I’ve been avoiding this post because of the inevitable freak-out from the commentariat, but I am looking for another home for Rosie, with someone who can give her the time and attention she needs. I just don’t have the time, and along with a variety of other issues, the dynamic in the house has never been the same.
She’s a very sweet dog, but she came with some serious baggage (on top of the Jack Russell Terrorist genes). She’s very friendly most of the time, but she has moments when she just starts snarling at people. This can happen in the middle of petting her- everything is ok, then she just starts growling and looking menacing. It even happens to me when I am petting her, so it isn’t just strangers. She has never bitten anyway, she just snarls and retreats to the bedroom or behind the couch. Generally, I think that is a good thing- I’ll take snarling and running over a dog that bites with no warning. This also only happens in the house. Outside, she is an effervescent mess, licking and kissing anyone in sight. We even jokingly call her the kissing bandit. But in the house, she just gets protective (resource guarding, I presume).
Second, Lily has never been the same since Rosie joined the household, and Rosie kind of bullies her. It isn’t in a mean way, really, just in the “I’M A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER AND EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE DOES WHAT I WANT DAMNIT!” Also, Tunch doesn’t feel comfortable around her, and she has never attacked him (he has attacked her multiple times), she growls at him and wards him away from me.
I had been trying to find her a good home for a while, but on Friday, Rosie attacked Lily because she wanted her chew toy. It sounded much worse than it was, and there was no blood, but it took some time to separate them. Rosie was really worked up before the fight because I had company, but that is still no excuse. Rosie had her own chew toy, but she wanted all of them. Lily said “No.”
She just needs to be the only pet in the house, and my house is not right for that. She’s a beautiful and sweet dog, but she just does not play well with others and needs a home that can be dedicated to her. Preferably one with a big yard (and a fence).
If anyone is interested, let me know. And sorry folks, I really tried to make it work, but I don’t have time for this and think she is not as happy as she could be (and I know Tunch and Lily are not). I know this is kind of a funny post on a site that is all about pet rescue, but sometimes the forever home placement is a little bit tougher than the rescue. It goes without saying I will not do anything with her other than place her with people I completely trust. And, of course, if anyone in the area wants a energetic and loving Jack Russell terrier, shoot me a line.