Mirabel Status: Available

ID: 20393

Name: Mirabel

Breed: St Bernard

Age: 7 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

18-04-18 Mirabel is a 6 year old St Bernard who has sadly been returned from her home as despite her adopters very best efforts to work with her they struggled to gain her trust and felt she needed the company of other dogs around her to enable her to relax and make progress. She also struggled with house training due to her fear and worries about leaving her "safe" area in the house. Mirabel has returned to her previous fosterer and has settled in well and we can see she has made visible progress in her lead walking during her time away. She is bonding well with the dogs in the home and we believe would like to live with another large male dog but her fosterer will update on this after he has spent more time with her. She gets excited to see her fosterer when he returns from work and is adjusting well. Mirabel is a fantastic, sensitive soul who needs someone very committed and experienced to help her take steps forwards towards being a happy, relaxed dog.

06-05-18 UPDATE

Mirabel has changed foster homes because Mathew who is staff at Many Tears was asked to take a dog with specialist needs. On return to Mathew she settled in well with his dogs and has made such progress, she has again experienced life in an urban area getting used to pedestrians and traffic also spending many hours in the country and at the beach.
I knew Mirabel when she first arrived at Many Tears, life was difficult for her and she was always anxious even when I walked her on the country lanes. Mathew introduced Mirabel to our pack of dogs - St Bernard - 2× goldies -collie x - all males and a female GSD, all went well, she instantly became part of the family gaining confidence from the pack. She chooses to lie in the middle of the room and does not move to be stepped over.
The second day she accepted being brushed as she was moulting, even lifted up her back legs so as to have her tummy brushed. Yesterday she accepted me cutting off some matted hair from behind her ears that was beyond teasing out, what a star.
Mirabel walks amazingly well on the lead and will go to the toilet on taking out.  She initially had two toilet accidents in the house overnight but is now totally clean in the house, she knows our routine and has adapted brilliantly to it.
We live in a very rural area which enables Mirabel to be off lead with us in our secure fields, but does need to be on the lead to be taken away from home as she finds it difficult leaving the security of home.
In the mornings Mirabel is pleased to see us, she has confidence to eat her food with us standing near, she knows that we will not take it or allow the other dogs to. My sister and her temperamental female collie visited, she accepted them because the rest of the household were happy to see them.
Mirabel is content living with us, but at times Mirabel forgets the demons of her past and has short windows of time where she is happy. Today she joined the other dogs paddling in a muddy stream, oh how heartwarming to see her partaking and enjoying what the other dogs take for granted, it was funny to see her with muddy 'paddy paws'
As I compose this update, all are fast asleep. Yesterday a female beagle who is 'under the weather' joined our household, Mirabel was so gentle with her and welcomed her as our dogs had welcomed her, what a beautiful gentle soul, oh how we love her. I will only consider apications where there is already a resident dog and with people who have no expectation of her making a fuss of them for a very long time, if ever - due to her age and expected life span of her breed. But, in the short time she has been with us, she has made amazing progress, she comes up to us and sniffs our hands and is content indoors to have a stroke and ear scatch.

27-05-18 UPDATE
Mirabel remains taking up residence in the middle of our living area regardless of us stepping over her. She continues to play periodically with our male goldie which is instigated by her.  Today our two male goldies were playing and she joined in. At times she is reluctant to leave her safe area of her home but is receptive of having the lead put on and then willingly walks outside alongside you.
When she needs to go to the toilet she will let us know if the door is closed, if the door is open she will take herself outside. She is so very pleased to see us first thing in the morning and will join in with the other dogs for a fuss - she will do a little dance and does a funny little bark.
Whilst outside, if I walk away from the other dogs Mirabel chooses to follow me, she will approach me and sniff my hand, but is mostly too nervous for me to touch her. If the man of the house chooses to return home and calls the other dogs to accompany him, Mirabel will stay with me, she will then follow me home.
Today we had a walk in the fields whilst it was raining, for a short time Mirabel ran around with her friends, she skipped around, then tucked her back legs in whilst running around, then galloped like a racehorse fully extending her legs and body, how heart warming to witness our beautiful girl experiencing things that our own dogs take for granted.
Mirabel has come such a long way, she has totally surprised us by exceeding our expectations of her. As I compose this update Mirabel is asleep at my feet, I can hear her snoring, see her feet moving and muzzle quivering, our precious girl is fast asleep and dreaming. We are still looking for a home that has experience with scared dogs and one with at least one resident dog, from our experience she gains confidence from the resident male St Bernard, but plays with the male goldies, so a similar sized male who is friendly and playful but gentle enough to give Mirabel space when needed.

13-07-18 UPDATE
Mirabel continues to make progress. Today Mirabel followed myself and the dogs up windy steps to the fruit /veg garden, this is an area where she has always been led up to, but her nosiness wouldn't let her get left behind. Usually she would pace around, but today whilst I was working,  Mirabel decided she would make herself comfortable, after digging herself a hole in the damp soil amongst the rhubarb, she settled down for a snooze. Our precious girl relaxed, but  I shall have to tell foster dad that there are giant rabbits digging in his garden.


PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

Please read our adoption procedures before applying and then complete the adoption form.





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