The Rat Terrier is an American breed that originated from a mixture of crosses by European immigrants in the late 19th century old time Fox Terriers and other European Terriers. They were common on American family farms in the 1920s and 1930s. Click for more about Rat Terriers
New Rattitude regularly takes in dogs with special medical needs. Please visit our Canine Clinic
to learn more about some of the dogs who are in current need of special care and how you can help.
More than 50 million puppies are born each year in puppy mills in the U.S.A. What is a puppy mill and why is this bad? Read here for information.
Imagine being a cute-as-a-button 6-lb. dog and having giant humans tower over you. Kinda scary, right? Now imagine being poked, picked up, and mishandled by
humans even when you try your best to tell them you're scared or that it hurts. You try looking away, hiding, giving stink eye, growling, even showing teeth, but they
keep ignoring you. Is it because you're so little that your feelings don't count? When nothing else works, you finally try biting as hard as your tiny jaw will permit. It
works! But it also lands you in the shelter... Well, that's probably the story of Oscar, an 8-year-old Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix, whose emotions and body language
were likely continually ignored until the inevitable happened. Fortunately there is a Part 2 to Oscar's story, as he was rescued by New Rattitude and fostered by a
patient family who have worked hard to undo the earlier damage. When Oscar feels safe and secure, what a delightful fellow he is! He's a silly little cuddle bug
who will shower you with kisses. He's a low-energy (some might even say lazy) guy who likes his routines and has great house manners (including reliable
house-training). Oscar would prefer not to share your affection or his food with any other canines, but he would likely get along fairly well with a small, submissive dog
or even a cat. Don't get us wrong; he still requires respect! Sudden movements in his direction can still trigger his defenses, so he should not be around young children
or anyone unable to respect his need to feel safe. A relatively calm home with a dog-savvy adult or two will allow Oscar to begin the newest and very best chapter in
his life's story. Check out more pictures by clicking HERE
. You can apply to adopt Oscar by
NEW RATTITUDE T-SHIRTS
Now in the New Rattitude Retail Shop - 2019 T-shirts
! It's all about that "rattitude"! Soft, durable T-shirts in sizes S through 3XL, featuring a custom New Rattitude design and available in a lovely Columbia Blue color. Visit the ReTail Shop
today to place your order.
2018 ANNUAL REPORT
New Rattitude proudly presents our 2018 Annual Report. Click here
to view online!
WONDERING ABOUT FOSTERING?
Have you ever considered fostering a Rat Terrier? Wonder how New Rattitude supports our foster homes? CLICK HERE
to learn how easy it can be and get your questions answered.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NEW RATTITUDE!
August 4, 2018 marked New Rattitude's 10th birthday! Ten years, 2100+ rat terriers saved, and counting!
GIVE THE GIFT OF RESCUE
Make a donation to New Rattitude in another's name and honor them in a special way! Visit our Donations page for more information.