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Magwart 11-12-2012 11:24 AM

Baton Rouge, La (#29363): "Xander" - Sable GSD Male Adult (adopted)
Xander arrived at the public shelter in Baton Rouge, La. nearly two weeks ago. His stray hold is up, and he's available for adoption or euth.

He's got a beautiful face and eyes that radiate intelligence. He's large and athletic. He's very friendly with volunteers and staff. He is self-confident and eager to meet new people and explore.

Xander arrived with a purebred Rottweiler as his "traveling companion," so we know he gets along with some other dogs. He was also introduced to a small, energetic female dog, and he was polite and well-mannered during the meeting.

He's been at the shelter for just a couple of weeks, but he's already starting to show signs of "German Shepherd Shelter Syndrome" -- depression, lack of appetite and lethargy. The difference in him just from last weekend to this weekend was striking. I really want to see him get out of there and into a good home soon.

Xander is available at the Companion Animal Alliance shelter at 2680 Progress Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807. His impound number is 29363.

This is a "kill" shelter trying to transition to a "no kill" future. His adoption fee is $80 (which covers neutering, microchip and up-to-date shots). They also have a partnership with Companions for Heroes to reimburse the adoption fee for approved first responders and military (go to for more info). This shelter will consider out-of-state adoptions, to approved adopters willing to arrange transport (though they may seek a courtesy home-check by a reputable rescue in your area).

gsdraven 11-27-2012 10:48 AM

Magwart 11-28-2012 12:24 AM

Yep, I saw him last weekend and took him out for a walk. He is such a nice dog -- terrific personality. I've really enjoyed spending time with him. He wags his tail happily when he sees me at his kennel door now, since he knows it means "walk."

While we were outside talking and snuggling, he saw a few shelter workers he didn't know at the far end of the parking lot and he focused intently on them while I was petting him, and then he let out a low growl in their direction. He then looked right at me with a questioning expression: "Nice lady, do you understand what I'm saying?" He watched me looked over at the guys, and then when I told him they're OK, he just relaxed and accepted it. He wasn't inappropriate or aggressive, just very communicative--he wanted to convey to me that I needed to know those guys were there, and he trusted me to make the judgment call that they weren't a threat.I liked seeing the protectiveness balanced with a stable, easy-going personality--great GSD temperament.

He dropped a bunch of weight in the shelter when he stopped eating for a while, but he's looking a little better. A couple of weeks ago, I mixed some canned food with his uneaten kibble and showed a nice staff member there how well it worked to get him eating, and I've heard he's been getting daily "special" canned food meals regularly now -- and it's working. Now that he's eating, he's recovering nicely from a bout of kennel cough too.

He's a nice dog who likes to be babied with his food. Unfortunately, he's also recently tested HW+, but that's pretty standard down here in the deep South.

Gharrissc 11-28-2012 12:57 AM

He's beautiful and it sounds like he has a great temperament too. I hope he gets pulled. How's the female that you posted? I forgot the name,Brandy??

Magwart 11-29-2012 08:31 AM

Xander was adopted yesterday! :D :D :D

Brandy still needs a rescue angel, though.

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