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HEATHER 07-03-10


 ADOPTED ON 7/3/10 – Please let us introduce you to HEATHER, an under two-year-old stunningly gorgeous 75 pound female purebred German Shepherd who heralds the breed’s finest characteristics of incredible intelligence, deep devotion and loving loyalty to its human family along with a noble and strong physique of pure regal presence. HEATHER is clearly happiest when she’s around people who cherish her. What’s more, this special dog also truly savors other dogs of all shapes and sizes. And cats? Well, if they run in her presence, she might make one lope toward them, but that’s about it: no prey drive to speak of that arouses her curiosity to entice her to chase, fortunately — and she’s had many a chance to catch one or two, but doesn’t bother.

Currently, this beautiful cream-colored GSD, HEATHER, with a subdued saddle-shaped black shield gracing her long lean body with flowing lines is being fostered with SEVEN other dogs — 2 other big beautiful shepherds and four small dogs of various genders and breed mixes with a wonderfully compassionate veterinarian and her animal-loving family. Our seasoned and equally compassionate trainer (who has over 40 years’ experience working with dogs in a variety of settings) rescued HEATHER just 30 minutes prior to being euthanized at a high kill shelter in Magnolia Springs, AL, and it was such a good choice, clearly — because this is ONE SPECTACULAR DOG! All who are graced to know HEATHER can’t help but agree! Frankly, it’s such a delightful sight to see her foster family trot with all seven of the dogs in their care to Mobile Bay and let the dogs swim in the water, frolic and romp happily to get relief from the high heat and all play so casually and carefree. Heather also greets all the other dogs and children and families she meets on her daily walks/swims (HEATHER LOVES THE WATER) with such glee; she’s just one HAPPY DOG who, true to the breed, wants to do whatever it takes to make her humans happy. In exchange, all Heather — like most dogs — really asks is for love and appropriate leadership so she can continue to be the well-balanced and contented dog that she has become in our care. Given a job — whether it’s watching the kids or keeping the other dogs in check or retrieving a ball or walking with you faithfully — Heather is happiest!

Our rescue took great care to treat Heather for Heartworm, and she’s now completely vetted and totally ready for adoption. Fortunately, she had no clinical symptoms of the dastardly worms in her heart and she’s enjoying strong health and is up to date on all her vaccinations, monthly preventions and is altered. Heather walks extraordinarily well on leash, knows her commands and is so methodical in her thought process, so typical of German Shepherds. Her trainer reported that it took her only five minutes to learn sit, stay, and “back-up” commands upon first entering our rescue. She’s just that BRIGHT and EAGER to please and fun to train! We all like to watch HEATHER prance in her cat-like walk as she’s so extraordinarily alert. According to our trainer and her foster, “HEATHER misses NOTHING. That pivoting regal head of hers with those erect ears on her regal head turn at the slightest of sounds and she’s got the keen intelligence that makes her an outstanding companion on every level.” Like most German Shepherds, Heather is initially aloof to strangers, but totally engaged with her family — human and canine! She’s particularly fond of females though she warms up well to men as well. What’s interesting about HEATHER is that when she plays — it’s ALL PLAY — and then when she’s relaxing, she’s so laid-back and relaxed! The committee has voted, she’s just GREAT! We also like to watch HEATHER when she’s got her toys out and about — she LOVES balls, stuffed animals — you name it — and she LOVES getting the smaller dogs to play with her, nudging them with her nose, trying to instigate them into some rip-roaring fun! Pretty darn cute, really! We’re just not sure if it’s more adorable than watching HEATHER roll onto her belly for luxurious pats of love! HEATHER is just as sweet as can be!

German Shepherds have long been a very revered breed, and with good reason. They are so versatile and wonderful, with a long history and lineage. During WWI German Shepherds were used to carry messages across the enemy lines and also used as search dogs to find wounded soldiers on the battlefield or as guard dogs protecting rear areas of combat. In fact, German Shepherds were also the first breed used to guide the blind. In Germany, Germany Shepherds were trained to aid the blinded World War I veterans to return to society. And not much has changed today — they are the number one breed used in law enforcement and the military and still are widely regarded as brilliant search and rescue and seeing eye dogs. But they truly are also prized as the MOST LOVING AND DEVOTED CANINE COMPANIONS EVER! And that’s HEATHER — the bond that exists with her next family will be the most REAL AND LASTING AND LOVING ONE EVER because that’s just innately WHO THIS DOG IS. HEATHER’S ideal home will be one where she can get the physical and mental exercise required for a German Shepherd. And because Heather has a slight storm phobia, she will need to have a constant companion around — whether it be another dog or hopefully a human. She’s not destructive in any manner, but she is quite concerned when the Southern storms — with their blaring BOOMS and CLAPS of THUNDER and lightening that can happen at least five times a day during the summer months. It’s why a Northern home is so much more desirable for HEATHER as the reduced storms from the intense humidity and the Gulf Stream will make for a much happier dog! Fortunately, though, she’s just looking for her human and isn’t hyper or destructive — just scared, and it’s likely because she was so used to being outside during the inclement weather prior to coming into our rescue, and that can’t be fun at all. We fully expect her to improve when she’s living in an area without such prevalent storms. All she seeks is the comfort of another dog or to lay her head on your lap when the storms approach. We’re grateful it’s not an intensely negative reaction, but it’s still heart-wrenching to see this gorgeous and regal queen so discombobulated by the weather! REGARDLESS, she’s perfect in every way, and we’re confident that HEATHER will make some lucky German-Shepherd adoring family tremendously happy! It goes without saying that HEATHER is a really special dog that we are totally committed to finding the perfect forever home. As she likes kids of all sizes and shapes and dogs of all sizes and shapes, we truly are looking for a home where she can be savored for the special German Shepherd she truly is . . . there are many happy memories in her future! And we’re all proud to be part of her re-homing, ever grateful for wonderfully warm adopters willing to consider making a difference to this VERY DESERVING DOG, HEATHER

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RDVG wants to provide you with as much information as we can because some of our mix breeds you might not be familiar with. The below section on “About the Breed” offers information on some of the Breed Characteristics, Children & Pets, Behavior and Personality, Temperament and more.

It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

Children & Pets

Animal Behavior Guidelines

Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

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Age 2 Years
Life Average
Sex Female
Weight 71-80lbs
Location Belchertown MA
Breed German Shepherd
Purebred German Shepherd
Altered Yes
Fee 500
Dogs Yes
Cats Yes
House Learning
Energy High
Fence Yes
Crate Yes
Leash Yes
Car Yes
Email rescueguardianvillage@yahoo
Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.