Everybody has a past. Whether it be life choices which we now regret, or situations beyond our own control that leave us victims. The past weaves a story. A tapestry which has created who we are as individuals. Our personal history. Sometimes it is negative, sometimes positive. With Rose, her past has, and forevermore will be, a mystery. Was she abandoned once? No.... her behavioral patterns do not match such a sorrowful story!! I wonder.... And this is the only tool I have to work with--mental curiosity--if Rose's former owners were seldom ever home. Perhaps school, work, church, or physical activities kept them plenty occupied. Maybe they were the type of people who enjoy frequent excursions and drove to parties nearly each night. Perhaps Rose was given little or zero attention!! Maybe they never took the time to teach Rose basic commands, as she seemingly knew nothing!! Perhaps Rose's ex-owners oft let my mongrel outside and rarely opened their door to bring her back in!! I wonder if she escaped the backyard....? Is that how respectable dog catchers wrangled her? Maybe during each outing those masters traveled to, Rose felt abandoned.... Perhaps my extremely sociable canine grew frantic and paced the house madly in anticipation of their arrival. Maybe she destroyed many throw rugs or tile floors due to urine/pooh as resulted. I am not criticizing anyone. Some people simply shouldn't own canines!! Perhaps Rose had to become accustomed to our lifestyle, and learn that we were returning!! However, before trust came those "accidents". Several of them. Throughout her first month. Each time we left the house. Plus tears, emotion, and mental frustration. Maybe Rose was truly sent to me. Because I am the perfect match for her!! "There's no place like home...." is my belief. Plus I provide Rose with endless attention!! What's not to love?