Elsie's info:

  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Approx. 10-11 months
  • Size: Medium (spinger size)
  • Breed: Mixed


Elsie arrived with us in September 2021 as an emaciated and terrified puppy. Dogs like Elsie have been under socialised with people, and the only interactions they will have had with people prior to arriving at the rescue centre will have been negative – consisting of abuse, beatings, dragged on a catchpole and scruffing, if not more, the treatment of puppies is not any different and can really affect their view of people.

Elsie is still very timid; we have been hand-off with her so that she doesn’t have to fear that we are going to hurt her or force her to do anything she is not comfortable with. She has made progress since this time; she will come over for treats and investigate people, but she is not ready for touches or strokes.

Elsie will be a project dog; she will take a good amount of time to settle into a home. She needs someone that is willing to allow her to take as long as she needs to get there. Dogs like Elsie usually do not progress past a certain point in rescue, and most progress will be seen once she has fully settled into the home environment – we know this because we have rehomed lots of dogs that were just as timid as Elsie that have gone on to really bond with their owners, learn to walk on lead and live fantastic lives.

Elsie is brilliant with other dogs and gains confidence from them. She displays submissive body language and just wants to be their friends. She needs a confident dog, or dogs in the home to help her to progress and learn from them. She will be a dog that you don’t need to do much with for a good while, your current pooches will be the best teachers for Elsie, and she will begin to mimic their behaviours.

As Elsie is very shy, she will need an adult only home (over 16s) that are willing to allow Elsie all the time she needs to progress at her own pace.

She has not been tested with cats.

She will need a home with 5ft fencing or higher.

We understand that dogs like Elsie are not for everyone, we have had applicants admit that they have not experienced dogs as timid as ours before despite having years of dog experience - yet, we have had many first-time dog owners adopt and succeed with very timid dogs – all it takes is patience and taking on board advice from staff.

Many rescues would over-look dogs like Elsie, but we believe that she has lots of potential in a home and deserves a chance at happiness. Adopting Elsie will be an incredibly rewarding journey, seeing her enter the home as a timid dog and working with her to become a loving, trusting and valued member of the family is one of the best journeys you could ever embark on.

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