UPDATE 2: Digger now knows how to wait for his food to be prepared and put down for him to eat. This is tremendous progress . . . from a dog who had learned no manners at all, to one who now knows how to be a perfect gentleman. Nor does he try to pinch anyone else's when he's done! He is good with children, but because of his size and energy, he may be a little too much for smaller children.
Dik - new name Digger - is now in foster and sharing his home with two other dogs - both female. Although Digger is his name - he does not dig! He just loves to be in the garden with you. He has been on an upward learning curve as it was clear he was not used to living in a house. Now he knows what it's all about and enjoys his favourite armchair along with the other two. He has developed a lot - an old dog really can learn new tricks. He has excellent recall in the garden . . . outside off lead it takes a little longer, but once he has used up some of his energy, like many dogs, he becomes much more responsive. He is loving and brilliant with people. However cats are a bit more of a problem - he just does not understand them! He is remarkable for his age - he has a lot of energy, joie de vivre, and just a great character. He is desperate to please, loves his food, knows how to play, sleeps quietly and can be left without worry . . . so long as the bin is out of the way!
Dik is one of the dogs we are promoting who is still in the refuge. We wish we could help all of them into foster homes but we need more fosterers. Dik is a deserving case either for a foster home or better still someone to adopt him.
Dik has been in the refuge for nearly two years – and no-one has expressed any interest in him at all. He suffers from being both “big” (Labrador size) and “black” – not popular in this part of the world. Born in 2008, he will be 8 this year and he does not deserve to spend another cold winter on concrete. He does not however look his age and he is fully of energy.
When he first arrived at the refuge Dik was surprisingly quiet and unobtrusive. As time went on he began to fight for his survival in groups of dominant males. This means he is now separated and alone as he is also entire and therefore cannot be mixed with females. This is not the life for a human-loving labrador!
Once he is out of the refuge being walked and has got over his initial exuberance of being able to sniff grass again, he is obedient. It is clear he has had some training and it would not be difficult to revive and add to it.
We believe he is full of potential and would make a great family dog. He would benefit from someone who understands the breed and could give him the exercise he needs. He does not deserve a refuge for the rest of his life – that’s for sure! One of the key advantages of fostering is that we can have a far better assessment of him. As it stands at the moment all we know is he is OK bitches. He may well be OK non-dominant males. We assume he would be OK children but don't know for sure. Similarly with cats and poultry we have no real idea.