10th August 2009, 11:54 AM
HOMED: Bailey: 4 year old male blenheim, Ireland
UPDATE: Bailey is progressing very quickly, settling in with a dog he knows, going on walks, getting some training, and relaxing as his pain disappears. Tara, from Dog Training Ireland, feels he will be a happy dog as he is growing more trusting and adapting so very quickly, all positive signs that this is not a long term major issue for him. He should be fine with older kids and dogs in a new home. A new owner will get direct advice on working with him to keep him on his positive path but mostly all he needs is what he is getting now -- a normal home life with normal activity and no pressure. It would be good for him to be in with at least one other dog as other well-adjusted family dogs will set a good example for him.
For an application and further information, see his homing profile here:
Bailey (fostered with Sins) is going to need a very special longer-term foster and/or very special, caring home.
This is a cavalier who has been utterly, appallingly neglected, and unsocialised to dogs or people and has lived with chronic pain for years, with a painful eye and an unadjusted puppy collar that grew into his own neck. He was left by himself in a back garden with no interaction.
He does not get on with other dogs at this time, and can be snappy with people handling him, though also very sweet as he tries to be a normal cavalier (in other words he is not always snappy nor with everyone but is unreliable. He would not be a dog anyone could go up to and pet at this time). I will have him assessed by a professional trainer and temperament tested, but my gut feeling from all I have heard so far from Sins and his vet is that he will rehabilitate with time and with the pain gone and that festering collar and wound gone from his neck.
Assuming he is okayed after an assessment, he needs an experienced adults-only (teen kids OK) home, ideally with some gentle confident dogs where he can be managed appropriately and kept apart as needed. He will not be able to mingle unsupervised with other dogs, at least for some time. He is not appropriate to a home with children or where small children visit.
If I could take him in here, I would work with him -- Sins has noted that his basic underlying cavalier personality tries to rule out over his mistrust and fear. But I am limited in what I can do given lack of anyplace at home to keep him. As always full support and trainer backup are available for a new home.
He is absolutely the worst case of neglect and passive abuse I have ever had come in. Thanks so much to Sins for getting him sorted and giving him some space to relax and breathe. Whether he has a future depends on 1) his assessment and 2) the possibility of a correct home. I do hope he gets that future as he has had 4 years of hell.
This is Bailey, all cleaned up and trimmed and looking a lot happier. If anyone wishes to talk to me about him drop me a PM:
This is how he came to Sins:
In memory: Lucy
10th August 2009, 12:52 PM
I do hope Bailey gets a home. I found DJ my rescue boy on here in Feb 2008, he has his own problems and even after training etc I would still have to be wary about certain people and situations with him, but he is getting a lot better. I think like it has been mentoned about Bailey, his cavalier personality tries to over-rule but he still gets anxious in certain situations.
What I would like to say is that although he has to be treated differently - eg. I walk him on his own without the other two dogs and can't let people appoach him while out on lead also have to be wary of certain situations at home- The joy of seeing him learn to have trust in people and the affection he gives in return is worth all the extra effort. He wasn't treated nearly half as bad as poor Bailey, but there was some element of neglect(as in left to his own devices) with him and possibly he was smacked as punishment.
He doesn't like other dogs at all but loves my two and loves when people come to my house but would snap or maybe bite the same people if he met them elsewhere.
I really think whoever takes Bailey would need to be ready to devote time and attention but above all give lots of love and affection and know what they are taking on and be willing to be in it for the long haul. This is just my opinion as I feel if I'd given up on my boy he would have ended up being shoved from Billy to Jack by well meaning people who thought it would be easy to change him.
I would love to be able to help Bailey but because of DJ I can't even consider it but if someone out there is thinking about having him in my opinion having a rescue is the most humbling and rewarding thing I have done and the joy of seeing him happy really makes my day.
I have never even met Bailey,but someting about his story touched my heart the way DJ's story did and I have never regretted calling Karlin that day to find out more about him and really feel he was meant to find me and me him.
So,thanks to Karlin I have my beautiful little man and fingers crossed someone will be posting a similar post about Bailey on here sometime soon.
11th August 2009, 01:03 PM
Bailey has had a minor setback, he's picked up an infection post neuter and is back on antibiotics again.However he's beginning to mellow significantly and seems calm and relaxed as he recuperates and it's great to see the hair starting to grow back on his neck.
He's eating and drinking well and can be palmfed with titbits and will sit before being given them.
He's able to walk on a leash around the garden with me and seems to be pretty much toilet trained now.He was very happy and in a playful mood this morning and is making steady progress, physically and psychologically.
Once he recovers from his physical ailments he should be ready for assessment,he's now off all painkillers and meds except for antibiotics.
He's a smart dog,quick to learn so hopefully he'll come right given the time and effort.
(he also managed a quick walk on leash with Daisy and apart from normal doggy sniffing, the tail never stopped wagging)
Last edited by sins; 11th August 2009 at 02:31 PM.
11th August 2009, 05:26 PM
That is a wonderful update and some really exciting news (outside the infection, poor fellow, but that sounds pretty minor). This is indeed a huge step forward if he is beginning to think other dogs are OK and getting the hang of housetraining and some basic obedience and rewards too! I am really hoping we can get him placed so he can continue to become a proper happy boy.
In memory: Lucy
15th August 2009, 09:17 PM
Daisy investigates Bailey's new headgear
The collar lasted 20 mins, he hated it and cried like a baby.
He's now becoming a very loving, affectionate cavalier and loves having his tummy tickled.He's getting on well with Daisy and is relishing his new role as a housedog. I cannot believe this is the same dog!
15th August 2009, 09:29 PM
He was blessed to have found you to foster him until he finds his new home.
You seem to be working wonders with him