do not feel that children pre teen would be a good idea as he will no doubt feel worried again once he moves into a new strange environment. We will offer Lesters new family all the help and advice they need as part of the Greyhound Gap family.
If you feel you could offer Lester that wonderful home please do in the first instance complete the pre adoption questionnaire below. Lester is in Stoke on Trent and any new family would need to be willing to travel to meet with him. Lester is vaccinated, kc vaccinated, de flead, de wormed, microchipped and castrated.
We really hope that after all that work, that love and that trust that Lester has finally put into us all here his family at Greyhound Gap someone sees this boys worth and wants him to join them and help complete theirs
If you would like to give Lester a new home, please contact the rescue on Rose Marie on 01256 771819 (9am - 9pm) and ask for Rose Marie or send an email using the form if available.
Please use the form to send a message directly to the rescue.