‘Bag of bones’ dog ready for new home after spending full year in rescue


Five-year-old Arlo has regained his full health thanks to the team at Oakwood Dog Rescue and is now ready to pack his bags and move in with a new family who can show him what it is to be loved

Arlo is searching for a new home

He was nothing more than a ‘bag of bones’ when he arrived at an animal rescue but now he is all patched up, he is ready for a new home.

Five-year-old Arlo has been searching for a home since April last year – but hasn’t been given much interest from potential owners during his 12 month stay at Oakwood Dog Rescue in Hull.

The mixed breed has been described as a “very shy boy” who needs patient owners to help bring him out of his shell.

Poor Arlo has been under socialized with humans and his only interactions with people before arriving at Oakwood were all negative – constantly being beaten, dragged on a catchpole and scuffing.







Arlo when he arrived at Oakwood Dog Rescue
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However, he has been making remarkable progress with the Oakwood team and has been showing his “goofy side” when playing on their grounds.

A spokeswoman said: “Arlo came to us as a bag of bones, and we could count his ribs he was that emaciated

“He is a dog that will want to hide in the home to begin with. All he will need is a crate that he can sit in if he needs to get away from people, putting food down at mealtimes and some treats until he feels more confident.

“As Arlo is not ready for touch or tickles, we have been using food and treats to gain his trust. Arlo loves his food and when he is feeling more confident, he will come over and take food from your hand.”

Arlo will be a “project dog” who will need to be given a good amount of time to settle in to his new home. He will need to live in a quiet home with children over 16-years-old.







He has been described as a ‘project dog’
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“He needs someone who is willing to allow him to take as long as he needs to get there,” the spokeswoman added.

“Arlo has mixed with a number of dogs at the rescue and has kennel-shared with a number of dogs too.

“It can take him a while to get to the point where he instigates play with another dog, but he can be paired up with another dog and tolerate it quickly.

“Arlo will need a calm but confident medium-large female dog in the home to watch and lead the way.

“He is an observer and likes to sit back and watch before trying new things. Having a friendly sister will help Arlo progress in the home. He is not assessed with cats.”

“Dogs like Arlo usually do not progress past a certain point in rescue, and most progress will be seen once he has fully settled into the home environment.

“We know this because we have rehomed lots of dogs that were just as timid as Arlo that have gone on to really bond with their owners, learn to walk on lead and live fantastic lives.”

If you’re interested in rehoming Arlo, or any other dogs at Oakwood Dog Rescue, contact their team via [email protected]

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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