HobNob Status: Available

ID: 29855

Name: HobNob

Breed: Chow Chow

Age: 7 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: In Foster in
Andover, Hampshire

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.

19-03-21 HobNob is a beautiful Chow Chow but she has arrived with us absolutely terrified. Poor Hob Nob is as sweet as the biscuit but she just doesnt understand what is happening so feels totally overwhelmed by her new situation and doesn't know how to be with us at all. She is not used to be around people and is finding everything too much at the moment. She is going to need an experienced home with no children or visiting children and be 100% committed to winning her trust. She will need another dog in the home completely to have canine role model to reassure her in a language she understands that everything is ok. HobNob will need regular brushing but at the moment she finds this very scary and we had to sedate her in order to ensure her safety as we made her more comfortable. She is such a confused girl right now that our hearts break for her but she does need careful handling to ensure she does not learn to snap in fear. 
HobNob is not ready made family pet, she is a traumatised girl who needs infinite kindness, patience and guidance by an experienced person with a calm and quiet adult home. She will get there, she has so much potential, we just need to help her get there. 
Since arriving with us we have discovered HobNob is deaf.

07-05-21 UPDATE

Hobnob is a smaller Chow, who needs an extremely special home. She remains unbelievably scared and progress in her kennel environment has been minimal. We have now noticed she is also deaf and when a dog this traumatised can not hear you talking sweetly to them, it makes things a whole lot more difficult, maybe even impossible, when it comes to winning their trust.
Hobnob has adapted to her routine here incredibly well, she runs in and out of the yards perfectly and hassle free, she eats well and in general, I feel she is rather happy. She also shares her space with any dog brilliantly which is a massive bonus because she relies on dogs heavily and needs at least one other in her new home. She follows them and eats around them well. When she is without them however, she is not so good. Despite her being settled and despite her good routine though, she still can not be handled.
Hobnob needs a comfortable routine in her new home, but on top of that she needs very experienced owners who will continue the work we are doing here and try their best to progress her out of this terrified state. Her ideal companion would be a Chow Chow as that is what she has been used to and seems to be best with, but we are definitely open to other matches as she has been great with various other dogs during her time here.
Hobnob can not be rehomed with children and can not be cat tested so we don't currently know how she would be with cats. If you are someone who likes to go on holiday often then that is also something to think about, because something that sounds as simple as taking a dog to be left at a relatives house for a few days, even in the future is probably very unrealistic and obviously not recommended with her.
If I'm being honest, Hobnobs new owners would need to commit to this whilst being prepared for the possibility that she may never come around properly, never walk on a lead and never want to be touched, because that is certainly a realistic approach to have. The very worst case is she will be in a warm home with a comfortable routine and that would make her so happy. All of this is why I can't emphasise enough how special a home this older lady needs, her perfect home definitely exists and I can't wait for her to be in it.
If you would like to apply after reading this update, then you may just be the ones for Hobnob, she's a sweet, sweet dog, but she's one of the most traumatised we've ever seen

18-06-21 UPDATE
HobNob is doing well in her foster home and is currently in foster with another Chow Chow called Greta, who is helping her settle in a lot. She still won’t let me touch her but is now comfortable enough to pass close by me and let my hand brush past her back, which she doesn't seem to mind. HobNob likes to know where I am and she will wait by the door with the other dogs if I go upstairs etc. She is eating well, learning the routine and knows when I want her to come in. She was chasing Greta around the garden for a short time the other day which was quite sweet.

UPDATE 21-10-21
HobNob enjoys a walk, when I can get the slip lead on her, though she is afraid if people pass too close. She lays near me but still does not allow me to touch her so grooming is difficult but not impossible, it is very stressful for her but she must feel better after. (I do wear protective gloves).
HobNob is a little more relaxed now and fine with the other dogs here, she doesn’t interact with them but doesn’t complain when they are close or sniff her. There is still a very long way to go.

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

 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.


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