Ali is a 2 year old female Crossbreed. Ali was one of the stars of our adventures on our Romania trip in April 2015. She was a glimmer of hope on an otherwise soul destroying visit to a publc shelter. After having to walk away and leave the dogs behind bars to their fate, we found Ali living in a layby across the road with her pack. Ali was the only one that came to us and in a split second decision she was grabbed and her life changed forever. A tag in her ear showed that she had been caught by the dog catchers at some point and spayed and released. Though she acts like a very young dog this practise was stopped a couple of years ago, when the euthanasia law was brought into play in Romania, so she is probably around two and a half to three years old.
Ali is a typical Romanian crossbreed, DNA unknown. She has a wonderful character. She’s cheeky, cheerful and nosey as hell. Her inquisitive nature is a real asset in overcoming her nerves. It is clear that when the dog catchers got her they were their usual abusive selves, as there are circumstances when you approach her, that she cowers and screams. Those seconds can absolutely break your heart but they are getting less frequent as she realises that the people in her life now mean her no harm. She now walks beautifully on a lead, she plays really well with other dogs but needs to be fed separately as the old habit of having to fight for her food is proving tricky to break.
I am just so grateful that we happened upon Ali that day. A life living in a lay-by, by a furiously busy road was bound to be a short and difficult one. This girl has so much to offer a family and would, I think do well at agility or flyball, if her new owners were that way inclined. She enjoys a busy lifestyle and loves the hustle and bustle of family life. She is putting her ghosts to bed now and revelling in her new environment. All she needs now is that forever family.