DOB (estimated): 06.02.2015
Breed: Romanian Sheepdog
Height to top of head: 60cm
Mixing with dogs: When introduced properly, yes
Mixing with cats: Not tested
Mixing with children: Not tested
Country of origin: Romania, now in the UK (London)
Daisy and her siblings were rescued after being thrown over a wall in a bag when they were tiny puppies. Daisy has now been in the UK for 3 years but unfortunately her owners have made the difficult to decision to seek a more suitable home for her after recognising that their urban environment is causing her a lot of stress.
When Daisy arrived in the UK as a puppy she was a feral dog who had suffered a traumatic beginning and inconsistent beginning through no fault of her own. She was consequently very nervous and fearful and struggled to connect with people. However, after an intensive training course and significant dedication to helping her acclimatise to her new life, Daisy calmed down and started to fit in with her new family. In this time she passed her Sensitivity course at ElmTree Dog Training and amazed everyone with her progress. She will sit, wait, do tricks and will wait to eat a treat until commanded to do so. Daisy is extremely intelligent and learns quickly. Given her past, Daisy was socialised carefully and slowly but once thoughtfully introduced to new people she falls in love and becomes devoted to them. When she next sees them she goes all bouncy, wriggly and serenades them!
Coming from a street and shepherding background, she is often on high alert, which can make her wary, nervous and sometimes unpredictable. She 'manages' this nervousness by taking herself away from stress (the sights and sounds of the city) and spends a lot of time under the bed or in a room far away from everyone else. It takes time and patience to get her used to strangers/new people in the home, and she has barked at – and nipped – some people in the past when she has felt uncomfortable. These are more like bruises than wounds but they are nonetheless distressing for all involved. She prefers to be in the kitchen when people come to the door or are working in the house, and when friends are round she prefers being away in the bedroom.
During the spring, Daisy went to spend a few weeks in the countryside and was noticeable calmer, happier and more relaxed. Since returning from said trip her anxiety in the city has increased and she has become more stressed, as though she has realised how different her life could be. This was the turning point for Daisy's family, who felt it would only be fair to her to allow her to find a home where she can relax and be her happiest. We are therefore seeking a new home for Daisy in a rural environment far outside of London where we know she will be more at home. She has had a great start to her life in the UK with such dedicated and patient owners, but they recognise she needs more than they can give her.
Daisy loves being outside and going for long walks. She loved the snow over the winter and is an outdoorsy dog who loves an adventure. She enjoys being brushed and is happiest when chasing squirrels, although she's not caught one yet! Daisy also enjoys regular training sessions as she is so smart and eager to learn. She likes routine and she also likes to have her own space when needed. Daisy is happy to be petted but doesn't seek it out and prefers to be stroked under the chin than patted on her head. She doesn't like disruption to her routine and finds strangers - especially men - worrying, so needs time and reassurance.
Daisy currently lives alongside another dog and has a number of canine friends she has made from her walks. She enjoys playing with them and has formed strong bonds. However, Daisy is a nervous dog and in London where dogs are constantly running up to her she is always on high alert. She particularly dislikes being suddenly approached by dogs she doesn't know and for this reason wears a muzzle as she will try and back off being snarling and snapping to express her discomfort. She would never go out of her way to attack a dog but will defend herself if she feel she needs to.
To summarise, we are looking for a home in the countryside with a patient, understanding and committed owner who can give Daisy to live she desperately craves. Once she has time to settle and adjust to a new environment she will become a much more relaxed dog, but London just can't offer her this. If you're interested in offering Daisy a home please get in touch!