Dogs In Need


THINKING OF ADOPTING A STAFFY?

My Story So Far...

 

INTERESTED IN ADOPTING FROM US, BUT find yourself saying 'oh she is a Staffy!'...then read Saffie's story sent to us by her people who adopted her last year from rescue. Here at CCR we LOVE Staffies and want more people to realise just how wonderful they are!...

 

Life with a Staffie

 

‘Saffie the Staffie’ came into our lives in the summer of 2010. Our previous pet, a cat, had died earlier in the year. Prior to that time my wife and I were both working and felt it was unfair to leave a dog alone all day, however a cat was able to come and go via a cat flap without any problems. Now that I have retired we thought that it would be good to have a dog again after an absence of many years.

 

We decided that we didn’t want an energetic puppy but would prefer an older dog that would be a little calmer. Neither of us believes in supporting people who breed dogs to sell when there are so many other dogs needing a home. So off we went to the Blue Cross and there we met Saffie. Being a Staffie, she had been at the Blue Cross for almost six months, but when we met her we knew that she was the one for us. She was extremely friendly, well behaved, and the look of love in her big brown eyes made her totally irresistible.

 

After working our way through the Blue Cross adoption procedure, which is almost as stressful and demanding as adopting a child, we were finally able to take Saffie home. She jumped into the car and sat looking out of the window without any fuss all the way. When we arrived at the house we opened the door and let her in, after 10 minutes of going round the house she finally settled down in front of the settee with a look that seemed to say “this home will do for me”

 

Eighteen months later I can honestly say that neither my wife nor I have ever had a better dog. She is totally devoted to both of us and follows us round the house. Given half a chance she would rather sit on our knees on the settee than sit on the floor. She is totally reliable in the house and does not try to steal or beg for food and is completely house trained. When people come to the house she barks and then stands at the side of us when we open the door, but makes no attempt to growl or threaten whoever is at the door.

 

Many people have an impression that Staffies are vicious; nothing could be further from the truth. No dog is vicious by nature; it is only the way that they are brought up and kept that makes them vicious. Staffies in particular are intelligent, friendly, loyal, loving and devoted, and very good with children, in fact the Victorians used to call them the ‘Nanny Dog’ as they love being with children so much and are very people orientated.

 

Staffies are also very playful and like being with other dogs, but this sometimes makes them seem to be a little aggressive as they will approach any dog that they meet, and sometimes the other dog will object to this so the Staffie will then defend itself. However they are very gentle dogs and Saffie will quite happily allow my grandchildren to open her mouth and put their fingers inside. She takes treats from them very gently using her lips rather than her teeth.

 

If you want a loyal friend who will give you a life time of love and devotion, then you will not do better than a Staffie. Saffie is our first Staffie, but she certainly won’t be our last.

 

 

WE ALWAYS HAVE STAFFIES LOOKING... WE TAKE AS MANY AS WE CAN FROM THE POUND WHERE THEY ARE DUE TO BE PUT TO SLEEP AS THEIR OWNERS USUALLY CANT BE BOTHERED TO CLAIM THEM OR DONT WANT TO PAY THE FINE... SAD BUT VERY VERY TRUE...