Well what can I say, we adopted our Foxy last year during lockdown.
We followed the 7 step adoption process which went really well. We travelled from Solihull which was just over an hour away and we had all ready set our heart on Foxy.
On the first meeting the heavens opened and because of lockdown had to shelter under the gazebo in the field discussing the adoption process. When they bought Foxy into the field we had a lovely play with her for a good 40 minutes. We decided we wanted to adopt her straight away.
The team were brilliant answering any questions we had.
We met her two more times and then was allowed to take her out for the afternoon where we took her round a local park. That went so well and so the next step was taking her home for the day, we was allowed to skip the short home visit due to the distance.
Our home visit went really well, apart from her getting quite stressed in the car on the way to ours. she settled in well to the house and garden, ate her food well, we made her sit before she had it and took her on our local walk. She did bark at other dogs on the walk which concerned us a little as we did want a sociable dog. We discussed this with Stuart and reassured us that he would help us work with her if this was a problem, but he did anticipate that it wouldn’t be much of a problem as she had played with all LUOSKO dogs.
The next step was the sleep over. Foxy never slept the whole night - literally paced and whined and paced. We were shattered but the next day after her walk she did fall asleep.
The next week end was gotcha day.
We have had Foxy now for 9 months and she is part of the family, she is a real character, she has bonded well with all of us including our 4 yr old granddaughter. She loves her twice daily walks, she is golden off the lead, recall is fantastic, she has a large circle of doggy friends, loves chasing squirrels and rabbits and loves the river and any muddy puddle.
She will willingly go out in all weathers and loved the snow.
She still barks like crazy in the house mainly at the TV but we are slowly improving with that.
She sleeps through the night and lets us lie in of a weekend.
She is brilliant at being left alone in the house and has chewed nothing in the house except any cuddly toy we buy for her.
She had a fantastic weekend in Barmouth in October - loved the beach, fantastic travelling there without a stop over and was remarkably behaved in the cottage.
This bonding and settling in didn’t happen over night and we have put a lot of hard work in and now have a fantastic dog. We still have things to work on like the barking at the TV and other silly random noises but it has been so worth it.
All I can say is trust the adoption process it does really work and be prepared to put patience and hard work in and you will reap the rewards.