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An affectionate four-year-old Lurcher with the somewhat unusual name of WhatsApp is having trouble finding a loving family despite his friendly nature.
WhatsApp has been with Gables Dogs & Cats Home in Plymouth for seven months, after being found living outdoors in dangerously unsuitable conditions.
And in that time the god-natured pup has been rejected by six potential families.
The staff at Gables say WhatsApp is a "very happy and friendly" dog, although due to his background as a working dog he doesn’t get on well with cats or other small furry creatures.
They say he’s a “very affectionate chap” who loves exploring and is happy meeting new people. “He is sociable with dogs,” they say, “and happy around children over the age of 10."
Due to his past and his breed, WhatsApp needs to be kept on the lead in public and he has to wear a muzzle too. But he’s used to it and doesn’t make a fuss when the muzzle’s put on.
Staff at the Gables point out that nowadays there are private fields that you can rent by the hour so you have sole use. They say something like that would be a great place for WhatsApp to have some time to stretch his legs without the need for a lead or muzzle.
They to say that that he’s incredibly fast on his feet so you’ll always have to have your wits about you!
WhatsApp needs to be properly house-trained because he’s lived most of his life in an outdoor kennel, but staff at The Gables say with a good routine and responsible owners that should be easy enough to do.
Ruth Rickard, Deputy Manager told ITV: “Despite WhatsApp’s past he is such a loving and affectionate dog, this makes it even more disheartening that he has been rejected so many times through no fault of his own.
"Sadly some people expect too much from their first meeting with a dog and are hoping for an instant connection."
"Although in many cases a dog will approach straight away to say hello, others are keen to investigate their surroundings first, which is something that WhatsApp loves to do.
"Dogs see the world through their noses and scent plays such an important part in how they interact with their environment. Sniffing around, scent marking and investigating new areas is how they ensure it is safe and poses no threat to them.
"When WhatsApp visits a new location," Ruth adds, "he gets so distracted by everything around him that sometimes he forgets to say hello to the humans but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t like you, he just needs a little time.”
Anyone interested in giving WhatsApp a home can get in touch with Gambles Farm.
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