Salsa

 

Salsa Status: Available

ID: 20879

Name: Salsa

Breed: Collie Cross

Age: 1 Year

Gender: Male

Adoption Fee: A minimum donation of £100

Location: In Foster in
Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

If you are interested in adopting a dog that does not say it can be homed with a cat and wish us to cat test please let us know and we will be happy to do this.

15-12-17 Salsa is a 1 year old cross breed who has come to use from truly appalling conditions in Romania. He has witnessed and experienced things no dog should see and he was saved by a Romanian rescue who have very little funds. Thanks to our wonderful supporters we were able to offer help to 28 of these dogs and so now Salsa is here to find a home probably for the first time in his life. Salsa is good with other dogs but prefers females.  So we are looking for a home with at least one female dog which will help him learn about living in a home.  He is a calm but worried boy who has not only seen terrible sights but was caught on a pole and dragged from the street to a kill shelter and then put in with 30 other dogs to take his chances.  He was hanging on to life by the skin of his teeth and it's hard for him to understand that things will get better.   We are looking for an experienced home for Salsa so if you can help him and have the time and patience to offer him the life he really has no idea he could life please apply.  Salsa has a passport.

10-01-18 UPDATE
It's the male dogs who've had a really tough past and who are just ever so slightly cheeky/naughty and often misunderstood who are the ones who I've always been naturally drawn to and who have always really got under my skin... and this boy...who goes by the name of Salsa...has done just that.
Salsa has come from Romania, where he had a really hard time living on the streets, having to fend for himself and watch his fellow doggy friends be killed in front of him.  He was poled and dragged off and left to be killed in a kill shelter. This was his fate had it not been for Sylvia and some other lovely ladies saving his life - transporting him over here to Many Tears. What a waste of a beautiful soul that would have been.
Anyway... Salsa is one of the lucky ones and boy is he doing me proud. When he first arrived he was extremely worried and scared and wouldn't come anywhere near me. If I lifted my arms to get my lead from around me or raised my voice even ever so slightly he would drop to the floor, closing his eyes and would turn his head away as if I was going to hurt him.  Salsa understandably hated having a lead put around his neck and would completely freak out - he'd throw himself about, biting the lead to try and get away to safety.  However, with the patience, understanding, help and reassurance of the staff at Many Tears, Salsa is learning & transforming.
He has since learnt he doesn't need to worry about a lead around his neck -  and that it actually means he gets to go on walks which he just LOVES and which he looks so cute on! He holds himself as if to say "hey everyone - look at me - I can walk!"  and he trots along so elegantly - his little ears bopping up and down which are so cute to watch!!!! I do walk Salsa in a harness which provides more comfort  and reassurance for him and more reassurance for me in case something scary happens - like those horrible cars which drive by and make Salsa jump into the bank on the side of the road.
Salsa is very happy in the company of people he knows well and who he knows he can trust.  He loves nothing more than interacting with them. He flirts and always wants to play! Watching him run after a ball is also one of the cutest thing ive ever seen - his chest puffs out and he lowers his chin into his chest and runs after the ball whacking it like he could become a football pro. He'll then come running over and wrap his arms around your arms - occasionally mouthing which we are obviously discouraging him from doing - but it's understandable - this boy is learning to play & interact with humans for the first time in his life and he's loving it!   He also loves pressing his fluffy neck and head into your hands for extra massages!
Salsa adores his female kennel friend Honour who he arrived with and who he really looks up to. At the moment it seems he's not so keen on males when they pass his kennel but doesn't mind if they pass him out on walks... Amazingly Salsa is completely kennel clean and shares his toys, beds & food perfectly too. He also passed his cat test yesterday - wasn't bothered at all.
Salsa has no idea what a safe, warm, loving family home is...or that one day he will find himself in one... He also has no idea that he can put all his faith & trust into the new humans in his life... Salsa is such a special boy who will always have a space in my heart. Watching him doing anything in life & watching him watch, learn, take things in and develop is just so cute/lovely/fun and amazing.

