Staff at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA held their breath when lone ranger Floyd was paired with a prospect family in February this year. Nearly a month later, we can all sigh a sigh of relief as news of Floyd’s integration arrives. The face says can we go for a walk now?
Where did Floyd come from?
Floyd was originally handed in as a stray at St Francis Vet in Bergvliet and first arrived at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in May 2019. Animal Behaviourist. Nicole Nel, completed her first assessment of him in June that year. “Floyd was a “street stray” who would constantly look for escape routes,” says Nicole. Her assessment further noted Floyd’s advanced problem-solving capabilities and sociable behaviour towards other dogs. Behaviours and attributes consistent with that of a mixed breed street-smart stray. He also had olympian athletic capabilities, agility, speed and he was a jumper. “He kept jumping from kennel to kennel in the Pound so we placed him in the boarding section of Adoptions” Nicole recalls. Floyd could easily scale walls and fences with little to no effort on his part.
Former lone ranger strolls off into the sunset
Following multiple failed adoption attempts attributed to him being aloof and his skittishness towards people, the Lesaoana family was the first-ever where Floyd bonded with the kids, husband and family as a whole within the first few minutes of meeting them. The former lone ranger now thoroughly enjoys strolling off into the sunset with his adopted dad and fellow dog brother. Floyd has integrated extremely well, the nervous skittishness and instinct to bolt had been replaced with a relaxed Floyd enjoying his family time.