Cai is now residing in Hertfordshire with the Blackmore Clan. We picked him up from Barney yesterday afternoon, and on the way home he cried, poor thing, obviously missing Barney He was introduced to my two in the garden and when they went to greet him he was very submissive and made himself as small as possible Tipton gave him the once over and then ignored him, and Fionn was very excited at having a new friend and kept licking poor Cai. Then it was out for a walk where he behaved perfectly, walked like a dream on the lead, and greeted people and dogs with a waggy tail Back inside he was very active and got very excited playing with a tennis ball. He only had one wee in the house but straight after he went outside and finished it there On this morning's walk he met the usual dog walking crew and was good with all the dogs, from a large rottweiler cross to a tiny terrier. He just wanted to play with all of them and was leaping around. He's been having fun in the garden (including a manic play with Fionn) and now finally is asleep on the floor. He also met Mojo, our little stunt guinea-pig, and was very interested in him and stood staring at him, so he's probably not cat/small animal friendly. This boy has such a big heart and all he wants is cuddles (hence the nickname "Cuddly Cai"). He's just a big puppy who wants love Later this afternoon he'll be meeting local greyhound Jet, who'll we'll be walking with our lot.
Thanks for the update Rowan, & the, (as usual!), super pics. 'Tis always a bit of a worry wondering how they'll react to their new surroundings, especially in the first day or two - Cai is very obviously making himself at home & enjoying life with his new playmate, (Fionn is of course just a tad larger than Gracie! ;D ).
Má tá grá agat dom, tabhair grá do mo mhadra. ~ Love me, love my dog.
Hi Jenny and Barney Thanks so much for everything yesterday, as you say sadly not Oatsie so the hunt goes on - worth exploring though as there were a lot of similarities between the two dogs, hope Cai find his forever sofa soon, a fantastic looking hound. Don't read too much into the posters - aimed at the more mobile community!aimed at the mobile community - Sabrina
A quick update on Cai. He continues to be a lovely house guest. We slept soundly last night as there was no crying, and although he had a couple of small wees in the house he's certainly getting the hang of peeing in the garden. He's great out on walks, great in the house, he's a lovely little (I mean big ) pup. He does have true lurcher credentials, and has proved he can countersurf, but so far hasn't managed to steal anything. He also has now tried to attack the guinea pig who was safely away in his hutch but after being squirted with the water bottle he's soon learnt to leave Mojo alone, although he will sneak over to the hutch if I'm not looking But Cai is a gorgeous dog, he has a lovely temperant and a big heart. He's become my shadow and follows me everywhere I go, he's such a sweetie
We now know that Cai is definitely not small furry friendly and will not be rehomed to a family with cats, rabbits, guinea pigs etc. It is probable that he has been worked and he has a very strong prey drive. Please bear this is mind if you are considering applying to rehome Cai.
Time for another Cai update. He's now been here for a week, and so we now understand him better and his behaviour and personality. He continues to be big loving boy, good with all dogs/people. His house training is pretty good bar a few wees- he does wee an awful lot so as long as he is taken out regularly he's fine. There are a couple of issues that do need to be considered by prospective families, nothing huge and scary
Cai loves everyone in the family but he has formed a specific attachment to Rowan. This throws up a few things: when she leaves the downstairs area where he stays he can get upset and restless. It varies- sometimes he doesn't seem to notice, sometimes he whimpers a little but then settles, but sometimes he can get very upset (like tonight ) and will scratch and bang at the doors, pace around and cry/howl for up to half an hour. He does this even with other people and dogs present. I don't know whether this is some level of SA, but obviously his new family will have to monitor him as he may well bond strongly again and repeat the same behaviour and will need to be taught that he's not being left again. He also has not been left alone without human company, but again I suspect he wouldn't like this, so hopefully someone around all the time at first to help him.
He gets on really well with our boys but loves his humans, and on a couple of occasions has had a little growl if they approach when he is being fussed, and can be pushy of they are getting attention, so this would need to be watched and make sure he is put in his place in the pecking order. He is still young, and is still very much in puppy mode, so is energetic and bouncy and can be clumsy and full on. Of course he's young and he'll age out of this stage, but would mose likely be better with older children who an stay on their feet!
I hope that didn't sound negative, as Cai also: sleeps quietly through the night downstairs; loves dogs of all sizes and likewise with people outside and in; is sweet and good in the house; is bright and full of potential; is very funny and silly; is super cuddly, loyal and loving, and don't forget very handsome ;D :
So if you want a bright, loving pup ready to train up and become a part of your family and are willing to get him through his tricky areas, please consider Cai- he'll repay you tenfold in love and fun ;D
Cai came to Sussex today and after some initial boys greeting boys activity, was let off the lead and he and Finn played nicely. Cai is exactly as he looks in the photo's, tall, soft to the touch, with beautiful eyes, lovely curly tail and an affectionate giant puppy.
Two Boys Playing Cai at the back, our Finn in front
Hello everyone, Cai here. I've been in my foster home for two weeks now, and although I'm having lots of fun, I would love a home of my own I love all other dogs, from my giant foster brother Fionn, to a tiny little puppy the size of my head. I just love playing, and I go crazy in the garden after playing with my toys ;D My foster family say I'm very well behaved and no trouble at all, and at the moment I'm learning to sit. It's quite hard but I'm trying my best and Rowan says I'll get the hang of it soon! ;D I like to follow people about, and I've turned into Rowan's shadow I also LOVE attention. I want to be cuddled and fussed all the time if possible So there must be someone out there who's missing out on having me. I'm just a big playful puppy, who has lots of love to give ;D
Love from Cai xx
P.S Here are some photos of me looking handsome ;D
Trotting after people seems to be a favourite pastime of his Someone's getting up? Got somewhere to walk? Well of course you need your own personal Cai escort
He's been here nearly 3 weeks and I can't believe that he's had such little interest- someone's really missing out! The sooner he gets a home the better as he's very settled here and I think will find the transition quite hard as he did when he came to us after being at Barney's for one night He's loving, happy, always pleased to see you, just wants to be with you- good with all people, all dogs, almost cracked housetraining (clean if he has regular outdoor access). Would like a new mummy and/or daddy to hang out with all day and hopefully a doggy friend please- he does adore extra-rough lurcher games as displayed by him and Fionn today- even falling off the sofa didn't stop him ;D
He's soppy, stunning and has the cutest windmill tail that's always going all over the place! Who wants their own cuddly Cai?