UPDATE: Tinkerbelle has been in foster for a few weeks.
This is “Tink”, a gorgeous girl whose looks melts the hearts of everyone she meets. Two-year-old Tink is being rehomed due to no fault of her own as her owners have split up and she was being left with two other dogs for up to 12 hours a day. Tink is currently with a foster home who say that she is a very nervous dog until she gets to know you after which she is your best friend and will greet you with unbounded enthusiasm every time you are reunited.
She is a very bright girl and a fast learner and completely house trained. She will let you know if she needs to go out and loves being groomed.
Within a couple of days in foster she would sit, stay, give a paw and go to her bed on command, will not enter rooms she’s told to stay out of and will leave food when told to. She is quite a small shepherd and in love with her tennis ball which she will happily chase for hours but will also walk to heel when told albeit with a bit of pulling. She shows no food guarding behaviour.
Tink is so full of energy she would thrive somewhere where she can have lots of attention and run off the lead and burn off energy.
Because she is a nervous dog Tink will need patience and training to understand that not everyone or every dog in the world is out to get her. She reacts aggressively to other people and other dogs she doesn’t know if they try to interact with her directly whether out and about or at home.
Can you offer Tink a home where she can cuddle up on the sofa and smother you with kisses? You’ll need to devote time and effort to deal with her issues with strangers but it will be worth it in the long run as she really is a beautiful and loving dog, just anxious. Her ideal home would be somewhere where she can run off lead, chasing her ball without encountering other people or dogs and spend her evenings cuddled up on a couch with her new family.
Her previous owner advises that she did live with 2 other dogs but we have not seen her interact with them.
Meet our lovely Tinkerbelle who is a very pretty 2-year-old spayed, semi coated girl who is already in her 3rd home.
She belongs to owners who have no experience with the breed and they claim she has become very fearful of certain situations.
They state that she is constantly stressed because they can't exercise her because of their work commitments but poor Tinkerbelle is being left for 8-10 hours all on her own. Friends and family won't come around to let her out because they are not used to the breed and are fearful of large dogs. She must be bored out now her mind.
When our volunteer visited she was apprehensive of meeting Tinkerbelle because of what she had been told about her but when she arrived she just behaved like a normal GSD would and the volunteer didn't feel threatened or worried by her.
Out on a walk, they saw lots of people, cyclists and other dog and Tinkerbelle did not react to any of them - no lunging or barking.
Her current owner says that her recall is 50/50 if no there is no distraction. Give her a tennis ball and she is so focused on that that she does not take any notice of anything else.
If off lead she will run up to other dogs and bark but does not fight with them. She chases cats.
Back at the house, she barked when the volunteer entered but then settled. A stranger then came to the door and Tinkerbell barked but was then fine.
However, we are told that she is very fearful and nervous of strangers entering her space so new owners will need to help her overcome her fears.
We think Tinkerbelle needs an experienced home with someone who has time for her to give her the exercise she needs and some basic training.
An adult only home of one with teenage children would be better for her than a home with very young children.,
Poor Tinkerbell has obviously been passed around quite a bit in her short life so she now needs stability and company to help her overcome her minor issues.
If you are not prepared to help Tinkerbelle with these issues and expect a perfect dog, don't apply to adopt this lovely girl. Her next home needs to be her forever home.
Tinkerbelle is such a pretty dog
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||Older children only