ADOPTED: Protege #0194 Rome Red Merle Australian Shepherd Male Iowa


Introducing Rome (#0194). The shelter named him Rome, but we think Romeo may be more appropriate, because he is such an affectionate, loving dog! Rome was a stray taken in by a local shelter, who contacted us about getting Rome into Aussie rescue. Because Rome was a stray, we have no information on his past life, only our observations since he’s come into rescue. Rome is a handsome red merle male Aussie, approximately 4 years old. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm and lyme tested negative, and on heartworm/flea preventatives.

Protege #0194 Rome
Protege #0194 Rome

Rome is currently being fostered at Camp Bow Wow in Hiawatha, where he interacts with the staff and up to 14 other dogs on a daily basis. Rome likes to play with the other dogs in his play area a little bit, but he would much prefer to spend his time getting hugs and being petted by anyone he meets. Rome is very outgoing, and thrives on attention. Wherever you go, Rome would like to go too…except for maybe in the car. Rome does not seem to have had many reasons to ride in a car before coming into rescue, and is very nervous about it. After several outings, he now jumps up into the van on his own, but once in motion he is very anxious and drools heavily. He would much prefer to go on walks than on car rides at this point! He does seem to be improving, and could potentially learn to tolerate car rides with positive reinforcement and desensitization. Rome keeps his cabin at camp clean, and has had no potty accidents indoors.


Rome is an easy going, loving dog who is ready for a family of his own. If you might be interested in learning more about this dog, please email Jayne at While we welcome your questions about this dog, all adopters are required to complete a Protege Adoption Application before being considered to adopt a Protege dog; our adoption fee is $200.

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