Zesty Status: Reserved

ID: 33713

Name: Zesty

Breed: Cocker Spaniel Cross

Age: 6 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: In Foster in
Taunton, Somerset

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.

02-05-2022 This beautiful girl has come to us from a breeder.  Zesty is very scared and completely shut down at the moment .  She is finding the move here very disorientating as she has seen nothing of the outside world before and so her new surrpundings are totally overwhelming and very scary.  Zesty will need a very experienced, adult only home who have had dogs as scared as her before and where there is at least one other dog to help her confidence with people.  Zesty will need to learn about house training and this may take her a little time as for her the garden will probably be as scary as the the home.  She has no idea about walking on a lead but this is something that she will have to be introduced to slowly and should start in the garden before attempting to take her out.  Zesty will need to be double leaded at first which we will be happy to advise about if you are the person adopting her. She will need owners who really understand her fears and have the time, love and patience to help her overcome them. Zesty has a passport.

21-08-22 UPDATE
Although Zesty has been in her foster home for nearly 2 months she remains a very scared girl.  Her foster mum handles her every day and she allows her to stroke her but remains tense.  She has finally started to join the rest of the dogs in the lounge although she hides away once in the room.  That doesn't sound like much progress but for a dog as scared as Zesty it's a massive step. 
She gets extremely distressed when left even if there is another dog in the home with her but she toilets in the garden but dashes in and out of doorways.  Zesty needs a VERY special adopter who understands the amount of time she is going to need to fully learn to trust. 

26-11-22 UPDATE 
Zesty is still very worried. She does pace and turns in circles at times and needs an adopter who is very experienced with scared dogs and who understand that she is very much a work in progress and that the path to helping he rmakes progress is a very steep one. 
Zesty eats well and has put some much needed weight on. She can now be approached very and calmly but she will panic and shy away from sudden movements and sounds. She has started to learn how to walk on a lead in the garden which is wonderful progress but she still struggles with separation fears. 
Zesty needs an adopter who is calm, experienced and has aquiet home with a steady dog. She is not the easiest dog to adopt from the rescue but she will certainly be one of the most rewarding for someone who is equipped to support her.

03-12-22 UPDATE

Litte Zesty has finally made some little improvements. She has bonded with Viva, the new foster dog, who is considerably braver than she is, and is copying her and coming forward to sniff my hand. She is choosing to spend time in the lounge and I have blocked the corner she was hiding in, so she is now sharing space with the rest of us.
Zesty walks quietly on a lead now, and doesn't mind being gently stroked when we stop walking, but this is only in the garden, she is not ready to face the outside world yet. I can pick her up, although she freezes rather than relaxes, but she does not struggle to get free now. I can hold her on the lead and she will sit quietly by my feet and allow me to stroke her and fondle her ears, and she does relax a little, sitting quietly for over an hour, however once I let the lead go, she will dash off to a quiet corner again.
Today we have taken a huge step forward as she has been to the groomers, and, although frightened, she coped remarkably well. She has been clipped all over, as her coat was very wild and fluffy, and my groomer lady thinks she has probably been clipped excessively during her breeding years, which has adversely affected her coat. She now looks trim and tidy and is a very beautiful little girl. 
Zesty still runs in circles in the garden and then dashes in through the door as fast as she can. I am so proud of these lttle steps as she has been one of the most scared dogs I have fostered, but she is trying to show she can learn and start to trust us just a tiny bit. She will need a very understanding, patient owner, that is not going to expect too much of her, someone who will give her the time and space to learn to trust and even love a human, and wont expect her to be a normal dog for a long time. 

22-01-23 UPDATE
Zesty is still so very scared but slowly becoming a tiny bit braver than she was.  I am now feeding her at the other end of kitchen diner so she has to come away from the crate she uses as a sanctuary.  She is  still racing past me but not able to hide in crate. She is eating really well (so is no longer skinny) and she now barks loudly while I am preparing their food and gets all dizzy and happy!
Zesty comes passed me when I call her in from the garden (still at breakneck speed) and I am working on standing in the doorway so she has to come even closer.
I haven't managed to get her to take treats from my hand, even in the crate, but as soon as I put them down in front of her, she eats them.  

02-06-23 UPDATE
Zesty is a lovely healthy girl, and so very pretty, but she remains very scared of the world, and humans in particular.
She likes to hide away where she knows she is safe and no-one can see her, and when in the garden she paces around the boundary or hides under a bush or table. She will walk on the lead, but is constantly watching for anything unusual, and reacts quickly if there is any noise or movement close to her, and would run in panic if she got free. She will still not take food from my hand, but will take it if I put in down in front of her, and she eats her dinner quickly at meal times.
She interacts with the other dogs to a degree, but does not cuddle up or share a bed with them. I often put her lead on and sit her next to me on the sofa, and when snuggled up, she relaxes and goes to sleep, but the slightest noise or movement alerts her and she is instantly awake ready to run away.
Her coat is a lovely red colour but as it get longer it becomes very fluffy and ginger coloured.. but with no curls at all..,which is different to most Cocker crosses. She has been to the groomer and, although difficult at times, she has allowed us to clip all the fluffy hair off, and she looks sleek and beautiful underneath, sort of like a slim elegant Cocker with a slim pointed nose  

Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

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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