Belle Status: Available

ID: 25146

Name: Belle

Breed: Bichon Frise

Age: 3 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Epsom, Surrey

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.

29-04-2019  Belle is a nervous bichon who has come to us from a breeder.  She is unsure of what is going on at the moment and just wants to cuddle up in her bed and lay down with other dogs. She will need to live with a resident dog or  dogs who wlll allow her to snuggle up to the them and share their bed.  She will watch what they do and as her confidence grows she will start to copy what they do which will help her with house training and leas walking etc.  We are sure in time that Belle will blossom into a lovely girl but for now she is very unsure but will allow us to handle her.

28-05-19 UPDATE

Belle is a timid little bichon but she will allow you to handle her with ease. She loves going in the play yard and is currently learning to walk on a harness, although, she is still in the early stages of this. Belle will definitely need a kind resident dog in her new home, so that she can learn all about home life from them. She is a very sweet girl and with time and a caring patient new owner - She truly will become a wonderful family member.

15-07-19 UPDATE

Belle has been with me for two weeks now. She is a delightful dog and very pretty. Her kennel pictures really dont do her justice. She isnt the daintiest of Bichons, quite a solid little lady (8.6kgs) who loves to chase around the garden (at speed ) playing with my dogs and clearing the wildlife!  Belle definitely needs at least one playful, but not too boisterous, doggy friend in her new home. She has been very good following my dogs out to toilet in the garden.
At the moment Belle is still nervous of people and of being touched, she is very gradually accepting the occasional stroke and will always take treats from our hands....but back away if you try to touch her.  When I want to pick her up, she will flatten to the floor and often make a little puddle, this is the only time she wets indoors, she is so scared of what's going to happen to her. It's taking her a little while to realise she isnt going to be hurt. Once picked up I can brush her, which she likes and put a harness on which she is very good about, doesn't chew at it or try to get it off.
Belle sits quietly and nicely in the car with a seat belt harness fixed in both the back seat belt connections but waits with my husband while I take the other dogs for a walk. We try lead walking every day but so far she just freezes and refuses to move a muscle, so it’s something that needs more time.

12-08-19 UPDATE
Belle is still very much a project dog when it comes to understanding that people are not going to hurt her, although she is gradually getting more accepting of touch she will run away from you if she can. If doors are shut and there is no escape she will flatten to the floor, but thankfully she no longer wets herself with fear and once you have her in your arms she is happy to have her harness put on or to be brushed.
in every other respect she is a three year old puppy. She chases around keeping my dogs on their toes and looking for things she isn’t supposed to chew. Her ambition in life at the moment seems to be to to collect all the towels from the bathroom and take them to the end of the garden. She made us laugh this morning, struggling to get a huge bath towel down the stairs. Clean washing is another favourite for re-location.
She’d like a home with at least one other playful but kind dog, she is so sweet natured herself, but her new family will need lots and lots of patience to help her learn to trust and to accept walking on a lead.
Belle is happy to wear her harness and sits quietly in the car but lead walking is slow to improve. Most of the time she will just stand still and when you give the lead a gentle tweak she sits down.  However yesterday we did manage a nice little trot around a quiet park with her on a long line with a VERY secure harness and collar attached to each other. Once she realised she was the other side of the park from the safety of the car she decided enough was enough so lay down and nothing would shift her! But it was a first and great progress we will hope to build on, even though I had to carry her back.
Toilet habits are absolutely perfect bless her. My own dogs stare in amazement as she trots out to the garden no matter what the weather.
With apologies to all the other Bichons I’ve known, I do think Belle is the prettiest, she has the most beautiful little face even if her body shape is not the daintiest. She has a slightly long body and rather short legs but don’t be fooled, she can move with great speed.
She will make a wonderful family member and I think she would be fine with dog savvy older children as long as they understand she is nervous and needs time to settle and realise she doesnt need to be scared any more.

Please excuse my mucky face and feet, I’ve just come in from clearing magpies from the garden, and its raining and very muddy out there - Belle

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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