Billy

Billy was a stray that arrived at our centre on 30 April 2022. He has very little history and this will limit the home he can go to.

 

Billy on his microchip has a date of birth of 20 December 2016, making him almost 5 1/2 years and is a crossbreed. He is medium-large sized dog, strong and athletic, but with what appears to be a disability from birth affecting his legs. It is almost like he is double-jointed, and bandy-legged. While this does look cute, and does not stop him from walking or running around it does him an unusual gait.

 

Billy is going to need a home as follows

  • An experienced confident and assertive dog owner

  • No children living in or visiting the home

  • No dogs, cats or other pets in the home

  • Access to his own private secure garden

  • Billy may not be used to being left alone in a home environment so we are looking for minimal time left alone, and an owner willing to work with Billy to get him accustomed to being left for short periods

  • Billy will not need long walks, but regular shorter walks each day and lots of companionship. As a young dog with limited mobility this means he needs someone there all or most of the time as he will not be able to have the normal amount of exercise a dog needs before it should be left alone.

Billy is a strong, confident dog, and needs an owner that match this otherwise Billy will think he is boss.

 

Handling

Billy has proved to be very well behaved since arriving in our care. He has allowed us to fit a harness to him, and he super excited to see us. He has bursts of energy and likes to run, though we are trying to ensure he does not overdo it. He has proven to be very easy to handle, being able to be taken from and to his kennel without a lead (though treats help). He is a good boy, and will sit on command, but does not appear to know paw.

 

Walking

We are limiting Billy to 15 minute walks, several times a day, as well as plenty of times of out of kennel socialising with people, and using our small garden area. He loves cuddles on the sofa, but can be a fruity at times and may sometimes, with some people starting mouthing, a behaviour that can be diverted with a simple reward based distraction technique.

 

Health

We have no history for Billy. He arrived in what appears good health but for his bandy legs. As he has shown some lameness from initial play and walks we have reduced these and introduced Metacam as an anti-inflammatory until he sees our vet. Billy is microchipped but will need to restart vaccinations and be neutered. We may neuter Billy after he has been rehomed.

 

Taking treats

Billy can snatch food to quickly, and so we give treats from the palm of our hands which he takes quickly, excitedly but without nipping. Bigger treats need to be given carefully, using wait commands and basically not hanging around.

 

Dogs and other animals

As we have no history for Billy we are not looking for homes that already have a dog, or other animals. On walks Billy may be interested in dogs, and may pull towards them. He has not yet shown any aggression to dogs on walks, but in the vets, when a dog came in that was yapping he did become quite excited, pulling hard and seemed to be quite anxious. In the vets examination room he was calm and patient while being examined.

Playing

Billy absolutely loves to play, and with all sorts of toys, balls, tug toys, teddies. He particularly loves larger boomer balls which he can move around himself. However Billy’s play needs to be carefully controlled as too much play will strain his legs causing him discomfort. Billy can play rough, meaning he will jump to catch tug toys, and may be too eager so playing with longer tug toys is strongly advised. Billy does not currently give toys back, but he can be distracted with other toys, or with treats.