Dora Status: Available

ID: 23217

Name: Dora

Breed: Bichon Frise

Age: 7 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Near Coventry, Warwickshire

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.

22-09-18 Dora is a 5 year old exbreeding Bichon Frise . This little girls eyes are wide with fear. She has never been beyond her breeders before and the change is just overwhelming her completely at the moment. She needs a little time and space to settle here before we start seeing her trie personality as at the moment she is so frightened she just wants to run and hide and will completely panic if approached. This girl needs a fosterer with a quiet home and experience with nervous dogs to help her to settle and relax so much better than in a kennel environment if possible but whilst she is here our staff will work with her gently and lovingly.
Dora is a project, not a ready made family pet. So you would need infinite patience and know that it will take much time and effort to help her. She wold not cope with children around her at the moment. Will it be worth your while? Trust us, to see a dog learn to trust, give you their heart, their love and their hopes is a feeling that cannot be bought, cannot be replicated.This dog is so special and if you are special too then she needs you. 
She needs another dog to be her friend and show her about living inside and allow her to copy skills like housetraining. She needs heaps of time. Heaps of patience and an endless amount of love.

29-10-18 UPDATE
Dora has evidently had a difficult start in life.  She has been with us for just over a month now and her progress since arrival has been slow but positive.  However she desperately needs a foster home or forever home to properly flourish.
She has only met me a few times and doesn't want to interact at all.  Whilst her kennel mates come running up to me to say hello, she will be the one in the back of her kennel, doing her best to keep her distance from me. She is however trying very hard to interact and make friends and recently with her kennel mum ran up to her with her kennel friends and gave her kisses on her fingers, proving that once she is familiar with you, she is significantly more advanced.
Dora seeks great comfort in her kennel friends, she cuddles into them, huddling in as tight as she can.  If she is separated from them in the kennel she becomes very fearful. As she is so nervous, she does need a fairly experienced owner who has owned frightened dogs in the past.
Handling wise, we currently need to gently ease her into a corner and from that point she allows us to pick her up.  However we have to be patient and give her time to settle herself.  We're doing this multiple times a day to get her used to the human touch.
Dora has not yet been on a harness with me and in the near future will need gradual introduction to wearing a harness and will then begin learning how to walk in a completely secure area. I think with another confident dog(s) to follow she would come on relatively quickly, just as she has with her kennel hand, however whilst she is learning things such as harness walking, security is the crucial thing, she would have to be taught in a secure garden until she has grown in confidence with it.
Dora would require another friendly, snuggly companion in his new home as she is so reliant on other dogs, this will also help massively with her lead walking, house training and everything else she'd need to learn! There is a lot of potential in Dora, all she needs is the correct owners or fosterers to bring it out of her, I know her progress out of a kennel environment will be tenfold of what it is now. If you think you have the kind, patient an quiet home that Dora needs so badly, please put in an application form or some and meet her, it'd be the best thing that ever happened to her!

05-03-19 UPDATE

Dora has been in foster with us for twelve weeks and is living with male and female dogs. She is very close to another foster dog who came with her. Dora had a particularly hard life prior to being rescued by MT and the progress she has made while here may look minimal but actually for Dora, it is massive.
When she first came into foster Dora would sit facing the wall as if she was trying to make herself invisible. She would truggle to come inside from the garden.
I have been very hands off for the first couple of months, giving Dora space and time to adjust to living in a home and especially being in close proximity of people. Dora will do anything not to be touched and barks when startled. She will poo out of fear every time I go to put a slip lead on her.
When Dora first gave me a big sloppy lick on my fingers, I felt very privileged that she has started to trust me a little. This is becoming a regular occurrence although she does scurry off straight after. She also wags her tail a lot.
Every evening Dora has a slip lead on and lies next to me. She is getting used to this and now relaxes and goes to sleep. She has started to take an interest in how my dogs interact with me and I with them. This week she has even started to take treats out of my hand.
It’s early days in Dora’s road to recovery but all these tiny steps forward, which are huge for Dora, are very encouraging and also very rewarding for me as her fosterer. This little girl really deserves to have a normal happy life where she will loved and cherished.

08-06-19 UPDATE

Dora has turned a corner over the past three months, although it has been challenging at times, and is gradually starting to trust me. Her journey is very much ongoing and she still has a long way to go until she becomes trusting of humans.
Dora is relaxing more and her funny little character is starting to come through. To see her do normal little things, like rolling round on the chair quite happily or getting excited when it’s meal time is a joy and so rewarding.
She is still very hand shy and has a long line on so I can catch her to pick her up but this is getting easier to do. She has been groomed by a fosterer/groomer who understood how scared Dora was. She was actually very calm for Penny and must have felt so much better after she had a good wash and cut. This will be done regularly so Dora will get used to being groomed and also to someone else handling her.
Dora started lead walking by going around the garden but is now walking out in the big wide world and has amazed me as she seems to like going out and about and having a good sniff around. We are building the walks up and this will also help her confidence grow.
Dora is a beautiful Bichon with the most gorgeous eyes, who is slowly realising that she can now relax and enjoy her new life as a dog should!

18-09-19 UPDATE

Dora has been in foster with us for sometime and is now comfortable in our presence but is still very wary of human contact. Dora no longer has to have a longline on and tolerates me picking her up but still wets herself every time although the pooing, etc has mostly stopped.
She likes routine and can regress when anything new is introduced so I have to take things super slow with her. She totally relaxes when cuddling with my dogs.
Dora really, really enjoys going for walks and is an absolute dream to walk. We have even been to a busy country park during the school holidays, where she was a star, taking it all completely in her stride. She has started to play with Nylabones, loves sunbathing, gets excited at meal times and I can brush her gently when she is on the table.
This gorgeous little girl has been through so much in her life before she was rescued by MT and her journey will be a long one. She is not yet ready to let go of her demons but she IS getting there in her own time and just needs endless patience and love.

07-01-20 UPDATE

Just had to share this momentous moment when Dora decided she would like a cheesy ball of my daughter, who actually cried when Dora did this! Dora’s fear and mistrust of humans overrides her courage but she is getting more courageous every day. Love, consistency and oodles of patience is gradually helping Dora to overcome her fears. I feel that although Dora has benefitted from having lots of dogs with her in foster, for her to progress further she needs a forever home with one or two confident, gentle dog friends. Dora is a beautiful little girl who needs a very special adult only home with people who are experienced with particularly scared ex breeders and who would love her unconditionally.

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.
Large breed dogs over 25kg cost us considerably more  to spay and neuter so if you are adopting a large breed dog we would be very grateful of an extra suggested donation of £10 towards this increased cost to help us keep running.
 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.

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