Meet Bandit, our Caucasian Mountain Dog cross. We adopted him when he was around 4 months old, he was previously living on the streets in Romania. When he arrived he was quite unwell, timid and spent a lot of time under the dining table. After a few days he became more adventurous and was soon the playful puppy you would expect at 4 months old.
After a few months, Bandit started to grow into a healthy, happy dog. He has settled into our family perfectly and he loves the children just as much as they love him.
Just before his first birthday Bandit started to hobble on some walks, become anxious around other dogs and appear to be in pain. We had this investigated and our fear was confirmed, at just 11 months old he was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia. Bandit has now had a full hip replacement, which after a few months of recovery he had a new lease of life. Unfortunately, a few months down the line he needed his other hip to be replaced. Bandit is now well into he recovery and I am sure once he has fully recovered, he will be a new dog! You can follow the progress of his recovery on my YouTube channel, simply click on the following button:
We adopted Peppa our GSD cross from a local rescue centre when she was 12 months old. When she arrived she was underweight, very anxious, excitable and reactive as she was not socialised with other dogs and not used to being walked, she had so much pent up energy. After a few weeks of good feeding and regular exercise, she was making great progress.
From the outset, she was very affectionate and got on fantastically well the children and Bandit once they had spent a little time together, but she can struggle with meeting new dogs. Although she has shown a good improvement when meeting other dogs, it still proves to be a challenge and we continue to work on this. Slowly but surely the improvements are showing. Once she has been introduced to a new dog, she gets on fantastically well and loves a good play!
It is a working progress, but Peppa is much less anxious and enjoying the early stages of agility and trick training, we are very proud of her.