Breed: Male German Shepherd x Labrador
Teddy Belvedere has been with us since late last year. We weren’t actively looking to find him a home initially as he came to us with his friend Lucy whom had degenerative myelopathy and we left them together. Lucy sadly is no longer with us and Teddy needs his own home.
Teddy was a timid when he arrived and it took a little while for him to gain confidence with us. If we had visitors he would often take himself off to the adjoining room where he could be away from the melee. When his anxiety set in because of a thunderstorm or other reason, he would often run in circles in the backyard. And walking on the lead appeared to be new to him, and he wasn’t very good at it.
Lucy used to bark at any movement in our court and this would encourage Teddy to do the same. Lucy would nip at Teddy if it got a little frenzied.
We were concerned that with Lucy gone, Teddy would be even more anxious, but it’s been the opposite.
Since Lucy left us, Teddy has come out of his shell, and his anxiety levels are much reduced. He now only barks to say hello if he recognises a visiting car or friend; he’s not doing circles; and now prefers to be in the same room as our visitors – and is very polite about it too. Walks are much better, although he’s still reactive when he sees another dog. But with treats he can be distracted and he’s learning to be less reactive.
We wonder if Lucy received more attention during their 12 years together because she was pretty and confident, and now he’s finally free to be himself.
Teddy is a medium sized dog. He is playful, gentle, well-mannered and is ready to live his best life. Teddy is very active and loves chasing the ball or rope – you would think he was half the age he is. He loves lying on his back in the sun; a cuddle and couch-time, but he’s not a needy dog and is happy in his own company too.
Teddy has let us know recently that he would much prefer to be an only dog. He would like you to be around quite a bit but when you are out he is happy just to doze till you come back to him.
He’s looking for an active family that will continue to carry on with his training, take him for his walks and maybe even a job / run.
Teddy sleeps through the night, is toilet trained, great in the car, and isn’t a fussy eater. He does tend to ‘inhale’ his food, so we ‘scatter’ it to make it last longer. He is food oriented, which is helpful for training.
Always happy to see you, Teddy is a great companion waiting for the right person or family to give him a second chance.
Thank you to Christopher of Christopher Fotobooks for the fantastic photos of Teddy.
Teddy’s Microchip Number: 956000008388012
Health: Has had a sarcoma excised.
Source Number: RE120211
All our dogs are desexed, C5 vaccinated with intranasal, microchipped, wormed and flea treated. All necessary vet work such as dentals, surgery, eye treatment is also carried out. We are no longer heartworm testing as we have not had one positive test since we began in 2006. If a dog comes to us on heartworm treatment this is continued.