Because Scampi’s early life had left him such a timid soul, potential owners were put off, and he was repeatedly passed by. Pets with problems are much more difficult for our teams to find homes for, and it takes a special kind of person to take a chance on a nervous dog.
Thankfully, Joanna Pratt saw Scampi’s shyness as a challenge, not an unsolvable problem.
Joanna had been searching the websites of rescue charities in the hope of finding a bichon frise who could become a companion for her grandmother.
But when she saw Scampi, a bichon-poodle crossbreed, on the Blue Cross website, she wanted him for herself!
“I’d read that he was shy, and to me it was a challenge. To see how far he has come in the six months since I’ve had him is amazing,” says Joanna.
Joanna and her mum’s first visit to meet Scampi lasted over two hours, and after letting him come up to them in our meeting room, it went so well that they took him for a walk through our sensory garden.
Before long, Scampi was ready to go home – and when he got there, he ran straight in, as if he had lived there all along!
Joanna’s family lives just around the corner and visits frequently, and he never has to want for anyone to play with him.
Joanna has been taking small steps to continue to build Scampi’s confidence, and although signs of his sheltered past remain, her hard work is paying off.
She explains: “He’ll go running over to whoever comes in the door, but as soon as they go to stroke him he does flinch, which is a sign that he’s nervous. But after that he’s fine with people.”
And Scampi’s favourite place…?
“He loves the pub!” says Joanna. “When we walk past he drags me in because the landlady gives him food. We’ve been meeting lots of people, and it’s really helped him.
“I’ve not had him very long, but I can’t imagine life without him now. It’s like he’s always been part of the family.”
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