Josey^ Status: Available

ID: 21435

Name: Josey^

Breed: Cocker Spaniel

Age: 3 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details 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.

22-03-2018 Josey is a 3 year old cocker who has been with us since February 2018 and she is now ready to find her very own family.
Shortly after she arrived Josey became sick and was diagnosed with Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA) which basically means her immune system attacks its own red blood cells. Josey has undergone 2 lifesaving blood transfusions and her condition is now being controlled with the use of steroids but sadly she may relapse and require further blood transfusions at any point in the future so this along with her life long medication must be something you are able to deal with financially.
Many Tears has already had Josey blood typed so you would need to work with your own vet in regards to arranging further transfusions if she needs them, any further transfusions must be from a dog of the same blood group. Sadly this condition also means that Josey may not have the long life of a dog that does not suffer with this condition.
Josey also suffers with Dry Eye which will require daily eye drops for life. We are not able to spay Josey due to the nature of her condition so she will need an owner that understands the signs to look for when dealing with Pyometra (womb infection) if that occurs and is also prepared for the fact that she will still come into season and will take care to keep her away from un-castrated males.
Josey has been in foster with me since she got sick and she has proven herself to be an amazing dog. She has fought like a trooper to get on top of her illness. She has the most amazing temperament ever as well, she loves the company of other dogs and adores playing with her foster brothers and sisters. She has also shown herself to be cat friendly.
We would love for Josey to be homed with another dog or 2 but she could also go as an only dog in the right circumstances. Josey also has a huge appetite and never leaves a scrap of food in her bowl, this could be down to the steroids she is on or it could be that she just really loves her food so for this reason you will need to control the amount she eats. She loves going out for walks and she walks beautifully on the lead. She adores her toys and spends hours throwing them around. I truly cannot find any fault with this special girl except maybe the fact she has developed a liking for chewing up my slippers and I am currently on my 3rd pair since I started fostering her and she also likes to hog the bed but it is a small price to pay to see how she has progressed and gained confidence since she arrived.
Josey is also house-trained and will happily go outside but she does drink lots of water so we do have the odd accident. I really do adore this little girl but it is time for her to have her own special forever family and find out more about what life has to offer her. I do understand that taking on a dog with an illness that may shorten her life is a massive step but I guarantee you that however long she is around she will bring you joy every single day with her lovely temperament and happy waggy tail and kisses and her cheekiness. Could you open up your heart and your home for my beautiful girl and let her be the centre of your universe?

25-05-18 UPDATE

My lovely girl Josey is still with me and looking for her perfect home.  Although Josey suffers from IMHA this should not be a reason that she cannot find a home to call her own.  Josey is just so amazing and even on the worst days she can always make me smile with her amazing personality and the lovely kisses she gives.
Over the last few weeks I have discovered that Josey absolutely adores water, she is a cocker through and through with all of the typical cockers traits and the spell of warm weather we have had has really brought her playfulness out!
Josey has had hours of fun recently at a local beauty spot where she has been working on her off lead training and also showing off to her friends just how well she can swim!  Josey also loves to explore new things.  She has seen her best friend Dan head off to his new home and although she was sad for a few days after he left she soon picked herself up and got back to the normal slightly silly Josey I have come to love so much.
She has recently been switched over to raw diet and is thriving on this so a home where she will be fed raw would be a bonus.  She unfortunately does still have a habit of completely destroying all of her toys within minutes as well as the odd pair of slippers and she is a bit like a bull in a china shop when she is running around.  She gets on well with every dog she meets no matter what breed and size they are so she does need a home with another playful resident dog who will help keep her occupied!  Josey also gets on well with cats.
As mentioned in previous updates Josey does have IMHA and dry eye so she is going to need to go to a family who are in a financial position to support her vet bills (if and when they happen) as she will not be insurable for her IMHA and she will be on lifelong medication.

03-08-2018 UPDATE

Josie continues to amaze me, she is just a perfect dog (well almost) and all she wants is a home to call her own. Josie was diagnosed with IMHA a few months back but she has fought hard and her condition is now stable and she is doing really well. Due to being able to get her condition so well controlled we were able to spay her so coming into season is no longer and issue for her. She will still need lifelong steroid therapy and there is always the chance that she will relapse and for that reason her new family will need to be financially secure enough to pay vet bills if she does relapse as she will not be insurable.
Josie continues to make me laugh and smile all the time. She is exceptionally greedy but this is mainly down to the steroids so I do have to watch what she eats! She is on a raw diet and I would like her new family to keep her on raw as it suits her perfectly. Josie is a typical cocker spaniel who adores the water, she will go for a swim at every opportunity except of course if it is clean water in a paddling pool, she far prefers pond/lake/river water!
She destroys every toy she has within minutes, even the ones that are meant to be chew proof! She also still carries her passion for my slippers! Last night I made the schoolboy error of putting a feather pillow in a cover for her bed, now I am paying the price with the explosion of feathers that happened! I should have known better! But it is impossible to be mad at my beautiful girl and all I want for her is to find the best home that there is where she will be loved as deeply as I love her.

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) 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.

In certain circumstances and in particular when it is one of our long term stayers or a dog who is difficult to home we may transport it down the M4 as far as Reading if the adopter is not able to travel for a valid reason. This will only happen on a Sunday and will be part of our Foster Run where we transport dogs to their foster homes. There will be and additional charge of £20 transport fee for this and the adopter must be able to travel to the allocated service station. Please think very carefully before asking for a dog to be transported as if you already have a dog there is no guarantee they will get along with the new dog or vice versa and you will need to be able to hold on to the dog until the following week and meet the van again if you wish to return the dog.

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





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