Darna Status: Available

ID: 24319

Name: Darna

Breed: West Highland Terrier (Westie)

Age: 3 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Burnley, Lancashire

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.

17-01-2019 Darna is a 3 year old ex breeding female Westie.  Darna is a very thin little lady, and no longer required from her breeder. Darna is just so scared and will back away from you as far as she can even going on her back legs to make herself a small as possible. Darna has lost hope, she is frightened and has been unloved.  She needs a break, a resident dog  to copy new skills like housetraining and lead walking from and a loving family to help her gain weight and gain her heart. Please turn her world around.

09-02-19 UPDATE
Darna is making slow but steady progress in her foster home. She is still very much a scared girl in many situations and therefore at the present time, we are looking for a child free home, that has experience of frightened dogs. She is also quite nervous around larger dogs but loves those that are similar to her size.
Darna is now joining us on walks but can only cope with very quiet areas. She can not be walked in busy parks, residential areas or near roads, as this would be far too frightening for her, however she does travel extremely well in the car.
Due to her very nervous disposition, house training is still a work in progress and is likely to be so for some time, so she will need a very patient and understanding home, preferably without carpets!  At night this is not an issue because she sleeps on my bed, where she remains very settled until the morning. Crate training is not suitable for this girl.

18-03-19 UPDATE

Darna continues to blossom, really well in some things and a little slower in others. If you saw her outdoors, you would never realise just how nervous she can be. Because outside, in wide open spaces, she is such a happy and playful girl. She absolutely LOVES going out and her favourite adventure is to get as dirty as possible... filthy actually! She will dive and roll in anything, wet grass, mud, puddles, old leaves... horse poo is a bonus! If you don't like your dogs to get dirty (filthy!) then this girl is not for you, because keeping her on a lead would be utterly cruel. Getting dirty brings Darna immense enjoyment, she is unbelievably happy when rolling and diving in mucky stuff, in fact it's the only time that she truly forgets her fears and past. So she needs a mum/dad that will take delight in watching her be so happy and carefree, even if it does mean two baths a day!
Outdoors she is also becoming more confident with strangers, is now more relaxed about meeting small groups of people and will even take treats from them. She is still very nervous near children and can not be walked in busy or up-built areas, definitely no road walking under any circumstances! Being a young girl, she also has plenty of energy, so will need a home that can offer her the right amount of exercise each day.
Indoors progress is a little slower, Darna is still very nervous in any enclosed area. She does not cope with visitors very well, my daughter visits twice a week and Darna is still fearful of her presence. She definitely can't be homed with children, she was extremely worried by my grandchildren despite them being very quiet near her. She will need a fairly quiet home environment, with no more than two adults and where one of them is around most of the time.
House training is still a very hit and miss affair, she does go toilet when out on walks but will not go in the garden at home, or use puppy pads. She will get there one day, in her own time, so she does need very patient owners.
Once Darna learns to trust you, she is the most loving little girl. She loves to snuggle up next to me on the sofa and in bed at night, she likes to lie close and give the most wonderful cuddles and kisses, she is very gentle and affectionate. However, even though she has this bond of trust with me, she still becomes worried about my movements and intentions at times. Her fears are quite common in our more fearful ex-breeders, so ideally she needs a home with people who have experience of ex-breeders. And of course, she needs to be homed with another dog, one that has a playful side and would be happy to have a snuggle buddy in their space. Darna prefers dogs that are of similar size, she's still nervous of bigger dogs.

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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