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Puppy described as 'part lurcher and part giraffe' returned to RSPCA after two days in 'forever' home

A huge dog described as "part lurcher and part giraffe" has been returned to an animal rescue centre after just two days in his new home.

The poor pooch, named Fidget, was brought back to the RSPCA shelter by his new owners for no apparent reason.

The 11-month-old puppy had been taken in as stray and moved to a foster home because he wasn't settling in kennels.

After spending four months in foster care, he secured what should have been his forever home.

He could make the perfect family pet (RSPCA)

However, he was returned to RSPCA Macclesfield, South East Cheshire and Buxton Branch just 48 hours after leaving with his new owners.

A statement reads: "Fidget came into one of our wonderful foster homes after Derby RSPCA appealed for help – they took Fidget in as a stray from another rescue back in November.

"But he was getting really frustrated with kennel life, they were advertising him and he was adopted but came back after two days, for no apparent reason."

Fidget has been described as a "very intelligent, affectionate and energetic dog", who is still very malleable and responds extremely well to positive reinforcement training where lots of treats are involved.

He is house trained and understands a variety of basic commands such as sit, wait and down. He walks well on a lead with minimum pulling, The Mirror reports.

The statement adds: "Lurchers are generally very active and Fidget is no exception.

"He is incredibly high energy in the morning and needs at least two bouts of 30 minutes of exercise per day.

"Fidget also makes a fantastic running partner.

"Generally, Fidget will play games during the day such as sniff and lick mats, ‘touch’ training and other things to keep him stimulated.

"Fidget does chew items on a daily basis however this is not destructive behaviour and generally is aimed at his toys such as a Kong filled with peanut butter.

"Aside from his high energy bouts, Fidget is perfectly happy sleeping the majority of the day."

However, due to his upbringing, Fidget has not been socialised with other dogs and would need to continue his training in this area.

"Any owner who is dedicated to his continued improvement and has the time and resources to commit to Fidget would be lucky to have him," the statement adds.

If you're interested in rehoming Fidget, contact the team on 07846 539500 or email rehoming@rspca-macclesfield.org.uk.

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