Vespa Status: Available

ID: 21833

Name: Vespa

Breed: Bichon Frise Cross

Age: 7 Years

Gender: Male

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: In Foster in
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

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.

25-04-18 Vespa is a 7 year old Bichon Frise cross who has come to us from a breeder. This little lad is extremely nervous and shut down to the point that we are unable to tell at this point if he sees well or is simply completely closed off to us and so terrified that he cannot make sense of the things around her. We will observe him as he settles and update at a later time. Vespa needs a quiet home with a calm and gentle resident dog to be his friend. He would not be able to cope with young children nor young, busy dogs. He needs time, kindness and unconditional love to help him adjust slowly to his new life. Vespa will need to learn all about house training from scratch and be introduced carefully to a lead and harness to enable him to start to learn to see some of the world. In time this boy will flourish and the overwhelming sense of pride you get from that will be worth every second you spend with him.

16-05-18 UPDATE
Vespa or Bear as we are calling him is one of those dogs who just breaks your heart, he’s had 7 hard years and he’s not going to be able to get over them with out lots of time and patience .
He’s not blind as was first thought but he is very short sighted .
Bear is going to need some one who has an understanding of scared / terrified dogs.
It’s taken nearly 3 weeks for Bear to half relax in the sitting room with us, but as soon as we get up he’s out of his bed and tries to run as quick as he can away from us.
The poor boy has had very little in life so far and must have suffered a great deal in his past, he will either growl at you if you manage to get near to him or shake uncontrollably with fear .
The one thing  in life he gets comfort from is the other dogs.. he adores the girls especially Westies, and just plods around next to them .
Bear is going to need a dedicated person to help him move on, it won’t be an easy road but the rewards you get from helping such a damaged dog really are priceless.

22-11-18 UPDATE
Poor Vespa is still terrified of being touched or handled and will bite out of sheer terror if you attempt to pick him up. He is happy pottering round the house and loves the company of other dogs. He will sniff our hand now and if feeling very brave take the occasional treat. We are trying to push him and handle him everyday but he will still bite and you have to be very careful. Vespa is still very damaged and it is going to be a very long journey for anyone wishing to adopt him. He will need a very experienced and patient home with a kind resident dog who will allow him to cuddle up to and play with.

15-04-19 UPDATE
Vespa known as Bear here has been with us now for 9 months so he is now considered a long timer! Bear has definitely made progress from the very damaged dog who arrived here. He is now walking on a slip lead and enjoys his walks.
Bear will still not allow you to touch him but he’ll jump up on the sofa and sit next to you. He tries so hard to be brave and will sniff your hand and take treats occasionally but he still can’t quite forget his past to allow you to stroke him. I can handle him quite easily now but he has to be wrapped in a blanket to do this as he then doesn’t feel threatened.
Bear absolutely loves all other dogs, this is when he feels most comfortable. He’s quite playful and he couldn’t cope at all without another doggy companion. He needs an experienced home who have got plenty of time and patience to spend time with him. He can’t be homed with children and needs a small playful doggy companion to follow and copy.
Bear is by far the most damaged foster I have had, but he really is easy to have around as he’s so undemanding and just happy to potter about. This boy deserves a loving home as he’s waited so long.

15-01-20 UPDATE
Well Bear has now been in foster over a year and a half and he is definitely classed as a long termer!! Bear is definitely more relaxed around the house and will happily sit next to you on the sofa and even rest his head by the side of you. He still will resist any attempt to be stroked or touched and possibly will never allow anyone to do this. It’s so sad that he has been damaged to such an extent that even after so long in a home he still will not let his guard down enough for you to touch him.
Despite this, Bear is a happy boy and enjoys doing zoomies round the garden, playing with the other dogs and walks brilliantly on a slip lead. He gets very excited when it’s time for food and will bark for you to hurry up and will climb up my leg to see if you can go any faster!
My dearest wish is for him to finally let go and fully trust people to allow them to stroke him but that is my wish and maybe not his. He makes us laugh everyday and we love him dearly. Could there be someone out there who could love him too???

11-06-20 UPDATE

Vespa known as Bear, has now been in foster for 2 years, despite this I still believe there is a perfect home out there for him. Bear will happily sit next to you and will rest his head next to you but he is still very frightened of human touch.
He does allow you to handle him but it is not something he enjoys. His new owners will need lots of patience and time but will be rewarded with a quirky, comical, playful boy.
Bear loves other dogs and it’s wonderful to see him playing with them and forgetting all about his past. Bear is still a very damaged dog and we’re looking for a very special home for him.
Please read all my previous updates and only apply if you meet this criteria:-

  • Experience with very scared ex-breeding dogs
  • Resident playful, confident dog of similar size
  • Home majority of the time
  • Someone who has the patience and time to continue his progress
  • No Children

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.

 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.
* Many Tears uses Vanguard to vaccinate their dogs.  However, this can sometimes be difficult to source at local vets so if you are adopting a dog or puppy that has only had one vaccination please be aware your vets may require you to start the course from the beginning.

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





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