We used to do a lot of fostering for Harperhey Dogs Home till it burned down. We used to love it but the hardest thing was taking the dogs back after we had started forming strong bonds with them. Because of this we decided that we were not going to foster any more but "when the time felt right" we would adopt/buy a dog as our permanent pet!
Well that time has finally come!
We had been looking through Preloved Pets and were going to buy a Patterdale Terrier. There were several that were available at the right money but I got messed about too much after even being willing to drive up to a 120 mile round trip each time to look at "suitable candidates" (One of which was not even a Patterdale). Because of this we chatted about it and the wife came across this chap who was only in Accrington (About 12 miles from us)
The story behind him was that the young lady had owned him for 5 years (since he was a pup) but now as she had a young child and had needed to change her working hours (As a care assistant - A very worthwhile job) she felt that she could not give the dog the time that her much loved dog deserved.
We went to see the dog early this afternoon and we both fell for him straight away and parted with the money asked for him without any quibble. (The young lady was heart broken to see him go but realised that it was in the best interest of the dog and was assured that she was more than welcome to pop over any time she wanted to see that he was being taken very good care of and was happy)
The only problem was that Marlene (Dearly beloved) didn't like the name he had which was "Smokey" as (in her opinion) it made him sound more like a cat than a dog, so she has decided to rename him "Cody", which he is already answering to.
He is now just over 5 years old and has been fairly well trained - He knows Sit, Lie Down, Bed, Paw. etc and is well house trained - When he needs to go out he will go to the door and turn round in circles a couple of times and then come up and give you a nudge with is nose and then go back to the door.
"Cody" is very gentle and a perfect gentleman, and we are delighted to welcome him into our "family"!
He has never been worked but he will get a chance when I take him out with my mates Lurcher and Terrier to see what it is all about and find out if he wants to run a few rabbits. (Edit: He will chase after a small cuddly toy and retrieve it when you say "Fetch" so there is a bit of hope)
I know the exact breeding but I am going to let you guys have a go at guessing before I tell you.
Here's a couple of photos of Cody relaxing! You try telling me what his breeding is.