Available for interstate adoption
Quiet, loving mature gent
Medium Male Staffy Mix Dog
- Rescue group:
- ACT Rescue and Foster (ARF) Inc.
- PetRescue ID:
- Australian Capital Territory
Barney is a boofy brindle staffy who sports a distinguished grey muzzle, befitting of a gent his age. He’s had a bit of a rough trot in life, but his base personality says that he was once a loved companion. Since arriving in care he has shown himself to be a loving, quiet, gentle soul.
Barney very quickly earned the nickname of “Odd Dog”, as unlike other Staffies he is not a fan of balls, ropes, sticks or other toys. He is a very gentle eater and takes food and treats very politely. Barney has a low energy level and is not suited to an energetic or active household. He is calm with children, but he views them as a source of tummy rubs just like other people, not as a companion for a game of ball or a run! Barney is perfectly happy as an only dog, but he does like his people to be about more often than not.
Despite his gentle nature, it is obvious that Barney has not had much training, but he is learning, proving that old dogs can indeed learn new tricks! He is good on the lead and loves his daily walks. While his choice of direction can be a tad random (all the smells!) he does not haul.
Any potential home would need to accept that Barney has some trouble going for a pee. Barney will cock a leg, but he can’t relieve himself easily like most dogs, his business is a slow process. He is house trained, but he does sometimes leak while he sleeps, so he’s not one for curling up on the bed with. He is ok when on the couch for pats, as he doesn’t truly sleep then. He does need to be shuffled outside first thing and given time to take care of business, something he is not always so pleased about, going for a walk early in the day may well help that process! Barney’s peeing problems have been looked at by the vet, but as no particular cause can be identified, no treatments can be enacted.
He is OK in the car, but is not a fan of the back of the Ute. He much prefers the dignified comfort of a seat in the cabin with his people!
With his quarantine over Barney met a smaller dog and then had a walk and stop at the cafe with his new friends. His greeting and interaction with the other dog was very polite and friendly, but his focus remained on his people. At the cafe he was calm and relaxed, focussed on either snoozing in the shade or looking for pats from his peeps.
Barney’s ideal home would be as an only dog in a quiet home with his people around much of the time, maybe a home with retired or work from home peeps would be his nirvana? His quiet nature and low activity means Barney may be suitable for apartment living, provided he had opportunity to head outside for a walk and toilet time a minimum of twice a day. He could live with another quiet dog, but does not show interest in play or other interactions.
To find out more about this gentleman just drop his carer and email with some info about the lifestyle you are offering Barney and what you are looking for in your next companion.
If you would like to adopt a dog from ARF, there are a few things that need to happen before you can take your new best friend home.
First, the foster carer will talk with you about your lifestyle and the sort of dog you are looking for. They’ll then visit your home to conduct a yard check and they may suggest a trial period. If both you and the foster carer are happy and wish to proceed, both parties will complete an adoption agreement.
It is important to realise that ARF is not a ‘shop’ where dogs are sold on a first come, first served basis. We consider ourselves more like a ‘matchmaking’ service where dogs are adopted into the most suitable ‘forever’ home available to meet the dog’s (and the person’s) characteristics and needs.
The final decision about which new home the dog goes to is made by the foster carer based on their knowledge and understanding of the potential home and the personality of the individual dog. Sometimes it may take several enquiries before you find the right ARFer for you.
All ARF dogs are microchipped, desexed, vaccinated, wormed, and health-checked.
To help cover our costs, ARF asks an adoption fee of:
Puppies aged under 16 weeks (C3 vaccination) – $400 – includes $100 contribution to puppy classes
Dogs aged 16 weeks to 8yrs (C5 vaccination) – $350
Dogs aged over 8yrs (C5 vaccination) – $150
Please contact the foster carer directly if you’d like to meet one of the dogs listed here.