Rosi is a medium sized young lady approx 3 yrs old. She is Rottie X GSD size, but such a gentle soul!
Rosi is such a stunning young girl! During the day she likes to stay close so she can keep an eye on you, to see if when you break from working you want to play or walk. She will happily entertain herself or snooze.
If left to get bored she will chew what is near, so ensure your slippers are not lying around. She has only done this twice when she first came to our care, since we established what are her toys she has been fine.
Not much phases her, if she wakes up and you are not around, she will come look for you then resume what she was doing after some cuddles. Rosi really likes to cuddle, especially of an evening. She will come sit really close to you / on top of you until you have given her a fuss or had a play, then fall asleep and snore.
Although Rosi is not particularly food orientated, if you are clanging around in the kitchen she will come to nosey at what you are doing, then sit and watch you when you prepare your meals. We are quite a relaxed household and eat in front of the TV and she doesn’t sit begging for some of what we have, even if she hasn’t had her meal.
The hoover does not phase her either, she generally moves into a different room but she doesn’t bark at it or stop your task. Central heating, the washing machine, dryer, TV, music or any noise/smells do not bother Rosi either, she is such a well-rounded and chillaxed girl.
For her meal times we have been feeding Rosi when we have our breakfast and when we have our evening meal. She is not at all food aggressive, she will sit for her meals and we are working on her giving you her paw. She does have a tendency to only eat half her meal and save some for later.
Rosi likes little treats, preferably biscuit ones over meaty ones but not enough for it to influence her training. She would rather get praise for doing something ‘good’ than treat rewards. She isn’t a fan of denta sticks and such like, she prefers a marrow bone to keep her occupied if she is ever left alone.
The maximum we have left Rosi for is 1 hour. She was really good, although since then we have noticed a little separation anxiety when one of us leaves the house. This is something we will be working on over the next few weeks. She will greet you will so much love and a wagging tail when you return, it makes you never want to leave again lol. I would advise always walking Rosi before leaving her alone for any amount of time. She is very young and has bursts of energy which needs to be burnt off. A quick walk around the block having a good sniff usually suffices.
When taking Rosi for a walk, she is great on the lead. She doesn’t pull very often at all, unless she catches the scent of something and wants to investigate. A slight two pulls on the lead, with a pause and verbal ‘lets go’ and she resumes walking. Rosi also responds if you whistle her when she is on a long leash, simulating off leach walking. She enjoys being on a long leash and will also break her usual swagger into a short run if she in the mood. If Rosi does fancy a run, she will let you know by bouncing around and looking up to you. She likes short run spurts, and enjoys hide and seek too.
Joggers, bikers and other people walking and other dogs don’t bother Rosi, she will sniff and greet politely if you stop to meet whoever is passing and if they have lively energy, she will get giddy and want to play. She is also very good in the car, we have her clipped into the boot. She sits and looks around for a while, then will lie down, be aware though, she has to be strapped in when car travelling and will chew through harnesses and leads if left attached to her. Get a metal attachment lead and attach it to her collar and she will be fine. Rosi tends to explode out of the boot. Again this is something we are working on.
Grooming, Rosi was a bit unsure about having a brush the first time, but since then will sit or lie down whilst you brush every part of her, whilst she falls asleep. We haven’t yet tried to bath Rosi, she isn’t a smelly dog, so we haven’t felt the need to.
Likes, Rosi loves a cuddle and a stroke, when she has had enough of fuss time, she will wander off and lie down. Rosi also loves visitors and to go visiting. Since she has been with us Rosi has met adults, toddlers, young children and a baby in our home, she adores children….. well everyone, she adores everyone….. apart from cats, Rosi really doesn’t like cats. We are working on this too, using cat smelling toys and positive reinforcement when she is kind with them.
At bed time Rosi has the run of the house, apart from the lounge. As soon as the lights go out and the lounge door shuts, she heads for her bed under the stairs or will follow us up to ensure we get to bed ok, then sleep on her bed upstairs, warning she snores. If she needs the toilet in the night (which is not often), she will pant, getting louder until you either hear her or she will come upstairs and let you know, then go out, do her business and then back to bed.
If Rosi needs the toilet in the day, she will get your attention by panting at the back door, or if you miss her cue, she will come and bother you making panting and squeaking sounds until your realise what she needs.
In summary; I feel that Rosi will make someone a fantastic companion or family pet, I guarantee she will make you belly laugh each day. She is a fantastic character and once she trusts you, she will be you friend and protector for her whole life. This girl has stolen our hearts in such a short time.
Every day is different with Rosi and a little brighter and more fun! I am not the most experienced person with dogs, so I have just written about what we have experienced in the time she has been in foster with us. She is so loving and relaxed.
I think she just wants love and attention, a soft warm bed and fun, that to her will make her life complete. Attention to Rosi, is simply being in the same room as you and having a fuss or play now and again.
The only negative thing I can say about Rosi is that she doesn’t play overly much, this is because she is learning how to play. We haven’t achieved games such as fetch yet, but she plays in her own unique way which is so much fun and just lovely.
Rosi has a very low level of Leishmaniasis.
Leishmaniasis is a disease that is transmitted by the sand fly Mosquito in Spain. A sand fly has to bite an infected dog and carry the infected blood to the next dog it feeds from and will then infect that dog, You cannot catch Leishmaniasis from a dog with the condition, you need to be bitten by a sandfly and we do not have any in the UK, so a dog with Leish is not contagious to you or your family. Mediterranean Leish is not the same as African Continent Leish which can be transmitted to humans.
In the UK vets do not have much knowledge of this condition and often can give advice that may be over cautious. We us Vets Klinic and they now have a good understanding of the condition.
Dogs who come to the UK with Leish come with their blood tests and medication. Stress in dogs with Leish can lead to dogs having a higher reading and once settled in a loving home many dogs reading lowers, sometimes to the point they no longer need medication.
If you have already been homechecked you will not need to fill out a new application, just email SNDrescue@gmail.com and let us know. Homes already checked will get priority.