Tricolora – 10 year old female Cross-Breed

Tricolora is a 10 year old female Cross-Breed. She is fostered in Norwich Norfolk. Tricolora is a known Lora.

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Tragically Lora spent seven of her ten years in a grotty pen in the Botosani public shelter in Romania. She arrived in our care in January 2020 and is still one of the saddest cases I’ve seen.

For many months Lora would pace around in circles like an animal you see caged at a zoo. She’d become so institutionalised we wondered if we’d ever be able to fix her.

Gradually over time the circling lessened and became something she only displayed when excited or stressed. Three years on and she rarely circles at all and if she does it’s maybe only one or two half-hearted circuits.

The scars on her face show a life that’s been far from easy. The one near her mouth is most probably from the dog catcher’s pole being misused and cutting into her. The others probably bite from other dogs in the crowded shelter.

I’m not trying to depress you but her past needs to be known for her present to be understood. Lora is now a happy dog who plays, loves her walks and is relatively “normal”.

Lora still doesn’t trust strangers and is confused about why we insist on touching her and stroking her but she lets it happen and is even at times now relaxing into it and enjoying it but it doesn’t yet occur to her to ask for it and that may or may not come in time.

You can see from her photos what a proud-looking and dignified dog she is despite her horrible past. She will need at least one other dog in her forever home and is happy in a larger pack.

Lora will need an adult family that is willing to give her all the time she needs to learn to trust them. She loves her walks and is a pleasure to take out.

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If your dog panics, then a slip lead is the only way to prevent your dog from escaping (many dogs can escape from a collar and/or harness). It will take AT LEAST 3-6 months for your dog to settle in and for you to know your dog fully (longer for nervous dogs).

The slip lead must ALWAYS be used during this settling-in period. Even after your dog is settled, it is safest to use the slip lead in situations where your dog may become scared (e.g. visiting new places, around unfamiliar people, at the vet), and in situations where unexpected triggers might happen (e.g. around bonfire night).

Nervous dogs may always need to wear a slip-lead as a backup safety measure. The slip lead is a safety device and must NEVER be used as a training tool. Using the lead to apply pressure to the dog’s neck is damaging.

If your dog pulls on the lead, then we can advise you on training methods that avoid harm. Once your dog is settled, you may want to consider using a harness (together with the slip lead) if your dog is comfortable with being handled when it is fitted.

Most harnesses are not escape-proof, but harnesses with a strap behind the ribcage (e.g. Ruffwear Webmaster or Perfect Fit Harnesses) are safer. Retractable/extendable leads must never be used on our dogs. Adopted dogs must be collected from the rescue and transported straight home in a crate.

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We are a voluntary organisation with members from all over the world that have come together to help dogs in need, regardless of their location. To date we have helped dogs from Spain, Cyprus and Turkey but the majority of our work takes place in Romania where we have built up strong relationships with many dedicated rescuers before bringing the dogs to the UK and into foster care for rehoming.

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