Liza's info:

  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Approx 9 years
  • Size: Medium (Springer size)
  • Breed: Mixed


Liza came to us in May 2021 and has been over-looked since due to her age. Anyone that met her would think she’s a puppy with her stunning looks and active personality. She is friends with Tony and loves to chase him down the hall, racing him to get to the field first!

She is a timid girl, but she is a curious girl and will cock her head when watching us go about our daily tasks. She makes our hearts melt and it earns her a few yummy treats!

Dogs like Liza have been under socialised with people, and the only interactions they will have had with people prior to arriving at the rescue centre will have been negative – consisting of abuse, beatings, dragged on a catchpole and scruffing, if not more.

It is likely that Liza has been on the streets her entire life and has never known love or safety. She has made progress with us though, if a treat is super yummy – like chicken or beef she will come over and take it from our hands. If it is a little less yummy, she will wait patiently for us to throw it for her so she can catch it! Liza’s tail has started to wag when she knows food is coming or we have a treat for her- she loves her food and is extremely food motivated, which will help with the bonding process.

Liza will be a project dog; she will take a good amount of time to settle into a home. She needs someone that is willing to allow her to take as long as she needs to get there. Dogs like Liza usually do not progress past a certain point in rescue, and most progress will be seen once she has fully settled into the home environment – we know this because we have rehomed lots of dogs that were just as timid as Liza that have gone on to really bond with their owners, learn to walk on lead and live fantastic lives.

As she is still very shy, she will need a quiet home with children over 16 years. She may want to hide at first so will just need a crate to go off and chill out in if she wants to, meals put down at mealtimes and some short treat sessions with her owners to build up trust. She won’t want to do much more until she is more settled and comfortable.

Liza has one friend at Oakwood which she did take a while to get to know. She can be quite frightened of new dogs and prefers her own company so will need to live as an only dog. She has shown us that she does prefer male dogs and is not keen on other females. She may be able to make friends with friend or family dogs in future when she is fully settled into the home.

Liza cannot live with cats.

She will need a 5ft fence to keep her safe.

We understand that dogs like Liza are not for everyone, we have had applicants admit that they have not experienced dogs as timid as ours before despite having years of dog experience - yet, we have had many first-time dog owners adopt and succeed with very timid dogs – all it takes is patience and taking on board advice from staff.

Many rescues would over-look dogs like Liza, but we believe that she has lots of potential in a home and deserves a chance at happiness. Adopting Liza will be an incredibly rewarding journey, seeing her enter the home as a timid dog and working with her to become a loving, trusting and valued member of the family is one of the best journeys you could ever embark on.

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