Rita is a 10 year old small Collie cross, around half the size of an average Collie. Rita has spent almost her whole life living in a small pen in Romania, although she was safe and looked after it can never compare to living in a home, with a family, a comfy bed and walks and cuddles. It is clear life hasn’t always been kind to Rita, she has at some point suffered damage to her jaw and she now has very few teeth and must be fed quality soft food only and have access to water at all times to stop her tongue from getting dry. Rita is fostered in Lincolnshire (FR019).
Rita arrived with us petrified, we couldn’t touch her and she would tremble at the sight of us. At the time we couldn’t see a day when she would be happy here but within a week Rita was a different dog altogether, she loves being fussed and kissed, we can pick her up and we can groom her. She loves a long walk, she loves to play in the garden and in typical collie fashion she is always ‘busy’. The day she played with a toy is one I won’t forget. She looked like a puppy with a huge smile on her face, she was initiating play with other dogs and finally dropping her guard, possibly for the first time in her life.
Rita can be nervous when she meets new people and at the moment her first instinct is to get as far away as possible. Her forever person/s will need to understand that it will take a little time for Rita to feel confident in a new environment. Rita has been fantastic with the other dogs in her foster home and dogs she has met out on walks, she will need a home with at least one other dog that can show her that the world doesn’t have to be a scary place. She would be best suited to a quite home without young children. Once she feels comfortable and safe living with Rita is not difficult at all. She is house trained, she sleeps in her crate in the evening and can be left for short periods with no problems.
Rita really is the most special dog I have ever met, she’s brave and she is affectionate but there is a sadness in her that I hope she can get past. Watching her change has brought so much joy and I’m immensely proud of her. I understand that taking on a ten year old dog who needs a lot of patience initially isn’t for everyone but I hope we can find her that special home where she can feel safe and loved for the rest of her days, she’s waited so long and she truly deserves every bit of happiness.
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