Marley ^


Marley ^ Status: Available

ID: 28582

Name: Marley ^

Breed: Cross Breed

Age: 2 Years

Gender: Male

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: At Many Tears in
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

08-08-20 Marley is a cross breed who has come all the way from Romania to find a home. He has been rescued from  high kill shelter and has waited a long time to be freed. In Romania he is said to have been very friendly but he is clearly worried the change in his life as he is very shut down here at the moment. We are hoping in time he will settle and we will see him come out of his shell but at the moment he is loking for someone who is experienced with frightened dogs to be able to bring him forwards. Please give him a chance. He has a passported

23-08-20 UPDATE

Marley is just 2 years old and has had a really awful start in life. He has come all the way from Romania, and had spent a while in a high kill shelter... High kill shelters are indescribably cruel places... Hell on Earth... So no wonder this boy was extremely frightened and reactive when he first arrived. He has obviously been treated appallingly there, leaving him very fearful and worried about a lot of things in life.
It was clear he thought we were going to hurt him with the mops we used to clean his kennel; he was very protective of his food - worried we were going to take his food away from him... He did not want us to handle him because he thought we were going to hurt him... It was so very sad to see a dog like this...
We took things very slowly and carefully with him. We took things at his pace... For example, he didn't want to come out of his kennel on his first day, so we did not force him to. He did not want us to handle him the first day or two, so we left him be.
This slow, gentle approach seems to be paying off - Giving him space, not forcing ourselves onto him, allowing him to find his bearings, calm down, suss us out, realise he's safe and that we won't cause him any more pain or suffering has led to us being able to make good progress with him. Showing kindness, patience and encouragement has also been key.
As I have just mentioned - to begin with, Marley would not allow us to handle him - but taking things at his pace has led to him being quite confident and comfortable around people he knows well ... I mean - just look at him in the video with his kennel mum! With people he knows and trusts, he is such a friendly, affectionate boy who loves a fuss and will roll on his back for a belly rub. He even rubs himself over people like a cat does! He greets his human friends with a few barks, a play bow, and a waggly tail and bum! He is actually very goofy, sweet and innocent with people he trusts.
When Marley first arrived to the centre, he would scream if we put a lead on him to walk him. But he is now comfortable with wearing a lead if, once again, someone he knows and trusts puts it on him. He loves to have a good sniff when he's out exploring. Again we take things at his pace and we take treats with us if we need to bribe him in any particular direction!
At playtime Marley happily makes his way out of his kennel and has a really good sniff about before following me out into the sandschool where again his nose is to the ground! He'll chase a ball but hasn't grasped fetch just yet! If he's left by himself he does cry and bark a little - he appreciates it if we stick around with him.
Marley is currently kennelled by himself as he seemed to want to be by himself when he first arrived. We have started to socialise him with other dogs on walks - some he doesn't seem to mind, others he his wary of... In time we will begin socialising him with other dogs in the sandschool.
Because Marley is kennelled by himself he always has a Kong at night. He loves a Kong! We had to put a cone on him the other day because he had been castrated... He found this very traumatic ... but the Kong he was given afterwards took his mind off everything bless him.
Marley is a very handsome boy. About the size of a collie... He has boyish good looks - I love the way his ears fall forward, and the subtle brindle markings over his face and legs.. His goofy smile and moves when he sees his human friends!
Marley is looking for an adult only home who've had experience of scared, sensitive, worried dogs in the past.
I do hope someone suitable comes along for him as the sooner he is introduced to a normal home life, the faster his recovery will be. I'd love to follow his progress once he finds his forever family. In time he will become exceptionally loyal and loving for his family and love to go on lotss of doggy adventures and experience the good in life.

14-09-20 UPDATE

So I think by now everyone knows how much Marley, means to me ... Most staff members are fully aware of how terrified and reactive he was when he first came in, how nervous ans scared he was of us, and vice versa!... So, to see him now... To see the progress he is making, is just... wonderful.
I personally believe that if you have a strong bond with a dog, then it is 100% your responsibility to work with her/him, and bring her/him along ... We work with some very scared dogs, so simple, every day things like walking on a lead, accepting fuss, and then accepting fuss from other people, can be major hurdles, but major goals to achieve also... For them, and for us! It's such an amazing feeling if the dogs in our care start to trust us, to love us, but the feeling we get when they learn skills, on top of trusting us, is just, something else! The dogs in question, then, obviously, have more options for a foster home, more options of finding their perfect forever family... Just a better chance at a lovely, safe, life...
And this last week or so Marley has achieved those goals. He now accepts and loves a fuss from several other staff members... He will also go out walking with some other staff members too, even if I have to put the lead on him because he will still scream and react if a lead is put on him by someone he doesn't know very well, he will go out walking with them!
I am super proud of the progress this boy is making! So I just thought I'd share a video and some pics of him. The last few pics are of him out-smarting me ... I thought a ruffle Matt might keep him occupied for a short while at least, but... he picked it up ...  There we are ... Think it's time for a new project dog ... oh there's two waiting ... Oh ok!
Marley has, so far, been very clear about not wanting to share a kennel with another dog.  That's ok, if I was a dog I probably wouldn't for several reasons. Maybe he is scared that the other dog may hurt him, being in a confined space you know... maybe, like me, he just doesn't trust / isn't keen on his fellow man/dog, or maybe he just wants to be his future forever families everything - the only dog ... But we will try our best to find out. He does walk with and past some dogs perfectly, some dogs he doesn't seem to like
... So our next goal is to socialise him off lead with some dogs ... To see if he can have some more fun in life by having some fellow four legged doggy friends to run around and play with! Watch this space!

 If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation* and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

* Many Tears uses Vanguard to vaccinate their dogs.  However, this can sometimes be difficult to source at local vets so if you are adopting a dog or puppy that has only had one vaccination please be aware your vets may require you to start the course from the beginning.

Please read our adoption procedures before applying and then complete the adoption form.





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