*** Bowie is now RESERVED. We are no longer accepting applications for Bowie, thank you ***
Bowie is living with one of our foster carers. This is how Bowie’s foster carer describes him ….
“Bowie is an incredible boy. He’s a pleasure to have around the house, a delightful happy-go-lucky character who is affectionate and playful but not demanding of your attention. Everyone he meets comments on how adorable he is and what a beautiful demeanour he has. Bowie loves the company of other dogs and would benefit from a well-trained doggy housemate who also loves to play a lot. He’s currently living with two other male dogs and is very respectful of them, even if it takes him a little while to work out if he’s over stepped the mark. No small breeds for Bowie though, he won’t take no from the little ones and will pester them to play. Alternatively, Bowie would be happy as the only dog with plenty of willing playmates to meet up with on his walks.
Bowie is house trained and can be left at home for a few hours – I’ve watched him on the Dog Cam and he settles down and falls asleep in no time. He is still a puppy, so he’s nibbled at the occasional table leg, but that’s nothing that wasn’t resolved by leaving some air dried bones and chew toys near his bed and making sure you don’t leave him home-alone too long. Bowie sleeps soundly in the kitchen overnight, I don’t hear a peep until I wake him in the morning.
Bowie loves his food! He’s very polite at his mealtimes – he sits and waits for food to be prepared and eats calmly. He enjoys healthy long lasting treats like a tendon or ox tail, but if he thinks he can get away with it, he will snatch chews right out of the other dogs’ mouths and run off with both – something to keep a check on! Bowie is learning to be polite around my mealtimes – he’s learning that he doesn’t get any tip bits from me and now he settles down and leaves me in peace. He will pinch food and food wrappers off the kitchen units or out of the bin, so make sure you remove items so that he’s not tempted to be a monkey!
Out on walks, Bowie has learned his recall at lightening speed. This is impressive for any young dog but more so for Bowie because he is deaf. Bowie appears to have bilateral hearing loss – I haven’t found a pitch that he can hear, so we can assume that he is totally deaf. Please don’t let that put you off, deaf dogs can (and do) lead perfectly normal lives. They are no more difficult to train than a dog with hearing, it just takes a little bit of imagination with our training techniques. We can offer advice and help with Bowie’s training, and there is the Deaf Dog Network on Facebook, a global community of deaf dog owners who share experiences and offer support to fellow deaf dog owners .
Bowie already understands the ‘thumbs up’ sign (good boy) and is really pleased with himself when he gets the thumbs up, coming trotting over for his treat! He understands ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘come’, ‘stay’ and I’m slowly introducing other signs. We’re working on ‘left’ and ‘right’ (directions), ‘in’ and ‘out’ and he knows that twinkle finger means that I want to give him cuddles! He’s confident and happy off-lead, he checks in regularly and comes when given the sign. He does approach other dogs, so it is my responsibility to get his attention and bob him on-lead in good time if nearby dogs are on-lead and need their own space.
Bowie barks at livestock and likes to chase them along the field fences. I think it’s just lack of exposure and training, and with time and patience he will learn to relax when walking past.
The sky’s the limit with Bowie’s training. He loves his treats which makes training really easy and he focuses brilliantly on a ball game.
If you’d like Bowie to come and live with you, start stocking up on toys now! Bowie loves toys of every shape, size and texture. He’ll play on his own and when you join in, he switches on his best working dog concentrating face and focuses on everything. He’s a dab hand a catch, but if he doesn’t see the direction of the ball, he won’t hear it bounce, so that’s something to be mindful of.
Bowie loves to travel in a crate in my van, he jumps in as soon as the door is opened. He’s calm and relaxed, even on longer journeys of over an hour. Bowie is going to be more suited to a home where he can enjoy long country or beach walks – he sometimes gets stressed out by traffic and lunges towards bigger vehicles and barks. He’s much better when he wears a head collar and continued training will really help. He wants to run and explore and have fun – road walking will not be enough for this energetic lad.
Bowie has recently been on a campervan trip to Wales – he LOVED swimming in the sea and exploring all the beaches and woodland. He travelled like a dream and settled really well at night.”
Bowie has previously lived with young children but we would like to find him a home with older children (or adult only home) who can understand his impairment and will be involved in using clear signs to communicate.
No cats or small furries please.
To adopt Bowie, please complete our adoption application form. We welcome applications from across Lancashire but unfortunately we are unable to consider applications from further afield. Homeless Hounds cannot rehome dogs to families with children under the age of 5. Home check and adoption donation applies. Thank you