01-02-18 UPDATE
Today I heard someone say Salsa was not cute. If they knew him well however - they would say he was VERY cute! He is cute in his mannerisms and in his behaviour. The way his ears point forward and the way their tips bop up and down when he trots along proudly and elegantly on walks. Just look at the way he covers his nose and face with his paws when he sleeps!...similar to a baby. The way his very short tail wags like a million miles an hour when he meets dogs of all shapes and sizes! His short wagging tail catches everyones eye and makes everyone giggle too as does his happy face - it is hilariously ecstatic! The way he buries and rubs his face and head into your hand like a cat does for a face massage. The way he wraps his arms around your arms and holds you tight when you give him a fuss. The way he dips his head and closes his eyes to really enjoy and savour the fuss. It is so nice to see him relax. Salsa is unbelievably cute. And has a gorgeous soul.
Salsa has made huge amounts of progress since his arrival. He now walks perfectly fine on just a lead and loves to take in all the nice smells of the countryside! Today he saw a stream and was brave enough to have a paddle in the shallow water!
Cars driving by still scare him though, so I am going to introduce him to a stationary car tomorrow and see what he makes of it. We will then find someone who will take us for a short drive. I'm sure he will be a little nervous and wary at first. Salsa is nervous and wary of many things to begin with, including people. His face is very expressionate and you can tell he is a little worried as his eyes widen in fear, and he will keep a safe distance. If someone he knows well is with him though, he is a little more comfortable and happy to approach strangers - especially if they have food treats. Salsa enjoys playing with his Weeble Wobble Kong in his kennel and you can hear him tapping it about and munching on his treats!
Just recently, Salsas best friend - Honour - who is a larger, calm, gentle, but no nonsense female, was adopted. Salsa has been kennelled with other dogs fine, but he currently lives by himself because we haven't got a perfect kennel friend match for him.
Salsa meets other dogs perfectly well - no matter whether they are big or small, male or female - but he does not like reactive dogs, reactive males in particular. He feels he needs to be exactly the same back at them -  it's kind of understandable because he had to fight to survive in his past life, and showing signs of submitting would have been a weakness and life threatening for him, but we are trying to teach him he does not need to copy and be the same as these reactive dogs and that it is naughty and unnecessary. If a dog does pick a fight with him - he will tell it off, so Salsa would need to be homed with a non reactive dog. Despite being kennelled by himself at the moment, I do socialise him with all sorts of other dogs a few times a day. And he just LOVES making new friends!!! His current favourites are a tiny worried female JRT, a mischevious beagle and a playful fellow Romanian girl called Laura who he enjoyed flirting, wrestling and running around playing chase with! They both had a brilliant time!
Salsa continues to be kennel clean, but he still pulls some of his bedding out - just like a messy teenager does!
He spends his days chilling out laying on his bedding and when he see people he  knows coming he jumps up, his little tail wagging like crazy and he will look at you adoringly, push his nose through the bars as well as his paws and wants to hold your hand.
I am very proud and pleased with Salsas progress. I would love to adopt him myself but unfortunately I am not in the position to. If you like the look and sound of him, have time, patience and understanding of Salsas past, please come down and meet him, ask for Geri, and you will see the real Salsa!

