History – Stan’s
Stan is a cross breed terrier and research when we first adopted him suggests he is a Plummer Terrier – have a look at their web site for some great pictures.
We adopted Stan from the RSPCA in Stretton on Nov 7th 2012. We had been planning to get a dog and were in fact in the process of improving our garden fence ready and we dropped into the rescue centre on the way back from a shopping trip to ask about adoption. While we were there we just had to have a look at the dogs and once we saw Stan we knew he was the dog for us…….. RSPCA Stretton web site.
Stan tests flavour of the bird food in ground feeder!
At the time we adopted him Stan had a checkered history. He was only a year old but had been in the care of the RSPCA twice! The first time he was taken in by the RSPCA he was just four months old and the family who had him were unable to care for him any more due to redundancy. At this time he seemed to the RSPCA team to be a happy, well socailised and loveable dog and he was soon rehomed. Within a few short months he was back at the centre a changed dog. I am not prepared to go into details of what had happened as much of this would have to be guess-work but this happy little dog returned to the centre a very unhappy boy. He was scared of everything. Liked to hide away. Didn’t interact with people or dogs and if he was forced into the company of other dogs or humans he would bark and growl while shaking and trying to get as far away as possible. The only person he seemed to not be scared of was me – and that was instant. Stan loved me the moment he saw me and the feeling was mutual.
If this was a nice fairy story I would now tell you that I took Stan home and we lived happily ever after with no problems at all. This is no fairy story – its real life and anyone adopting a rescue dog needs to know there will be problems to be worked through. Working through our many problems together has been the most rewarding experience of my life and this blog will give an insight into how we dealt with issues to build a loving a trusting relationship where Stan and I are very happy together.