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Hello, my name is Bruno!


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Male (Large). Labrador. Young-adult - DOB: 2014.

Shelter: Barking Mad Network (Western-Cape)
Tel: 063 040 6071

We have 2 dogs; Max, a 5 year old pedigree Weimeraner and Bruno, a 2 1/2 year old mixed breed rescue dog. We are having a problem with Bruno.

His breed (based on his features) probably originates from a mix between a Labrador and foxterrier with other breeds in the mix.

He is a medium sized dog of about 22 kg, pure black in colour.

He has a general friendly, loving nature although he can appear slightly nervous/anxious at times. He is quite energetic and playful too.

Bruno was neutered at 6 months and comes with a full vaccination history. He is also house trained, but unfortunately does not walk very well on a lead.

My husband and I bought Bruno off Stellenbosch students who had advertised him on Gum-tree. The students had bought him from some vagrants when he was about 6 weeks old. He had possibly been mistreated as he was very possessive around his food at first but with training, patience and and perseverance this is not a problem any more.

Since the birth of our son, Thomas, 18 months ago Bruno appears to have become more nervous and unsure of himself. He quite often growls at Thomas especially when Thomas comes very close and tries to hug him.

Bruno (and Max our 5 yr old Weimeraner) gets walked at least 5 times a week in an open park or field and responds very well to return commands. He has however become more nervous of dogs in the park that he is not familiar with or in some way pose a threat to him and has had 3 scuffles/fights with other dogs in the park in the past 4 months (none of them ending in blood shed).

We have employed the services of two animal behaviorists. We did not find the first one to be very helpful, hence we consulted another one. We found the second one very helpful and we have tried our best we can to follow her advise. One of the suggestions was to keep Bruno muzzled when around Thomas. We do this very strictly now, but feel that it might be making the situation worse as Bruno feels like he is being ‘punished’. We were also thinking that this may be the reason for his more aggressive behaviour at the park recently and have resorted to muzzeling him there too. My husband and I both work full time which makes managing this situation very challenging. After due effort and consideration do not believe that we can totally trust Bruno around our child. We feel that he needs to be in a home with no children.

We love Bruno, he came into our lives at a very sad time for us when we needed someone to cuddle and love…in a sense he rescued us too. Unfortunately, we cannot take the risk of him potentially hurting our son or another child and have therefore made the painstaking decision of trying to rehouse him.