Thankfully Rosa was blessed with a very solid and sweet natured personality. A lot can be learned when you take a dog of good temperament and you chain them in the woods with no socialization. This could give a lesser dog issues (fear aggression, etc). But a dog like Rosa comes away just a bit environmentally unsure. In other words, there have been so many sights and sounds that she missed out on in her former life and she now is seeing and hearing them for the first time. This can sometimes be scary and a bit overwhelming for Rosa.
She was very lucky to score an amazing foster home as soon as she came into rescue. A foster who is very experienced with dogs and knew that it would take some time for Rosa to become comfortable with her new surroundings. So it was completely understood when for the first week Rosa preferred her crate or the quiet of the bedroom instead of hanging out with the humans in the house. But slowly, as Rosa’s trust grew, she began to seek comfort and attention more and more each day.
Rosa has a gentleness about her and such soulful eyes you can’t help but fall in love when you meet her. She has a short, somewhat stocky build and is actually quite small at about 40 pounds. In fact, at only about knee height you might mistake her for a young dog at first glance. She is what we would call an “easy keeper”. She is no fuss, super chill dog and we have yet to even hear her bark.
Rosa’s foster mom said she seems to be happy to see other dogs and she is confident that she could be placed with a friendly and laid back male dog. A young dog would be too much for her, but a super chill senior male might be just right. Or a home where she could be the queen of the castle, either would be fine. And chickens? She is actually fine around chickens, go figure!
To be honest, over the years we have taken a number of dogs from these type of circumstances and you would be surprised at how dog friendly some of them were. As people we always want to paint a dog with a broad brush of what they should and shouldn’t do based on their circumstances, but we never cease to be amazed and we always remain in awe of the resilience of a dog.
Rosa likely spent her life getting very little exercise, other than what she could get by pacing on a 4 foot chain. This of course can take a toll on a body and now as a senior (we estimate 8-10 years old) she seems to suffer from some joint pain or possible arthritis. It appears to be mainly in her hips and while it slows her down a bit in speed and duration of her walks she still absolutely loves to go! In fact she would be the perfect walking partner for many, because lets be honest, most of us don’t want to walk miles each day. She is on a joint supplement now but in the future a mild pain reliever might be recommended. As any older human can attest, this often helps immensely.
Rosa is always happy to see the leash and go for a short walk. Having lived outside her entire life she just loves the outdoors. But after a few weeks she is now understanding the beauty that comes with also being able to go back inside. Inside to a big, soft, overstuffed dog bed, and the warmth and safety a house can provide a sweet older girl like her. And day by day she is becoming more acclimated to the good things in life. She even loves to take rides in the car!
Rosa is getting the hang of housebreaking and as with most dogs who have lived mainly outside she definitely prefers to go potty outside. But since her foster mom often has long days at work she has also trained her to use a pee pad when absolutely necessary. Rosa is also crate trained and enjoys the sanctity of her having her own space when things get overwhelming for her. As with many dogs it is her happy and safe place to go.
While Rosa has shown to be fine with children, we would prefer her new home be a quiet place for her to live out this next chapter of her life. She deserves nothing less. So her ideal adoptive family would be a quiet older couple or single adult looking for a mild, laid back dog. A home that is open to giving Rosa the time she needs to adjust and settle in. Once she does the love you get back in return will be like no other.
When the time comes, and the perfect home is found, it will be hard for her foster parents to see Rosa go. They have developed such a love and bond with her. In fact, they would love to keep her. Unfortunately it isn’t in the cards for them at this point in their lives and they know that together we will find Rosa the most amazing home.
Her foster mom insists that Rosa is just the sweetest, kindest and easiest girl around. So I know that you must be reading these words, thinking, “My goodness, we have the perfect home for Rosa! I must find out how to adopt her RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE!” Well no need to panic, If you think you could provide the perfect home for Rosa we would love to hear from you. And if your home isn’t the ideal place but you would still like to help us find Rosa a home we would really appreciate you share her post. She has waited so long to have a home and family to love!