Lonely dog given up for adoption as key worker owner had to work 12-hour shifts

bella boo the dog
Eight-year-old Shar Pei Bella Boo is up for adoption after her owner’s working patterns in lockdown left her anxious and lonely (Picture: Parrot & Pineapple | Pooch & Pineapple | Rophotographs)

Lots of pets have enjoyed extra quality time with their owners in lockdown thanks to a move towards home-working.

But that hasn’t been the case for everyone.

Eight-year-old Shar Pei Bella Boo was left desperately lonely due to her owner having to work 12-hour shifts as a key worker in the pandemic. Going entire days without any company, Bella Boo was lonely and bored, which soon led to symptoms of anxiety .

She began to make whining noises and cause damage to the property, and it was clear the dog wasn’t happy.

So her owner had to take the difficult decision to give Bella Boo up for adoption, so she could have a chance at finding a home where she’d be showered with all the love and attention she deserves.

Thankfully, Bella Boo’s owner was able to find support through Mayhew Animal Home, who settled the pooch in her own kennel so she could relax and adapt before they placed her up for adoption.
bella boo the dog at mayhew animal home
She’s sweet and loves affection, but is lacking in confidence (Picture: Parrot & Pineapple | Pooch & Pineapple | Rophotographs)

Apply house rules consistently. When your pet knows what to expect from his behavior, he will be much more inclined to do more of what you approve of and less of what you don’t.

The loneliness of lockdown had left Bella Boo with anxiety, as well as making her shy and nervous around new people.

It will take time for Bella Boo to learn to trust again and be able to be alone, but she’s still a gentle and friendly dog who forms strong bonds and loves attention.

In the right environment, she’s a calm and well-behaved dog who will show her affectionate side once she gets to know you, and loves going on walks and spending time outside.

Staff at the shelter have developed a personalised care plan to get Bella Boo feeling confident again, and are now looking for a home that will keep up this work.

Bella Boo will need owners who are at home a lot to give her plenty of companionship and who have experience of dog ownership.

If you think you could be the right match, you can get in touch through the Mayhew website.

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