Cody: a new chapter

Michael Haslam

Llanfairfechan, United Kingdom

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I first met Cody in March and Ringo’s owner Becca was fostering him as he had been rescued from a puppy farm along with many other collies. Since the RSPCA couldn’t rehome him until the court case was over the pups were allowed to be fostered so they could be socialised and not spend all their puppyhood in kennels. He was very nervous of me and Becca, Ringo’s owner told me he was scared of men, so I sat to his side and ignored him until tentatively he checked me out at his own speed, eventually he relaxed and allowed me to stroke him and took food off me. A major breakthrough. I took this photo on our first meeting but due to legal reasons couldn’t make it public until now. I asked Becca to keep me informed about his availability. To cut a long story short a couple of weeks ago Cody and most of the pups were signed over to the RSPCA for rehoming and as of an hour ago 13.00 the 9th of June I adopted him. He is now getting used to his new home with Shela. I’m very happy and excited and hoping we’ll bond quickly.

Update. Cody has been a star so far, learnt a lot about him and vice versa. He’s met a lot of people and is polite and well mannered and has grown in confidence. Still a little wary if people are too quick but he soon relaxed each time. He met Barney for the first time and they acted as though they’d known each other all their life. He finally settled enough to lie down on his blanket and have a snooze, he’s been up and down the village about three times.Recall works well enough when is no distractions but if I’m firm he’ll come. He’s a chewer so will have to get more chews in, responds to leave command well enough, Shela is putting him in his place with a few growls when he invades her space and Cody retreats. He’s met quite a few locals already and is polite but sociable and is only wary when people are too quick. It’s mentally tiring as I need to suss him out and learn quick but all the commands are there and as the day has gone on he looks to me more for approval. Thanks to Shirley, Becca and the great people at RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen for all their help and Tony and Judy for giving me a lift to view him and pick him up. This portrait was taken the first day I met him.

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