Gentleman Jim, so called because he has always looked like a distinguished older chap, his grey faced appearance belying his years, along with his slow, pondering walk.
He has been with us for 3 years now and although he had very successful fosters, has never been seriously considered for homing. This is a great shame, as a more loving, affectionate hound you will not find, and he will rest his weary head on your shoulder for a big cuddle whenever he can. He is undoubtedly anxious around other dogs, even his own kind, but as long as you make sure he has his own space in the kennel yard and take him for a walk where he feels safe, you can visibly see he is instantly more at ease and benefits from a confident walker.
Although he is less anxious walking with a confident girl greyhound, we do not feel he would need to necessarily live with another dog, but would benefit from an owner who works from home and who wants a true, loyal, companion hound. Although Jim is fine at night in the kennels, during the day, as soon as he knows the kennel staff have started to arrive, he anxiously drools at the door and gets himself in a terrible state to get out and join you. To stop him making himself ill stressing to get out of his kennel, we have found he is at ease, once he is settled in one of the kennel rooms where he can see everyone, as a dog who actively thrives on human interaction.
Health wise, he is fine, but when we did have Jim checked at our greyhound vets, the vet felt his symptoms were synonymous with a person having an anxiety attack. Interestingly, he is fine at home on his foster visits, so this behaviour is restricted to kennels.
Unfortunately, this puts people off homing him, beside his extreme fear of other dogs in his space which can catch you unawares on a walk with him, when he jumps about and barks to ward off what he thinks is danger if another dog is in sight of him. He is however very responsive to people and if he does eventually find a home, with someone who looks beyond his kennel life issues, and sees him for the endearing boy that he is, then this behaviour will undoubtedly subside as he becomes a more confident, worldly hound.
Until then, he will have a home for life with us in the Sanctuary where it is a little quieter for him. In the daytime, he can claim his bed in his beloved tearoom in the kennels yard.
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