Rupert is still keeping himself busy while he waits to be chosen to be someone's forever hound. He's had a good time over the last fortnight since I last posted going on some interesting walks, visiting a selection of cafes to sample their finest luxury ice creams, keeping up with his hobbies and visiting his friends.
Yesterday he enjoyed having a walk to somewhere different so he could run and play in the buttercups.
Going for a walk somewhere that has a café is just about Heaven in Rupert's eyes! Last Sunday he had a walk around the local countryside centre, calling in at the café at the end. "Very tasty Foster Mum, but it wasn't very big." And the Sunday before he went for a walk in the Malvern Hills, stopping off at the café there. Here, he demonstrated the 3 stages of ice cream etiquette. Sit. Paw. And enjoy.
On Saturdays Rupert likes to do something active. Here he is doing agility.
And then he likes to do this for the rest of the day.
Rupert loves to keep in touch with his friends too. He is a very sensitive, intuitive boy who knows when it's OK to be daft and silly and when people need him to be calm and sensible. Here he is with my friend's elderly father who he absolutely adores. "I love you, Uncle Geoff." "I really, really, really love you, Uncle Geoff."
Rupert is one of the most beautiful natured dogs I've ever come across - so incredibly sweet and desperate to please. It doesn't make sense at all that he has been so long in Gap's care with comparatively little interest in him.
On the one hand I would not consider Rupert to have a particularly high prey drive, but on the other he is a young and energetic lurcher who is known for certain to come from a working background. I think it depends what you compare him with - as someone who has had quite a few lurchers and greyhounds over the years and if I compare him to my own male lurcher I would say his prey drive is medium to low. However, someone with little experience of the breed, perhaps comparing him to another breed might consider his prey drive to be high. I think it depends on what you're used to.
I am cautious where I let Rupert off lead as he is not my dog. Over the last 8 or so months he has been off lead fairly regularly on some playing fields and also in a more rural area - crop fields where it am certain there is no livestock. He has also been off lead on the beach. Once or twice he has run off across the crop fields when something has caught his eye in the hedge, but he returns very quickly. I have never lost Rupert or felt I was at risk of doing so. Rupert has never been off lead around or in the vicinity of livestock and I have never let him off in the woods either.
Rather than running after wild prey, the main issue I've had with Rupert is that he wants to say hello to other people and their dogs so for that reason I only let him off lead in very quiet places where I'm unlikely to meet other dogs, as he will dash up to see them. Rupert is football obsessed so if you take a football with you on walks he will play with that to wear himself out and then walks nicely on lead for the rest of his walk. It is very important though that anyone adopting Rupert is willing to use a muzzle off lead. He is not aggressive, but with him being an ex worker it's the responsible thing to do.
I don't know whether that has answered the question. In short, Rupert does not have a particularly high prey drive considering his breeding and previous experience of life prior to rescue, but I can't 100% guarentee he won't ever chase.
That's fantastic, thank you! I have forwarded your message to my in-laws. They are giving it some serious thought and my experience of them as dog owners over the last 15 years makes me think he'd be a great match, but it's over to them now :-) In the meantime I know he'll carry on having a wonderful time with you!
Hello there. Rupert sounds absolutely wonderful, and gorgeous too. Has he been adopted yet? I wouldn't be at all surprised if he has, being so adorable. My husband and I have a ten year old Greyhound girl called Sandy, who we adopted from RGT when she was three. We also have two female rescue cats who Sandy gets along very well with. It occurs to me that Rupert, having lived with a cat previously, would not take too much time to settle in with our girls. We live very close to a park and the Staffordshire Moorlands are fairly close by too so plenty of places to go walking. I need to talk to my husband regarding adopting another dog, but I am sure when he sees all your beautiful photos of Rupert, he will be smitten too. At this point, I am just inquiring as to whether he is still available for adoption? Thank you and big hugs to Rupert, Elaine.
Rupert is still available for homing but it is such a long time since he lived with cats now so he would need very careful introduction to cats and vigilance with them. We would of course as a rescue guide you through this but it just needs to be noted that some work will be required x
Rupert is a fabulous dog and is still available for adoption. However, he has been away from cats for so long, we feel that, sadly, he is probably not cat workable any longer and would have difficulty settling with cats.
Ah,that is a shame, I would have been happy to work with him to get him used to cats again. Still, the cat's safety is important too, and I do appreciate your advice. Fingers crossed that Rupert finds his forever home very soon.
yes, Rupert is still looking for a home. If you are interested in adopting Rupert or one of our dogs, please can you complete the pre adoption questionnaire that you will find in the homing and adoption section of the web site.
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