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About Madusa

  • Status: Adopted!
  • Adoption Fee: $400
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: D210061
  • Current Size: 70 Pounds
  • Current Age: 1 Year 7 Months (best estimate)
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Housetrained: Yes

Sweet, goofy Madusa ("Dusa") was rescued from a very neglectful, possibly abusive, household. Although she arrived severely underweight, she has no food aggression and will take treats from you with the gentlest nibble. She is well-mannered and calm – one could say almost potato-like – while in the house. This is a dog who loves just chilling on the couch, catching up on Netflix. That being said, she also has bursts of energy when she is outside and loves to do zoomies or play chase with other dogs. She is generally great on the leash and would make an excellent walking buddy. Dusa is believed to be approximately 1 year old.


Likes:  Snuggles, treats, dogs who want to play, things to chew on (the Kong is a favorite), hoarding toys, and hogging the bed/sofa.


Dislikes:  Strangers (she will bark like mad, but will settle down with a proper introduction), being left alone for extended periods of time.


Personality: Dusa has been through a lot, but still has a sweet, sunny disposition. While protective of “her” people, she is eager to make friends - although she does need to work on introductions.


Temperament: This girl is a breeze to handle. She is easy to bathe, will allow you to clip her nails, and waits patiently for her dinner to be presented. Dusa would benefit from a general obedience class for socialization and interactions with other dogs and people. She is very smart and eager to please, so it’s likely she would excel in advanced obedience training as well.


Energy level: Dusa is the best of both worlds. While she loves to chill on the couch or on a dog bed in her foster mom’s office, she is also always up for a nice, long walk. She enjoys a quick run around the yard daily.


Favorite activities: Playing with other dogs, chasing squirrels, getting fun stuff to chew (like peanut butter & treat filled Kongs), lounging on the sofa at the end of a hard day


Good with cats, dogs, and kids (over 6)?: Dusa loves other dogs; however, she does need to work on social cues as she tends to bark loudly at them, which some dogs find off-putting. (It’s not a coincidence that her best buddy is deaf.) She does get along with the two dogs in her foster home and is perfectly happy to let someone else be in charge. She seems to really like kids and would make a great companion for an older child (or a younger child with the sturdiness of a future lumberjack.) The jury is still out on cats. Currently, Dusa lives in a foster home with cats and while she has improved a bit, she is not above chasing a cat that runs. However, she gives wide berth to the salty former alley cat who has let it be known that he Does Not Play. With a slow, monitored introduction, Dusa would be fine with a dog-savvy cat.


Not good with: Being left alone for extended periods of time, dogs that show aggression (she won’t start a fight, but she will end one).


Housetrained: Yes


Crate trained:  Allegedly, butshe has not been crated while in foster care


Requires a fenced yard (physical fence and/or invisible fence)?: Dusa would love a fenced yard where she would be free to do zoomies and chase squirrels. She has more enthusiasm than grace, so she would not be a good match for someone who has a prized garden. In all likelihood, she would plow right through an invisible fence without even noticing, so a physical fence is highly recommended.

Walks well on a leash?: Dusa does very well on a leash. She is still a bit hesitant about passing cars and will bark at other dogs walking down the street, but these are things that can be overcome with training and a little patience.


Challenges: Dusa does seem to prefer women over men but has come to adore her foster dad. This is a dog that wants to be by your side at all times. If you turn around suddenly, you are likely going to trip over her. She does exhibit anxiety when her foster mom leaves, but this is improving as she is settling into a routine.


Any Medical issues? Uncertain. First vet appointment is 12/8/21. Currently underweight but is slowly filling out a bit. 


What would be the best kind of home? Dusa would thrive in a home where her people were around most of the time or willing to take her with them on adventures. She would also be thrilled to have a canine companion who enjoys playing. She needs a casual home that can handle a giant, klutzy dog that drools. This is NOT a dog for someone who prizes pristine floors or collects valuable objets d’art.


Madusa is scheduled for spay surgery on 2/8/22.  She will be availabe for placement a few weeks after her surgery.

Application Fees, Adoption Donations and Rescue Policy: Please know that 100% of our funds are used for rescuing the dogs.

Our rescue policy requires the following:

  • Adopters must have their primary residence in one of the following states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and parts of North Carolina and parts of New York.
  • We will not adopt a giant breed dog to homes where the dog will have access to highly varnished hardwood steps inside the home. Any inside steps to which the dog(s) have access, must have carpeting, securely fixed stair treads, or a non-skid surface. We encourage you to remediate potential safety issues while your application is under review, prior to the home visit.
  • Methods or devices using pain or force on the dog to control the dog, or to deter undesirable behavior is prohibited.
  • Applications for giant breed dogs must be submitted by the property owner.
  • Homes with children under 6 years of age will not be approved for adoption.
  • Homes with children should have a fenced yard.
  • Pets currently in the applicant's home must have a history of appropriate veterinary care. Veterinary records will be checked.
  • All references must be checked before any visitation of the dog is permitted at the foster home.
  • All family members must be present during the home visit to the applicant's home.
  • Any dog(s) in the applicant's home must have an introductory meeting with the rescue dog being considered, before any adoption can be completed.
  • Homes with intact dogs will not be approved for adoption. Exceptions to this policy can be found on the Adoptable Dog Page.

For additional information please review our FAQs or contact

Mastiffs To Mutts Rescue reserves the right to approve or deny any adoption that occurs through this organization without disclosure.  We reserve the right to make exceptions for special circumstances.

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