Reba Status: Reserved

ID: 23437

Name: Reba

Breed: Cocker Spaniel

Age: 4 Years

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: A minimum donation of £100

Location: In Foster in
Lampeter, Near 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.

14-10-18 Reba is a cocker Spaniel who has come from a breeder to find her forever home. She is a very nervous girl, who will shy away as she is very unsure of people. She will allow you to handle her which is testimony to her gentle nature but will need another dog, to live with to show her the way, lend her some confidence and show her new skills like housetraining to help her relax and settle in her new home. In time she will bloom and become a wonderful companion.

08-12-18 UPDATE
When Reba arrived with us in October it became apparent very quickly that she was not very well. She had only been here about a week when her tummy started to get all bruised indicating she might be bleeding internally.
Our vet quickly got to work on various tests and a few days later she was diagnosed with IMHA.
IMHA is an autoimmune disorder that basically means her red blood cells are generated but they never grow to full maturity before her own immune system attacks them. Reba is now on steroids and will likely need to be on them for life.
Since starting her steroid therapy she has gone from strength to strength, it is hard to believe there is anything wrong with her to look at her
. She is slowly coming out of her shell and has found her voice, she barks with all she has when it is feeding time!
She gets on perfectly with both male and female dogs of all sizes. Unfortunately a side effect of her steroid therapy is her voracious appetite!
At times she is still a little shy, she hates going outside in the cold and rain and will hide under the bed to try and avoid it but then once she is out she has a great old time!
House training is a work in progress, her steroid therapy means she does urinate a lot so sometimes there are accidents overnight.
Over time Reba will be able to have her steroid dose reduced but this is a slow process and not something that can be rushed.
Right now Reba is not spayed, she will need to be monitored for some time before spay surgery can be done and it may be that she will not be able to be spayed at all so a family who is able to monitor her coming into season and work with their vet to decide when to spay her (if at all).
There is no reason on this earth why Reba cannot enjoy a full and happy life, her blood disorder is not a reason for her not to find a loving family, it can be managed. Sadly it is likely that Reba will not be insurable so she will need a family who are financially stable enough to be able to cover her vet bills. Reba will definitely need a kind resident dog to help guide her and teach her about life. Is there someone out there who will see past Reba's blood disorder and see her for the lovely, cheeky girl she really is?

05-06-19 UPDATE

Over the months Reba has been here, she has been having blood test every 6 weeks.  This has been so we can reduce the dosage of her steroids and at the moment this is still on going. She will need to be on them for the rest of her life but we are trying to find the lowest dose she needs. She really is the sweetest of girls who can be vocal at dinner time.  She was barking at night , but to stop this I took her to bed with me so she would need a home that will let her sleep on the bed. Reba loves cuddles and would love someone round most of the day.

14-07-19 UPDATE
We have been contacted by a some lovely people who have adopted 2 dogs with IMHA.  They have both had happy and healthy lives either with this illness.  The cost of drugs minimal and blood counts were done three times a year  So if you are able to offer Reba a home but would like to speak to someone with knowledge about this illness please email us at and we will put them in touch with you.

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.

Although REBA is by donation rather than the full adoption fee, we ask for a minimum donation of £100 to help cover the costs that have been incurred. 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. 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. 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.

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





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