FOR ADOPTION in CORNWALL/DEVON
ROXI - Pulin Cross (Balkan Collie)
FOR ADOPTION CORNWALL/DEVON
Size: 50 cm approx shoulder height
Age: 4-5 years approx (her teeth are worn most likely due to how she was kept in her previous life, but her gums and tooth enamel in general look young)
Child friendly: yes, but Roxi would prefer a home with older dog savvy children who know and respect a dog's boundaries.
Dog friendly: yes and would love to live with a companion dog as her role model and playmate
Cat friendly: Not tested in her foster home as there are no cats. However, Roxi has a chase instinct and has not lived with cats before as far as we know. As we can't test her with cats we prefer a home without feline family members for Roxi.
Temperament/Unique traits/Behaviour/Training needs: Roxi is a calm and sweet natured cuddle monster. Shy at first and needs time to adjust, but gained a lot of confidence already. Initially she took a week to even begin gaining trust and settling into her UK foster home.
Over time after arriving in foster Roxi's real character started emerging. Roxi has now found her playful side, the sofa and her foster family has discovered Roxy's tendency to counter surf and raid bins if given the chance. Scavenging is very common in dogs who never had enough food, but future adopters need to be aware of this so they can prepare/prevent. She is quick!
Roxi loves chasing a ball and to run around with her fellow foster sister Dana (see video). She has started going out on walks now too and loves them. Village walks, beach, downs and secure dog field - she loves it all.
Roxi is a very loyal girl who once she gets to know and trust you will love you forever.
Needs reward based, force free general obedience training and boundaries.
She walks well on harness and lead and having been on a chain at times in her previous life she should never be walked on collar and lead. She had a lot of fur missing around her neck and sores which speaks volumes.
Even though she walks well on the lead, she does get reactive towards dogs which is a fairly new and copied behaviour from her fellow foster girl Dana. Dana barks because she wants to say hello while Roxi is still confused as to why she is supposed to bark. Dana will go to her new home soon and Roxi's foster family will find it easier to build Roxi's confidence and work on her reactions from then onwards. Life can still be very confusing for Roxi and socializing and training on a one to one basis will be top of the agenda for her once Dana has left her foster home.
Her recall is still a work in progress.
Roxi does not travel in the car often and it is something her new adopters will work on as she gets nervous being in the car and tends to drool and dribble a lot. On longer journeys she has to travel on an empty stomach as she would get sick otherwise. We are confident that with more practice this will ease and is a fear based response.
House trained: yes
Blood tested: has tested negative for Brucellosis Canis, Leishmans, Heartworm, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichia before travel and passed her pre-travel health check. Here in the UK she passed her health check too. She had a lot of fur missing and bold patches in various places. Due to a life of very poor nutrition, long term untreated skin mites and being kept on a chain or in a cage even. We don't know for sure and can only guess. Most of her fur has grown back, but it may never look completely normal. Roxi who was extremely skinny when she arrived has gained weight now and would now benefit from shedding a few pounds.
Rescue story: We don't have much information about Roxi's history, but from what we know she belonged to a sheep farm and was abandoned. Maybe she wasn't good at her job who knows. This is how she ended up in the Bark Ark rescue shelter. Considering the poor state she was in
Ideal Home: Would love to live with someone who can give Roxi the love and time she needs for cuddle, play, exercise and training. Being still a bit unsure of UK life as we know it, she will need someone empathic and sympathetic to her needs. Roxi took a while to settle into her foster home as she can be very shy at first. Dana, the confident dog she is currently fostered with has helped immensely. It would be lovely for Roxi to find a home with another resident dog as a role model and play friend. Roxi would not be happy in a really busy town environment. She has taken well to a fairly calm village life, the countryside and beach.