Rosa

ABOUT ME

We would LOVE to have Rosa placed with a friendly male dog if possible. She absolutely lights up with other dogs around and has been good with both small and large dogs of both sexes (although we would only place her with a male). She also ignores cats!
We don’t often like to dwell on the past lives of our dogs because, unlike most humans, dogs live in the present moment.  But it wouldn’t be possible to tell you about Rosa without explaining how she lived, or should we say survived, the first chapter of her life. You see, Rosa was rescued from a horrible fate. She was just one of dozens of dogs living tied up in the woods of Kentucky.   They were rescued from what we suspect was a large dog fighting ring or possibly a horrible breeding operation since many of the dogs rescued were pregnant.
 
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!

Adoption Requirements

  • All applicants must be at least 21 years of age (we do not make exceptions).
  • Any children in the home MUST be at least 5 years of age (we do not make exceptions).
  • Any current animals in the home must be spayed or neutered.
  • We adopt to locations within a 4 hour radius from the Albany NY area (excluding Canada).
  • We DO NOT ship dogs. It is important to us that you meet a dog prior to adoption.
  • Opposite sex placements only. Exceptions made only when the dog in the adoptive home is a SENIOR for its breed (at our discretion) and the dog being adopted is a puppy.
  • Everyone in the home must be in agreement about adding a new dog to the household.
  • You must own your home to adopt a puppy. If you rent we will ONLY consider an adult placement (over the age of 2).
  • If you rent please verify that your landlord will allow pit bulls (we will check). And renters must have a 1 year rental history at current location. We Do Not adopt to apartment complexes.
  • If you own, verify that your home owner’s insurance covers the Pit bull breed (if not, we would be happy to give you the name of companies that do not breed discriminate).
  • Please verify that your community does not have any breed specific legislation.

ME AT A GLANCE

Breed: Pit Bull
Sex: Female
Age: 8-10 years
Spayed/Neutered: Yes