Stats Age: around 2 years Breed: Great Dane X Likes: Lives with a cat and chickens Dislikes: Preferably no stairs or children for Stan
Stanley... here is a new update from his fab foster mum :
'Stanley - the archetypal big softie! Stanley has been very happily fitting in with our somewhat disordered lifestyle for several months now. He is very clean in the house and can be left on his own quite contentedly, daytime or evening. He has adapted to living with five cats, all of whom he loves to ‘stroke’ with his head until they get fed up with it! He has also shared his space with various poorly chickens, who he basically ignores. He will run alongside our chicken flock when they are let out in the morning but makes no attempt to try to catch them. Similarly, he will chase the cats if they are silly enough to run away, but only for a few feet.
He has been fine with visiting children, but his size obviously means that small kids could be knocked off balance accidentally - he has a tendency to lean with his back end. As he is still quite young, he can get excited if over-stimulated, but the answer to that is not to make any fuss of him and he quickly subsides. He can go up stairs, but doesn’t bother, as he has difficulty coming down ours. We don’t use a stair gate, he has learned that going up isn’t that interesting.
He has met other dogs and, with one exception, he has been fine with all of them. However he does want to go up to greet them, so needs a strong person on the other end of his lead to make sure his meet and greet isn’t misinterpreted. As I am small, I have him on a harness with a looped rein plus a halti with a lead and he walks well on this after the initial excitement.
We have had to be away for several short breaks this year and Stanley has stayed each time with the same lovely lady in her small house, always behaving impeccably and ignoring her cat and chickens. He sits nicely and waits until he is ‘allowed’ to eat his food. He will also do this to let you go through a door or gate first. He comes when called, but there’s sometimes an element of ‘in his own time’. He barks at horses and we don’t seem to be able to cure him of that. He is not a droolly dog apart from when he has just had a drink, but can sometimes be quite itchy/scratchy, possibly an allergic reaction to dust mites.
Stanley has weak, rather misshapen back legs, which have got stronger since he has been with us, but he doesn’t need long walks and seems to be happy watching the world go by. He doesn’t do ‘toys’ but has made up his own game involving plastic trugs which he throws around and then turns into sieves. (He doesn’t chew anything else, although we find the odd shoe gets moved and he does like to drag his blanket out into the yard.) He has been learning Wookie and can sing quite well too. Quotes from his fan club: “Lovely dog” - the Postman “I get to spend time with a gorgeous dog” - dog-sitter' .
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