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Today, we collected our pup from a local dog shelter, our first one in almost six years. Meet Gia, a three to four year old Cane Corso cross; not sure what she’s crossed with but I’d take a guess at a bull breed because of the split in her skull and the shape of her ears.

She hasn’t had the greatest start in life; her past is mostly unknown and what is known appears to be a lot of hearsay. She’s been seriously over fed (like me) and is carrying a lot of excess timber (like me). The shelter were very specific in the sort of home they wanted for her - very active because she needs plenty of exercise (like me) as she has a lot of fat to lose (like me).

Apparently, she was used for breeding up country somewhere and developed problems after her third litter. She had to be neutered and was said to be deemed surplus to requirements. She was advertised online and a family from South Wales went and collected her on the train last May. They handed her over for adoption just after Christmas because the family mother and one daughter were ‘suffering from ill health’. Sounds like bullshit to me and it now turns out they have a number of dogs and young children in the house and Gia wasn’t getting the love and attention she needs.

Anyhoo, she’s with us now as a foster pup until the end of lockdown. Once restrictions are lifted to the extent that the shelter can send someone here, they’ll talk to the dog and talk to us and if everyone’s happy then we legally adopt her. We were basically told that as long as we don’t do anything stupid like lose her or break her then there’ll be no problem.

She’s had some training as she knows how to sit and paw; she waits when told (after about the third attempt). She has manners and will take treats gently without snatching. She initially pulls like a train on the lead, and at 50kg she takes some stopping, but she comes reasonably to heel quite quickly. Our last dog was a problem pup and we trained her quite quickly, so hopefully we can turn Gia around without too much trouble. Her behaviour in the car is impeccable; arse on front seat and paws in foot well or sits up straight on seat. We taped over all the vulnerable areas of the passenger side of my Panzer and it turned out to be a waste of time.

Note to Beaker: our kitchen is halfway through renovation and looks like a war zone. We are aware.

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Today, we collected our pup from a local dog shelter, our first one in almost six years. Meet Gia, a three to four year old Cane Corso cross; not sure what she’s crossed with but I’d take a guess at a bull breed because of the split in her skull and the shape of her ears.

She hasn’t had the greatest start in life; her past is mostly unknown and what is known appears to be a lot of hearsay. She’s been seriously over fed (like me) and is carrying a lot of excess timber (like me). The shelter were very specific in the sort of home they wanted for her - very active because she needs plenty of exercise (like me) as she has a lot of fat to lose (like me).

Apparently, she was used for breeding up country somewhere and developed problems after her third litter. She had to be neutered and was said to be deemed surplus to requirements. She was advertised online and a family from South Wales went and collected her on the train last May. They handed her over for adoption just after Christmas because the family mother and one daughter were ‘suffering from ill health’. Sounds like bullshit to me and it now turns out they have a number of dogs and young children in the house and Gia wasn’t getting the love and attention she needs.

Anyhoo, she’s with us now as a foster pup until the end of lockdown. Once restrictions are lifted to the extent that the shelter can send someone here, they’ll talk to the dog and talk to us and if everyone’s happy then we legally adopt her. We were basically told that as long as we don’t do anything stupid like lose her or break her then there’ll be no problem.

She’s had some training as she knows how to sit and paw; she waits when told (after about the third attempt). She has manners and will take treats gently without snatching. She initially pulls like a train on the lead, and at 50kg she takes some stopping, but she comes reasonably to heel quite quickly. Our last dog was a problem pup and we trained her quite quickly, so hopefully we can turn Gia around without too much trouble. Her behaviour in the car is impeccable; arse on front seat and paws in foot well or sits up straight on seat. We taped over all the vulnerable areas of the passenger side of my Panzer and it turned out to be a waste of time.

Note to Beaker: our kitchen is halfway through renovation and looks like a war zone. We are aware.

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She looks great !!!!
Get her nails clipped though : :risas3:
 

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Getting a dog that matches the colour of your car.... now that IS sad.!

Seriously though, she looks like an intelligent hound and a potential daddy's girl I reckon. Hopefully she'll turn out a good'un and you'll get to keep her.

Maybe wait a couple of weeks before doing her nails though. Most dogs will only let those they trust clip their paws and if you do it early on and accidentally hurt her then it'll make things harder for you to bond.

I do miss having dogs....
 

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She looks lovely mate, I see some staffie in there somewhere but who knows & who cares as long as you are giving her the life she deserves it don't matter one bit :)
 

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She looks like a fair bit of Labrador in there, check out my Jewel from 5/6 years ago

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I wondered if she had a bit of Lab but her head and tail says maybe not. Dunno. It’s so difficult to tell; friends of ours had a GSD / Irish Red Setter cross and he looked like a long-haired Doberman with a tail.
Touch of Staffordshire maybe.
My daughter had Staffs
I’m leaning towards Staffy or American Bulldog. Our last pup was a Staffy and Gia has the split skull and pump handle tail of a Staff.
She looks great !!!!
Get her nails clipped though : :risas3:
She’s a real stunner this one.

