I should keep my mouth shut. Following the arrival of Dennis I told Kerry that I liked dogs that were a challenge. Really? Did I want the challenge of a renegade bull lurcher with half a tail and an attitude? Yeah - what the hell, why not.
Flash was about 18 months old and one of BGP's early rescues. In his short life he had had part of his tail cut off and what was left became infected and more needed romoving, he had been in a number of foster homes after each couldn't cope with him and was beaten in one (note: he was not placed by BGP), after his final foster home couldn't manage him he ended up in kennels were because he was disturbing other dogs was placed in solitary where he stayed for 6 months.
In all that time Kerry had been wondering what to do with him and whether he stood a chance of finding a home; the reality was that he almost certainly wouldn't where he was. But he was not given up on and after a few weeks to let Dennis settle in properly, Flash came to Beast Barracks. And guess what – he's fab. Yes he's a young lurcher and so noisy and full of energy, but despite everything that has happened to him he is an incredibly happy hound. His worst fault was to be overly interested in other dogs. I am pretty sure it is excitment rather than aggression as every dog he has met he has been fine with. He is high energy and I suspect that is why people couldn't cope with him, but he did calm down a lot in the first few weeks at Beast Barracks; nothing magical, just decent food, exercise, boundaries and love.
Flash is another one of those dogs that has presence; to meet him is to instantly like him. After Trevor, Zammie, and Jack went to their foster homes I realised I didn't want Flash to be a foster any more. Flash has already become a blood donor, and he will become a Pets As Therapy and Blue Cross Education dog. I am convinced he will become a favourite of many at St. Andrew's and I am sure he'll be brilliant with the kids; and while perhaps this is being a little mercenary, the fact that he was so badly treated, visibly so because of his tail, will help get the message across about looking after out animals.
Flash's nickname is Stumpy.