Pet of the week: Sunbather Raja seeks attentive home

Raja demonstrates her ability to shake in exchange for a treat from animal caretaker Kamryn Dixon at the Frederick County's Esther Boyd Animal Shelter. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

WINCHESTER — There’s nothing that young bulldog mix Raja loves more than some good fun in the sun.

Raja came to Esther Boyd Animal Shelter on May 22 as a stray after her owner had problems keeping her fenced in. According to animal caretaker Kamryn Dixon, Raja’s gotten along well with the other dogs at the shelter since then and keeps her kennel fairly neat and tidy.

With a short black coat of fur and white spots on her neck, Raja’s a rough and tumble and stocky girl at 45 pounds. As a young dog of around 2 to 3 years old, she’s also got a lot of energy.

“I think she would be a good indoor-outdoor dog, outside running and playing and doing her business, but I think once she calms down I think she’d make the perfect cuddle bunny on the couch on a Friday night watching Netflix,” Dixon said.

Raja would thrive with an active home that would spend some of her vigor outside hiking or adventuring. Dixon said that although Raja loves to explore and romp, she’ll put her playtime on pause for some human affection while basking in the sun.

“She can be a little energetic at first — like most of them are — when she meets someone new, but after a few treats and smelling around she’ll settles down and lay down and get her belly rubs,” she said.

With a little bit of training and discipline, Raja has a lot of potential – she can already sit, lay and shake with the temptation of a cookie at hand. She’ll fit well with a family, having already lived alongside children as young as 4 years old.

One thing potential owners should be careful with, though, is introducing playful Raja to cats. Dixon doesn’t suggest cat owners try to mix her in with animals she may get too rambunctious with.

“Sometimes they want to play too much and the cat doesn’t; sometimes they think kitties are squeaky toys,” she said.

Dixon notes that Raja probably already had a litter or two before she came to the shelter during a heat – which was most likely why she was trying to escape her previous owner’s fence in the first place.

Adopters will need to pay a $30 adoption fee as well as a refundable $70 spaying deposit for this fun-loving pup. Even after she’s spayed, Dixon suggests that her owners keep her fenced or leashed and supervised while spending time outdoors.

Raja has been treated for distemper and hasn’t had a problem with worms or fleas that the shelter volunteers have noticed. She’ll also need to get her rabies vaccine when taken to the vet by her new owners.

Whether coming home to a family or a couple, Raja wants an active owner who is ready to share some love and attention with a sweet dog.

“She’s a pretty playful girl and she still has plenty of life and love in her to give,” Dixon said.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com