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Mille00 Mon 25-Jun-18 10:58:42

With great sadness I need to re-home my 3 quarter American bulldog dog ,I have a 4 year old who he is fantastic with, a the problem is I am 38 weeks pregnant and my partner upped and left us 4 months ago I have tried so hard with him but he is just way to strong for me ,he has been neutered if anyone could direct me to a rescue that home fosters it would be great not that keen on him going into a kennelled rehoming centre.

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Mille00 Mon 25-Jun-18 11:01:53

Should have said we are in hertfordshire

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pigsDOfly Mon 25-Jun-18 11:47:25

Don't know much about rehoming but Many Tears uses foster homes around the country. They are based in Wales but imagine you don't have to go to Wales to rehome to them. 01269 834 084 is their number, you could try giving them a ring or you'll find an email if you google them.

bilbodog Mon 25-Jun-18 12:07:16

Chiltern dog rescue is on the bucjs/herts border they might help?

Mille00 Mon 25-Jun-18 13:07:16

Thank you guys so very hard this but need to put him first x

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bunnygeek Mon 25-Jun-18 13:27:56

A difficult decision but for your situation, it sadly sounds like the right one. It's good news he's already child tested though!

You could try Heathlands in Royston, although I'm not sure they take many bully breeds.

It is kennels, but there's Dogs Trust in Harefield (Westish London), might be too far. Those would be kennels (but they're mega posh!), but they do have fosters as well and will have a waiting list for people looking for kid friendly dogs.

Most of the bigger rescues will have that, there's always people looking for dogs who won't eat children.

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Mon 25-Jun-18 15:03:38

Just to check, and with absolutely no judgement whatsoever, does your dog have any behavioural issues? If so, what are they? For instance, not being good with other dogs, excessive barking, destructive activities...

You mention your dog is too strong for you. Does that mean that he always pulls on the lead, or is there something else as well? It can be fixed by training, though I realise that your pregnancy is a complicating factor. If you could sort out the pulling on the lead, would you still want to and feel able to keep him?

If your dog does have any behavioural issues (note, pulling on the lead is a training issue not a behaviour issue), your dog will likely be better off going into a rescue like Dogs Trust that is well equipped to deal with such issues rather than a small local rescues that may lack resources to deal with significant issues.

Mille00 Mon 25-Jun-18 16:59:05

Hi he does pull on the lead a little but I could handle that before pregnancy i just want him to have the life he deserves money is very tight now I am a single parent I have looked into dog walkers and training but it's so expensive.

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Mon 25-Jun-18 17:20:42

For a single problem like this (is he otherwise well trained?) a one off one-to-one training session should give you the skills you need to deal with his pulling and train him out of it over time.

They don't really advertise it, but a friend of mine did a one-off one-to-one session with the Dog's Trust for something similar, and they have trainers based in Herts. I think she said it was £20/30 for an hour? www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk/dog-school/hertfordshire

If it's more about the money and not being able to look after him apart from that, then that's a separate matter, and I can understand your reasoning, but I'd hate to see someone rehome a much loved dog because of an easily fixed training issue.

Have you looked at All Dogs Matter in N London? They do a mixture of foster and kennels alldogsmatter.co.uk/

You might, however, be pleasantly surprised at some of the kennels some dog rescue centres have - Dog's Trust in particular have some luxury kennels - underfloor heating, the works.

Aprilshouldhavebeenmyname Mon 25-Jun-18 17:26:44

An Mner has recently lost her ddog. Maybe a mention in the doghouse? I got some sound advice on there a while back regarding a foster ddog I had needed a shelter.

Vallahalagonebutnotforgotten Mon 25-Jun-18 17:48:32

bullies in need should be able to help

DownAndUnder Mon 25-Jun-18 17:50:39

Bedsforbullies might be able to help x

Ladyformation Mon 25-Jun-18 18:59:40

alldogsmatter.co.uk/ are based in north London so might work if you're the right end of the county. We foster for them and I can thoroughly recommend.

Mille00 Mon 25-Jun-18 20:17:53

Thank you all will look into them tomorrow and thank you for not judging this is such a hard thing for me to do x

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rockcakesrock Mon 25-Jun-18 20:18:27

Try Rescue Remedies at Gatwick. Really lovely people. We got our dog from there.

HyacinthsBucket70 Mon 25-Jun-18 20:23:47

Do a google search and find a breed specific rescue. That way, your dog will go to experienced foster carers and get the right new home. It is what it is, and you can't change your circumstances overnight. At least you're doing it responsibly.

limitedscreentime Mon 25-Jun-18 20:24:43

confused to alldogsmatter! My brother rehomed from them and they just dropped the dog off, no home check or anything!! Didn’t even go in!

A lupi harness will stop him pulling, otherwise a rescue centre (a proper one) will find him a better home than randoms in the internet.

Wolfiefan Mon 25-Jun-18 20:27:33

I agree a breed specific rescue would be best (even if he's only part that breed!) Especially something like an American Bulldog. They are very big and strong and need a certain sort of owner. (The only one I know is a cross and bloody lovely.)
Sorry you're in this position OP. Could you register with a rescue and keep him at home for now until they can help? That way he avoids kennels. Can anyone help walking him?

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Mon 25-Jun-18 21:01:09

Blimey @limited they've got quite a good reputation locally

Did they take up references or...?

limitedscreentime Mon 25-Jun-18 22:17:41

Not as far as (he or) I am aware. It would be more understandable if they had but still seems pretty safe poor to me!

pigsDOfly Tue 26-Jun-18 10:15:51

Limitedscreentime The OP is asking for recommendations for rehoming centres and rescues. She isn't asking 'randoms on the internet' to take her dog or find it a home.

Mille00 Sat 30-Jun-18 16:40:58

Hi guys thanks so much for your replies just an update my boy is going to be staying with a friend of my dad's so we will have as much contact as we like with him (will be a lot) really happy as for me this has been truly heart breaking x

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AvocadosBeforeMortgages Sat 30-Jun-18 17:01:21

Great news Mille smile Just make sure there's an agreement in place that if his new owner can't keep him in the future for any reason, he comes back to you. This lessens the chance that he will be passed around a lot like my dog was, or that he ends up in an unsuitable home, as my dog was at one point.

Wolfiefan Sat 30-Jun-18 17:24:01

That's great news.

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