I'm beautiful to look at
And wonderful to hold, But please don't adopt me
If you won't keep me 'til I'm old.
Good things come to those who wait.
The saying really is true.
Just give me a chance to be a good dog,
And I'll never stop loving you.
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Kennel Life Enrichment Fund(read more)
This fund is specifically designated to our dogs that are currently living in the kennel. Many of these dogs would greatly benefit from additional socialization throughout the week. Your donation contributes to daycare or other amenities available to the kennel dogs during their stay.
DESCRIPTION: Benjamin is a handsome black & red GSD. He is very friendly with both people and other dogs. Benjamin is in need of training, this will help him learn all that he needs to know and will also help create a bond with his new family. A firm leader will benefit him, along with both physical and mental exercise.
DESCRIPTION: Who's that mountain of a dog? That's Blaze! He's a strong, confident male with a gentle and sweet side of a big softy. Blaze loves to go for walks, play with dog toys, get belly rubs from his family. While he is very muscular and powerful, he does well on leash and listens to direction. Blaze has settled into his personality as a mature adult, and enjoys hanging out with other dogs and staying close to his person. Blaze just can't wait to meet his forever family!
DESCRIPTION: Bronco has not had a very good life. He has lived his life on a chain with his companion a Cocker Spaniel. They were not well cared for, never shown the love of humans, proper care or the comforts of a home. Brunco is a sweet, friendly and affectionate boy looking for a family who will show him that humans are good. He can become overly excited when playing and will be mouthy, this is why we recommend older children. He does take correction well. He will need a family with patience as he has so much too learn about being a good houseguest and proper dog manners. He has what it takes, he just needs a person to commit to his training.
Update: When Bronco arrived in our care we noticed he was favoring his leg and not using it that often. We had him seen by a specialist and it was discovered that he had a dislocated knee and on the same leg his hip was bad. Surgery was recommended to repair both.
Bronco underwent surgery for his knee and hip on Thursday 6/28/16. He is now recovering in a foster home on strict crate rest in order for everything to heal.
Bronco quickly stole the hearts of his Doctors and caregivers at the hospital. He is such a gentle soul, happy to meet anyone greeting them with tail wags. He rides well in a car, takes treats gently and loves to be pet. Ask to meet this very special boy.
DESCRIPTION: Bruno is a big handsome boy who is need of training to help him learn good leash manners, not to jump on people and to be a good canine citizen. He gets along well with other dogs, although he may be too exuberant in his play with some dogs. Training will certainly go along away in helping Bruno and his new family learn more about each other.
DESCRIPTION: Donovan along with his BFF Mac are looking for a new family and home. They are hoping that a family has room and enough love for both of them as they are very bonded. They are both very nice boys but somewhat confused as to why they are with us and not with their family. They lived with cats and got along fine. Do you have enough room in your hearts and home for Mac & Donovan.....if so ask to meet this great pair.
DESCRIPTION: Forrest cannot be any cuter and is absolutely a great little boy, happy go lucky and loves to give puppy kisses. Forrest has a lot to learn about being a good canine citizen and will require training. Please remember that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention from their family - puppies are a 10-12 year commitment. Puppies are full of energy and can be mischievous – they will whine, have accidents, get into things, and chew on inappropriate things. With time, patience, guidance and training, Forrest will become even more of an amazing boy than he already is. Please inquire if Forrest sounds like a good match for your family.
DESCRIPTION: Hemlock was very much loved by his family but his owner was deployed and his family looked to MAGSR to find Hemlock a loving and caring home. He is a beautiful boy who is very friendly with everyone he meets. He loves to play fetch, Frisbee and loves to cuddle. He has carpus valgus in his left front joint. It has been established that this condition most commonly occurs in rapidly growing medium to large breed dogs. Some evidence suggests male puppies are more likely to be affected by this condition. This condition does not stop Hemlock from running and playing and having fun. If you can provide this handsome boy a loving home please ask to meet Hemlock today.
Update: Hemlock was returned to MAGSR when his family could no longer care for him. Hemlock is a young and energetic dog who has now broken the plate in his leg causing turning of his leg again. MAGSR is working with surgeons to determine the best course of action for Hemlock so that he can move forward with his life with a new family. Hemlock's recovery will require time and patience and following a strict set of guidelines for any adopter. Please ask to meet Hemlock if he sounds like a good fit for your family.
Update: Hemlock (or ‘Lock, as his foster mom calls him) may have a crooked leg, but it doesn’t stop him from having fun! He is a high energy dog with a goofy personality and a lot to say! Playing with his Frisbee, swimming, going for long hikes, and riding in the car are some of his favorite activities. If you’re looking for a dog to share in your adventures, he’s your guy! As long as he gets his daily exercise, he will happily snuggle on the couch and watch TV with you (but much prefers to bring you toys so you can toss them). He loves to play with his foster fur sister, but sometimes gets a little jealous if he’s not the main focus. He knows many tricks, and would love to learn more! He’s still young, so does have to be reminded of the rules, and going to training will help with that. He’s potty trained and crate trained, but he rarely stays in his crate because he’s just so good in the house! If you can provide the patience, love, care, and commitment he deserves, please ask to meet him!
