Big Bruce is a gi­ant prob­lem

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - NI­CHOLAS BOY­ACK

Kat Davey has a gi­ant-sized prob­lem in the form of Bruce, a 50 kilo­gram part Ir­ish wolfhound.

Davey owns Un­leashed Dog Walk­ing based in Up­per Hutt and is often seen around the Hutt Val­ley with up to 20 large dogs. But even among a pack of big dogs, Bruce is hard to miss.

Davey got him from a woman who found it dif­fi­cult to look af­ter him. Bruce likes to pull on his lead and he pulled her over, ac­ci­den­tally in­jur­ing her.

Davey did not want to see him put down, so she agreed to take him and find a new home.

That was four months ago and she has still not found the right per­son.

It is not that Bruce is a bad dog, it is more that Davey is only pre­pared to let him go to an owner with the skills (and the phys­i­cal strength) to look af­ter him.

As well as be­ing con­fi­dent around dogs, any­one who took Bruce must be ac­tive and able to ex­er­cise him reg­u­larly.

Feed­ing him also re­quired a big wal­let.

‘‘He eats a lot. He eats more than my three other dogs com­bined. The re­al­ity is that ev­ery­thing with big dogs is ex­pen­sive, vet bills are very ex­pen­sive.’’

Then there is the is­sue of cats. Bruce likes to chase other an­i­mals and if he sees a cat his in­stinct is to chase it to try and play with it.

It’s a habit that could cause him prob­lems and Daveys is train­ing him to ig­nore an­other an­i­mals.

De­spite all the chal­lenges she faced with Bruce, Davey said he was a lovely na­tured dog and would make some­one a good pet.

‘‘He just loves every­body, some­one will take him and love him. He will be right for some­one.’’ * Kat Davey 027 865 3274.

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Kat Davey is keen to find Bruce a new home.

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