Aslan is a handsome Labrador cross who, along with Mr Darcy, is the other best thing on three legs. He is with Friends of the Animals Wales.
Let’s meet Aslan!
BTD: Tell us a little bit about your rescue story.
Aslan: I had a very difficult start and really had to struggle to survive. I was living on the street in Turkey and had to make every bit of food count. I ended up in the pound where I was attacked rather badly and I lost part of my leg. Friends of the Animals Wales brought me to the UK, got me all the specialist treatment I needed, and now I’m doing really well. My ordeal has left me with some quirky behaviours. But really I am just letting you know a little about my past. Like sleeping with the door open, so I know you are definitely home. Or sleeping in the living room. So I can keep watch on the whole home.
BTD: Do you have any favourite activities?
Aslan: I really love changing bedding and doing washing. I’m not sure if I am very helpful, but I like to drag the bedding back off the bed. Or the washing back off the line. I think bedding makes one of the best tug toys around.
BTD: Do you like toys?
Aslan: Actually I do like toys. They are good for tug as well. In fact, I like anything that involves a game of tug with my human.
BTD: Given your difficult start, how do you feel about humans?
Aslan: I actually really love humans. And I really like men in particular. And I love children as well. I really love all humans, but the best humans of all are the ones that give me attention.
BTD: How’s your social life these days?
Aslan: I really could take or leave other dogs. Although it might be different if we tried to hang out the washing together. Then I might start to really enjoy the company of other dogs. I don’t like being yapped at though. I don’t think I would ever want to hang out the washing with small, yappy dogs.
BTD: What is your favourite thing?
Aslan: I really love food. But I don’t really love chewing. My human got me an anti-gulp bowl, but I very quickly outwitted the bowl and managed to get it all out at once. But I am getting better. A lot of it is actually a bit of anxiety about where my next meal is coming from. But I am getting used to the idea that I will in fact get regular meals. I have also learnt to take treats now without also accidentally taking a few fingers as well.
BTD: What are your special skills?
Aslan: Barking at the ice-cream van (everything thinks it’s about the van, but really, I just want ice-cream … I refer you back to my favourite thing …). My other special skill is opening cupboards and emptying bins. I think you can probably see that there is a clear food-related theme to all my special skills.
BTD: What does being part of Be That 30 for 30 mean to you?
Aslan: If I find my home, it will be better than a whole ice-cream van.