Big Bruce Staffie DofB 2010 Guildford Kenns

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Big Bruce Staffie DofB 2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby xxlynne » Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:05 pm

Current Status: Available


Bruce needs a supportive family to offer time and tolerance to allow their new dog to settle. NB Our Rescue asks owners to maintain dogs on lead in public spaces and manage encounters, as dog law changes place dog's lives at greater risk.

Known background: Bruce was handed in Sept 13 to pound saving Charity, Safe & Sound as his family tried to sell him for a £1 on a free ad site. They could not manage him & he had by then been living 4 years in their back garden. Rescue Remedies stepped forwards to offer a Rescue place and save Bruce's life when another Rescue returned him. Bruce is neutered, chipped and fully vaccinated. Bruce has been successfully treated for a chronic skin condition which has come under control. Bruce has damaged joints with some arthritis to his knee which is not correctable. Bruce is a larger 27 kgm Staffie x Bruce however has a wonderful temperament and many have stood by him, believing in his worth & gifts as a family pet.

Bruce has had a tragic life, found being sold for a £1 on free ad. Had been living in the back garden for 4 years due to family members allergies to him. He developed skin allergies & these have been treated. Bruce has joint problems but no surgical intervention can help. 3 years in Rescue & we are looking for a special family as Bruce’s companion, experienced & responsible family to avoid long grass but fine on cut grass. Bruce hasn’t had a normal life a totally impoverished one. Bruce needs company, has calmed with regular walks. Darling

Visit Bruce's thread for daily updates, lots of pictures and videos. Please click to submit Online Application We will match you with a dog that suits your lifestyle, please remain open we successfully home 350 dogs per annum. We work fast to secure our dogs their loving homes.

***PLEASE HELP: We have to ask for suggested min. donation £175 at the time of adoption, to support so many dogs in kennels. We have no state sponsorship and exist on the goodwill of the public and our supporters. Rescue Remedies offers their dogs back up for life.

Bruce's Thread below: Watch progress through our Rescue
Original Referral: Please remember this is the information we received from the referrer. Once a dog is with us and we begin to work with them and unpack them they can and often do reveal positive skills trust and transform behaviours Bruce has been waiting for a Rescue Place Since September 2013: Earliest Referral
SBT (was)entire male, 4 years old. Rather shell-shocked at the moment, but slowly coming out of his shell. Very sad story - has lived in a back garden for several years because the resident child had allergies; he was not taken out at all so not used to being around other animals. Not thought to be toilet >trained. Has previously lived with children (youngest 7 years). Bruce has at least one bad leg which needs to be investigated - he is reportedly limping. (Investigated and Vets can not do any surgery to help). Will not be reclaimed due to owner's circumstances.

Bruce as of May 2016
Neutered and fully vaccinated. "Extremely strong puller on the lead (at just under 30kg this will be a challenge for new owners to tackle immediately. Confident upon meeting me and indifferent upon meeting another dog (Dalmation, indoors approx 3 metres).
As you are aware, noticeable bald and red patches on all 4 legs, armpits, belly and chest. I did notice that he holds his rear end up significantly higher than his shoulders and weight bears slightly to his right hand side. Apparently he has arthritis. No interest in toys, no interest in the accidental dropped food (chicken). I utilised grass enclosures to see how he would cope with me out of sight. He did not care at all. When leaving paddock however required holding on tight as he was very keen to stay. Kennel manager mentioned that leaving him causes hard mouthing. Other than his separation/mouthing combination his only barrier for a home in my opinion is his medical issues. Lovely temperament, allowing me to handle him everywhere despite what must at least be irritable reactions. I would be happy to rehome him to a home with no children ( mouthing) and pending a more rigorous dog test feasibly with another dog. I hope the new vet can help find and treat the allergy." Trainer/ assessor.

10.08.2016 Hi Lynne

We wanted to speak to you about Bruce. He is a lovely lovely boy and his skin problem is now nicely under control We were wondering if you might possibly be able to consider taking him on after the summer holidays, perhaps September or October? Happy to answer any questions you may have. Kind regards, Amanda Safe and Sound"

We have agreed to take Bruce on on the 1st Oct 16. Hopefully we will have less dogs and be able ot offer him time and due deligence. At the moment we are far too stretched.
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Re: Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Surrey comes 1st October

Postby MrsP » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:21 pm

is it our Bruce? I love that boy!
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Re: Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Surrey comes 1st October

Postby xxlynne » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:12 pm

Yes indeedy
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Re: Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Surrey comes 1st October

Postby nhelyer » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:13 am

Oh wonderful! LOVE that boy! love4.gif love4.gif
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Re: Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Surrey comes 1st October

Postby jacnmrb » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:02 pm

Thanks for taking Bruce into RR care, Lynne xx
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Re: Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby MrsP » Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:01 pm

So Bruce is not a 'very strong puller' in my opinion, he is strong but not VERY strong because he is incredibly responsive. I think if you're used to a big dog you'll be fine with our Bruce. His skin had flared up a bit when I walked him last week, kennel staff think he may have been in contact with something that irritated it on a previous walk. It does look a bit angry but he seemed unbothered by it and is still a super handsome boy.
We had a good stroll, a sit down with a cuddle and a little interaction with a wooden bull :D
Bruce was a bit scared of the wooden bull, so we went and had a sniff, he was very proud of himself as was I.

