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Rilla

Sex: Female / Age: 3 years (as of June 2024) / Size: Small (approx 8 kg)

🐾 Gentle, sweet, affectionate

💥Energy level: medium

🐈 Can be cat-tested

🐕 Good with social dogs

👶 Can be tested with children

👽Initially shy, but good with new people

❄ What makes Rilla special: her adorable crooked smile! Rilla has underbite, and some of her lower teeth have been pulled, giving her a wonky smile!

Rilla came into our care in early 2024. 
Rilla was living on the streets trying to survive all by herself in a town that is known to be very unfriendly towards dogs. Rilla is a small and quiet dog, but her mere presence on the streets was enough to make people uncomfortable and local residents started filing complaints against her. They called the municipality to take her away and bring her to the local government shelter, an almost automatic death sentence for a small dog like Rilla. Luckily an animal lover intervened and brought her to us.

Rilla was extremely dirty when she arrived... The white parts of her fur were so grey they almost looked blue. Many people in Turkey still use coal to heat their homes, and the coal is usually stored in the basements of homes and appartment buildings. Rilla must have been so desperate for a safe space to seek shelter from the dangers of the streets, that she had been sneaking into basements and sleeping on the piles of coal...

With her sweet, gentle nature, Rilla is completely unsuited to a life on the streets. However, we know she will thrive in a home!

Rilla is an absolute sweetheart, who steals the hearts of everyone she meets. Although initially shy and cautious, her love for people quickly gets the better of her and she will gently come up to say hello. Once she warms up to you, she is the most adorable little cuddle buddy you will ever meet! She gently puts her paws on you to politely ask for attention, and can't wait to bury herself in your lap and soak up all the cuddles. She is very loyal to her people and actively seeks guidance and support from the people she knows when she is feeling insecure.

Rilla gets along well with her kennel mates and fits in well in the pack. She sticks to herself most of the time, but also plays with the dogs she shares her kennel with. If another dog intimidates her, she may bark at them. She also barks at cats when she sees them from her kennel, but doesn't react to them when out for walks.

We know Rilla will thrive in a calm, stable home in a quiet area. Rilla enjoys going out for walks and exploring new places, but very busy, loud areas may scare her. When she feels scared, she looks towards her humans for comfort and guidance and will press herself against your legs to feel safe. Being able to feel safe in her home and building a bond with her family will help her build the confidence she needs to be able to take on the world!

Rilla is currently in Turkey and is ready to travel to the UK or the EU.

The dogs arrive in the Netherlands microchipped, up to date on their Rabies and Mixed vaccinations, spayed/neutered, dewormed and deflead and tested for Heartworm, Ehrlichia, Leishmania and Anaplasma. The dogs visit the vets for a final health check before they travel. If needed, their teeth are cleaned and X-Rays are taken of any potential areas of concern. Any concerns or potential health issues we are aware of will be communicated with you beforehand.

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