Missouri German Shepherd Rescue
Love In Action - Restoring Hope for German Shepherds
an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization
German Shepherd Dog : : Male : : Adult : : X-Large
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Buddy (in 9.19) needs a caretaker or foster! Won't you consider helping him get a new start?
About Buddy (in 9.19)
Buddy is currently in boarding due to a lack of available foster homes and is looking for an experienced German Shepherd foster or adopter.
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BUDDY is absolutely stunning -- a large, handsome male with a classic GSD face, profile and personality. His gorgeous coat is thick, reddish-tan and black, and makes you want to bury your fingers in it!
Buddy was dumped at a shelter when his owner died and the family didn't want him.
SIDE NOTE: Buddy is a perfect and tragic example of what happens to pets when we human owners fail to make provisions for them in the event we can't care for them! Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats are dumped in shelters by family and friends every year when owners die or become incapacitated. Thousands are taken to a vet to be killed, not because their health is bad but because the family doesn't want them. Many of them die in shelters because they're often older and many people want a young dog. So they die for no reason other than that their humans never thought to take positive actions to provide for the pet's safety and well-being if the owner was ever unable to do so. IF YOU LOVE YOUR PET, PUT THEM IN YOUR WILL AND MAKE AIRTIGHT PROVISION FOR THEIR FUTURE ! Like your human dependents, your pets can not care for themselves and are 100% dependent on you. DON'T LEAVE THEM TO THE MERCY OF CHANCE.
Buddy is a true German Shepherd who is stubborn and protective, and at the same time a goofy boy who loves playing ball and adores belly and butt rubs! He's a talker and will let you know he wants out of his kennel. Buddy has good yet moderate energy -- he loves to get out into the play yard at the boarding facility and walk around, sniff everything, play ball for a while, sniff some more, play ball some more. He enjoys playing keep away and then settling down for a belly rub. He's a 'big palooka' in one volunteer's words.
He is also a true GSD: stubborn, wants his own way, and will try to get away with doing what he wants unless you require him to obey. He knows what a human expects from him and whether that human means it or not! He is a large, powerful dog who is to be respected at the same time he needs to have rules / boundaries and be required to follow them.
Buddy is also very loving -- he adores attention, butt rubs, belly rubs, ear rubs, playing in the yard, will go up on an A-frame without hesitation, loves treats, and loves talking to you. We suspect he would be a cuddler if allowed. He makes you laugh when he bounces around and plays keep-away with the ball. He has a good-but-moderate energy level.
The family who left him at the shelter reported that he was somewhat protective of "his" home and family. Since he lived with an elderly person, it is likely that he was not socialized much and should be taken to places like Petsmart and Home Depot to expand his understanding.
He's potty trained and kennel trained. He lived in a home as an indoor dog and as far as we can tell has good house manners (though he may need a few reminders since he's been in boarding). He knows some commands -- such as sit and wait -- but needs reminders to do it or he'll try to get away without doing it. He's very trainable provided you're a good leader.
Buddy is in a boarding facility due to lack of foster homes, so we have not had the chance to observe him in a home setting. His dog test at the shelter showed that he ignored the other dogs in the play yard, but did run the fence with other dogs in the next play yard and barked the whole time. We have not had him with other dogs at the boarding facility. We believe he would be okay with another large dog who is submissive / non-dominant. No small pets or dominant pets. He may be trainable around cats and small dogs, but unless his new family is willing to take the time and effort to do so he needs to be in a home without them. Buddy won't start something with another dog but if another dog acts aggressively or gets nasty, Buddy won't back back away and would join in.
Buddy is in excellent health. No known medical conditions.
Buddy is a wonderful boy who nonetheless is a true GSD and not a dog for 'beginners.' He needs an experienced leader who will set rules and boundaries, and require that Buddy abide by them.
A moderately active family with older kids only (15 yrs and up), a securely fenced yard, no small pets, and a strong leader.
BUDDY'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.
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