Our Dogs' Stories
Fausto was adopted by Linnea and Gregor from Scottish SPCA in Glasgow in August 2012. He came in as a stray with no background history and was estimated to be between 18 months and 2 years old. As many dogs, Fausto was very stressed in the kennels which suppressed much of his behaviour. During the first few months, many of his underlying behavioural problems emerged. Fausto turned out to be an incredibly anxious dog. Almost anything would make him nervous, from the sound of traffic to the feeling of the wind. Shortly after he was adopted, he was badly bitten by another dog after which he became very dog aggressive. It took a long time to get Fausto to begin to relax outside, and even longer to help him feel safe around specific triggers. Although strange dogs can still be difficult for Fausto, he has now learnt to trust and appreciate dogs he knows and is a great help for us acting as a role model for our day care dogs. During their journey with Fausto, Linnea and Gregor have learnt things about dogs and about themselves which no books could teach them. After having received advice from almost a dozen dog trainers, they have come to one conclusion: There is no one method which works for all dogs and all owners – the approach must always be adapted to the couple in front of you in order to ensure that both parts can work together comfortably and effectively.
Ida was adopted in 2015 when she was 4 years old. She spent most of her early life being passed between homes and kennels - we are her 6th home. We don't know much about her history other than that her last owner left her crated for extended periods, sometimes several days, and she was poorly fed. When she came to us she had severe separation anxiety and was reactive to dogs. She now assists us on all our sessions, acting as a stooge dog or helping me control dogs during off leash socialisation sessions with reactive dogs. Adopting Ida was a really big milestone for us and a testament of how far Fausto has come from being deemed never to be able to be around other dogs, to happily sharing his life with Ida and all of our wonderful day care dogs.
Tennessee was originally from a Spanish shelter and brought to Sweden through Millenia Animal Project. She was adopted out only to be returned with a long list of behaviour problems and ended up in foster with a close friend of ours. As she is an intense and demanding high energy dog it was becoming increasingly obvious that she may be difficult to place while keeping her emotionally balanced and prevent further issues. We fell in love with her fun and crazy attitude to life and decided to make her a member of our family in September 2018.
Smulan was Linnea’s first dog, a female Schapendoes from the kennel Dancing Cloud (Luxembourg). Together they did a lot of agility and trick training which has influenced Linnea’s interest in dog sports. Unfortunately, Smulan developed a series of behaviour problems, such as separation anxiety and reactivity to people and dogs, which required some more advanced training. Smulan was born 2002 and passed away 2018.
Tara was one of the rescue dogs Gregor grew up with. She was a female Doberman found as a stray in a very poor condition who needed a lot of time to regain trust with people again. She passed away from old age in 2018.