White and black, short coat, female, 7 months
Dotty has been in the foster since before Christmas, as she required eye surgery to remove a cataract in her eye. .
Due to very successful and widely and generously supported fund-raising, we were able to pay for the specialist veterinary care Dotty needed - and this meant she has built up quite a fan base
Dotty has been lovingly fostered which means that far from being an institutionalised puppy in a rescue kennel, Dotty has known a happy home life with other dogs and a cat, and has been to Puppy School, and on socialising walks, and has had all the normal experiences one would wish that every youngster could benefit from.
Her eye surgery was a stunning success, and although she will need some ongoing monitoring by the ophthalmic Vet, and ultimately similar surgery on her other eye when she is fully mature (all of which will be paid for out of her own funds), the time has come for Dotty to find a permanent home, one where her very special personality will be loved and appreciated, as she really is an exceptional dog.
Darling Dotty is going to need an owner who is experienced in the handling and training of a very intelligent dog, so experience of collies is absolutely essential. Dotty is very, very bright, and a very quick learner.
She has collie characteristics in abundance! She will very definitely need an outlet for this extreme intelligence, otherwise she herself will find ways to use her brains - and these may not be quite what one would want!
We think she would excel in the hands of someone who enjoys Obedience training, or perhaps one of the many dog sports. In the right hands there is no doubt that Dotty will absolutely be a "dog of a lifetime", but equally, in the wrong hands, she could be a nightmare as she has so much mental and physical energy to use, and for her owner to enjoy. We would like to place Dotty with someone who does not have small children, as the needs of a young family are simply not compatible with the needs of a super-smart young dog.
Ideally, she would be best with a doggie friend who will set her a good example, but also play with her as she loves other dogs. She will need company most of the time as she is still just a youngster.
Geographically, her new owner will need to be in travelling distance of Abingdon for follow-up visits to the ophthalmic Vet. We want the perfect home for Dotty, just as we do for all the animals in our care, but after all we have been through with Dotty, and all the love and support she has had, I hope you will understand why the home for this exceptional dog will have to be extra-perfect!