My daughter turned up on Sunday evening = with a young - very stressed out Staffie bitch - lts owner had just been discovered having hung himself. The police had asked people who knew him if they would take it and find a home. This poor dog was a rescue from a ‘nasty piece of work’- who was breeding them for ‘bait’ for dog fighting. She had been kept in a small cage with many others. She was taken in by this unfortunate chap who had a history of mental illness. The dog seemed to have changed him - so it was a shock when on Saturday night he had decided to end it all. l took her out for a very long run over the fields on my Tramper. Everytime l stopped she would jump on my lap and cling to me. Whilst l was out with her - my daughter and her friends had found someone who was actually planning to get a Staffie. So success - we took her round to this lady - and hopefully she will settle. This lady has a partner who works nights - so there would be someone with the dog all the time.
Fingers crossed - it will all work out for the best.
The dog trotted along beside my scooter - quite happily and not pulling. We saw a cat - and she did not react - and then we met another dog - and she was very relaxed and did not show any aggression. The only problem l could see was she panicked when l opened a field gate to go through - she obviously connected it to being shut in. So l repeated it a couple of times and gave her a treat when she ignored the gate - and went through it a bit more calmly.
When she met her new owner - she rolled over on her back for a fuss.
My daughter and her friends who go to the local pub - where this poor chap also went - are having a collection to help pay towards the dog’s spaying. She looked as if she was in season now - so hopefully she is not in pup. The dog rescues around here are full of Staffies - so we might have found it difficult to get them to take her.