Midnight Status: Available

ID: 20713

Name: Midnight

Breed: German Shepherd Dog (GSD) Cross

Age: 1 Year

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: At Many Tears in
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

28-11-2017 Midnight is an 8 month old GSD cross.  She is a very scared girl who will need a lot of time and understanding. She doesnt walk on a lead as yet and doesnt like being handled. Originally she came from Romania. She was taken in by a Scottish rescue who homed her but sadly she was kept in a crate most of the time. An angel colllected her from Scotland and brought her to us. She acts as if she has never been handled, seems a lot happier around other dogs. She will need another dog in the home.  She is a very pretty sweet and gentle girl who would love someone who is at home most of the time. She is a "project" dog for Chelsea one of our kennel staff who will keep you updated on her progress.

26-12-17 UPDATE

Midnight unfortunately hasn't really come on that much, She is still a very scared girl and doesn't really want anything to be done to her. We have tried all methods and she hasn't progressed. We have come up with Plan B and we have introduced her to the clicker as she is just loves food!. I sit in her kennel 3 -4 times and i just feed her little treats. She is perfectly behaved with other dogs and she gets on with everyone she is put in with. Midnight will need another dog in her home to help her with home life. I will continue to work with Midnight until she gets better where we can safely put a lead on her. If anyone would like to come up and meet m=Midnight you are more than welcome, just email us and your more than welcome to come and sit in her kennel.

08-02-18 UPDATE

Midnight is progressing, it's so so slow that only someone who really knows her would see a difference, but never the less there is a change. I take her into my home when the rescue closes and his video shows her playing a little. She now takes treats and today wagged when I went to get her.
For someone with a very secure home, very little expectations another dog or two and all the time in the world she could eventually make you very proud. My home with so many canines is really too busy, but it's better than in a kennel night and day. She is not house trained and as yet but I really have given her very little direction, I just want her to be relaxed around me. A loud word or a direst stare are all terrifying for her. I won't give up on her, but hope someone out there could and would want to take her on for her happy ever after home. I truly think it will be years till you really see a more normal dog, and perhaps never a completely normal dog, but it WILL be worth it whatever.

09-02-18 UPDATE

I had the pleasure of living in Sylvia's house with Midnight while Sylvia took a 2 day break. In this time me and Midnight spent some quality time. Midnight spent some time with me in the kitchen and living room. She is a lovely girl who is dying to please. When I was sitting down watching ' sharks tale' I was sitting on the sofa smothered with dogs. I totally ignored Midnight and pretended that she wasn't even in my presence. As I continued to watch TV and fuss the other dogs, she just paced and paced, after about 20 minutes she eventually settled down on a piece of vet bed on the floor and laid down and settled, I couldn't believe my eyes!! This is the first time ever I have seen Midnight settle myself. Every movement I did, Midnight would shoot up and pace again, so it felt like a game of  'Musical statues'!. After about an hour Midnight stood up and paced about 4 times and eventually I could move my arms on my phone and she wouldn't move, at this point I felt like I was going to cry! It was then about half 9 at night and I was ready for bed, so I placed Midnight in her room for bed time.
I sat in her bed and stayed still and held a treat out and it took about 15 minutes for her to take it out of my hand. i refused to give up and I stayed there until she eventually did take it. I stayed here for about an hour and in this time she took about 15 treats from my hands. I then give her her kong and said goodnight and left. The next morning I woke up at about 5.45 and I couldn't hear anything from her, so I went down stairs and it had looked like a massive duck explosion! She had chewed a feather duvet up and I couldn't help myself but to laugh. I opened up the back gate and let her run to the kennel and then I give her her breakfast. and then went back to clean the house before Sylvia got back.
Midnight is a dear little soul and is probably the scaredest dog I have ever seen since my 7 years working at Many Tears. But tiny step by step she is improving the tiniest step every day. If anyone is thinking about putting in an application for her, I do advise you to come down and meet her first as Midnight is really different to all dogs I have met.

