Nickle Status: Available

ID: 35452

Name: Nickle

Breed: Cocker Spaniel

Age: 5 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: In Foster in
Swansea, West Glamorgan

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.

02-10-2022 Nickle is a beautiful but nervous girl who has come to us from a breeder. She loves her kennel friend but is unsure about people and will hide in her bed when approached but doesn't panic or flee if you reach out to stroke her.  Once you have her in your arms Nickle is amicable and docile but is clearly uncomfortable about being handled. Nickle has a grade 1-2 heart murmur which is causing her no issues but is something that her new vet will keep an eye on, if she ever needs treatment for her heart in the future it will not be covered on insurance. She arrived with entropian in her left eye but our vet has fixed this. We are looking for an adult only, home where there is at least one other dog who is very kind and happy to welcome Nickle into their home to help her confidence with people.    She will want to cuddle up to them for comfort and support so they must be happy for them to do this.  Nickle will watch them and start to copy what they do and which will help her learn new skills like house training and lead walking.  In time and with love and patience she will flourish and start to shine.

05-11-22 UPDATE
Nickle is still a very nervous girl who is in need of an extremely patient and understanding home, however this week she has started to come out of her shell a little bit which has been lovely to see. When I came into work on Tuesday morning, I had been off for 2 days, so I went to greet everyone as I normally do and Nickle was standing at the front of the kennel wagging her tail at me along with her friends. This is new, as she usually stays in the back of the kennel in bed, so you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to see that! She has done this every morning since, so I think it’s the start of her realisation that she doesn’t need to be afraid of me. I’m very, very proud of her and I can’t wait to see what’s yet to come.
She will still need to be homed with at least 1 kind and confident resident dog for her to follow around and copy, and also to snuggle with. Nickle is very big on snuggling with her kennel friends and it brings her great comfort, so it would be so nice if she could have this in her new home too. She’s never been in a home before, so everything is definitely going to be very overwhelming for her at first. Her new adopters will need to be very calm with her, take things very slow, give her the gentle encouragement and reassurance that she needs, and also understand that there won’t be drastic changes overnight with her. There will be no quick fix with a dog like Nickle, just a whole lot of time, love and kindness to get her to where she needs to be. It will be a long road, but the rewards will make it so worth while .. believe me. When she wags her tail at you for the first time, or gives you a kiss for the first time, there is just no feeling like it.
So please, give this poor girl a chance at the life she’s always deserved. 

02-12-22 UPDATE
Since my last update, Nickle has made a lot of progress and I am so incredibly proud of her. She is still very wary of us humans and our scary hands, but her general confidence is getting better every day. She stays out the front of her kennel with her friends quite often now, and she absolutely loves going out to the sandschool. As soon as she gets out there her tail goes up and she starts wagging straight away. She likes to mooch around out there and she enjoys all the smells, although she still doesn’t know how to play .. that’s okay though, I’m sure she’ll get there eventually.
Nickle will still need a very calm and patient home with at least 1 kind and confident resident dog, and I’m hoping we can find it soon as I do feel as though she will progress a bit faster in a home environment. She’s very settled into my routine now and she’s a lot more content than she was, but having someone work with her 1 on 1 in a home environment will do her the world of good I think. So please don’t keep her waiting much longer!

25-01-2023 UPDATE 
I can’t believe Nickle has been with us for nearly 4 months, bless her heart. It’s breaking my heart more and more each day having to see her in her kennel, especially knowing that she’s seen so many friends come and go. She must be wondering where they’re all going and I so wish I could tell her that the best is yet to come, and that there’s a place called a home, where she’ll have her very own family who will love her unconditionally, her very own bed to cuddle up in, her very own bowls in which she’ll get the yummiest food every day, and her very own garden to explore and run around in. I wish more than anything I could tell her all of these things, because she has no idea what life is like outside of a kennel environment. She has no idea about beaches, or mountains, or parks. She genuinely thinks life is a kennel and that destroys me. She may not ever be a cuddle monster or a lap dog, but does that mean she deserves a home any less? To me, I think that makes her even more special. There must be someone out there who’ll be willing to open their heart up to her and absolutely cherish her the way she deserves to be cherished. It’s not fair that she’s spent all her life stuck behind bars, she needs a break. 

01-03-23 UPDATE
Beautiful Nickel has been with us for a couple of weeks now and is slowly improving every day. She’s a very nervous and frightened girl who wouldn’t settle if we were around, always keeping an eye on where we were so if we got too close she could run and hide somewhere.
She now relaxes around us even on the same sofa tho this is still work in progress, we can go and sit next to her without her running but she won’t come up to us.
She was very thin but is eating well and has put on weight, she’s very sweet with our many dogs, doesn’t play yet but sleeps with then and only seemed worried when she met 2 very big dogs, but got used to them quickly.
She walks on a lead and loves the beach on a long lead.
Nickel has met our grandsons and like us, keeps away from them, but I don’t think a home with young children would be suitable as she’s just too nervous.
She’s a very pretty girl who given time, knowledge and patience will make a loyal companion for whoever is lucky to adopt her.

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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