My Pet and I: Bailey
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Jane Falco, founder of luxury doggy day care, Doggy Dorchester talks to WEL about adoption and finding the right home for her beloved rescue dog
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jane Falco and I am the owner of Doggy Dorchester in Chingford.
You have recently fostered a dog, Bailey, how did this come about?
Bailey is a 3-year-old French Mastiff dog I rescued last spring. She was used as a breeder who lived outside in very poor conditions. She is scared of everyone and everything. Recently she found a forever home with a lovely lady, but after a few days of being there she shut down and wouldn’t eat for 10 days. Blood tests were taken and she was fine, but she just wanted to return to the kennels. Anybody thinking of taking Bailey visit the kennels regularly to get to create a bond with her.
Tell us about Bailey?
Bailey is a lovely dog but very nervous of everyone. She needs to built trust with you at first and she comes round. It’s taken a long time for me to build a relationship with her. Where she lived before she had no bed or any belongings, so here she has been collecting things and takes it back into her kennel. If any dog leaves any toys behind they all end up in her kennel. She’s also good with other dogs and the previous owner who was going to adopt her had cats and a rabbit, which Bailey was fine with.
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Can you share some of her qualities?
Bailey is a very shy, but funny girl. She pulls such funny faces and can give some filthy looks when she wants too. She is slowly becoming very affectionate and pretends she doesn’t like kisses and cuddles but she really does.
Who would make the perfect home for Bailey?
I think the perfect home for Bailey would be with someone with experience of her breed. Ideally a quiet home with someone who has lots of patience, can help her overcome her anxiety issues and deal with new experiences. She could be homed with another dog too.
What are your thoughts on adoption and fostering?
I have rescued dogs for many years and I am strongly against breeding because so many dogs are put to sleep because there is not enough space in the rescue home or funding to take them all in. If you are not in a position to adopt a dog, fostering is a great way to help rescue dogs get out of the kennels into stable homes. This experience helps them to adapt to home life and you would get the benefits of having a dog, but at the same time helping them find their forever homes.
How would you encourage others to adopt not shop?
Do lots of research on all types of dogs and see which breed would most match your lifestyle. Look online and at a variety of rescue centres. Buying puppies not only encourages puppy farms where dogs are kept in disgusting conditions it also encourages back street breeders. So many dogs are looking for homes in rescue centres and you will know when you find the right dog.
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