Geboortejaar: Herfst 2017
Schofthoogte: 52 cm
Gewicht: 15 kg
Houding tov volwassenen: verlegen
Houding tov kinderen: vanaf 10 jaar
Houding tov teefjes: voorzichtig
Houding tov reutjes: voorzichtig
Houding tov katten: goed
Helya came to us from Abkhazia that borders Russia and is 2000 km away from Moscow. Helya used to live on a Black Sea coast but was not properly fed. I first saw her on a video sent to me by a woman who went to Abkhazia on holidays. I could not resist the desire to bring this dog to Moscow when I saw her craving for food and looking for it in a rucksack. A bit before that we also accommodated Helya’s friend, another dog due to poor health. When Helya stayed straying alone she was very sad, constantly looking for the other dog and crying. This was a trigger for us to bring her to Moscow as back in her home country she would never find help and compassion.
I cannot even guess what breeds are mixed in Helya. We noticed that there are a lot of dogs of some hunting and hound origin in Abkhazia. Helya is a very elegant dog with fine bones. At home she behaves almost ideally. She understands strict voice, knows that it is not good to tear smth or spoil it. Of course she is very young, loves to play and can be naughty but for the 7-8 m.o. dog she is quite reserved and not spoilt. She just did not know anything about toys and never experienced human love and care. Helya is not big, 52 cm tall and about 15 kg. I hope that she will put on some more weight.
Helya is fine when riding a car, does not get sick. She also has a 5+ experience in using public transport. She gets along well with the cats at home. She also made friends with other dogs but is very careful while dealing with unknown ones. She might have had bad encounters in the past that is why she does not quite like it when unknown dogs approach her. Helya and I work on it so that she remains calm meeting everyone.
Now she eats natural food (beef and cereal). She is absolutely healthy. A bit shy, especially in a new place where she does not know anyone. I think this will pass away. In a known surrounding she is a self-assured and active dog.
At home Helya sleeps on a sofa or in her bed. From my point of view she needs tenderness. She comes across as a very fragile creature calling for care, love and all the best possible things. Of course I would like her new family to treat her as a new child. If I could afford another dog, Helya would be the one! I understand her and feel what she feels. It would be really great if her new family take close to heart her story, life and vulnerability.
Helya might panic when first left home alone. This might come from her fear of being forgotten, even at home. But she is very perceptive to training, hearing strict “no” she calms down and goes to sleep. Potentially, this insecurity can be completely eradicated. We now work very hard and will improve.