German Shepherd Dog : : Female : : Young : : Large
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE, CONCERN, AND SUPPORT!
LINDEY IS ADOPTED!
Lindey's medical rehab is 90% complete and her transition to a loved-family-member is just beginning. Lindey is no longer a "patient", she is now a "student" -- just starting to learn how to be part of a loving, stable family instead of an abused outdoor dog. She's great with people, including kids. She's also fine with most other dogs, including small dogs. She still requires leadership and supervision with very small dogs, and with strong supervision and leadership can probably be trained to live with cats. Like most German Shepherds, Lindey shows STRONG protection instincts for "her" territory (home, yard, family, car) and does not like strangers in her territory. Outside her territory, in public places, she's great with everyone. In other words, Lindey is a true German Shepherd with typical German Shepherd traits. She has a strong personality, and like most German Shepherds will try to take over if you aren't a strong, consistent leader. So before you apply, remember that German Shepherds are "serious" dogs and require serious training, serious leadership, and a serious commitment. Lindey is a sweetheart, but her new family MUST be able and willing to provide strong leadership and preferably be experienced in having and leading a strong-willed, serious breed.
Lindey's mouth and legs are healed, and her legs are in the process of rehab to rebuild the muscle mass. Her rehab currently consists of using the many stairs in her foster home and normal activity around the house, combined with gentle, supervised outdoor play with the other dogs. SHE CANNOT ENGAGE IN ROUGH PLAY, JOGGING, JUMPING ON/OFF EVEN LOW WALLS, OR SIMILAR STRENUOUS ACTIVITY. For the next 3 to 6 months (until January 2014), Lindey must get gradually increasing amounts of appropriate exercise, to rebuild the musculature in her legs and allow the plates in her ankles to integrate properly into her muscles.
HER MEDICAL FUTURE: No one knows precisely what will happen to her legs in the future. She's somewhat more likely than the average dog to have arthritis, but aside from that the vets simply cannot predict anything. The best guess is that with proper regular exercise to keep the ankles supple, she will do extremely well. LINDEY'S NEW FAMILY MUST RECOGNIZE THAT SHE WILL NEVER BE A DOGGIE ATHLETE: no jogging, flyball, frisbee or the like. Otherwise, she will be a perfectly normal dog and lead a perfectly normal life.
Lindey is a very affectionate girl! Once she gets to know you she's free with her kisses, and she adores getting belly rubs, pets, and loving. Like most abused dogs who have never known love, she's somewhat amazed at her good fortune and is gradually accepting the fact that she really is loved - and is also still a little unsure whether it will continue. So she follows her foster mom around and is always under foot! If she's like most abused dogs, this will eventually calm down and she won't be quite as glued-to-you. But her new family should expect this to continue for many months if not several years, while she develops the confidence that her family is permanent. At her first-ever public appearance on July 27, Lindey had a steady stream of visitors coming to greet her and wish her well - and she was wonderful with all of them. For the first time in her life, Lindey is seeing a wonderful world full of loving people and joyous experiences -- and her new family needs to continue her "education" by continuing to expose her to constant new experiences, people, and places.
"DO NOT RUSH HER." That's the motto for Lindey's new family! Lindey will do well as long as her new family understands that she needs to emerge gently into her new life -- needs to be allowed to make progress at her own speed and on her own terms. THE BIGGEST MISTAKE EVERYONE MAKES IS TO RUSH THINGS!
Lindey lives in a foster home with two other German Shepherds and a 25 lb. mixed breed dog, all with good temperaments. She did need a proper, gradual introduction to the small dog and will likely continue to need that with any small animal. She also lives with a cat BUT is intensely interested in it. She has improved greatly from trying to chase the cat (intentions unknown) to staring at the cat with great interest. However, one day when she was in another foster home for a few hours, she showed no interest in their cat and immediately got along with their older dachshund. Lindey would ike a doggie buddy, preferably a mid-sized or larger dog, but would also probably do well as an only dog. Any new doggie buddy needs to be playful but NOT rough. Lindey should always be properly introduced to any new dog - slow, gradual introductions.
