Rita Status: Available

ID: 39406

Name: Rita

Breed: Poodle (Miniature)

Age: 1 Year

Gender: Female

Adoption Fee: See below

Location: In Foster in
Stowmarket , Suffolk

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.

03-10-23 Rita has come to us from a breeder to find her forever home. She is a very worried girl who is very overwhelmed to find herself here at the moment and is really unsure of humans and their intentions. She is a small miniature poodle weighing just over 6kg. She is very uncomfortable being handled at the moment and if she feels pushed out of her comfort zone she may panic and make the wrong decision. Rita will be looking for a calm and quiet, adult only home with no visiting children. She will need adopters who have prior experience with scared ex-breeding dogs and will need at least one other kind and confident resident dog in her new home to be her friend and help her to realise that humans can be kind. She has never lived in a home before so her adopters will need to be understanding as she settles in and learns about home life and new skills like house training. She doesn't yet know how to walk on a lead and harness and this will need to be gradually introduced to her, first around the home and garden until she is confident enough to venture outside. We can see that there is a very sweet girl hiding beneath the surface, she just needs lots of TLC to help her feel safe and begin to trust. Once she trusts you, she really is going to me the most amazing girl, so please don't overlook her. Rita has a PETS travel document.

05-11-23 UPDATE
Rita has seen our vet and been spayed.  She has an ear infection which is being treated and this should hopefully soon clear up.

14-11-23 UPDATE

Today I had the opportunity to spend some time with Rita, since coming to the rescue she has gained a little confidence, however she is still quite a worried girl. The more time I spent with her the more she would come up to me for a sniff and to see what I was doing. She will allow you to pick her up and put a harness on her if you go slow. Rita will need to have a resident dog in her new home so she can learn from them and also a calm environment so she isn't overwhelmed, an adult only home would be best for her as she can become quite stressed in new situations, if there are any children in the home then they will have to be older and dog savvy. 

14-12-23 UPDATE
Rita was moved to my section a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been working very closely with her on her fear of human hands. She is still very flinchy and she doesn’t appreciate being handled, but she does tolerate it a lot better now and isn’t as panicky. Today she let me trim the hair around her eyes and give her a very gentle brush with no problems, which is really good progress. In the last week especially I’ve noticed a big change in Rita in the sense that she’s a lot more lively and happy. When she first arrived at the rescue she would stay in bed most of the time and was totally shut down. Now, she actually gets excited when I talk to her in a silly voice and she’s even play bowed at me a couple of times. I don’t think she knew what she was doing and she did run away straight after, but it’s definitely a win for me. She also gets very excited at food time and is enjoying extra treats throughout the day, so I think this is helping to earn her trust. It’s always good when a dog is a foodie!
Rita is definitely a little project dog and it’s going to take a while for her to feel comfortable enough to fully come out of her shell, but if you have the time and the patience, I can promise you that all the work will be SO worthwhile. She’s a very special girl and I can tell there’s a happy, cheeky girl in there somewhere .. she just needs some help letting her out. Please don’t keep her waiting much longer. 

11-01-24 UPDATE
Rita is continuing to make slow and steady progress here at the rescue, and I can tell she definitely feels a lot more comfortable around me now.
While she still won’t fully approach me to let me stroke her, she does like to follow me around with a waggy tail and if I’m sat on the floor with my back to her, she will come right up to me and give me a good sniff. She’s definitely very curious about me and she likes to watch me to see what I’m doing, she’s just not quite brave enough to fully let herself go yet. But that’s okay!! As long as she’s making progress (no matter how slow), and taking small steps, I’m happy.
Over the next couple of weeks I am going to start introducing Rita to harness training to see how she feels about it. At the moment I’m just putting the harness on her every day and taking it off at night time, so she can get used to wearing something on her body. I’m definitely going to take it very slowly with her, because the last thing I want to do is push her too far and ruin all the progress she’s made so far. I’ll keep you all updated on our journey!
07-02-24 UPDATE

Rita has been in foster for three weeks now, and she's slowly adapting to life in a home. Rita is a beautifully natured girl, who relies on her friends to guide her through the day, and to teach her how to be a one year old dog. Rita loves to play in the garden, and enjoys snuffling and running in our paddock. She is curious of everything the humans do, but she will always keep her distance, in case something frightens her. She will approach the humans when the treats are being dished out, but shows her nervousness on occasions and takes herself off to be bed.
We can see the potential in her, and we've adopted a slow and steady approach, which will bring the best out of her over time.

Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

PLEASE NOTE: We nearly always home dogs who have come from breeders where there is ALREADY A RESIDENT DOG living in the house. They have usually never lived in a house before and are only used to canine company. They usually get their confidence and learn faster with another dog to copy from. This also helps with house training and learning how to walk on a lead. They will make lovely pets but do need a lot of love, time and patience. If the ex breeding dog you are interested in can be an only dog it will say so in its write up. Please read our information on ADOPTING EX-BREEDING DOGS before you apply.

 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.


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