Roxy has finally been adopted after eight years of Dachshunds dog shelter in Whitminster, Gloucestershire.
A dog who spent eight years in a kennel finally has a home – and already has her first Christmas with her new owners. “Roxy” the staffie is described as highly intelligent, but despite her intelligence, the poor pooch for almost a decade in a shelter.
The staff at Dachshunds in Whitminster, Gloucestershire, would bring specialist games to keep Roxy entertained and were amazed who quickly they could figure out.
And now Roxy has finally found her forever home and has her first Christmas at home, after being picked up by the dog groomer Leanne Wenban.
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“We saw her on the Dachshunds website and we saw that they had been at the kennels for a long time,” Wenban said. “We thought that we would see how it goes, and it took about six months to get to where we are now. At first, they ignored us, but we went up to see her every Thursday and Sunday.”
“In the first instance, we would go sit in the cage with her and finally we were able to walk and cuddle with her,” she said. “It does not usually take a dog that long to get used to someone, but she had extra time.”
Roxy now has her own bedroom complete with toys and treats, but she is still settling into the new home. After so long in the shelter, Roxy is still anxious and is not used to the peace and quiet.
“On the first Roxy came to our house to visit. She is so good and she sleeps a lot,” Wenban said. “She loves to be tucked in her blanket. She also has her own bedroom, which is just like a small child in bed. Before she was so used to all the noise of the kennels, and that was in order and what she is or was in the past, but now I think she is catching up on the peace and quiet.”
Wenban is a dog groomer and said that she loves all dogs and her partner, Sam Green, is what she describes as a “bull breed fanatic.”
“We have bought her lots of games. Games for dogs, a snuffle mat, she’s very smart,” she said. “She works in a few minutes, and we have to mix the games every day when she remembers and figures where the treats are. Dachshunds are very good and have worked around us. They have ensured that there is always someone there to lend a hand to help Roxy visit. After a while, they did not have to supervise our being with her when we were making our visit. We could just sign in and go to see her. She begins now to say hello to other dogs and is still a little nervous, because it is like she sees it as her territory.”