My name is Rosa (#2875) and everybody says I’m distinctive looking and cute with my black face and honey-colored body. Most people think I’m German Shepherd (face), Golden (neck to tail) and maybe something else that makes me small (34 pounds). I am definitely Golden in personality–loving, cuddly and affectionate.
I am 2 – 4 years old and was rescued in Taiwan as a street dog. I love walks and am good on a leash except when I see a squirrel and then I pull (squirrel!). I am shy when new people approach me, but just give me time … I’m fine with new dogs (big and small) that approach me calmly, but hyper or rambunctious dogs scare me.
The vet says I need to gain 1-2 pounds and that I have no big health issues.
I’ve been catching on very quickly to my training to become an American dog. I already have a pretty good “come/sit,” response to my new name, and am learning “wait” and “OK.” I am fully housetrained and my foster mom gives me an A+ for my car-riding manners. I am very quiet.
A few times at the beginning of foster care, I was left at home with the house dog with no problems. Then I started getting very attached to my foster mom and on my 5th and 6th days, I got upset when she was gone. I pulled pillows, seat cushions, clothes and other things onto the living room floor. I didn’t destroy much (a book and newspaper), but now I stay in a crate when she’s gone and it’s OK. Since those two times, I’ve been left for up to 45 minutes with no crate and have been fine. My foster mom doesn’t think I’ll need a crate forever.
While most of the time I am calm around the house, most days I usually get a spurt of puppy energy. I want to run around the yard, or find and play with every dog toy in the house, or play with my foster brother (who’s not so interested). So in my new home, I’d love if there was another smaller or medium-size dog to play with. No other dog is fine if you have a big area for me to run around in, or other ways to exercise me to use up my playful energy. In my new home, I’d also like lots of doggie toys to play with and stuffed animals to chew on. And please, lots of kisses, snuggles and belly rubs.
From Rosa’s foster mom: Rosa is adorable! This sweet, gentle little girl has been so enjoyable to foster. She has adapted quickly and has been curious and brave in adjusting to a whole new way of life. She already loves normal family dog things–regular meals, bones, bully sticks, peanut butter treats, soft dog beds, dog toys and lots of love. The rescue group in Taiwan said she’s fine with cats, and I think she’d be fine with kids 13+ who understand that Rosa’s timid and they need to be gentle with her. This sweet, loving little dog needs a family to give her more confidence and a playful and carefree life–the life she never had as a street dog.
Rosa was adopted September 30, 2017