Daphne is about 4 years old and is possibly a Schnauzer cross. She is one of our ‘special dogs’, who came to the UK after spending 3 years in a shelter in Romania. While she was there, she was well cared for, but avoided all human contact. Since coming to her foster home, she has shown that she is a great little character and has made huge strides in developing trust in humans. She needs a home with a settled, calm dog to give her confidence. She is still very scared of men, and so may be best suited to a lady owner.
Given the choice, she will sit in her bed and avoid interacting with humans. Any adopter will need to spend considerable time and effort gaining her trust, and be prepared that she may snap if she feels cornered or trapped. However, if you are prepared to put time into encouraging her to be brave, giving her treats, and particularly taking her for walks, she is a fantastic character who has a cheeky and playful side.
She is still cautious about being touched, but will allow me to stroke her if I approach slowly, and will let me sit next to her for a fuss; she especially enjoys being scratched behind the ears. She wags her tail when I come home and if I talk to her, and greets me by coming close enough to give my hand a little lick and let me scratch her neck.
Daphne needs two decent walks a day because it is only with regular exercise that she is able to relax and let her true character show. It can take some patience to get close enough to get her onto the lead, but once on the lead, she absolutely loves her walks. She looks so happy and confident, trotting along beautifully, with her wagging tail held high. She is living happily with cats, other dogs and older children. She is gradually getting bolder and bolder, and any adopter will have the delight of seeing her cheeky side coming out more and more.