First of all please note that any adoption will need to go through the association that Aston came from. I am posting on here to give him extra visibility.
I have finally decided to put Aston up for adoption again. It boils down to one main reason. Him and Lexi my lurcher just do not get on that well and it is exhausting managing it long term. Lexi is too rough with him, so they cannot play together and she struggles to tolerate him particularly in the evening.
Aston is a gorgeous 19 month old Podenco. Anyone adopting him needs to be aware of his strengths and weaknesses in order for the adoption to be successful.
Aston is an incredibly affectionate dog, a real cuddlebug. He is playful and very funny, like many Podencos. He is good with children and can live with cats (Will need to be introduced carefully first of course). He bonds with people quickly and easily. Anyone looking to do Canicross or agility or just lots of long walks will find an eager companion in him. He gets on well with most dogs and I think he would be best off living with another or other older dogs. Ones who will still want to play but are also capable of telling him that enough is enough. He does need a longer or two medium length walks a day to be happy and he loves nothing more than to play tug.
What you need to be aware of though is that he does have a strong prey drive and cannot go off lead (Maybe this can be overcome by training but I really have my doubts). He needs a secure garden otherwise will be off on a jolly and go hunting. He can be reactive towards cars and bikes and wants to chase these. He can also bark when he sees other dogs on lead but this is frustration and not aggression. All of these things can be worked on and improved, but his reactivity is far worse as he is quite on edge and not very settled living with Lexi. Away from Lexi he is much, much more relaxed. He has stayed with a dog sitter a few times and she loves him to bits too and not noticed any reactivity. He is a good guard dog and will alert you to anyone coming to the house. He will settle down and be quiet when told to inside. But anyone adopting him needs to be aware that he is not the quietest dog and he does have a loud bark for a medium sized dog that is on the smaller side.
Please send me a direct message if you are interested. I think he will be the most loving super dog in the right home. Experience of sighthounds, or someone looking to take on a project will be really rewarded with the most faithful, loving companion.
Ps for those of you who read one of my previous posts about Lexi being ill, the latest is that the fine needle aspiration came back negative for a tumour so that is a relief but we are still waiting on the results of the in-depth ct scan analysis. When the medication she is on is reduced her eye starts to swell back up again.