Big Bruce is a giant problem
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.
Kat Davey is keen to find Bruce a new home.