Wanted to introduce y’all to our foster dog, Aria! She’s about 18 months old, pet line, picked up as a stray by animal control. She had bad fleas, worms, very ribsy, and a nylon collar embedded in her neck. Was doing very poorly in the shelter before they called us. She has come so far!
Here’s her adoption link: https://www.apsofdurham.org/dogs/aria/
. She’s a gorgeous girl, and she’s as sweet as she is pretty! Please share so we can find her the amazing home she deserves.
We're in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, and also an easy drive from Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Burlington, and Cary.
Here’s my general assessment than I sent to the shelter (they posted only an excerpt on their website due to limited space):
She’s eager to please, food motivated, handler focused – a joy to train! Since she’s been recovering from her spay, we haven’t had tons of time to work together; but even in the limited time we’ve had, she’s come so far. She’d probably be a good “first German Shepherd” but not a good “first dog” – she needs a handler with some experience who is willing to work with her, and a training class or two would be a great idea. She’s strong. She’s really nice on a leash, doesn’t care at all if people drive by us in cars, stop and talk to us, etc. but she’s reactive when she’s leashed and she sees other dogs. In those instances, she needs someone who can control, correct, and redirect her. She’s not a hard dog, but she needs someone committed to working with her. **
She’ll also need regular exercise. She has plenty of energy but seems to have a good “off switch” for house time, crate time, etc. I think she’d be a great hiking and camping buddy. She turns heads wherever she goes. People have actually pulled over to talk to us while I’ve been walking her, remarking on how beautiful a dog she is.
She gets along well with other dogs, but I wouldn’t recommend her for families with small children – at least not without further training.
We’ve been working on house manners, learning how to “settle” and play with toys by herself when we need some space. She’s learning to sit or lay down if she wants petted, instead of bouncing around like a maniac. She’s generally content to chew a bone on the floor by our feet, but she’ll get in your face if you let her – so her adopter will need to make sure she minds her manners. She’s a happy joyful dog who loves being around people and she is learning*HOW to be around people so it’s enjoyable for everyone.*
She’s good in a crate at night and while we’re at work, and she knows to go to the bathroom outside and does it quickly (so in that regard, she’d be a good fit for someone who doesn’t have a fenced yard). She’s teachable and has learned quickly what should be chewed and played with (nylabones, balls, stuffed toys) and what shouldn’t be bothered (shoes).
I guess it all boils down to this: She is the classic “diamond in the rough.” If her adopter is willing to teach her the things she doesn’t already know, she’ll learn quickly and she’ll mature into an amazing pet. I think her potential is huge. She WANTS to please you and she listens for, and takes, direction well. She’s very attentive: all I have to do is say her name and she immediately makes eye contact and comes over to see what I want. She is really sweet and really wonderful, and she’ll make a fantastic companion for someone. Whoever owned and abandoned her lost out on a seriously great dog.
Thanks so much, everyone!