ALEX, the Bodeguero cross

snowbunny

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Dante is a dog that I fell in love with whilst volunteering at our local shelter in Spain. He is a Ratonero Bedeguero Andaluz mix, I think most likely with a GSP. He is just gorgeous; full of life, affectionate and very bouncy! He's always incredibly smiley and happy to see people. He became my "one dog at a time" project for this summer, to find him a new home, and I couldn't have been happier when our very own @Aitch approached me to see if he would be suitable for her. It wasn't straightforward to organise, as the shelter was going through a transition of management at the time, and the old owner was not happy in dogs being sent to the UK at all. However, we persisted, and I'm happy to say that, this time next week, we will have just started our road trip to the UK, where he will be meeting @Aitch and her family, and starting his new life, out of the concrete jail forever!

I'm sure there will be some bumps along the road, as he's been in effective solitary confinement for a very long time; until recently, he was in a kennel by himself and wasn't socialised with any of the other dogs. It has made him a bit unsure of how to behave around new dogs, and he can be a bit humpy. Once he gets to know a dog, though, there's none of that, so it just needs careful introductions and I'm sure with practice he'll learn the necessary social skills. He's incredibly bright and adores playing, so there is plenty there that can be used for motivation in his ongoing training; and it turns out he's quite partial to a bit of cheese, too!

I had hoped to foster him for the few weeks until we were ready to travel, but it became apparent that Shadow and Willow would take longer than we had available to get used to the idea, so I've had to settle for visiting him regularly, taking him out for walks and telling him all about our plans. As the weeks have gone on, he's become more interested in interacting with us; partially because walks are becoming more regular (dogs will often go weeks if not longer without going for a walk, and even then it's only a few minutes around the block) and so a little less over-the-top mindblowingly exciting, and also he's started to recognise us more.

This is a little video we took yesterday of his first trip to the river. It's likely he's not seen a river before, although we don't know his history, but I think he's going to be a bit of a water baby in time!


I'm going to be very sad to see this little man go, but I know he's going to have the best life and I'm very happy to have been a part of that story.
 

snowbunny

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Not at all, you're the one who is making all of this possible. I'm so excited for the drive over next week and for you to meet for the first time. Bring cheese. And a ball :D
 
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