Libby ^


Libby ^ Status: Available

ID: 38468

Name: Libby ^

Breed: Bichon Frise

Age: 5 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See 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.

07-07-2023 Libby is a very scared girl who has come to us from a breeder.  She is a darling girl with a lovely gentle nature but rather shut down at the moment as the move has been a huge adjustment for her as she has never left the breeding kennels before.  Libby is really scared but allows us to handle her but shakes with fear and deserves so much more than the life she has had so far.  She will need a home where there is at least one other dog to be her friend and who will allow her to cuddle up with them for comfort and support if she wants to.  Libby will watch what they do and then start to copy them which will help her with house training and lead walking etc. These are things which may take her a while to pick up as the garden may be a scary as the house at first so her adopters need to have plenty of patience and love to help her learn and be sure she is comfortable walking on a harness and lead in the garden before taking her for a walk in the outside world. Libby has a Grade 2 Heart Murmur which does not require medication currently but will need to be monitored by adopters vets. Libby has seen our vets for a much needed dental and had 17 teeth extracted, she now appears much more comfortable and is eating soft food well. With time and love adopters will have to the privledge of seeing Libby flourish.

05-09-23 UPDATE
This week Libby has had a well needed hair cut as she was getting far too warm in her bushy coat. I did take her into the vets to sedate her as I knew she would be way too stressed without it. I can definitely tell she feels a lot better and more free as her confidence has actually improved a bit since!! She seems to be approaching me a lot more and is giving me way more kisses than she used to. She’s also been easier to pick up which I think is because there are no mats tugging on her skin anymore so it’s more comfortable for her. Don’t get me wrong, she does still have a long way to go with her fear of being handled, but this is definitely a big step in the right direction. I’m really hoping a foster home or a forever home comes for her soon, but until then I’ll keep doing everything in my power to earn her trust. She is an absolute darling of a girl, she just needs some help.

01-11-23 UPDATE

I’ve been doing a lot of ‘touch’ work since my last update on Libby because even though she has made a lot of progress, she does still really struggle with human hands. I find with a lot of the very scared dogs that unless you push them out of their comfort zones a little and start stroking them, even though they don’t like it at first, it does help!!
I think it just proves to them that the thought is a lot worse than the actual action, and that it can be enjoyable once the initial fear is over.
Libby is doing really well and she’s already getting a lot less jumpy. Around her neck is where she’s the most sensitive so I’ve been extra gentle around this area. I’ll keep doing this daily with her, only for a couple of minutes, and then I’ll reward her with some treats afterwards because she loves her food. This ends things on a positive note, which is always what you want after every little training session!

28-11-23 UPDATE
Libby has made quite a lot of progress in the past month in regards to being handled, and I’ve been able to give her a bath and a groom for the first time this week!! She was quite skittish in the bath at first, but I was totally expecting it, as it probably would have been the first time she’s ever been showered. She did settle after a couple of minutes and let me give her a good shampoo, a brush out, hair dry her, and then trim her fringe too. When she first arrived none of this would have been possible without sedation, so I’m soooo proud of her. I do still have to get her into the back of the kennel to pick her up, but as long as I’m calm with her she’ll just hop into one of the beds and stay there for me to scoop her up. I know she does still have a long way to go, but I am really happy with the progress she’s made since she’s been with me. I can only imagine she’ll come on even faster in a home … so here’s hoping she gets chosen soon. Before Christmas would be a dream come true!

13-12-23 UPDATE

Libby took part in our festive photoshoot this week, and I couldn’t be prouder of how well she handled it.
She was nervous of course, but to stay calm in a room she’s never been in before, with people she didn’t know is absolutely amazing in my opinion.
She’s making more and more progress as time goes on, and I really feel like she’s ready for her forever home now! 6 months is way too long for a dog to be waiting here at the rescue … I hope her safe haven will find her soon. 

10-01-24 UPDATE
Libby has hit yet another milestone this week and let me groom her properly for the first time. When she first arrived I shaved her coat short when she was under anaesthetic being spayed as she was very matted and dirty. Since then I have bathed her once and I regularly brush her and trim the hair around her eyes, all of which she’s fine with. But last week I decided it was time for the clippers to come out as her fur had grown long again. She was nervous and quite stressed of course, but she did such an amazing job and I really couldn’t have been more proud of her. I had to call another one of the staff members in to hold her so I could do her feet, and she couldn’t believe it was Libby she was holding in her arms!! From witnessing first hand how much she’s blossoming here, I honestly can’t wait to see how well she’ll do in a home.I have also started harness training with Libby and while I am taking it very slow with her, she is doing well. She accepts wearing a harness with no problems at all, and we’re slowly working on her getting used to some tension on the lead. She doesn’t like it, but the first time we went out I was pleasantly surprised. She did have a little freak out, but I was totally expecting that to happen and she was fine with me scooping her up to calm her down. This in itself is sooooo good, and again it made me really proud of her.
I would love for someone to come along and feel the love and pride that I feel for Libby. She SO deserves to have her own home with her own parents who will cherish her as much as I do. 

08-02-24 UPDATE
Libby has been returned to the centre after being in a foster home for around a month. It wasn’t the right set up for her so she struggled to settle. Fortunately, she has settled back into my routine beautifully and it’s as if she never left. Today she took part in our Valentine’s photoshoot and doesn’t she look beautiful!? She was very nervous, but she coped with no fuss whatsoever! Libby is now very content being in my presence and I actually think she enjoys hanging out with me. When I sit on the floor she’ll always be about 3ft away from me, and she’ll stay there the whole time .. just watching me peacefully. If I put my hand out she’s happy to give me lots of kisses, and she’s even more happy if I have treats. She’s still not sure about being handled, but she does let me pick her up without a bother now. However, this is something she struggled with more when she was in her foster home and she did nip her fosterers. This is something her new owners need to be aware of, and be prepared for. I think it just takes her some time to get used to you and form a bond with you, and when she does, she will let you do things with her (obviously as long as you’re slow and gentle). This poor girl breaks my heart because I just know she hasn’t been dealt the best hand in life. Yes she will be a project dog, but it will be so worth it .. please believe me.

28-02-24 UPDATE
I really can’t believe my poor girl is still at the rescue. I absolutely LOVE working with her and spending time with her every day, but it breaks my heart knowing there are so many other dogs here that get adopted really quickly, yet Libby has been waiting for all this time. Just look at that little face .. how can you not fall in love!? I just really wish that everyone else could see her the way I do.
I think she’s the most amazing girl who has overcome SO much in her life, and she really deserves the happiest forever after. I took her into the grooming room again today to give her a little spruce up and she was such a good girl. She let me brush her all over, trim the hair around her eyes, and she even let me clip a couple of matts off her legs which is her most uncomfortable area!! I’m super proud of this girl and I just adore her … and I’ll keep adoring her until she finds a home with people who will do the same.


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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.

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