My name is Roberta!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Roberta
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Roberta

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 9924976

Meet Roberta.  This sweet pup definitely looks like a Labrador retriever with her gorgeous shiny black coat, but is smaller in stature and has a littlle shorter legs, so she's lower to the ground than a typical lab.  She's a very affectionate pup who loves her person, but also really enjoys the company of other dogs.

Roberta was found wandering the streets with a fellow dog buddy, and they were both taken into the local shelter by animal control. At the shelter, they discovered that Roberta had stress-related seizures, and was not a good fit for the chaotic shelter environment, so they moved her to a foster home. Another rescue stepped up to take Roberta's buddy, but left poor Roberta behind. We want Roberta to have the same opportunity to have a great life, and were not deterred by her seizures that can be managed and treated. 

Roberta is currently being fostered in a home with 2 other dogs by an her awesome foster mom, Tracy. Tracy describes Roberta as a happy girl who loves human companionship, is very affectionate, and wants to stay close by her side. She's crate trained, potty trained, learning to sit, and walks well on leash too. She's a playful pup who loves to romp in her larged fenced back yard with her foster siblings, but is pretty laid back when she's inside the home, and all about the snuggle.

Our vets did multiple tests to diagnose the cause of Roberta's seizures, based on her young age, feel certain they are epilepsy related. She's responding well to her new medications, and we are very hopeful and excited about Roberta's future.

7/17/16 - Roberta has been on her medications for a few weeks and is responding very well. It takes time for new medications to work and to figure out the right dosage, but our vet believes that she is on the right track. She will need to stay on the medication for the rest of her life to keep the seizures at bay, and she's only had one seizure in weeks.

9/7/16 - The meds are working! It's been over a month since Roberta has had a seizure, so she's stabilized, and our vet feels great about her progress.  She's also been doing some training with her foster mom and the rest of her pack and is fully settled into home life now.

Don't overlook this great pup! Roberta lives her life as a normal, playful, happy dog. She romps and plays every day with her foster dog pals in her backyard, and gets lots of loving from her foster mom too. 

BREED ESTIMATE:  Black Labrador Mix
GENDER: Female
APPROXIMATE AGE: 1 to 1.5 yrs
COAT TYPE:  Medium,
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/spayed/microchipped
LOCATION: Ashburn, vA


FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.