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Throwback Thursday - Chino's Story

Happy Throwback Thursday everyone! This week we're looking back at 9 year old Alaskan Malamute Chino's story.

Chino came into Saints in June 2020 as an emergency foster placement and was at serious risk of being put to sleep before we rescued her.

She was very unsocialised and hadn't been on many walks therefore was very difficult to walk at first as she was reactive.

She was given back to us in the first 24 hours from her first few prospective homes due to her guarding and grumbling, no one was really giving a chance - if they did they would have seen that she is a total sofa surfer and loves her home comforts!

She was then placed in foster where she learnt to run and bikejor, which she thought was PAWSOME and she was even able to ignore passing dogs!

After months of searching, Chino left Saints with her forever family earlier this month and her new owners travelled 1,400 miles to collect her! Look how settled she is in her new home:


We're highlighting Chino's story today to stress that dogs need time, space and patience when first joining their new families, this goes for both foster and adoptive homes. Alaskan Malamutes, like Chino, do not take change well and it can take time for them to adjust to life in your home.

Unfortunately, we have so many dogs returned to us because prospective homes aren't taking our advice or reading their new dogs behaviour properly and not giving them the time/space needed to adjust to their new surroundings.

We are always on hand to talk through any issues or concerns our foster and adoptive homes have but please remember when welcoming a new dog into your home that they need time to learn what is expected of them.

If you have any questions about our fostering and adoption process, or you would like to offer a dog like Chino a forever home, please head over to our website to fill in an application form.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

The Saints Team x

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