A nervous stray Chihuahua has found a loving and patient new home where he can continue to overcome his fears.
Little Keith was found by the dog warden wandering the streets in Wales and spent a week frightened and all alone in the council pound before being taken in by Blue Cross.
For nearly two months he spent the days with one-on-one support in his cosy homeroom at our Newport rehoming unit, which provides daytime care, and the nights in local boarding kennels. But last week, he finally went home.
Hannah Wiltshire, Manager at Newport, said: “He arrived in a van with some other dogs and he was just terrified. He was so scared, particularly of men.
“We had to leave him in there until all the other dogs had left. When we got him out I knelt down beside him and as soon as he saw that I wasn’t a man, I wasn’t so scary to him. He made friends with me very quickly as he didn’t have anyone else.
“I was really worried about taking him to the kennels that first night and leaving him there. As soon as he got into his kennel he ran straight into the outside pen, and sat in a corner so that he was surrounded by walls. He didn’t want to be seen.
“When I went to pick him up in the morning he hadn’t moved the whole night, he just stayed there. So when I went into his pen and started talking to him and he realised it was me, he went mad and was really happy.”
But Keith then adapted well to the routine of spending his days at the unit and nights in the kennels and made brilliant progress with help from the Newport team who worked hard to teach him that he could trust humans again.
“He soon wasn’t bothered about being in kennels, which was a relief as he was with us for such a long time.”
“He absolutely loved his homeroom and would just curl up on the back of the sofa like a cat. It meant that we were not under any immediate pressure to find him the perfect owner,” said Hannah.