Please note that Furlife German Shepherd Rescue has taken this girl in and now we need help placing her. She is currently in boarding. She is fine with all animals. VERY sweet girl! Unfortunatly we took her in because we could not stand to see her put down, now, we need to place her because if something serious happens, we will not have the funds to support her because we have several other dogs in rescue right now. It was a last minute decision because the owner was going to have her put down asap. Please help us! You can email us at [email protected]
. I am not quite sure of how to post her pictures so I dont know if they wll post correctly. Below is the bio from her previous owner:
Roxy is a spayed female German Shepherd about 12-14 years old (according to the vets at Sangaree Animal Hospital where she gets her care) whom I adopted in 2002 from a coworker in Annapolis MD when he had to move into housing that did not permit pets. He had obtained Roxy from the Anne Arundel County animal shelter. Her history before that time is unknown to me. I believe she was subject to good training as a young dog. The reason I am seeking a home for her is that I am due to be transferred to the Middle East in the very near future and will be there for two years. There is no place for Roxy in that environment. I spent 2008 in the Middle East and Roxy stayed with a foster family during that time. Unfortunately that family is not in a position to care for Roxy this time. While I do not think Roxy is a good candidate for adoption due to her age, she is a sweet dog who deserves to live the rest of her life well supported in comfort and safety. If those conditions could not be assured then I think the only other option would be euthanasia, a most undesirable choice.
Other than the expected fragility of old age Roxy is generally healthy according to the vet, who performed an extensive evaluation, with labs, not long ago. Several years ago she developed some urinary incontinence, treated successfully with Proin twice a day. The Proin was stopped several months ago and the urinary problem did not return. She is continent for up to 12 hours, which is pretty amazing, I think. Her bowel movements are regular, and she is very good about notifying me when she needs to go out. She is a restless night sleeper, often getting up and padding around the house before settling in one location or another. She is not destructive of furniture or personal property. She has been known to forage in kitchen trash, however, so I learned early on to use a stainless steel trash can with a lid, and though she knows how to depress the lever to operate the lid, she has not disturbed the contents of the can. During the day, when I am at work, Roxy is at home, confined in the dining area, which is pretty spacious. She had been crated by her previous owner and apparently tolerated that well. She eats Blue Buffalo sweet potato and fish formula dry food (1 scoop twice a day) as she had been bothered by dermatitis some years back; she does not have dermatitis now, though she has two lesions on her left hind leg from licking, that the vet has evaluated. My husband got her started on having a raw chicken liver atop her food twice a day and she loves that. She takes Heartgard monthly and also Comfortis for flea prevention. I must note that she cannot climb a full flight of stairs easily, though she can go up a few, such as up to a front door.
Roxy has never been playful, ever. In her younger days she would try to chase squirrels while out walking, but she doesn't do that now. She walks slowly but deliberately, and seems to enjoy walks. She gets along with small dogs extremely well (there have been miniature Dachshunds and a miniature Pinscher in the house in the past), and she has lived with cats quite peaceably all her days with me. I do not know if she has ever been around small children, so I cannot tell how she would behave. I do not let neighborhood children come near her on walks as I am not sure how she would handle that. She used to bark at strangers and odd noises, but she does not do that now. She is quite docile in her current environment.
I can't say that Roxy is overtly loving in her behavior, though I get the sense that she likes me. She makes eye contact and I swear I have seen her smile at times. I know that sounds crazy, but that's what it looked like. She likes to be petted and she seems to ejoy going to the groomer (we use PetSmart). She is calm at the vet and gets along with everyone. She likes to ride in the car, though she has to be lifted in and out now. Needless to say she is current on all vaccinations.
In short, I have enjoyed her company these past eight years and she has been a good dog. I would not want her to have pain or discomfort or any harshness of any kind. I think she might be well-suited for an older couple who wanted a mature and well-behaved dog.