Uma Status: Available

ID: 27310

Name: Uma

Breed: Cocker Spaniel

Age: 4 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Swindon, Wiltshire

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.

16-01-20 Uma is a 4 year old female ex breeding Cocker Spaniel. She is very scared, doesn't like being picked up or touched, and tries to jump out of your arms or wriggle away from you. She is very difficult to handle and will need an experienced person to help her adjust and settle into a home. This lovely girl will need to learn house training, lead walking and trust. At the moment she is panicking and taking things slowly with her is the way forward. Uma needs an adult nly home as she would find children too much to cope with. She really does need a special. compassionate person to help her

22-01-20 UPDATE
Uma is making small bits of progress each day but she is still very nervous and worried about people interacting with her. It is possible to approach Uma but stroking or handling her is a scary experience at this moment for her as she is not used to a life of human kindness. She relies heavily on the support of her kennel friends and it is through them she learns routine, such as leaving and coming back to her kennel from the play yard and socialising with new people. Uma was brave to go out on her first walk with Umbro a couple of days ago but when you watch her in action you will see that she is on edge a lot of the time, especially with any change of pace, background noise etc. and she will look to Umbro for reassurance. Sadly her eyes are constantly scanning for a possible escape.
The videos above show how nervy she can be throughout, but they also show how well she can do with another confident dog in tow to guide her. It's important to mention as well that before the first video was recorded, there was an incident at the start of our walk where Uma got unexpectedly spooked by something innocuous that happened behind us and her immediate reaction was to bolt. Thankfully I had a tight hold of her at the time but it unsettled her so badly that if she had been wearing a collar on and not a slip lead, she would have been gone without a doubt, because she backed up so forcefully and suddenly that the neck collar on her would have easily come off.
For these reasons we really need a home for Uma that has at least one resident dog for her to learn from and be comfortable in taking on new situations with them by her side. We also ask for her new parents to have experience of working with scared dogs and/or ex-breeding ones particularly so they will know what to look out for and how best to work on improving her confidence.

30-01-20 UPDATE

Today was the first day I met the gorgeous Uma, and I’m glad I did. Even though she was really unsure of me, she did let out a little tail wag which was just lovely. I sat in her kennel with her for 10 minutes or so, just speaking gently to her and letting her know I wasn’t going to hurt her. After a while, she picked up the courage to approach me and sniff my hand. That was as far as she wanted to go, but that’s okay.
After sitting with her for a while, I took her out for a nice little walk to see how she would react to me. She was a little nervous when I had to put her lead on, but she was ok. When we were out on our walk, she thoroughly enjoyed all the new smells and sights, and she was even okay when 2 ladies walked past us. After speaking with her kennel mummy, it was obvious that her lead walking skills have improved a lot. Even though this doesn’t sound like much, it’s a really big step for nervous dogs as the outside world is so scary for them.
It’s quite clear that Uma is starting to come out of her shell, but at a slow pace. But that’s absolutely fine - as long as she’s making some progress. I’m confident she would come on better in a home environment, as it’s a less daunting place than kennels! Her new owners will need to be very patient with her, and show her nothing but love and kindness. She’s a beautiful dog and that’s just what she deserves. So if you think you could give this to her, please come down and meet her. Uma will still need a resident dog or dogs, as she is very reliant on her kennel friends.

03-03-20 UPDATE

This poor girl has been with us now nearly 2 months, she has come on so much in this time with regards to lead walking, gaining confidence in people etc. Today is very cold and I cant blame her for wanting to stay in bed under heat the lamp with her mate Ticket so I thought I'd join them. Uma is a lovely dog and really comes out her shell once she gains confidence in you so please give her the chance she deserves.

17-03-20 UPDATE

Uma, although has come a long way, she is still nervous meeting new people. When I first met her today, she wouldn’t come near me but as she settled she started coming up to say hello. One of her kennel friends was nervous too, so I think that added to Uma’s reluctance too.
After a while she let me stroke her and she took treats from me but she wasn’t confident so I didn’t try and walk her. She will need another dog friend in her forever home as she is too nervous to be an only dog. Her new family will need to house train her along with having the patience to slowly take her out lead training. Another dog friend will help with all this training. She will also need to go to a relatively quiet family without young children which will help build her confidence. If you could home this little girl, please come and meet her.

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.

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





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