Lindey is great with kids. Her foster family has teenagers and visiting small children, and she is fine with them. She has also been fine with small children when out in public. We have not seen her around infants, and that would have to be tested.
Like most abused dogs who have never known love or leadership, Lindey's first instinct has been to form a strong bond with her foster family - the first loving home she's ever had. Her natural German Shepherd protection instincts are in full bloom - she doesn't like strangers in "her" house or yard. Her new family must be willing and able to train her and guide her, so she understands it's not "her" house/yard, but theirs - and THEY set the rules about what is and is not appropriate protection behavior. Lindey is a smart girl, and with proper guidance will do well. However, her new family absolutely must complete her training in this area so that she's appropriately behaved around, and comfortable with, visitors to the home.
If you're looking for a gorgeous, young, trainable German Shepherd
who will love you forever,
and you can be strong canine leaders to teach her,
LINDEY may be your ideal family member!
LINDEY's ADOPTION FEE: $300
This fee covers only part of what we spend to vet, board and rehab the dogs we save. On average we spend over $450 on each dog. We made a decision to keep our adoption fee at the 2005 level even though vet prices have doubled and tripled since then. We are constantly fundraising to cover the deficit. At minimum, your adoption fee includes the dog's spay/neuter, heartworm test, heartworm treatment if needed, rabies shot, distemper/parvo shot, bordatella shot, deworming, monthly heartworm and flea preventives, and microchip. In many cases it also includes surgery and various types of vet treatment for standard issues such as hot spots, ear infections and so on.
INTERESTED IN ADOPTING LINDEY?
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JULY 27: UP FOR ADOPTION!
Lindey had leg and mouth surgery on March 7 and went to a wonderful foster home on March 10! Huge thanks to all of you!!! This was an unexpected turn of events. At 7 a.m. that morning we reached $14,800 and notified the news media we had reached our goal and then some. Meantime our good friends at Great Plains SPCA connected us with the wonderful surgeons at Blue Pearl Vet Clinic in Overland Park KS. They were able to get her into surgery right away, a flurry of activity ensued, and we got Lindey in to the vet. Her surgery went well, though with two unexpected events. Instead of having both paws done, her mouth and one paw were done. During mouth surgery, Dr. Gary Mondrcin removed twice as many teeth as expected (8 instead of 4) and discovered her upper incissors had been embedded up into her mouth! We can only imagine the pain she was in! And the orthopedic vets headed by Dr. Steve Riley are now hopeful that her other paw will heal on its own. We will see how it progresses, and do surgery nlater on that paw if still needed!
Lindey is one VERY special girl!
ANYONE WHO WOULD DO THIS TO A DOG
WILL DO IT TO A HUMAN.
the next time you see a dog or cat being
NEGLECTED, STARVED, TAUNTED,
BEATEN, HARMED, ABANDONED, PUSHED AROUND.
REMEMBER IT - AND ACT!
CRUELTY WILL ONLY STOP IF YOU STOP IT.
PLEASE HELP US HELP LINDEY!
Your donations and prayers are desperately needed.
Her vet care is estimated to cost approx. $10,100
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A MESSAGE FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN POSSIBLY ADOPTING LINDEY:
We LOVE you all for your compassion and huge hearts! Please be aware that Lindey has had EXTENSIVE mouth and leg surgery and will be in recuperation for at least 4 months. She needs to stay close by her vet because the vet who does the surgery should also do the followup, checkups and recuperative care. Only when she's physically close to normal will her true personality emerge and we'll be able to assess what she needs in a forever home. PLEASE KNOW IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE SHE'S READY TO BE ADOPTED. WE WON'T BE TAKING ANY ACTION ON POSSIBLE ADOPTION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
More about Lindey - ADOPTED 9-29-13!!
Good with Dogs, Good with Kids
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Important Information Regarding MOGS Dogs:
We spend huge amounts of time, effort and our own money to save these lives.
Have Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org