Bruce is a bit of a boys boy so it shall be my mission to convince him that us girlies are pretty awesome too love4.gif
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Re: Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby Bunnyowl » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:16 pm

Wow! How lovely is Bruce! I have to agree with MrsP; Bruce isn't very strong, I have walked much stronger boys and girls. What a wonderful boy. Such a sad background but so loving and interested. Very responsive to commands and listenes intensely. Loves people and very well behaved waiting for other doggies to pass on our walk. An absolute pleasure to be around. Really deserves someone to love him as much as he will love them.
Look at those lovely ears!
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Re: Big Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby Megan » Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:26 am

I had the absolute pleasure of taking Big Bruce out on Saturday with James, and what an absolute darling he is.

I can't get over how his life has gone so far and can't commend him enough for still being so very loving and fun.

Bruce is very excitable when you get him out of kennels, but allows you to put all his harness and collar on while sitting for the most part, in between little outbursts of wanting to give you lots of love!

He is very responsive to his walkers and absolutely fine passing other dogs out and about.

We took the path into Guildford as I didn't want his allergies to flair up on the grass around the island, and he greeted people nicely and waited very patiently for joggers and cyclists to pass when asked.

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He is such a special, absolutely gorgeous boy who would give so much love. His past is obvious through his physical appearance, but inside, his past has not dented what a wonderful temperament he has.

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Re: Big Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby MrsP » Sun Oct 16, 2016 11:12 am

Awwww our Bruce is blossoming into the best of boys. I had the loveliest walk with him, he is a gentle soul out and about and that is starting to show in kennels. I'm able to get him out for his walk now, Chris (kennel owner) puts him away still but I went with them and Chris says he's seen a real improvement. Bruce is a real people dog and doesn't like being left in his kennel but yesterday he held onto his lead and trotted into his kennel beautifully. He leant up against his kennel door and we had kisses and strokes through the mesh, I can't wait to see Bruce in a home love4.gif

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Ello Gawjus

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Bruce has a few allergies and shouldn't really lay on grass, my reminders of this fell on deaf ears! I just got kisses and tummies to rub!

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well who could argue with this level of relaxed joy! I told Chris so he could see if he got itchy later on, it was lovely to see him chill out though. I'll take a blanket with us next week.
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Re: Big Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby xxlynne » Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:20 pm

Big Bruce is doing so well. We had a second trip to our vets today and Bruce was so well behaved on route and in Mark's company. An adjustment of medications with Chris from the kennels liaising closely with Mark and Bruce's skin improving.

Chris wants to thank all our volunteers as Big Bruce's quality of life is really improving and he is beginning to lose some of his intensity and his mood is happier. :thanks.gif:
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Re: Big Bruce Staffie DofB ?2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby MrsP » Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:58 pm

I try not to do 'emotional posts' as I'm not really very sure that it helps a dog find their home, but Bruce makes me quite emotional. I keep it to myself until I get home but today I'm going to share it.
Bruce may be fairly new to RR but he's not new to rescue and before that he was living in a garden, he probably hasn't seen the inside of a home for nearly 6 years. Despite this he still absolutely adores people and is naturally gentle, today he met Jacqui C for the first time and gave her beautiful cuddles, he is always excited to meet a new friend.
Bruce has a way of melting into my leg in a grateful yet sad cuddle. It's hard to explain but I managed to capture it in a photo earlier, he almost gets weepy. I looked at these photos on the train home and cried
Sat on my feet

just leaning

He has a reputation for being mouthy and strong but he hasn't mouthed me once and I'm able to get him in and out of his kennel, which is what he struggles with. Today I couldn't get him back in his kennel, he just didn't want to go, he told me so by taking hold of his lead and pulling me back out of the kennel block. He was still gentle with me and didn't mouth or jump at me in any way. So we sat together for a while outside the kennel block and I imagined how lovely life would be together with Bruce, until the kennel staff came and helped distract him with his dinner so he was happier to leave me. He is a rescuers dog through and through, he is a gift. To the person who knows what it is to save a dog who truly needs saving then Bruce is a beautiful gift.
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Re: Big Bruce Staffie DofB 2010 Guildford Kenns

Postby staffylevi » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:36 pm

Bruce wasn't really interested in the food that Lee and I delivered today to Guildford he was more interested in going for a walk - I guess he's got his priorities right!! lol.gif The food was kindly donated by Support Adoption For Pets via Pets at Home Hertford and the blankets are from us for the dogs' early Christmas pressies. We did manage one pic but Brucie wanted to get going...!
Not Amused! My walk is calling...
Doin' it for the staffies ...
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