Raffa (Dogs Trust, Merseyside)

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Big boy Raffa recently turned 9 years old (he is pictured with a birthday present above) at Dogs Trust Merseyside. Raffa is a very special boy who is looking for an equally special person to come and take him home. As you can see he is very handsome with his cute spotted ear!

When Raffa turned 9, he was given a birthday party at the centre, complete with cake and presents! You can see more pictures of the birthday boy here.

Dear sweet Raffa has been with Dogs Trust for awhile now. It has sadly been difficult to find him a home because he is a very nervous boy who is worried about a lot of things. He was not socialised when he was younger and he needs someone who is patient and willing to take the time to get to know him before he feels secure in your presence. Ideally his new owner should be able to visit with him several times at the centre before taking him home.

Your patience will be rewarded because Raffa will develop a strong bond to you and will feel secure in exposing his true self, which is beautiful loving and playful! Raffa has his giddy moments when he frolics, runs around like a puppy and rolls about happily in the grass. In fact rolling is one of his signature moves, as you can see from this video from a time when he overtaken by one of his playful moods.

A downside to the joy of rolling is that he can get muddy and wet and make you so as well, so it is a sensible precaution to keep a towel nearby for both of you!

Once he gets to know you, Raffa is incredibly affectionate and he loves having lots of cuddles and fuss. Staff at the centre have helped him trust and overcome his fears and have been rewarded with his love and devotion. He does need a quieter home preferably without children as they can make him nervous and he is such a big boy he might knock them over!

Raffa has little experience being with other dogs so needs slow and gentle socialisation with them, and needs to be the only dog in the home. (The rescue’s Behaviour Adviser is always on hand to give any advice needed.)

Raffa’s ideal home would be in a quiet, rural area where he has room to frolic and can be walked away from other dogs, busy roads and traffic noise.

Raffa is in good health for his age and is fully housetrained.

Please note:  Raffa will be rehomed under the rescue’s Shared Adoption Scheme, which means any veterinary treatment he may require in the future will be paid for by the Dogs Trust. (Please contact the rescue centre for more details.)

A new home is the best present Raffa could ask for on his birthday (even more than cake!). He is such a shy, gentle and loving soul and whoever is lucky enough to adopt him will gain a very loyal and loving friend.

So if you think you could give darling Raffa a loving new home and would like to find out more, then please contact Dogs Trust as follows:

Please Phone: 0151 480 0660  (Mon–Fri 8am–8pm) (Sat & Sun 8.30am–5pm)
If you would like to find out more about adopting Raffa, please click here for more details’

Please make sure to mention you saw gorgeous Raffa on the Oldies Club website.


This replaces Raffa’s previous page dated 2 May, 2017.


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