If Only


If Only Status: Available

ID: 21473

Name: If Only

Breed: Cross Breed

Age: 1 Year

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See the adoption details below

Location: In Foster in
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

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.

01-03-18 If Only is a 1 year old cross breed who has come to us from truly appalling conditions in Romania. She has witnessed and experienced things no dog should see and she was saved by a Romanian rescue who have very little funds. Thanks to our wonderful supporters we were able to offer help to 10 of these dogs and so now If Only is here to find a home probably for the first time in her life.

If Only  has lost all hope in life, she doesnt have a clue what her future holds. She will need time and patience as she is confused and extremely scared. If Only doesnt walk on a lead, she has had a trauma on the top of her left toe that has healed. She needs experienced owners with all the patience in the world. If only does have her own passport and she really needs a Get Out Of Jail Free card to go with it so she can start her life afresh surrounded with kindness and love.

20-03-18 UPDATE
If Only is a very beautiful but very scared little soul. I went into her kennel to meet her for the first time today and she was visibly uncomfortable having me in there with her and tried to hide in the back away from me. I closed the back of the kennel so she’d have to be in the front with me and then ignored her whilst I sat and made a fuss of the other dogs in there and gave them some treats. If Only couldn’t relax with me in there and paced nervously around the kennel staying away from me. It took 10 minutes before she’d come close enough to sniff me and 5 more minutes until she was calm enough to stop pacing and sit down in the corner away from me.
Any sudden moves or loud noises on my part made her jump and set her back to pacing. I tried throwing treats to her but the movements startled her and she wouldn’t eat them although with the staff who work with her daily she will accept treats.
If Only is perfectly happy with the other dogs in her kennel, she runs in and out of the kennel to the play yard with them happily, and was obviously much happier once I left the kennel and she was back with just dogs again. She is definitely going to need an experienced home with other dogs to make her feel more confident and people who have endless patience and love to give. It’s going to take some time for this little girl to trust people and longer agin before she comes out of her shell entirely.

19-04-18 UPDATE
If only who I nick name Lowri is a beautiful girl who is ever so scared! She came from a bad place and she just can’t forgive any human for what she’s been through. It’s taken me quite a while to teach Lowri on how to walk on a lead but slowly we are starting to get somewhere. She will accept a fuss from myself and is also fine to be picked up. She will need a resident dog in her new home to show her that home life isn’t that bad. She is looking for an experienced home with someone who has had a scared dog before.

07-072018 UPDATE 

If only IF ONLY had been born into a loving home , shown love, kindness and gentle hands she would of been someone's prized beautiful girl - admired by man but alas that didn't happen. This beautiful girl is terrified someone is going to hurt her and it breaks our hearts every single day.
We saw IF ONLY (we call her Lowri) in kennels and knew she needed a chance to start her journey to being a happy confident girl not one who is terrified of being hurt so we took her and her journey has now begun!
We as her fosterers and the MT staff did not know what to expect when she would be in close proximity with humans day in day out but she was wonderful. She was clean from day one and quiet in the house , she LOVES to nap too and is easy to have around in the house . She is wonderful with other dogs and our two cats. She does like to play with other dogs from a tiny shih tzu to a collie to a husky! She also loves her toys which she throws in the air while galloping down the garden!
If Only did not let anyone apart from one or two of the MT kennel staff touch her but after a few days we managed to win her around (just!).She will let you stroke her rub her belly whilst lying down but will still run away if you walk up to her and really does not want you trying to go up to her while she's loose in the garden. This will all take time and it undoubtedly will be in HER time!
These don't sound like much but believe me they are. She proved how clever she is too and how she adapts her fear to make things easier. She was crated one night, then a second but on the third night she walked in herself and sat down while we were getting ready for bed! She is a clever girl who is sweet and gentle just frightened at the moment - very frightened.
She will lift her back leg for you to rub her belly when you ask her too, she's a clever girl as I said before . We knew she had started lead training at MT and hated it, thrashing around at first then unhappy if you looked at her whilst walking around the sand school. She used the edges as her barrier from fear -
so sad to see but we took her anyway, promising we would do everything we could for her. Well we put a harness on and double leaded her and took her around our garden and she way more calm! HOWEVER there is a long long way to go yet before she settles on a lead but we have started and that's the main thing.
Below are a few things IF ONLY needs from a home:

  • A location which is quiet (not a city for definate)
  • A child free home as the noise and quick movements would terrify her sadly
  • An experienced home who have had very very nervous, frightened dogs before is a must 
  • A home where there is at least one other dog for company and security
  • A home where there are not lots of visitors coming and going day in day out, or lots going on
  • A home where the person is home the majority of the time - not easy we know but she needs it:
  • And last but not least - A person who is COMMITTED to change this dogs life from terror to calm and to relax and be a normal dog to which she SO deserves.

There is only one this left to say - this girl is a beautiful, sweet and gentle dog who is on a journey. If you have the home/set up, time and experience - then apply to join this SPECTACULAR dog on and join her on it.

18-11-18 UPDATE
"If Only" (we call her Lowri ) is loving life for sure.  Has she come on in confidence ? The answer is yes BUT - that does not mean this dog is not still very very - nervous . There is no magic wand to wave over dogs that have been through a hellish time and this dog was only young when she experienced complete terror from her time in Romania whether that was from being in a Romanian camp or from the humans there or both - whatever the reason it had a traumatic effect.  That has never come through as a dislike of humans - just fear.  She has never so much as growled at us whatever we have asked of her and that is a testament to her loving nature which she shows to us by staring into our eyes when we slowly and gently sit beside her on her sofa and stroke her.
It has taken months to get to the point of this without her leaping off it in terror of you approaching.  We can walk up to her most of the time when she is on the floor walking around, but sometimes she walks or trots off or runs, she seems to have brave days then scared days.
There is a great amount of time that has already been spent with and on Lowri already, and it will be a continuous thing  so anyone wanting to adopt her will have to be committed and have the experience , and time to spend with her.  They will need another dog or more to live with her and will need to be around a lot.  Working from home or retired would be ideal and you would need to be fit and active too as she can bolt when frightened and you need to be able to hold on to her.
This all sounds hard work I know but if you have the experience and time for Lowri what you get back from her will be magical.  The wag of her tail at me, her allowing me to stroke her and the other day she came up beside me and shoved her nose in to my jacket pocket and took out a dog treat which was not for her!! I smiled the whole time she was doing it not looking at her, pretending I never knew so as not to spook her.  I couldn't believe she felt brave enough to do it - she so she deserved her treat, stolen or not !
This beautiful (well stunning actually) girl sleeps all night quietly in her large crate and is completely clean in the house.  She has been since she first came here.  Lowri loves all dogs big or small and will play with them.  She is quite fast and although she plays with a small shih tzu here she also with a large collie and a husky and a large dog would keep up with her easier! She lives beautifully with two cats too. Lowri is a lovely dog but just needs someone with lots of time and experience to continue showing her life is good - with the right humans! Is that you?

The adoption fee for an adult dog (6 months and over) is £220 and for a puppy is £250, However if the dog has a passport you will be given this when you adopt and we ask for a further £20 to help us buy a passport for another dog. You will find a break down of what the adoption fee covers under our Adoption Procedures (see link below) 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. 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. 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.

Please read our adoption procedures before applying and then complete the adoption form.





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