Gherkin needs a fam­ily

Papakura Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTERS

It’s been three months and Gherkin the dog is still look­ing for a fam­ily.

The young dog ar­rived at SPCA Auck­land ear­lier this year with his lit­ter mates, but while they were adopted quickly, Gherkin is still wait­ing.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drea Mid­gen says it’s not ideal for a young puppy to grow up in a shel­ter en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘He lacks a lit­tle con­fi­dence in him­self be­cause he has grown up in a shel­ter and doesn’t know what nor­mal feels like,’’ Mid­gen says.

Luck­ily for him, he’s been fos­tered to a SPCA ca­nine team mem­ber where he’s set­tled in well and learned about the world of a home en­vi­ron­ment.

How­ever, the so­cia­ble and easy­go­ing dog needs his own fam­ily, Mid­gen says.

Gherkin would suit most fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing homes with dogs, chil­dren, and con­fi­dent cats, as well as first-time dog own­ers as he has a chilled out na­ture and can learn things quickly.

SPCA Auck­land is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a busy rush of dogs, with a mix of pup­pies and adult dogs need­ing adop­tion.

Mid­gen says adult dogs of­ten seem to get over­looked but can be a bet­ter match for fam­i­lies than a young puppy.

To adopt Gherkin or an­other dog, visit sp­caauck­

Gherkin the dog is so­cia­ble, easy­go­ing and would suit most fam­i­lies.

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