DESCRIPTION: Meet the adorable Kenya. He is a friendly boy but a little unsure as to why he lost his family and home. He lived with Glacier in his previous home, they got along well. We do not have any experience or knowledge of him with children and cats at this time. The comfort of a home and a loving family is just what Kenya needs, could you be his new family?
UPDATE:Kenya is now in a foster home and settling in nicely with his foster GSD sibling and foster parents. Kenya's foster parents call him "Kenny" and report that he is AWESOME!! Kenny has been doing great on the leash and is picking up basic training (I.e. Sit, down, stay, and "wait" when entering/exiting the house) very quickly. He is housebroken and does very well in the crate. Kenny loves playing outside with toys, his foster GSD brother and likes playing chase. He LOVES getting his head scratched and returns the love with hugs and cuddles next you on the floor. Ask to meet Kenny!
DESCRIPTION: This handsome, friendly boy was found as a stray and landed in a shelter. He is now anxiously waiting for a new home and family to spend the rest of his life with. Training, walks, playtime, hanging out and lots of love are on his agenda.
DESCRIPTION: Mac along with BFF Donovan are looking for a new family and home. They are hoping that a family has room and enough love for both of them as they are very bonded. They are both very nice boys but somewhat confused as to why they are with us and not with their family. They lived with cats and got along fine. Do you have enough room in your hearts and home for Mac & Donovan.....if so ask to meet this great pair.
DESCRIPTION: Max is a handsome boy who is very intelligent but it is evident he was not treated well in his previous situation. He is very shy and lacks confidence but has shown that he is very friendly with other dogs and they help him gain confidence. He is great with dogs of all sizes and he is even good with cats. He is shy especially with men but warms up slowly. He would do best in a home with older children as younger children's unpredictable movements startled him. Max is house broken and crate trained. Training will go a long way to benefit Max and help him build the bond with his people and gain confidence he lacks. He is a very sweet boy looking for someone to show him that not all people are bad. Once he bonds with you, he will be your forever best friend. Could Max be the dog for you?
UPDATE:Max has since been through a board and train program with Applejack K9 and attends weekly group classes in which he does very well. He excels in training and continues to learn new things each week. He will continue to go to lessons at Applejack K9 until he graduates. His obedience training the rescue paid for will be extended to whoever adopts him, which is an excellent perk of adopting Max. Max is obedience trained and knows sit, stay, down, come, heel, drop and crate. He has built up his confidence and is looking for a leader to show him that they are in control of the situation. He responds well to a strong handler and wants to please his person. He wants to be wherever his foster is and follows her like a shadow. He loves belly rubs, marrow bones, squeaky toys and cheese. His favorite past time is playing fetch and he will retrieve the ball and drop it right in front of your feet....so long as you have another ball ready to go for him to chase. He is a patient dog and doesn't mind just hanging out but absolutely loves to go on car rides. Max enjoys the comfort of his crate and will go in there on his own to sleep or just hang out. He would do best in a household without a lot of excitement since he feels the need to keep tabs on everyone all the time. Max tends to be protective which is a good quality, however, he needs to know when it is appropriate and when it is not which he is learning in his foster home. He continues to make his foster mom laugh daily at his antics and is a very affectionate and loyal dog who longs for a person or people to call his own. Ask to meet Max!
Sex: Male Breed: GSD Age: 6 months Color: Black & Tan Current Size: 49 lbs Potential Size: House Broken: Work in progress Obedience Trained: Work in progress Living With: Vet History: Owner Surrender
Good with Kids: Yes Good with Cats: Yes Other Dogs OK: Yes
Thank you to all of those who supported Mika:
Nexterus Inc - New Freedom, PA (07/20/16)
Gertrude Cannady - Baltimore, MD (07/17/16)
Albert Paul & Pamela Bowling - Riva, MD (07/17/16)
Paul Campbell - Washington, DC (7/15/16)
Thane Peters - Washington, DC (7/5/16)
William Teeter - Baltimore, MD (7/25/16)
Susan Jane Evers - Woodbridge, VA Medical Fund: "Chomper's Legacy" (8/3/16)
Melissa Lucas -
Carrollton, TX "In memory of my Holly, who was part German Shepherd, part Blue Heeler, all awesome :) Today marks 7 years since she left us, and I miss her every single day. Thank you guys for doing what you do to" (7/4/16)
Seema Zeya - Fairfax, VA "For Mika's medical care. Wishing you the best, little cutie. " (8/8/16)
Gloria Fuller - Edgewater, MD "Mika, love Gloria" (7/18/16)
Jill Burkoff - Owings Mills, MD "Please use these funds to help with Mika's medical expenses. Love, Jaylen, Jill, and Mike Burkoff" (7/18/16)
Annette Hishmeh -
Damascus, MD " In memory of Gunnar - you did not have the love I should have given you, please forgive me" (7/25/16)
Michael Miller -Mechanicsville, VA (7/24/16)
Luke VanBelleghem -Arlington, VA (10/2/16)
Cheryl Coneeny - Carneys Point, NJ (7/28/16)
