Rio has only just arrived so couldn't come out to play. We don't have much information on him but he is in great condition and is a very friendly boy.
He is well mannered, does a lovely sit and takes his treats very gently.
Rio is available for rehoming on 10/07/13. If you'd like to know more please phone the Dogs' Home on 029 2071 1243 or visit Cardiff Dogs' Home, Westpoint Industrial Estate, Penarth Road, open 7days a week, 10.30 - 4pm.
Our family couldn't be happier with Rio! It has taken him a while to settle & to learn that he can trust us to take great care of him & now he is most definitely one of the family! He is gentle, loving, playful & just so happy & handsome. We don't know what we'd do without him :-) x
He's just true gent & truly wonderful! We took Bella (K13) for a walk with Rio as we've been so impressed with the Rottie breed & were thinking of expanding the family further. There was no fuss with either of them & Bella loved being out having a sniff & explore :-). She is a lot smaller in the flesh, but oh so lovely & very inquisitive! We will need some time to think about the financial implications of having 2 big breed dogs & also whether now is the right time for Rio as he's still settling & we wouldn't want him to feel anxious in any way. We wish Bella loads of love & luck & hope she feels safer now x
Yesterday, I made the unbelievably painful decision to say goodbye to our big, hairy mollusc - Rio.
Rio had been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his shoulder on 27th September via CT scan, which unfortunately, had spread to his lungs ..the prognosis was poor & amputation & chemotherapy had been ruled out as it would only extend his life but not improve it ..Rio went downhill very quickly over the last 2 days & was almost unable to walk ..although the decision was unbearably hard to make, I knew that I could not let Rio suffer ..his life had been so full, happy & content, that I could not allow his end of life to be undignified & pain ridden ..
Rio was our rescue dog of just over 3years ..he was found abandoned & wandering in Roath Park & placed with yourselves ..we had no history of his previous life & so took a huge risk bringing him home ..Rio proved to be the best decision that I ever made (a part from my children) ..he was gentle, funny, goofy as hell, strong, protective, loyal & so, so beautiful ! ..everyone that he met fell in love with him & vice versa - he could lick people to within an inch of their lives ! ..he loved fruit yogurts, toffees, the postman 😊 ..the river, big logs to chew, people, cats & rats & bats! & his favourite toy - the white plastic top from Ariel liquid ! ..his only dislikes were loud noises, the oven door & the Ty Hafan lottery man! ..his last dinner was a rare Ribeye steak followed by a big bowl of milk, chocolate Counters & Tramadol ! ..breakfast was bacon butties & Tramadol ! We had a gentle walk/hobble in the sunshine & a last feast of his favourite treats & a brush of his ears to make sure he looked his best ..he slipped away peacefully in my arms at 1.15 on Friday afternoon ..
I hope that part of Rio's legacy will be to help people understand that this breed of dog are some of the gentlest, most loyal & beautiful creatures that you could own ..so much love given & returned & so many happy memories left with us ..I do not know how I will cope without him ..we are beyond heartbroken ..
Special mention & thanks to Valley Vets, Ystrad Mynach & the Small Animal Referral Hospital Langford in Bristol, for their expertise, love, respect & support ..I could not have got through it without you ..xx
This tribute is on Facebook also with photos ..please search Paula Mac to find him xx thank you xx
Thank you for your heartfelt and moving post about your cherished and beloved Rio. It's a truly touching and tender tribute, and I imagine that it wasn't an easy thing for you to do at a time of such huge emotional distress.
I sincerely hope that you can find some comfort and solace in your friends and family Paula. X
'Rescue' does not mean 'damaged'...It means they have been let down by humans