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Grizzly is a funny old fella. While he is cuddly and playful most of the time, there are times, especially when he’s not sure what’s going on, that he can let us know in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t want to be touched. Yes, he sometimes bites. Not too hard, but it still hurts, and we have learned how to manage it. But it does mean that he’s not suitable for adoption unless a very special, experienced, patient person comes along to take him on, warts and all.

But Grizzly’s in no rush to leave anyway! He’s the king of his garden, adopted parent and disciplinarian of six pups, and a much loved character who the staff at The ARK just adore (because they have learned how to avoid doing anything to make him nip). He has a playful character, and when he is in a nice mood, he can make a person feel very much loved. Grizzly does enjoy a cuddle, and he is always first in line when it’s time to go for a walk. We love him to bits.

My Story

“I wish I’d known that the man from ACT who came to rescue me that day was a good guy, and then maybe I wouldn’t have tried to bite him. I didn’t know he just wanted to get me to a vet so that the nasty wound on my leg could be treated, so I told him to leave me alone in the only way I knew how. But he refused to give up, and before I knew what was happening, I had a leash on my neck and my muzzle was tied shut while he carried me to a crate in the back of his car. The vet wanted to make me better, but I didn’t know that at the time, so I let him know that I didn’t like him prodding and touching too. But he just made me sleep, and, when I woke up, I had a big bandage on my leg, and it actually felt quite nice!

After the man from ACT brought me to this beautiful place I now call home and gave me some lovely food and some puppies to play with, I started to feel that maybe I shouldn’t be so mean to him and the other people who try to get close to me. So now I like to show my appreciation with lots of kisses and cuddles, which they give back to me, and it feels so good. I still have to let them know sometimes that I’m not in the mood to be touched, but they’re quick to learn and I’ve not actually managed to bite anyone in a long time. I know I’m not the easiest of dogs to get along with, but I really am grateful to be here, so I’ll thank you in advance for even considering sponsoring my stay here. It doesn’t only help me, but also all the other dogs, including my six adopted puppies, who I just adore. And knowing we are all safe here and so well cared for makes me very happy.”

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