Hello! Meet Isaac!
Isaac first came to the Ark at 6 months old from another rescue where’d he’d been taken as a stray. He was called Patch in those days and was deaf, probably from birth. We rehomed him but sadly the lady subsequently developed dementia and Isaac led a very secluded and restrictive life, living with other dogs and not really socialising or having any exercise. He came back to the Ark, aged 8 years, when the lady died, along with the other dogs in the home.
He’d been neutered and his vaccinations have recently been updated; he was very overweight and his fur was matted and he needed grooming, all of which have been addressed. We had to introduce him to a lead and get him used to being walked on it, usually alongside another dog, and gradually he learned to do so, but with some pulling. He’s extremely affectionate and, in fact, needs human contact and in the early days would try to almost melt into any human giving him attention. That neediness has lessened a little now but he remains affectionate and needing love and fuss.
He was rehomed for a few weeks but became very dependent upon his lady owner, to the point of not wanting other family members to go near her and showing severe separation anxiety when he was left, even for a short time. In the end, she regretfully returned him. He then spent five weeks on trial with an older couple who attempted to present themselves as a united front in the hope that he would attach to both equally. But sadly this didn’t work either and, while he attached to the lad, he would bite her husband when he approached, so he was sadly returned when they felt they could progress no further with him.
We’re not too surprised at this outcome and for the time being at least, we plan to keep him as a retirement dog. At the Ark we’ve found that he responds well to people on a one to one basis but becomes agitated by a second person and cannot cope. He has lots of admirers at the Ark who are happy to spend time with him on this basis. We haven’t discounted a home for him but it must be on the terms that he can cope with. He needs a home with a single lady who doesn’t go out much or can take him with her. He can’t socialise with other people when out as he may well react in the only way he knows and cannot cope with frequent visitors to the house. We now won’t consider anybody who can’t meet these criteria. He may do better living outside as that is what he’s used to. However, the reality is that he’s not an easy dog and is likely to be with us long-term.