Ooooh Violet - you are definitely this week's Prom Queen
I really don't know what that means Aunty Sooz, but it sounds like a compliment - so I'll take it!
Violet is a stunning girl, she's clearly had puppies at some point, and although she's a 'well built' girl, she's as fit as a butcher's dog!
Violet is no couch potato, she's a very high energy girl, and far too quick for the shutter speed on our camera!
She has a fabulous knack of making her own fun with whatever she happens to find hanging around the garden...
And we reckon she could have carried on running all day!
Violet was brought in as a stray by a member of the public. That doesn't mean she doesn't have an owner, all our dogs have owners - obviously - but maybe they have paid for their summer holidays from the money she earned them by churning out puppies and so they don't need or want her anymore. Let's hope they get a proper job before Christmas eh Violet?
If you'd like to meet Violet, or any of our stray and abandoned dogs needing a home, please phone the Dogs' Home: 029 2071 1243 or visit Cardiff Dogs' Home, Westpoint Industrial Estate, Penarth Road, open 7 days a week, 10.30 - 4pm.
For more information about the rehoming process at Cardiff Dogs Home, please click here
I had the pleasure of walking Violet this morning. She was clearly eager to get out and about and has tons of energy! Although a strong dog she does not pull with all her might and I believe she could easily be trained to walk nicely by whoever is lucky enough to adopt her. She did seem excited by passing joggers and cyclists, in a playful way, looking at me as if to say "please can we chase them?" She soon settled though, when I explained we would not be chasing anyone :-D This girl would probably love to have a tennis ball or football to play with in an open space. She was very responsive to my voice, turning around when I spoke to her and looking at me with that beautiful soft face. When she saw other dogs from a distance she seemed curious but not worried by them and it was fairly easy to get her attention back on me. I know she's being spayed this afternoon, hope she recovers well.
We took this gorgeous girl out on Tuesday and she is just fabulous! Poor Violet is very confused by her change of circumstances and the staff told us she'd been a little stressed around other dogs and in the kennels, so we did our best to give her as relaxing a walk as we could. It's pretty obvious that Violet hasn't been walked on a lead very often, if at all, as she really doesn't know what to do when she's out and about. She's not unruly or unmanageable by any means, and toward the end of our walk once she'd burned off some of her excess energy she was walking very nicely just ahead of us. Violet just needs some help in understanding the finer points of walking etiquette. She's very sweet and gentle and will definitely be only too happy to have a good run around and play in the garden. We passed a few dogs on our walk and didn't spy any aggression from her, nor hear any vocalisation. Instead she just showed some fleeting interest while walking, but gave them a little more attention when she was stood still back at the Home. If she has been used for breeding (which her poor belly suggests), then some gentle socialisation would probably do wonders for her confidence around other dogs!
Violet was very gentle when it came to taking treats, but because she was a little stressed we decided not to try and ask for sit or paw. She's a clever girl though, so I'm sure she'll happily take training in her stride. Every now and then she'd turn back to check on us, and seemed quite eager to say hello to everyone she spotted - whether they were ahead of us or the other side of the road
Despite being quite worried by her current situation, Violet is nevertheless incredibly sweet and loving. She'd benefit so much from a lot of TLC and a safe, stable forever home where she can properly experience the joys of being a part of a forever family!