Sage, born 2012
Sage has landed in Hull and is proving that he is every bit the dog we loved so much in the shelter. However, Sage has been found to have limited hearing so please only apply if this is something you would be okay with. Sage has already learned hand signals and is proving to be the loveliest boy with his lack of hearing proving no hinderance whatsoever. Sage can hear some things and loud noises can make him jump.
Sage is around 45 cms to the shoulder.
Sage's foster mum says;
"In general – Sage is very loyal and loving towards everyone he knows. This extends to our dog Max, me, my husband, and Dawn, the dog walker who looks after him whilst we are at work, plus Dawn’s dog Bella. I don’t think Sage had much cat experience before coming to us but our cats are very calm and used to dogs and he has become accustomed to them, without necessarily wanting to share human attention with them. He has half-heartedly chased them a few times so I would say he can live with cats, as long as the cats are used to dogs and are not going to attack him if he gets too close, or creep up on him as he does startle easily because of his hearing issues.
Confidence - he is a very confident dog and rarely nervous or hyperactive. In fact mostly he is very placid, quiet, calm, sweet and cuddly. He is fun and easy to live with and loves to be around you. He gets very excited when he knows we are going out and likes to be involved with whatever is going on inside the home and out in garden, irrespective of the weather.
When out and about – he loves his walks and the confidence he shows at home, continues outside of the home. He may growl at dogs he does not know, especially if he is on a lead but there has been no hint of real aggression and I think the growl is just a signal that he is unsure. If the dog in question is not taken away, only minutes later Sage becomes comfortable around them, and they around him.
NB Some adopters try to stop a dog from growling whereas actually I like a dog that growls if they are unsure in a situation, as it gives me the opportunity to assess why they are feeling that way and to support them so that I can try to turn it into a positive experience for the future. If I notice him focussing too much on a dog coming towards us when he is on lead, I will sometimes tap on his lead or his shoulder and break his concentration with a treat before he feels the need to get defensive. In time, if his new owners can continue his training, the growling on lead will probably dissipate and he may even come to look forward to seeing new dogs when out and about on lead. Off lead he is much more confident around dogs he does not know.
Sage would live well with another, more interactive dog, although I believe would be very happy to be an only dog, if regular canine company could be provided by meeting up with other dog walkers.''
Applicants will need to be local to Hull for a seamless and soft transition for Sage.