When my next door neighbors came to me saying they were looking into adopting a “pit bull” dog, I was elated. They are the kind of laid back people who don’t care about stereotypes and just wanted a nice family dog for their kids to grow up with. They headed to our local shelter and, after a slow moving search, finally found a pup that seemed to be the perfect match.
After meeting many dogs, they settled on handsome Rojo (pronounced Ro-ho). Rojo had been overlooked at the shelter for months because of his nondescript, brown-dog look. Even though he behaved like a gentleman during visits, he never caught anyone’s attention. Until this family stopped by and gave him a chance.
Rojo now lives with two kids and has a huge yard that backs up to woods. He seriously hit the jackpot with this family. They’re so willing to accept him for who he is, and they’re ready to learn whatever they need to for him to be the best dog he can be.
They lost their last dog about a year and a half ago, so naturally they are experiencing some, “Oh yeah, he’s not Scooter” moments, but they’re working through those. We all know how hard it can be to not try and replace our last pet, but to realize that the new one is an entirely new experience to fall in love. I have a feeling that Rojo will quickly turn into another beloved fur baby just like his predecessor.
I’d like to ask you all for some advice on their behalf: Rojo is a pretty consistent submissive/excitable wetter. Do you have any ideas for curbing/curing that for me to pass on to them? Thanks!