Written by Giulio Frigenti
Professional photography by Strike a Pose Photography
Romeo was rescued from a dusty construction site in January 2018 where he was living under an old trailer. This gentle soul was estimated at around 12 or 13 years old.
Luckily, he was taken to a vet as a stray where he stayed for three weeks before being sent to Woodrock Animal Rescue.
At the time, we weren’t actively looking to get a dog, but as soon as we saw his photo on Woodrock’s Facebook page, we felt an instant connection to him. So, we hopped into the car and headed to Hennops River to meet him.
We adopted him in February 2018 as a skinny, toothless old man. He quickly became the centre of our home and lives.
Romeo is my soulmate and shadow with such a strong personality and will to live, despite really bad arthritis and the hard life he lived before. We don’t know anything about his past, but I’m sure he has many tales to tell.
Our earth angel
From Day One he was an absolute gentleman, and within a few days of being in our home he’d regained his confidence, his personality shone through, and he’d quickly gained weight. He’s never shown a single sign of aggression to any of us; he’s fiercely protective over, and very gentle with, our two-year-old son, who adores him.
Romeo follows us all over the house (including trips to the toilet and the shower) and is a part of everything we do.
His eyes are soulful and intelligent, and he’s become our earth angel and such a beautiful, calming presence in our home; we love him as if he were one of our own children.
The life of Romeo
Romeo is a creature of habit and routine. From the moment he wakes up next to us in the morning, he has to follow each routine and ritual to a T until he goes to bed at night.
His big passion in life is food. He loves nothing more than sharing home-cooked meals with the family, in addition to his big bowl of roast chicken and lean mince that he gets each evening after his late-afternoon walks. His favourite treat in the whole world is pizza, and he’ll stare us down until we cave in and give him his slice.
He loves his luxuries and has three beds placed conveniently around our home to ensure he’s always comfy, no matter where we are in the house. Any blanket or cushion that we may want to use always becomes his possession, although he’s learned to share with his bestie, our large Maine Coon cat, Maverick. The two of them keep us amused all day with their fake fights over food and cuddles, yet they can’t bear being apart from each other.
We’ll forever be grateful to Woodrock Animal Rescue for giving us Romeo and for taking him into their amazing facility when not many other shelters would have taken on such a senior dog.
Romeo’s MuttMix results:
Level 2 American Staffordshire Terrier
Level 4 Parson Russell Terrier
Level 4 German Shorthaired Pointer
We were thrilled with these amazing results that I believe to be almost spot on in terms of the way Romeo looks and the way that he behaves.
Depending on the angle you look at his face, he either looks a lot like an Amstaff (American Staffordshire Terrier) while at other angles he looks a bit like a GSP (German Shorthaired Pointer).
His behaviour is very consistent with an Amstaff as he’s the ultimate loyal companion. He’s amazingly gentle with our son, can be snappy with other dogs, and is very powerful when pulling on his leash. And at times he’s also very strong-willed and stubborn.
I see the GSP in him when we go for our daily walks as he has his head down, sniffing every inch of ground he passes.
Thank you, MuttMix, for giving us this amazing opportunity to learn more about our mysterious rescue dog called Romeo, and thank you, Happy Tails, for featuring him, as I think people need to learn to also adopt senior dogs, coming as they do with such wisdom, calmness and unconditional love.
Adopting a senior dog has so many advantages, because the dog is more settled, fits into routine, doesn’t need to chew everything in the house, and is more accepting of small children and cats. Please do yourselves a favour and adopt a senior dog!
Dominique of MuttMix shares…
Well, there isn’t much more to say! Giulio hit the nail on the head with the breed aspects. The energy of the Jack Russell would most likely have been apparent in Romeo’s younger years but has mellowed into intelligent wisdom as he’s aged.
I would also like to agree wholeheartedly with Giulio about adopting older dogs – they offer the utmost love and appreciation without breaking and chewing everything in sight!