We believe Romeo to be about 9-10 years old. It's hard to know exact age when the early care wasn't there for him. He is about 20 lbs and appears to be a chihuahua mix.
Romeo gets very nervous around children but does great with adults; he just loves to cuddle with his foster mom and follows her around everywhere. He is doing great with using the bathroom outside and he responds really well to cookies so he is food motivated! He is doing awesome with the other dogs of all sizes but prefers to snuggle with dogs his size. He can show jealousy over food so he needs to be fed and given treats in his own space. We think he might do OK as an “only” if his person was home a lot, but he really likes to have another furry friend to snuggle up against. He stays where ever his people are and will sit under his foster mom’s desk while she is working.
She tells us,
"We have found that if you are the one that feeds him he bonds much faster! We would definitely recommend that any family he goes to take turns feeding him so he bonds with the whole household. He runs around with 2 adult cats and several 3-4 week old kittens and is great with dogs of all sizes! He will chase cats that are fearful and run. He loves to sit and cuddle with his people and be held like a baby to have his belly rubbed! He plays tug of war with people and dogs his size that he is comfortable with. He is leery of strangers; newcomers must not rush him, he will come to them at his own pace. Treats will speed up this process.
His potty cues are very subtle but he will do his business when you tell him to 'go potty' As long as he is kept on a schedule he is fine! We do keep doors closed to limit his exploring right now. If it's raining or snowing he may need a little assistance getting outside. He enjoys sunbathing and a fenced yard would be a huge bonus. He doesn’t need to be left in his kennel when we are gone, he has been relaxing on the couch or with the other dogs. He will go in the kennel on his own if he wants to chew a toy in peace. We are working with him to curb his habit of biting people’s pants for attention, he does this playfully. He does not chew shoes, he does like to carry them around the house though.
He is always watching his people and his eye contact is great as he looks for "cues" from us all the time. He is VERY food motivated which will greatly help with training! He is very funny and sweet. "
His ideal home may look like this:
Single Man/Woman or a couple with no children
Another dog is a must if owner works outside the home
Dog friendly non fearful cats are fine
Someone who is home most of the day
Someone who is NOT looking for a running buddy
Someone who is willing to keep Romeo's food intake under control
Someone who absolutely LOVES to cuddle and will allow him on their furniture and bed but who will be consistent about correcting unwanted behavior due to his protective nature.
Someone who has patience and understands that he needs time to adjust.
If you would like to meet Romeo or any of our sweeties, please check out our adoption application.
Please note: We do not have a physical location, but we are supported by a network of wonderful foster homes that are spread throughout New England. A dog will need to be visited by a prospective adopter in the foster home where they are feeling safe and comfortable.
Thank you for considering rescue!
Romeo is in Cumberland County, Maine while he waits for his forever family to find him.
Romeo- In Maine
Newest Update: January 2018
This little dude just can't catch a break. He is safe and loved in the day care environment at Pampered Pooch but he would like his own family with some furry friends to love. He is shy at first but has changed SO much since coming into rescue and hs is a sweet little guy. A quiet home with a consistent routine would be the perfect setting for him.
Romeo was rescued from tough circumstances and we have learned so much about him now that he is feeling safe and loved. At first he was a huddled, overweight, shivering, terrified boy. He has learned that people can be good and will warm up to strangers given time and patience. He needs to be given space and he needs to initiate contact with people he doesn’t know before you can invade his personal space by touching him. For most people this just takes a day or two. He will still be nervous but will allow you to groom, pet, etc. By the end of your first week he will be hopping up to snuggle with you and allow you to pick him up. He loves belly rubs and just wants to be near you.