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|01-27-2014 02:37 PM|
Originally Posted by readaboutdogs View Post
|01-27-2014 01:04 PM|
|readaboutdogs||Ahh! That would make me want to take him home too! That's neat the rescue let you volunteer to walk him, etc., before deciding if you wanted to adopt, and you resisted the first urge to snatch him up! Good luck with what you decide to do!|
|01-27-2014 11:35 AM|
Here's an update.
I got to exercise my buddy Levi yesterday for about 3 hours at a pretty big sculpture park here in St. Louis. Paid no attention to people passing by and only curiously turned his head toward other dogs. He never once barked, growled or cried when other dogs walked by. All i had to do is give him a little tug and he refocused on the walk. On our way back to the fosters house, we stopped by a friends house so she could meet him. When she came outside with her 7 month old son (human not k9! lol), Levi put his ears back and laid down for her. He then sheepishly walked over to her once she sat down. He gave her regular doggy kisses on her hand but then, and this is what really got me, he was noticeably more gentle when he approached the baby and gave him kisses. It was like he knew he needed to move slow and be gentle. That melted my heart.
I think Levi will be finding his forever home this week.
|01-25-2014 01:05 PM|
Thank you all for the great information!
Here's a back story to my situation. In the past I've tried to adopt from a GSD rescue but the rescue chose a family where to dogs would have people around most of the day and/or had experience with the breed. While I can't do much about the "being home most the day" part, I felt I could volunteer with a local rescue in order to gain experience. I reached out and offered to volunteer, and had a meeting with a representative and got to meet this boy that i'm interested in and they offered to let me adopt him right away. I was so excited, but after the excitement wore off, I was worried and concerned since I knew so little. So I decided to inform the organization that I would like to slow down and learn more before I took on the responsibility. Above all else, I wanted what was best for the dog and at this time, with my being so ignorant, I felt it wouldn't be a positive environment since I wasn't 100% ready. My plan, is to help exercise the current boy i'm interested in and should another adopter come calling before I'm ready, fantastic. If not, then he becomes mine! Along with exercising I also hope to shadow some of the other members on home visits and dog evaluations.
Thanks again for all the information I'll gather here. I look forward to it!
|01-24-2014 08:42 AM|
I just wanted to say that if all prospective new owners were as conscientious as you, there wouldn't be the number of dogs in rescues that there are. Don't apologize for asking questions. As was said before, the first thing I want to know is why he is available and that leads me to the rest that I need to know. Once that you're informed, I agree with trusting your gut feeling. It has not let me down with any of my dogs. Good luck in finding your new best friend and don't forget to post pictures when he comes home!
|01-24-2014 03:22 AM|
Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
Kia 1/2014- now
|01-23-2014 10:20 PM|
Originally Posted by erfunhouse View Post
|01-23-2014 09:25 PM|
Our Kia was found as a stray, pulled from the shelter and adopted to us after 4 days in the loud kennel. We had no idea what we were getting. Turns out she's VERY sensitive to correction, which my current dog is not, so all about training styles- what does he respond to? What about abuse history? Very obvious Kia is a handler soft dog who was given hard corrections in her past home. We had to learn this the hard way. Lol. Shes food/sticks/toys protective, and is slowly learning that if Sabo grabs a toy/stick/gets a treat, she doesn't have to grab it, he will either share the toy/sick or she will also geta treat.
Kia 1/2014- now
|01-23-2014 07:55 PM|
Wow! Such great advice! Thank you so much!
He's an 80lbs bi colored 5 year old boy named Levi. They said he's had his hips checked and has had no other health concerns other than Pannus, which wouldn't deter me from adopting him.
When I met him, he climbed out of the car and let me take him on the leash with no pulling or trying to get back to his "mommy". We walked for about 10 minutes infront of a PetsMart where other dogs were walking around and he didn't pay much attention to the other dogs. Another member of the organization came to meet us with her GSD and her GSD did growl at Levi but he had no reaction. I'm taking this as a good sign, but since this is a big decision, i do want to be respectful for the dog, organization and myself.
|01-23-2014 07:33 PM|
I'm glad you are considering adopting. You're getting a lot of great advice. Its smart that you're asking what questions to ask to ensure this dog is right for you. One question I hope you consider is if you're right for this GSD. Since this is your first post I don't know how much you know about the dynamics of the breed.
One other comment...the people caring for my adopted dog told me he didn't like hugs, he had no house manners and wasn't house broken. Yet, Barty is the most affectionate, loving & well-behaved dog I've ever met. Trust your gut.
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