SEAMUS & KIERAN.
Seamus and Kieran are brothers and came into our care from Ireland. These boys are very very traumatised, frightened and especially frightened of men. We believe that they are probably 9/10 years old. The only history that we can get is that they were bought as puppies, lived in a shed with access to outside space all their lives and were left to their own devices. We don't believe that they have ever lived in a house, they were never vaccinated as far as we can ascertain, never had a micro chip in and were never walked on a lead.
Jill at the Kennels has been wonderful and with patience and gentle care there has been an improvement. Pat one of the Trustees is also very involved and goes to the kennels loaded with treats, cooked chicken, sausages and various other treats for them to try to coax them to feel secure. They have responded to a small degree. Jill and Pat took them on leads for walks over her fields and I believe they enjoyed this very much. They are mild natured and Kieran especially will often give kisses to Jill and Pat. Amazingly they are clean in their kennel, they have both had a bath and tolerated it but I am sure felt a bit better being fresh and clean They show no aggression at all. We cannot separate them, they depend on each other. They love the comfy beds that jill has given them and their kennel is their safe place. We cannot imagine what has happened to them for them to become so traumatised, obviously a man was involved in some way for what happened to them to be so frightened when they see or even hear a man’s voice.
We feel that for the immediate future at least they will need to have a Kennel/Summer House or outhouse very near or attached to the main house so that they can hear voices and become used to sounds from a house. A secure and good sized garden where they can run and get exercise, we don’t believe that they could ever taken to woods, fields or a park and let free, they would be so frightened and when running free in the paddock at the kennels they are very reluctant to come when called. But taken out on long leads may in time be possible. Meanwhile Jill and Pat will continue to try to help them feel love and security with plenty of lovely food and treats.