27-04-18 UPDATE
A few months ago, Salsas best friend was adopted and Salsa found himself kennelled alone because we didn't have a perfect kennel match for him. He was however socialised with other dogs. Unfortunately, Salsa found being on his own at bedtime and overnight very upsetting, lonely, scary and stressful. He would cry, and whereas before he and his friend would keep their kennel immaculate, since being on his own, we would find his kennel trashed when we opened his kennel up in the morning. It was very hard and sad to see and something that could not go on. He needed to go into foster.
We also noticed that he had started to chew his tail, which led him to having part of his already stumpy tail removed. He was given antibiotics, pain relief and a cone to wear. Salsa was not impressed with his new head gear and went on to destroy about 5 cones. It was crucial that he couldn't destroy/remove his cone because if he continued to chew his tail, it could have become life threatening for him. We eventually made a cone he couldn't destroy! He also had to put cream on his stump which wasn't easy to do and something Salsa did not like. Even I had to be careful applying the cream. Salsa also had to go into emergency foster - so we decided he would come into foster with me - his kennel Mummy - as he seemed much more confident and stable around me - and we were just going to see how it went. The first few nights were tough...neither of us had much sleep...but perseverance and determination paid off in the end.
Salsa met my dogs in my home very well. I have 2 female beagles, two female shih tzu crosses and a male bichon! He gets on well with them all, but if I pop out the house, I separate him from the little ones. This is only because some of the little ones can be grumpy and Salsa has taken this behaviour from other dogs in the past as meaning he needs to fight for his life. Although, to be fair to him, when my male bichon growls at him to move up on the sofa or something, Salsa does turn and look away as if to say "blimey, alright!" and will move away from him!
I did try out crate training with Sal, but it is clear that this is something he really cannot cope with. He becomes extremely stressed.
He travels perfectly well in a car - but again, not in a crate. Salsa is clean in the house, only marking once or twice when he arrived. He spends his time relaxing, snoozing on his bed, on the sofa, or wandering around playing with his toys! His facial expression when playing is very cute and adorable! Salsa LOVES to play...and loves nothing more than having a good run around in the field - usually in a big circle - either playing catch with a bit of wrestling involved with his doggy friends, or with me pretending to chase him which he finds ever so fun! He is very fast indeed!
Salsa would need to have a big garden to run around in. He enjoys his walks and I think he still needs to build up some more strength as he hasn't quite got the stamina the beagles have bless him!
On his walk to work, he will always want to say hello to the horses! He is a funny, cheeky, mischevious boy! He is also very bright and has just started to give "paw", and is learning other commands like "sit" etc. He also shares his beds, food and toys perfectly.
Salsa comes to work with me in the day. He used to be kennelled by himself and socialised with dogs throughout the day, but he now spends his whole day in a kennel with other dogs. At present he spends his days with a group of female beagles. He gets on well with them all, particularly the more playful one - they both run around after eachother in the sandschool playing chase, wrestling, pulling eachothers ears and what not! This excitement did lead to a bit of a falling out on one occasion, but they are still friends!
Salsa would be best homed with an wqual sized or larger calm and non reactive female dog. He has a few girlfriends - including a fellow Romanian called Lotta, who adores him. He was quite taken aback by the attention she was paying him, and wasn't quite sure of what to do, so he decided to try his fail safe technique - running around and encouraging her to play! It was heartwarming! Especially as both dogs can be choosy who their friends are! Salsa does not seem to like other large male dogs. If they pass by his kennel, he is aggressive towards them, and out on walks he can become aggressive then too - barking and snarling. On one occasion he became quite frenzied so he will be attending training and socialisation classes soon, and will also be having private one on one time with a Dog Behaviourist so we are able to address and sort some of these issues, in the correct way and this will be something that will need to continue.  For this reason we are looking for a home experienced with dogs with behavourial issues/
Salsa doesn't trust many people at all, and is a very different dog when I am not around, so this is something we are working on. For example, if I am not around, he  will bark and growl in fear at some staff members. Getting a lead on him to take him for a walk is virtually impossible. But if I am there, he is more confident. So this is something else we are working on. I have found writing this update a little tricky, because having worked with Salsa since his arrival, and being his only kennel mummy, and then fostering him, I am extremely fortunate that Salsa trusts me and is consequently much more confident and quite a different dog around me. He is a young boy who has had an awful, completely abnormal and cruel start in life, which has left him very wary of new people, and can be difficult to handle. He has his troubles, which are being addressed, and others which are going to be, but given time, patience, care, understanding and lots of love and fun, Salsa is a VERY loyal, very loving, affectionate, extremely fun, funny, playful boy who has SO much potential in the right hands. Today my friends very playful, busy, lively, larger female retriever is coming over to play...so we will see how that goes.

ADOPTION DETAILS - SALSA IS BY DONATION
 
Although SALSA is by donation rather than the full adoption fee, we ask for a minimum donation of £100 to help cover the costs that have been incurred. All our dogs are micro-chipped, have had at least their first inoculation and are spayed/neutered unless there is a medical reason for not doing so. If your application is successful you will be home checked and you, all members of your family and any dog(s) who will be living with the dog MUST come to meet the dog you want to adopt. You must have a safe means of transporting the dog home in a crate or if this is not possible please discuss with Many Tears or the Fosterer when your application is being processed.

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