I will do. She’s off back to the vet next Friday for boosters, worming pill and flea treatment.
Getting a dog that matches the colour of your car.... now that IS sad.!

Seriously though, she looks like an intelligent hound and a potential daddy's girl I reckon. Hopefully she'll turn out a good'un and you'll get to keep her.

Maybe wait a couple of weeks before doing her nails though. Most dogs will only let those they trust clip their paws and if you do it early on and accidentally hurt her then it'll make things harder for you to bond.

I do miss having dogs....
Um, my dog’s not orange.......... After your comments about that old bin rippers being attractive yesterday and now this, you really need your eyes looking at, mate :risas3:

She does seem quite switched on but seems to be more mummy’s girl at the moment but it’s all very new for her.

Good point on the nails (y)

She looks lovely mate, I see some staffie in there somewhere but who knows & who cares as long as you are giving her the life she deserves it don't matter one bit :)
Thanks, Tony. She’s a gorgeous pup and seems to have a lovely nature too.

Lovely dog, hopefully you’ve got a loyal companion for many years.
Thanks, Dezza. We hope so, too.

Masking tape the door card, really, what's wrong with the boot?
I like to have my dog in the front.

She does have a very glossy coat.
She’s worth it :risas3:
 

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Today, we collected our pup from a local dog shelter, our first one in almost six years. Meet Gia, a three to four year old Cane Corso cross; not sure what she’s crossed with but I’d take a guess at a bull breed because of the split in her skull and the shape of her ears.

She hasn’t had the greatest start in life; her past is mostly unknown and what is known appears to be a lot of hearsay. She’s been seriously over fed (like me) and is carrying a lot of excess timber (like me). The shelter were very specific in the sort of home they wanted for her - very active because she needs plenty of exercise (like me) as she has a lot of fat to lose (like me).

Apparently, she was used for breeding up country somewhere and developed problems after her third litter. She had to be neutered and was said to be deemed surplus to requirements. She was advertised online and a family from South Wales went and collected her on the train last May. They handed her over for adoption just after Christmas because the family mother and one daughter were ‘suffering from ill health’. Sounds like bullshit to me and it now turns out they have a number of dogs and young children in the house and Gia wasn’t getting the love and attention she needs.

Anyhoo, she’s with us now as a foster pup until the end of lockdown. Once restrictions are lifted to the extent that the shelter can send someone here, they’ll talk to the dog and talk to us and if everyone’s happy then we legally adopt her. We were basically told that as long as we don’t do anything stupid like lose her or break her then there’ll be no problem.

She’s had some training as she knows how to sit and paw; she waits when told (after about the third attempt). She has manners and will take treats gently without snatching. She initially pulls like a train on the lead, and at 50kg she takes some stopping, but she comes reasonably to heel quite quickly. Our last dog was a problem pup and we trained her quite quickly, so hopefully we can turn Gia around without too much trouble. Her behaviour in the car is impeccable; arse on front seat and paws in foot well or sits up straight on seat. We taped over all the vulnerable areas of the passenger side of my Panzer and it turned out to be a waste of time.

Note to Beaker: our kitchen is halfway through renovation and looks like a war zone. We are aware.

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Everything about the look on the mutt's face says 'i am disappointed in my new owner, don't I get any say?'.
 

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No, she has taste.

Have you noticed my pup's not orange yet?
Yer car is burnt orange and yer mutt is burnt orange. Not sure which one is the pup. :D

And don't think we haven't noticed that she's got big nipples. Honestly....it just never leaves your mind for a second. Does it...? :yikes:
 

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What a lovely looking pooch Paul, looks very biddable and attentive. Looks like quite a lot of Staffy in her from the pics and as Cougar said love the white crucifix on her chest.
Enjoy each others companionship and trust, dogs really do give back more than they take out (y).
 

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Yer car is burnt orange and yer mutt is burnt orange. Not sure which one is the pup. :D

And don't think we haven't noticed that she's got big nipples. Honestly....it just never leaves your mind for a second. Does it...? :yikes:
My pup is brown and black, depending on the light and how she does her hair in the morning.

The nips are coincidence, I’m not that bad! Ok, I’m am but it’s coincidence, they’re not visible in her dogs home mugshot.

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And another thing..... the muslims on here won't appreciate her "crusader" look. :susurro:
Snigger :risas3:
What a lovely looking pooch Paul, looks very biddable and attentive. Looks like quite a lot of Staffy in her from the pics and as Cougar said love the white crucifix on her chest.
Enjoy each others companionship and trust, dogs really do give back more than they take out (y).
Cheers, JT. We”re finding that her attention span needs work but otherwise all good. I get up in the morning and she’s waiting at the door for me with tail wagging from the neck down, she slobbers over me and then goes zoomies. Meanwhile, sofas are undisturbed and there’s no ‘presents’ on the floor. Not a peep out of her all night either.

I said ‘never again’ after we lost the last one but dogs really are our best friends, especially rescue pups (y)
 
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