My wife and I have been talking about adding a third to our pack for a while now, and we knew we wanted to get a GSD. We also knew we wanted him/her to be a rescue/adoption, as apposed to a new puppy.
Well my wife stumbled across an ad on craigslist which ended in us bringing home Lucia, a 20 month old female GSD yesterday. She is very sweet and only appears to show very small amounts of anxiety (which is understandable... she did just leave the only place and people she ever knew.)
Lucia's owners had gotten her for their teen-aged daughter, clearly not thoroughly understanding the amount of time she would require. She was left outside and only shown minimal amounts of attention in passing.
When we got Lucia home, we walked her around our 2 acres and then brought her inside. We let her explore a little and then crated her immediately. She has come out three times in the last 15 hours or so. This is our 1st time with a rescue and I have soo many questions.
Firstly, she has yet to take even a nibble from her kibble. (The owners had thrown her scraps, but she is by no means underweight.) Is she just in a grieving/transitional time and will eat when she's ready?
Secondly, Lucia doesn't like treats. I've tried like 3 or 4 different kinds of treats and she doesn't take them. (tied to the no eating??)
Thirdly, out female lab seems to want to meet her, but our male lab/basset is showing aggression (growls/snarls). We have kept her separate from them.
I have tons more questions, but I think those are the pressing issues for now and would appreciate ANY advice/ideas.