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POSTED 10/12

CONTACT: Phone: (270) 842-8572 Email: [email protected] Deana Wehr Rescue/Transport Coordinator [email protected]

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Petfinder Adoptable Dog | German Shepherd Dog | Bowling Green, KY | Grizzley~Urgent~



Grizzley~Urgent~

German Shepherd Dog Mix: An adoptable dog in Bowling Green, KY

Extra Large • Adult • Male

***Thanks to BJ Austin, part of Grizzley's adoption fee has already been paid! That means that now he can go home FULLY VETTED for only 65.00! Thanks, BJ!***

Intake Date 9/22:
Available Date: 9/27
Intake Reason: Stray
Approx Age: 3 yrs
Approx Weight: 60 lbs
Good w/ other dogs: Yes
Good w/ cats: Not yet been tested
Good w/ Children: Yes
Housebroken: Unknown
Known health issues: n/a
Adoption fee: $85 6+ months, $95 less than 6 months
The bright glow of this boys golden eyes offers a glimpse into the deapths of his heart of gold. They beg you to stop and offer words of encouragement, yearning for comfort, and acceptance. At first you think this dog is like any other dog, but then you step into his kennel.
Once in his kennel, kneel down, and make eye contact, and you will see, this is no average dog.
This boy is special, his nudge, his kiss, makes you forget all that is going on around you.
He yerns to be loved, he watches the dogs around him, and listens, trying to understand what it is that dogs are suppose to do, what they are suppose to be.
We have no idea what this boy has been through, we only know that he turned up as a stray. It is obvious though that he has been through some traumatic experiences. Someone or something in his life has made him very scared, and very untrusting of people.
We have been working with Grizzley to build up his trust, hoping that soon he will see that people can be wonderful, that we can offer him love and friendship.
Grizzley needs a family that is patient and willing to continue building up trust, and a family that has a fenced yard. A family that is experienced with german shepards would be ideal. At this point Grizzley cannot have a leash put on him, it causes him to go into a panic attack, and he fears we are trying to hurt him.
Those who have spent time with Grizzley can see all that he has to offer, all of the potential inside of him. We just hope that someone out there can see that potential in his eyes just as we do. We hope that someone comes along soon, the shelter is very full right now and doesn't have the room to continue to give one dog a whole kennel when there are many more dogs coming in the door everyday.
Please give this boy a chance, there is no doubt that he is a dimond in the rough. One day he will be a shinning star, with the dark days of fearing people a distant memory. He only needs that one person out there, that one special person that is just as special as he is to step forward and teach him about the bond between man and man's best friend.
 

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Still listed. Thank you for networking.
As Rebel said, to get this description, he must have touched people at the shelter deeply. These eyes.
 

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Beautiful Grizzley is still listed.
 

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Thank you so much, Rebel, for talking with the shelter staff, for finding out more about Grizzley and about Jimmy, and for sharing the information. I am very impressed with them, too, for their compassionate and competent work under most challenging circumstances.

Black Puppy, what scares you about the picture? This is what I see in the pics: Ears are relaxed, pupils are not dilated (if the dog is fearful or otherwise agitated with little give to strike, the pupils are very wide), eyes while not squinty soft are still soft and not at all hard. He looks at the camera person, but without threat, seems to be thinking what to expect from this person, between resignation and a sliver of hope, a very moving combination. That's at least how I read the picture.

Black dogs (and kitties) can look scary to many people, and the wolfie colored eyes might be unusual. That's probably why they have the least chance of adoption, especially large black dogs. I personally find him stunningly beautiful, the combination of amber eye color and black coat color gorgeous, and mostly, I love his thoughtful and kind expression. Just judging from the picture, I can see why the staff love him.

Btw, when I evaluate shelter dogs, the ones that are most challenging to me are perhaps the completely matted little dogs. You don't see a face, you don't see eyes, ears also overgrown, the body one thick mop. All you can go by is body tension and carriage, to the extent you can sense it with a mop. And then carefully but not hesitantly move towards muzzle check etc. Sometimes there isn't even a table to put him on in a pound, you have to crouch down. I much prefer a large shepherd of any color as a dog to evaluate, but the little guy with the matted coat deserves a chance to be seen just as much...
 

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Yep, agree :). Parameters such as ear position, hard/soft eyes, tail carriage, tension, etc. are readily intersubjective, observers will usually agree. But when it comes to what an expression might mean to the dog himself, such as boredom or resignation with a bit of hope, there is speculation and projection, and we get many differing perceptions, especially just from a pic.

Hope he'll make it out alive, and soon!
 

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I talked to the shelter both about Grizzley ... At this time it would be very hard to transport him so they are working on getting him used to the leash and walking.
Tarheel, so great that you offered him a home! Rebel posted that he isn't ready for transport yet and the shelter staff is working with him and a trainer on getting him used to a leash. Spooking and getting lost on a potty break during transport might be a concern, plus the stress as long as he petrifies when leashed.
Iffff he has more than one suitable offer for a home, they might choose what looks like the least stressful transition for him. Ifff. He continues to be listed as Urgent.
 

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Handsome man Grizzley is still listed.
 

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Carole, There are three options: the slip lead, the box trap, the catch pole. If a dog is trusting enough to come close and walk into the noose of a slip lead but then panics and tries to bolt, it tightens and chokes him, and he'll be wary of a lead next time. If a stray dog will not walk into the 'noose' of a slip lead, either a box trap or a catch pole is used. The catch pole usually leaves a dog traumatized.

There are 'humane' approaches to using a catch pole in the least traumatizing way, but it takes training, and training costs money. Sometimes the catch pole is the only way to capture a stray dog if the dog is in an area where a box trap cannot be set safely.

I don't know how Grizzley was brought to the shelter, but those are the options.

I hope he is learning that people with leashes can be a good thing to happen, and will find a foster or forever home soon.
 

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I just checked his PF listing and it says 'Grizzley~pending'!
Fingers crossed that he will indeed get out. Let's keep him under 'urgent' for now.
 

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From the shelter page:

UPDATE:
Grizzley has come a very long way since he first arrived at the shelter! We are so thankful to Dogs Day Out, our favorite doggie daycare and training facility who have fallen in love with Grizzley just as we have. They have taken on Grizzley to train him, and teach him all the things that he has never known! So as of 11/11/10 Grizzley is not at our facility. We cannot wait to see how far this boy has come after spending time with the wonderful trainers at Dogs Day Out. We will update with more information when he has completed his stay at Dogs Day Out!
 

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PF listing says 'Adopted'! Happy Thanksgiving in your new home, Grizzley!

Jax08, to my knowledge, this was all the shelter's work. They prove what a shelter can do even under most difficult circumstances. Thanks to the wonderful shelter staff!

PS To continue their work, they need all the help they can get. So many carelessly produced dogs and cats enter their shelter every day...
 
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