Rose #2 - - - - - - - Courtesy Listing!

We are looking for the perfect new home for our beautiful liver-spotted female Dalmatian. Rose is a companion dog who loves to snuggle and play, loves tennis balls, rope “tug of war” toys, and plush toys with squeakers. She will be 10 years old on January 19, 2018, but as her photos show, she looks and seems much younger. Rose has been an impeccably well cared for pet since she was a puppy. She is heartworm negative and on preventatives, she is completely up-to-date on all her shots (required shots and additional vaccinations), she is spayed, and she is an indoor dog. Rose has always been under the care of a vet and has never missed an annual checkup. Though she is “uni” (meaning deaf in one ear), she hears very well, is fed a high-quality diet, and has no health problems at all. She has one blue eye and one green eye. She is around 31 pounds, so she is quite small for a Dal--people have asked me if she is “miniature,” but she is not. In fact, both of her parents were champion show Dalmatians. Many people assume she is a puppy due to her beautiful, soft coat and petite size. She really is a strikingly beautiful and loving dog. She is extremely healthy and active, and we believe she has many more years of healthy life ahead.

We allow Rose on furniture, and she sleeps in bed with us. During the day while we are working, she is crate trained and can spend up to 8 hours in her crate without an accident as long as she has been out on a walk beforehand. Rose is taken on walks regularly and is out in our fenced yard exercising as well (on an additional tie out due to her tendency to hop the fence...she can jump a 4 foot fence if she has something to "launch" off of). That said, when we are busy, she is content to take very short walks or just "do her business" in the yard and then curl up and sleep on the couch.

We absolutely adore her, but we have a baby on the way, and this was not at all expected. The issue we are facing is that Rose is fine with older children and teens, but she is especially not good with babies or small children. She has consistently snapped at and/or bitten them. We have been able to manage this by avoiding having small children coming to our home or having our teenaged son keep her separated from them if they do. However, this is not going to be practical with a new one actually joining our family. After conferring with her vet, we all feel that rehoming is the best option for her. We are hoping to find a single person, a couple whose children are already teenagers (or at least 10 years old and mature), a retired couple whose children are grown, or a couple that does not plan to have children for several years. The average life span of a Dal is about 14 or 15 years.

While Rose gets along with some dogs, she is inconsistent on this front and has attacked other dogs without provocation. We are, therefore, seeking new owners for her that do not currently have dogs. Ideally, we would also like to find placement in a home that has already had a Dalmatian and understands the breed and their needs, though this part is negotiable as long as the new owners are experienced dog owners/handlers and as long as the potential new owners are committed to learning about the needs of Dalmatians.

Rose is sometimes anxious alone and prefers being with people. She has done very well with pet sitters and visitors, but she is fearful of new people at first and must have time to get to know them. Of utmost importance is that new people do not put their faces toward her face, which has made her snap (but not bite). Rose requires these extra precautions with strangers, but when she is with “her people,” she is sweet and amicable and really loves to cuddle. We had to work and live in the UK for four months in the fall of 2016, and she bonded very well with her pet sitters. We regret that these young men are not living in housing that will allow a dog, but we are encouraged that she bonded so quickly to them. This experience leads us to believe that Rose will adapt and bond with her new owners once she feels safe and cared for. We really do you want a person who is interested in the breed in earnest and/or already has had a Dalmatian. Rose will come with heartworm preventatives, a beginner supply of food, treats, toys, and chews, her crate, and her “gentle leader” leash. The baby is not due until early February, so we are starting early in the hopes that this will give us time to find the perfect placement for her. We want to avoid foster situations, and we absolutely will not bring her to a shelter or SPCA.

A $100 rehoming charge in the form of a tax-deducible donation to this Dalmatian rescue organization is requested in order to dissuade those with nefarious intentions. Serious inquires only, please. We are located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, but we are happy to transport her up to a few hours from here for the right placement. She is excellent in the car…she mostly just curls up and sleeps. If you are within 150 miles of us and Rose sounds like the right fit for your situation, please get in touch with me at to schedule an initial phone meeting. From there, we’ll invite you to visit us here in Harrisonburg so that you can meet Rose face-to-face. Our last step will be to bring Rose to your home and to take a look around to make sure her new home is the right fit for her. If everything looks good, we will be prepared to leave her with you at her new home.


Email Cathryn Malloy at for more information.

Back to CCDAL's Home Page for a link to the application form.