All of the Staffordshire Bull Terriers shown below are, or will be, available for adoption.
LILY (aged 10 yrs) and SKY (aged 9 yrs) are now ready to fly from our nest after spending five months in our care. The girls came to us from Animal Welfare in November 2018 and it would be very true to say that they both had had a fairly hard time for a number of years beforehand. Both were suffering from severe flea infestation when they were collected by Welfare Officers and SKY's ears have been permanently damaged from ear infections and mite infestation that had been left untreated. Her hearing is fine but she is susceptible to future infections although the treatment she has been receiving (tablets and ear drops) has been keeping things at bay.
Although the girls are not from the same litter they have been together almost all of their lives and are very much 'sisters'. The love they have for each other and the sisterly bond between them is blatantly obvious which is why they are looking for a forever home together. The two of them love nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa together where they feel safe. Typical Staffords - they absolutely adore human company and are totally relaxed and calm when at least one person is around. Their usual daily routine is to have breakfast and sleep together for a few hours, a trip in the car, a walk on the beach, cuddles on the sofa, dinner time and more snoozing together followed by even more cuddles on the sofa. Both dogs are very tactile and without being bouncy and boisterous - they simply love chilling with someone close by.
LILY and SKY are low to medium energy dogs. One long walk or two short walks a day is really all they need.
LILY is the more confident one of the two and is very sprightly for her age. She is lucky enough not to suffer from any arthritis or typical aging problems especially as she has had a cancerous lump removed from her side recently. SKY too has had an operation since she has been in our care to remove two cancerous lumps so hopefully they won't need any further surgery for along time to come, if at all.
SKY is less confident than LILY and suffers from separation anxiety when she is left alone, even with LILY. Her anxiety is expressed with barking, pacing and the occasional nibble on something she shouldn't. It would be ideal if the girls were re-homed within a reasonable driving distance from our friend and behaviourist Gary Holloway (Ballygowan) so that he can support their new family and offer his expert advice on how to alleviate SKY's anxiety and to help with their lead training. Sky walks beautifully on the lead. LILY thinks she is in a race and is very easily distracted by sights and sounds.
Due to the background and history of LILY and SKY neither of them are suitable to be around other dogs or household pets. It is important to stress that there is no real aggression in them but they simply don't know how to behave around other animals and become very overexcited (even when they see other pets from a distance) to the point where they can be unmanageable. At their stage in life it would be far more simplistic and acceptable for them to never be placed in a sutuation that could get out of control. For this reason we are looking for a home that is fairly secluded (perhaps a rural area) where they are very much house dogs. They will need lots of outdoor space to run around in and explore as a means of exercise as opposed to walking the streets. A semi-retired couple who enjoy the company of dogs would be just perfect for them. We have no concerns about their behaviour around children. However, because we have no history of them living with small people we would ask that any visitors to their new family home be aged 10 years above.
Both LILY and SKY travel well in the car and sleep well at night. They are so well behaved and well-mannered and an absolute pleasure to be around. The girls really do deserve a break in life and just want to be loved and kept safe.
Both LILY and SKY are eligible for our Senior Stafford Scheme whereby financial assistance is given to an adoptive family for help towards any unexpected veterinary bills. Details can be given on request.
If you wish to find out more about LILY & SKY, please call us on 07563 368 589 or 07599 240 652.