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My name is Sicily but everyone calls me by my nickname, Sissy. I am a petite 10 lb. Rat Terrier girl with merle blue coloring and beautiful blue eyes. I am about 4-1/2 years old. I am a puppy mill survivor! My former life was unimaginable to most people. My home was outside in a small unsanitary wire cage and I was bred repeatedly then my babies were taken from me. Since I was treated very roughly and not socialized, I am very fearful of new people and new situations. But I got lucky when I was rescued by New Rattitude, and life has turned around for me. I still startle easily and am constantly wary about everything going on around me, but I have a safe foster home with yard, treats, toys and foster siblings, and I am slowly getting used to living with people and all those frightening new noises. I have learned to trust my foster mom and some other females that visit. I am still very scared of my foster dad, but I will let him give me treats and since I crave human attention, he is hopeful that one day we will be good friends. My foster family's dogs have been good therapy dogs for me, making me feel comfortable and teaching me how wonderful it is to play outside and help them protect our yard from lizards and squirrels. My adoptive home will need to have at least one other dog to help me adjust and feel comfortable. I am fine with cats, too. Another thing I have learned here is house training, and I'm proud to say that I am now mostly house trained. My foster mom does leave a puppy pad out just in case, and I'm good about using it. Because I am still frightened about being on a leash, I really do need a securely fenced yard. Considering all my fears, I would do best in a home with adults only. I am working hard to overcome my fears and my foster mom says nothing is more rewarding than to see me learn to trust and adjust to new situations while simply learning how to be a dog. I have lots of potential and love to give, and have already come a LONG way, so I just need an affectionate family with lots of patience and I will continue to blossom and make a wonderful family pet.