BRAD 3 year(s) & 10 month(s) old
DISTRUSTFUL + TRAUMATIZED + SHY
SHEPERD / MASTIFF CROSSBREED
Life in a city/apartment : NO
Home without an exterior : NO
Contact with other dogs : GOOD
Life with cats : ?
Contact with children : NOT RECOMMENDED
Need for daily exercise : AVERAGE
Health : GOOD
Trauma : YES – VERY DISTRUSTFUL
Special needs : PATIENCE AND EXPERIENCE WITH FEARFUL DOGS
History : When he was still a puppy, at the age of about 5 months, Brad was seen and rescued near a road along with his 3 brothers. The mother of the 4 little puppies had been run over and all four were housed in our shelter. Unfortunately, to this day we have not found a definitive home for Brad and his sister Brisa. Therefore, he had to go through the important formative phase of his childhood without close contact with people and family.
Personality : So far, despite great efforts (sadly, there isn’t much time for this at the day-to-day animal shelter), the keepers still haven’t managed to fully gain his trust, even just being able to touch and pet him. If you enter his cage, he will bark at the keepers without being aggressive or biting. He watches everything from a safe distance and looks at everything with interest but with suspicion. But there are more and more small progresses that encourage us in our effort. Brad is torn, he would like to go out more and he is seeking contact with us humans. For example, if you sit motionless on the ground and stand still, he will sneak up behind you and nudge you or sniff your hand. He even takes treats from your hand from time to time, but then takes them away very quickly. Also, it has not yet been possible for our animal welfare partners to vaccinate him and do the necessary blood tests, as Brad would have to be captured and that would make it more complicated to work with him in the current situation.
We’re looking for : We think that if Brad can exchange the shelter for a calm and stable home, with people who do not expect anything from him and who are willing to give him a lot of patience, love and understanding, and who have the courage, the will and the experience to work with him without increasing his fear, paying attention to him and gaining his trust, that Brad’s behavior will change for the better very soon. He needs a safe haven, reliable guidance, and people who accompany him with joy, sensitivity, and competence in his later life. Because not only does Brad have to learn to trust us humans, but also walking on a leash, traveling in a car, living in a house, even our normal daily lives, are things that he does not know and are new to him. Brad gets along very well with his peers and if there is already a dog companion living in his new home, from whom he can learn many things and orient himself about it, that would certainly be an advantage for him, but it is not a requirement. If children are also part of your family, they should be older and more stable and already have experience in dealing with such a special puppy. Brad is believed to be a mix of German Shepherd and Mastiff, and given his current nature and size, a home with a secure, fenced-in yard and yard for Brad to settle in and gain confidence in is more appropriate than an apartment in the city with many external stimuli unknown to him. The best thing you can give Brad is a chance.” We’re looking for exactly those people for Brad. People who, with a lot of patience and the necessary experience, take Brad by the paws and free him from the fear and support him either as a foster home or with a “Forever home” in his new start in a new life . Brad is currently still caught up in fear but is curious about everything around him. Unfortunately, he never had the opportunity to learn and understand life. Are you the special person who will give Brad his chance at a “forever home” or as his caretaker you want to allow him to start a new and more beautiful dog life? Contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions and help with an adoption and, if necessary, also afterwards.
All animals available for adoption have a microchip and passport. They have been tested for common diseases (Leishmania for dogs, FeLV and FIP for cats). Adult animals are fully vaccinated and castrated.
* Until complete adaptation, adult supervision with small children is essential.