20/3/2012 We’ve just heard the very sad news that Bear has passed away. Run free Bear :(
Bear is nine years old and he’s a big and very handsome German Shepherd cross. He’s been in the care of Bath Cats and Dogs Home since August 2010 so he’s facing his second Christmas in kennels, an environment he finds really stressful. He gets quite upset by the constant flow of people past his kennel, so at the moment he’s living in the rescue’s sanctuary block where he can enjoy some peace and quiet.
Once he’s out of his kennel Bear is a very different dog; he is cuddly and affectionate and his carer calls him a “big puppy Bear”. Initially he can be a little wary of new people, but he’ll soon come round with a few treats and once he’s bonded with you he really lives up to his name – he’s a big snuggle Bear and extremely loyal to those he knows.
Despite his advancing years, Bear has a playful nature and will play all day if you let him. He doesn’t understand the art of retrieve though and thinks it’s a much better game if he’s chased! Squeaky toys and footballs are his real favourites so if he could find a family with older, teenage children who would have a game of footy with him, he’d be in absolute heaven!
Bear enjoys going out for his walks and walks beautifully on the lead, just pottering along beside you. He doesn’t need to go too far as he’s not quite as mobile as he used to be and his back legs are a little wobbly, but he’s on medication for this. He’ll sometimes bark at other dogs when he’s out, but he is absolutely petrified of them and has recently started a socialisation programme. The rescue are walking him out with other dogs to help him get used to being in their company and when he finds a new home his new owner will need to continue with this.
Bear’s carer has sent us a few words: If I had room, Bear would not be in kennels. At his age, and with his wobbly legs, he desperately needs a new home where he can enjoy his retirement. He finds life very stressful in kennels and doesn’t show himself off very well, so people need to look past the barking and take him off-site, where they will see how much of a gentle, soppy giant he really is! He’s like a big overgrown puppy and he brings a smile to my face every time I see him.
Bear is looking for a home without cats and young children, but he would suit an older family. He’d like to have his own comfy bed to snooze in, some nice gentle walks and access to a garden so he can play with his toys. How nice would it be to see Bear in a home this Christmas? Maybe you could grant him that Christmas wish?
Bear is on medication for his mobility and is therefore offered for adoption under the rescue’s ‘assisted adoption’ scheme. This means that provided he is returned to their vet, Bath Cats & Dogs Home will continue to pay for Bear’s medication.
If you’d like to find out more about Bear, please contact Bath Cats & Dogs Home as follows;
Tel: 01225 787321
or complete one of their online application forms
Please mention that you saw Bear featured on the Oldies Club website.