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Adorable Dexter is on the small side for a Staffy. He’s 9 years old and still full of beans! He’s currently in the care of Rescue Remedies (previously with Last Hope Rescue) at their kennels in Gatwick, Surrey. His friendly nature is commented on by all the volunteer walkers there.
One volunteer said, “He was very pleased to meet me, very friendly and happy to be out. We had a good walk, passed Collette and David (dog). They were fine passing and we stopped to speak until David barked at Dexter, who gave a quick bark back. We didn’t meet anyone else on our walk but had a lovely cuddle on returning to the kennel so he seems a really friendly, loving little lad.”
Dexter has lived with children before and it’s thought he would be fine to again, with dog savvy ones from aged 8. He wants to be the only pet at home. He hasn’t been tested with cats but he loves to chase squirrels, even more than tennis balls!
He hasn’t been properly socialised with other dogs but he has previously shown that he can walk nicely with another friendly dog, after careful introductions. With the stress of kennel life and being cooped up, he can be edgy sometimes, which he expresses by grabbing at his lead. He soon relaxes when distracted though. Bless him!
Another volunteer said, “Dexter was keen to get out of his kennel and have a walk today. He mouthed his lead a bit coming out but then stopped. He is a very friendly boy and very active and agile for his years. He does pull a bit but nothing you can’t manage, although he does like to chase a squirrel. We passed a few dogs and Dexter was fine, I just kept him walking. The first dogs we met, he tried to grab his lead again, so I suppose he was feeling a bit stressed, but soon stopped and this never happened again. I must say that Dexter really is a lovely boy. He has a nice feel to him and is good company. He sits nicely and takes treats gently.”
Another said, “I walked the lovely Dexter for the first time today. What a friendly boy he is! He wasn’t too bad when clipping his leads on. I made sure he couldn’t see the end that could be grabbed, so all was easy. He did try to grab the chain once on the way out but soon he was concentrating on his walk. He walks at a good pace without pulling. He did not react to the other dogs barking when getting him out and in the kennel block. I look forward to walking Dexter again although I really do hope he finds his forever home very soon!”
If you might be able to give Dexter the forever home he deserves, please contact Rescue Remedies by filling in their online application form.
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Please say you saw Dexter on the Oldies Club website.
This replaces Dexter’s original page dated 17th June 2018.