PO Box 34676
Kansas City, MO 64116

Last Updated:
1/31/2023 12:48 PM

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German Shepherd Dog  : :  Female  : :  Young  : :  Large

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About Rosie

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: 350.00
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Black with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
  • Current Age: 3 Years 10 Months (best estimate)
  • Location: Kansas City Metro Area
  • Housetrained: No

Rosie has just arrived in our program and is in boarding
due to lack of qualified foster homes. 
She sooooooo wants out and into a foster or forever home!

ROSIE is a beautiful and petite bi-color GSD with plenty of youngster pep and pizazz!  Sweet, Smart, Strong, responsive to training, loves attention, and needs boundaries. She's looking for an active family to give her (a) a good life, and (b) the training and rules she needs.


Left at a shelter by her owners.  The reason cited for surrender was "unwanted litter" -- in other words, they didn't spay her or supervise her with their other dogs, she got pregnant, so they dumped her.  Her age indicates she was a Christmas puppy in 2019, gotten just a month before the Pandemic hit, and was kept only because people were at home (normally would have been taken to a shelter a few months after Christmas). 

She appears to be typical young, untrained GSD -- energetic, strong-willed, lacking manners because her owners didn't bother to teach her anything.  According to the owners, she's very playful and loves to play with toys. 

Rosie is confused about what's happened to her -- one day she had a home and pack of dogs (even if it was living in a garage) and the next day she was in a shelter in a cage with dozens of other dogs.  Right now she's a little hesitant when meeting new people but that appears to be just her confusion.  She's been fine with all the people she's met, including shelter staff, our volunteers, and staff at her boarding kennel. 

Rosie has a strong small prey drive and would not be good in a home with cats or small dogs. She can do well with other dogs but will try to become dominant when bullied by another dog. 
She does have a strong small animal prey drive but not an apparent kill drive as she dropped both a bird and a turtle for her handler on command. She appears to love the thrill of the chase so a strong hand needs to be on the leash while on walks. Rosie will need some work with other dogs. Dogs that do not bother her are a not an issue, she has lunges and growled at a young pup whao tried to play. IT seemed to be more of a warning and not an attack.

High. From the time she was a puppy she's been confined to a garage with other dogs and little to no chance to have normal activity. She has a beautiful running gait and would love to have an opportunity to use it to play in her own yard. She will need to be reminded that running the fence line is not appropriate behavior. 

Rosie does need some work on her manners. She was kept in a garage with other dogs and was always desperate to escape -- hmmmmm, we wonder why.  A GSD puppy forced to live alone in a small space with other dogs.  She's not yet housetrained and has high youngster energy.  She's working on crate training so she has a safe place to hang out. She recently stayed in a foster home for a vacation from boarding and in the kennel was well behaved, barked once, but corrected well. Overall she was quiet and behaved in the kennel with no accidents. At first she reacted to the other dogs coming around but quickly stopped once she got used to them.  Rosie was quiet overnight and responded to training to not bolt or push out of the kennel, she would sit and wait to be let out after training. No accidents in the house, she was allowed supervised free roam alone, and leashed with other dogs around. Her temporary foster noticed that she will potty train quickly, because she is a very smart attentive girl. She initially tried to jump on the counter for treats but took correction and did not try a second time, even when they were moved closer to the edge of counter.

Her owners didn't teach her anything -- at just over 2 years old she still jumps in excitement and all the other little puppy behaviors that she should learned long ago not to do.  She's a perfect example of a dog whose life has been put at risk because of irresponsible humans who did nothing for her.  We're starting her training but her new family will still have some work to do -- she's a "work in progress." In the yard she is a Low escape risk, not interested in leaving, wants to stay with her people. She has tried to jump up on the fence when she saw a squirrel in a tree, when corrected she stopped.
Rosie is quite smart and is learning new commands easily. She is currently practicing 'come', 'sit', 'upstairs', 'downstiars', and 'leave it'. She is practicing her leash manners but is still new to the concept! She loves treats and has a very soft mouth.

A 6' fence.  An active family who will walk her, play with her, and continue her training! 

Rosie is an absolutely sweet dog that loves people, is very trainable and would be a very easy fit for an only pet household.

Looking for a stunning young and trainable German Shepherd
to love and be loved by forever?
ROSIE will be your new BFF!

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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  1. We're picky about our adopters. 
  2. Are you sure you're up to having a GSD?  They're not for everyone.  They take a lot of time, effort, training.  They shed year round.  They're big.  They scare lots of people.  They "mouth" and herd.  They're usually strong-willed and stubborn.  You have to have references and a home visit.  If you're not willing or able to deal with any of this, please don't waste your time or ours applying.  
  3. Will the dog be an inside family pet? We do not adopt to outdoor-only homes. All dogs must be indoor dogs.
  4. Do you leave your dog outdoors when you're not home?   We do not adopt to homes that leave their animals outside when they're gone.  You must put your dogs indoors when you're gone.  A 3 yr old adopted MOGS dog died when the owners went to run errands, left her outdoors, the gate was somehow opened, and she was hit by a car.  Tragic and 100% preventable. Even privacy fences get broken into.  Gates are opened.  Thieves steal dogs. Never leave your dog outdoors when you're not home!!
  5. What's your plan for unexpected events and major changes?  New baby? Divorce?  Moving?   How you will provide for your dog if your family breaks up? 
  6. Will you make a lifetime commitment?  It's your responsibility to keep your dog safe, loved and cared for FOR LIFE.
  7.  Do you understand we expect you to keep that lifetime commitment?  It's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to stick by your family member -- no matter what.
  8. Are you unable or unwilling to make a lifetime commitment? Do not apply.


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Currently we do not know if Rosie will be able to attend the event, KC Remodel and Garden Show on Friday, February 3rd, 2023.
Currently we do not know if Rosie will be able to attend the event, Four Paws Pantry and Spa on Saturday, February 11th, 2023.
Currently we do not know if Rosie will be able to attend the event, Four Paws Pantry and Spa on Saturday, March 4th, 2023.
Currently we do not know if Rosie will be able to attend the event, Bass Pro Meet and Greet on Saturday, March 25th, 2023.
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