Meet the ‘teddy bear’ dog who has been saved from a ‘kill list’ after living through years of abuse.
Julius, a Chow Chow, became a resident at Oakwood Dog Rescue, in Hull, in May – but is yet to secure a loving home.
He would have been put to sleep at a kill shelter in Romania if it hadn’t been for the team at Oakwood.
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He is now facing a new challenge – finding a forever home.
Julius, who has been described as a ‘teddy bear’, has gained a lot of attention on social media – but keeps being brushed aside by potential adopters in Hull.
A spokesperson at Oakwood Dog Rescue said: “He’s so beautiful and looks like a big cuddly teddy bear.
“But sadly Julius has had a hard past and he’s got scars to prove it.
“We don’t know the full story but what we do know is that somehow he ended up in a Romanian kill shelter.
“What happened before is a mystery although it’s very likely he was mistreated and beaten in the past.”
Julius, who is about two-years-old, was very mistrusting of people when he first arrived at Oakwood Dog Rescue.
He felt the need to defend himself but after a lot of time and treat, he has made great progress.
The spokesperson added: “He still doesn’t trust every person he sees and it takes time before he allows those he doesn’t know to touch him.
“There are times when Julius gets worried even with people he trusts but as long as he’s allowed to choose when he wants to interact with you he’s quite loving and playful.
“But it’s not going to be like this with the new family he meets because he won’t know them yet and it will take time before he realises he is safe with them too.”
As Julius is yet to learn not everybody wants to hurt him, he must live in an adult-only home with no other dogs or cats. His new owners must have Chow Chow experience.
Chow Chows have a complex temperament and an independent mind of their own. They are not an easy breed and so Julius needs someone who knows how their minds tick.
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The spokesperson added: “We realise how gorgeous he is and everyone falls in love with him at first sight but we have to do what’s right for him.
“This means we have to make sure his new family meets those requirements. The last thing we’d want to do is traumatise him even more by putting him in an environment he wouldn’t be able to cope in.”
Julius has not been socialised with dogs and doesn’t know what to do with them. He can be very inappropriate and bark in their faces which puts other dogs off. He can also mount other dogs which is why he is assessed as an only dog.
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