Ziggy needs our help!
Sarah McAllister from Doodleaid explains, Ziggy is a 4-year old Labradoodle who came to Doodleaid in August 2018. It was immediately obvious that he was not in a good place mentally and through no fault of his own had multiple behaviorist issues. Doodleaid placed him in boarding kennels under the supervision of Jeni one of the charity’s experienced behaviorist. After spending time with Ziggy, Jeni diagnosed him as having post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) along with resource guarding issues.
Sarah says, I’ll let Ziggy explain why he behaves like he does and why he is finding it difficult to change.
When I was small I went to live at my forever home, but my owners didn’t know how to bring me up to be a well adjusted dog like all of you have. The problem was I never felt I was listened to, so when the family came close to me, and I was uncomfortable, I would growl and tell them I was frightened and needed space, but every time I growled they would scold me. Then one day I got so cross I gave my human Mummy a quick nip. She didn’t like it and from that moment on I spent most of the time alone in a dingy room.
When I did see a human they either told me off more or took my toys away. I soon began to realise that every time a human came near me they would hit me or take the things I cared about away. I was so unhappy all the time and thought humans were not nice people at all. Eventually I built up my own coping mechanism which was to pre-empt their punishment by growling and showing my teeth. After a time the humans didn’t want me anymore.
I was taken away to meet Jeni at the doggie hotel and after spending happy times with her, I was sure she understood me and I knew I had the chance to love a human in the way your doodles do. We got on famously and I love her very much.
One day I met a family that wanted to take me back to their home, but when we got there all the bad things that happened to me at my first home came flooding back and I began to get fearful again. I wasn’t happy and wanted to go back to my Jeni. I must have been a bit naughty because soon I was back at the doggie hotel.
Please help me get better, I know I want to be a normal doodle and live in a nice home, but I don’t think I’m ready until I have had more help from my Jeni.
Sarah continues, Ziggy’s care is expensive, currently we pay around £800 a month to keep Ziggy at the kennels, cover his behaviour fees and medication. On top of this there are his vet fees. DoodleAid is a small charity that relies solely on donations to help dogs in need. If you could give something monthly to help support Ziggy through his rehabilitation it would make the world of difference.
I was moved by Ziggy’s story, and thought it would be wonderful if we could get 100 people to donate £10 a month for six months or even 200 people to donate £5 a month for six months to help Ziggy. Please join me if you can.
Our donations could generate a monthly income of £1,000 to secure Ziggy’s costs and support him on his way to a brighter future.
You can set up a direct debit to Doodleaid’s account on line by selecting the payment option in your bank account screen, entering the amount you want to donate and ’For Ziggy’ in the description box, then ticking ✅the ‘is this a regular payment?’ Option. Doodleaid’s bank details are:
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