Rosie is a beautiful rescued Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, who is looking for a wonderful forever home! Since I adopted her, I do not know her exact birthday, but I believe she is about 1 year old. She is spayed, has a spay tattoo, is microchipped, UTD on shots,and current on flea/tick prevention. Although it is heartbreaking as I love Rosie very much, it has become necessary that I re-home her into a forever home that is more suited to her needs.
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A little background: I rescued Rosie back in May 12' from a high kill shelter when she was around four months old. Rosie lives indoors-only, and has been socialized around other dogs and people through extensive training. She knows basic obedience commands, heels well on a leash, and has basic agility knowledge(to help build her confidence). She is a beautiful, intelligent dog, and very loving! She's also an expert at snuggling! She gets along very well with other dogs, and I would love to see her go to a home with well-socialized, friendly dogs. (She has been raised around my two Australian Shepherds, and has trained around numerous other dogs of various sizes and breeds. Rosie does equally well around both male and female dogs. Rosie tends to be the submissive in a dog pack.)
Rosie is a wonderful girl, and has a beautiful long, fluffy tail that she wags when she's happy; she's a cutie! The reason I need to rehome is simply because she is a dog that can not safely be housed around cats. I have several senior cats that I've owned since they were kittens, and Rosie is just too prey-driven to live in a home with cats any longer. When I first brought her home, I fostered her for around two weeks before I officially adopted her, just to be certain of her temperament. She was ok with the cats at the time and mostly ignored them for sake of playing with our other dogs. However, once she hit adolescence, she became very prey-driven and cat aggressive (as Tollers often can become), to the point that I need to re-home her for the safety of her and my cats. I've previously worked with other shelters/rescues, have extensive training/handling experience, and also work with therapy dogs. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts Rosie's prey-drive is not something that I can simply "train out of her", which is why she needs a loving, cat-free home. (She has never been exposed to small pets such as birds, rabbits, or guinea pigs, so I am unsure of her behavior towards them, but would say that a home with any small pets not in a cage should be avoided just to err on the side of caution.)
Rosie is one smart girl! She knows: sit, down, stay, come, heel,leave-it, drop-it, off, up, a proper loose-leash walk,front, finish, back, and quite a number of other commands. She is very intelligent and has had positive training from day one of living in my home! She is very well-behaved and not food aggressive. She knows to sit patiently before she is given treats, toys, food, or water. (She has been taught to earn her rewards through positive behavior.) She is also crate trained, and fully house broken. She also knows to ring a string of bells when she needs to go outside, which helps avoid any accidents. Rosie is trained to sit when doors are opened, so that she does not try to dart outside. She is also trained to sit politely to have her leash put on her for walks. Rosie is used to being fed twice a day in her crate. (She has been fed a high-quality grain-free dog food.) She is excellent during bath time (she LOVES the water!), and is a breeze to groom! She is also very good about having her teeth brushed, nails trimmed, ear cleaned, being combed/brushed, etc. Rosie LOVES smart/interactive toys! She loves Kongs, treat puzzles, and other toys that help to keep her mentally stimulated!
Rosie is a little on the shy-side when she first meets a new person, but she warms up very quickly and is soon your best friend! Rosie has been around older children (middle school and high school aged) and has been very friendly with them. (She has been raised around my nieces/nephews and loves them.) That being said, she does not like a lot of rough-housing or loud noises, and would do best in a home without children, or a home with older, quiet children who are not too rowdy, and have been taught how to properly behave around dogs. Rosie will thrive best in a home that is quiet, and understands that she does startle a bit easily. (Something I have worked extensively with her on through positive training, and sound desensitization. She has made a lot of progress, but still has work to do.) Because she tends to startle at louder noises, I would say that a hunter interested in using her as a bird dog, would likely not be the best match for Rosie.
Rosie is a pretty low-key pup, especially for a Toller. She is not high energy, and I feel she would do well in a house or an apartment. (If a potential owner is renting, I would like to have approval from the land-lord before placing her in a new home.) She is used to daily walks,and would make a terrific walking or jogging buddy! That being said, she is not very hyper, and spends a lot of her time napping and snuggling. She is a quiet dog, and only barks if she is playing with my other dogs, or she hears a very loud noise. Rosie corrects easily, and is one of those dogs who requires positive training, and a very soft touch...she is very sensitive! She has never been destructive/chewed, and knows which toys are hers. Since I mostly work from home, Rosie has always had run of the home and is used to spending a lot of time with me. The only times she is crated is during meals, or when I leave to run an errand for short amounts of time. Ideally, I would love to see her go into a new home with an owner who has a flexible schedule, works from home, or is able to come home on lunch-breaks to walk her. Essentially, a home where she will not be confined to a crate all day long...a home where she will be an active member of the family.
She loves car rides, and is taken for one around 3-4 times a week. She rides in a seat-belt harness and is very quiet/well behaved in the car.
She does not like a lot of noise, and is a bit cautious around new people, especially who wear boots and hats (Sadly,I do believe that she was abused before I rescued her.) I have worked diligently to try and desensitize her to those things with positive training, and she has improved. I often take her to parks, pet stores, and training facilities to positively work with her and build her confidence; a potential new home should do the same. I'd like any potential adopter to know that she is a fantastic dog! But, like all of us, she is a work-in-progress. She does have a natural shyness to her that will need patience, understanding, and positive training. Rosie will do best in a home that will keep her in positive Obedience classes at a reputable training facility (I would be happy to recommend one near your home), where she can learn and thrive; Obedience classes will also help Rosie bond well to her new family. Rosie would love a nice fenced-in backyard to play in while supervised (This is not a requirement however. We do not currently have a backyard, so instead she is taken to our local park for daily outings.) Any potential adopters should understand that she is an indoor-only dog, and she is not to be left outside unsupervised or chained up, for her own safety. After all, Tollers are family dogs!
In order to provide the absolute best new home for Rosie, I want to look at what's in HER best interest. Therefore, I would require any potential new home to provide a veterinarian reference, a small application, land-lord approval, and a brief home inspection, if approved. I am also requiring a minimal $150 adoption fee, so as to deter anyone with cruel intentions from trying to adopt Rosie. (This fee includes her spay, microchip, shots, HW/ flea/tick prevention, and grooming.)
I love Rosie very much, and want to find the best possible home for her. I am saddened that her forever home can not be with us due to her cat aggression, but want to ensure that she is placed into a loving home that is the best possible fit for her.
Please understand that if you adopt Rosie, you are bringing an incredible dog into your home, that will show you unconditional love! Since Rosie is unable to scan potential adopters, it is my responsibility to ensure that I do the best possible job I can of finding the perfect forever home for her, which is why I've listed off both her positive qualities, and the ones that need improvement, so there are no surprises. Please understand that you would be bringing a dog into your home that is a potential 12-15 year commitment. Rosie has a clean bill of health right now, and has had no medical issues to date, but throughout her life, she could potentially develop something, so a potential adopter should be prepared to save for any veterinarian expenses she may incur. Also, please do a little bit of research on Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers as well before contacting us, just to make sure that a Toller might be the right match for you. (Keep in mind that Rosie is a very laid-back Toller!)
The perfect new home for Rosie would be willing to provide her with positive training, proper vet care, love, and a safe roof over her head, for the rest of her life. If you think you can give our sweet girl a wonderful new home that lives up to those standards, then you might just be the perfect new home for Rosie, and I would love to talk to hear from you! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email and ask! (I also have videos and photos of Rosie!)