12/12/17 – Rita’s foster carer realised she was too special to part with, so she’s staying right where she is! Congratulations all!
Dinky Rita is a 10 year old (born 11.1.07), small Collie Cross, around half the size of an average Collie. She has spent almost her whole life living in a small pen in Romania and, although she was safe and looked after, it can never compare to living in a home with a family, a comfy bed, walks and cuddles.
She is now safely ensconced a foster home in Lincolnshire and looking for her first real home with the help of Safe Rescue.
It is clear life hasn’t always been kind to Rita. She has at some point suffered damage to her jaw. 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 arrived in the U.K. petrified; she wouldn’t be touched and she would tremble at the sight of people. At the time, it was hard to imagine a day when she would be happy but, within a week, Rita was a different dog altogether. She now loves being fussed and kissed, can be picked up and groomed.
Rita loves a long walk annd she loves to play in the garden. In typical collie fashion she is always ‘busy’. The day she played with a toy is unforgettable – 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. She 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 quiet 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: she’s brave and she is affectionate but there is a sadness in her that hopefully she can get past. Watching her change has brought so much joy and everyone is immensely proud of her. Taking on a ten year old dog who needs a lot of patience initially isn’t for everyone, but hopefully she can find 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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Could you be that special person or family for Rita? If so, please contact Safe Rescue quoting her Ref. 0515620 as follows:
Tel/Text: 07788 251197 or 07899 844524
Please mention you saw Rita on the Oldies Club website.