Reyna is a five-year-old galga who needs an experienced, patient, sighthound-savvy home willing to convince this pretty girl that life is truly good. What better time for that to happen than National Adoption Month?
Reyna has been in the U.S. for some time now, but has been slow to accept the good life – although she is making a lot of progress. Reyna would do best in a quiet home with just a few quiet, possibly older, dogs. She can be the “fun police” when the youngsters start frolicking. Oh, and she’s decidedly not cat safe.
Despite her fears, Reyna can be a snuggle bug, and will come up for hugs and kisses when she’s convinced you mean her no harm. She also crates well.
Honestly, we think a lesbian or gay couple with a small pack and a 6’ fenced yard (or committed to leash walking) might be the perfect fit for this complicated, special needs girl. Are you the caring home Reyna needs – and truly deserves?
Reyna has an adoption fee of $300. You can put in an application here.
3 thoughts on “National Adoption Month Going to the Dogs – Part II”
We’re a couple, that happens to be straight. We have a 9 yr old greyhound and a 7 yr old whippet, both petty mellow. Why the preference for a gay or lesbian couple? I’ve never heard of such a thing when placing a dog for adoption.
Unfortunately, many of the galgos from Spain have terrible, overwhelming fears of men. While most are able to get over that fear with patience and time, Reyna is not one of those dogs. After working with her for a year, it is our assessment that what is best for Reyna is a female household (which could be a single woman or a lesbian couple). We have also found that Reyna seems less fearful of some of the gay adopters who have visited her foster home, so that might be an option. We have many other dogs that would be a good match for your household!
We have Reyna’s sister and it took the better part of 9 months for her to realize my husband is not evil. We are talking a dedicated effort with full on bribery (yes, she does like lobster is all I’m saying). He takes her for regular walks too which has helped with them bonding. There was a rough patch at first (longish story) but now she is quite the ‘daddy’s girl’.
However, she definitely does not generalize to other men–she tolerates one of his friends who has also worked very hard to win her over. My teenager (who is very kind to her) still will only occasionally get her to take a treat from his hand, he usually has to back up–but being a teenager he does not spend as much time with her.
Having a VERY outgoing and friendly boy dog has helped since he came home too, but she is still terrified of strangers in general and men particularly so. I sincerely doubt she will ever be a ‘normal’ dog, but she has learned to be happy and content where she is. This week was a huge improvement for example. We are having some kitchen work done by a couple–the husband is very quiet and calm and I was able to walk Xena out to the backyard without her freaking out and she came inside when called. On their third visit.
We love her quite a bit and having her here has been very rewarding, but the reality is that having a husband and a male teenager was NOT easy for her. She did almost immediately adore my pre-teen boy though and took to me pretty quickly as well.
I guess my point is that Xena is a very sweet, loving dog but having men around completely stresses her out…in her case it was overcome by my DH with a TON of work…and she is still VERY uncomfortable with people/worse with men. I used to say she needed a nice lesbian couple (but got stuck in my Y-dominated house by mistake)…and honestly I can totally see this with her sister.
Such sweet dogs, but whatever they went through really must have been pretty horrible.