18-03-18 UPDATE

Trying to help Midnight is one of the most soul destroying things I do on a day to day process. We take 1 step forwards and then 2 back,  When I think she is starting to trust, she sneaks up behind staff and tries to bite.
Or she stands and barks madly at them daring them to go through to the toilet.
Other days she is more relaxed, though not totally. In my house in the evenings she plays and wrecks things nonstop, and is almost house clean  (well I have had 5 no poo days) but again without a bunch of dogs round she now won't take treats again, even  though she did a month ago.
 I just don't know how to move forwards without more trust, and I don't know how to get more trust other than give her more time. All my other ideas only scared her. She truly is as hard as dealing with an untamed wolf cub.
 So that's her, and if you applied you would need to understand that it may take years for her to calm, and she probably will never be a normal dog.
 But Oh my god I wish there was some one. The guilt taking my own dogs out at night hearing her bark and howl is terrible, we as a pack have to exclude her doing all the good doggy things such as walking, beach sniffing, paddling, Pinecone running, cow poo rolling, the lot.

23-03-18 UPDATE
Here is a picture of Midnight in our office, curled relaxed and asleep with my boys. It looks like we have cracked it and she's normal now, BUT NO. sadly this is not the case at all. The steps are tiny forwards and sort of giant backwards.
Let me explain. She is having a great life, but only in her world. She will not enter mine, the world dogs are walked cuddled played with and made feel as special as they are. In fact she also has started to rnot want others in that world too. As she gets more confident she has started to guard, and runs barking at some, ( and sometimes even me) ferociously and if your back was turned she would nip or bite. My manager was walking through the dog play yard that adjoins our garden and yard and is left open in the evenings so she can play with the dogs and come in when she wants.
Midnight did not expect her, I heard a terrible barking and ran out to see the manager having to get out of the yard. I was very cross with Midnight and ordered her indoors, and she respected that and went. It's really tough.
 I understand she was never a pet dog or tame as a pup, but this world we live in dogs cannot roam wild like wolfs and dingo's ect, and living with her is tough going.
I would still welcome any one who has the right facilities and complete uncompromised determination time and love, and another good dog or two who wants to adopt hers application, but I fear that's just a foolish  dream.

04-05-18 UPDATE

Midnight has wonderful big innocent eyes, but don’t be fooled. In minutes here is a little of the damage she has done BLESS!!!! However I love her and in my dreams she runs free in the forest alongside my dogs. I wish this was not a dream. I will be patient..


14-05-18 UPDATE
Dear Midnight moves forwards a fraction every day, but today she forgot herself and jumped up on a staff member for food. Bless her, she loves life here, but is still so scared

27-07-18 UPDATE
In 4 months time Midnight would have been with us for a year. She now has access to our fields that surround Many Tears and she also goes on a longline in our secure new field.
Midnight's recall is amazing and even though she still can't be touched she is more than happy to follow you and the other dogs. If Midnight is ever homed she will need a home with other dogs as we don't think she would cope on her own.
Midnight has taught us all so much here, and she really has come on amazing from when she was first with us. You can now pass her while she is in a bed sleeping and she will just stay there whereas before she would panic and bolt into the other room. She just needs a chance, someone who will stick by her side and love her forever. For any potentials adopters Midnight is going to be a very long project, she will need a lot off patients and time. We pray one day Midnight will get the chance to be homed.

15-09-18 UPDATE

Midnight continues to make very slow progress.  She is the hardest dog I've ever had and I am hoping there is a special someone out there who really understands her troubles but are prepared to take her on and help her.

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

In certain circumstances and in particular when it is one of our long term stayers or a dog who is difficult to home we may transport it down the M4 as far as Reading if the adopter is not able to travel for a valid reason. This will only happen on a Sunday and will be part of our Foster Run where we transport dogs to their foster homes. There will be and additional charge of £20 transport fee for this and the adopter must be able to travel to the allocated service station. Please think very carefully before asking for a dog to be transported as if you already have a dog there is no guarantee they will get along with the new dog or vice versa and you will need to be able to hold on to the dog until the following week and meet the van again if you wish to return the dog.

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