BREED: Pomeranian (Mix?)
ADOPTION FEE: $300
So handsome... so fluffy... Rocco is definitely not the kind of dog we are usually asked to take! Under normal circumstances this stunning boy would have been snatched up in a heartbeat. But Rocco has not had a great start to life, and it's left him with some issues that have made him a tricky candidate for adoption. Having said that, we are glad that we took a chance on him when other rescues would not: he has been an easy addition to the GOT pack, and with appropriate management is going to be a great companion for the right person!
Rocco spent many years of his life tied up outside. Undersocialized and not used to handling, he was surrendered to a shelter and was labeled rescue-only due to his fearful behavior. A rescue did come for him and saved his life, but when they saw his behavior in foster care they decided they "didn't want the liability" of adopting him out, and Rocco was once again in danger of being euthanized. We're more of a Beagle/Pit Bull/Chihuahua rescue, but we know an adoptable dog when we see one: if this pup was even remotely handleable, we knew we could find him a home. We took him in expecting the worst, and were pleasantly surprised by his temperament and personality.
Make no mistake: Rocco is very capable of biting. He is very wary of strangers, does not like being picked up, and can be reactive when startled. He is fiercely loyal and guards his person from perceived threats including other dogs. In a pack environment, he has not been able to truly flex his muscles, but the behavior is there and it's unlikely to go away. For this reason, we are looking for a home with no other dogs, or a laid back dog or dog pack who does not need to be on a couch or lap. Cats do not appear to cause any issues so we are happy to label Rocco cat-friendly, but kids are most likely a no-go. Rocco will definitely need someone not only comfortable with his issues, but experienced in balancing happiness with boundaries and structure.
Ready for the good news? Rocco is really a fun and funny little guy. Once he warms up and chooses his person, he loves to cuddle and be petted and brushed. He is even playful! He takes treats gently and learned leash walking from his last foster family. He rides well in the car (just let him get in by himself!) and is house and crate trained, although we do not crate him here except at mealtimes. Rocco is a sweetheart who just needs the right person to come for him. Maybe it's you?