Cathryn Locke-O'Hara -
Towson, MD (8/17/16)
Peggy Roeder - Lancaster, PA "For Mika's medical care in memory of my beautiful Molly." (8/12/16)
Nelly Warren - Hampstead, MD "This is for Mika...Get better." (9/29/16)
Gina Eliadis - Baltimore, MD"I hope that you can use this for Mika's medical treatment" (7/24/16)
Mary Highham -Alexandria, VA (7/24/16)
Susan Johnson -
Hagerstown, MD "For Mika's medical care" (8/17/16)
Lisa Fitzpatrick - Silver Spring, MD "In honor of Hannah and Lola, a MAGSR alumna. We hope Mika has a quick recovery and full, happy, healthy life." (11/10/17)
DESCRIPTION: Mika was surrendered to an emergency vet when it was discovered that he had come down with Parvo, a highly contagious viral disease and potentially life threatening. Parvo is an expensive virus that can be avoided if properly vaccinated. Mika is fighting for his life and currently receiving 24/7 medical care at an emergency vet where he will receive the best possible care. Should Mika survive this difficult virus, he will be able to move on and enjoy being a puppy. As is true of all puppies, Mika is cute and cuddly; he will require a lot of attention, time, and patience from his new family. He has a lot to learn and will need leadership and guidance in order to become a good canine citizen. He will get into things, chew on inappropriate things, have accidents, whine, and want lots of attention and love. Mika will need proper food and vet care for the rest of his life. In return, he will smother you in puppy kisses and cuddles while entertaining you with his puppy antics. If interested in Mika, please be sure you have the time and patience to raise a puppy and commit to him for his entire life.
DESCRIPTION: A neighbor found Sam tied to a tree after his family moved away and left him. Thankfully this good samaritan found him, had him seen by a vet then reached out to us to find Sam the home and family he deserves. Sam is somewhat skittish and needs a little time to be comfortable when meeting new people. Once he trusts you he becomes relaxed, enjoying walks and playtime. He will of course need his family to commit to training with him, this will help Sam become more socialized, build his confidence, learn all that he needs to know and of course create a strong bond with his family. Sam needs some work so please be sure you are able to devote the time that is required to help Sam move forward.
Update: Sam has spent the last few months in a board and train program. Sam came to us having not been well socialized, lacking confidence and fearful. The trainers have brought him a long way, but it is an ongoing process. Sam will require an experienced and knowledgeable GSD handler. It is also required that his new person continues with his training in order for Sam to continue on the right path. Sam does bond with his handler, but requires time to accept new people. If you are interested in Sam it is required that you meet him and follow the directions of his trainers at K9-Koncepts http://www.k9koncepts.com to ensure a good fit for all. If you would like more information on Sam we can put you in touch with his trainers.
Update:Sam is a very handsome, active 5 yr old altered male just reaching maturity. Sam is very sweet, but still shy - he will bond to his handler and definitely needs to be well exercised on a daily basis. Sam has completed basic obedience training, knows basic commands such as sit, down, come, & walks well on loose leash.
DESCRIPTION: Sherlock initially came to MAGSR, due to his owner’s health, from a home with other Shepherds and got along well with them. Over the last 18 months, Sherlock has been in a home without other dogs and has not interacted with other dogs, so it is unknown if he is still good with other dogs. Sherlock has a high prey drive and will chase rabbits and squirrels. Sherlock is friendly with the humans that he meets and is very active with a ton of energy, much more than expected for his age. Sherlock enjoys playing catch and swimming. Sherlock needs training, a strong handler (he’s a strong boy), and a strict regimen.
Over the last several months, MAGSR has treated Sherlock for a perianal fistula, of which treatment is coming to a close. Also, over the last several months, Sherlock has been receiving weekly laser treatments on his hips for severe arthritis. His arthritis has not slowed this boy down at all, but the laser treatments have helped him to be more comfortable so he can continue to play. Continuing future laser treatments, while they may be bi-weekly or only monthly, will be key in providing Sherlock continued relief from his arthritis and comfort going forward.
Sherlock is waiting to meet his fur-ever family that will commit to his needs for his lifetime. Please set up an appointment to meet Sherlock if he sounds like a good match for your family.
DESCRIPTION: Steiger is a large young pup who has had no training or direction in his life. He is a blank slate and would benefit greatly from training with his new family. All dogs benefit from having boundaries set and a good pack leader. Steiger wants to learn and needs your help so that he can be a good canine citizen. He is still pretty much a puppy at only 10 months old so he will need patience and time to settle into a routine and his new home.
DESCRIPTION: Teddy is a sweet boy who unfortunately made his way to MAGSR because one of his owners passed away and the other was unable to take care of him any longer. Teddy is so confused right now, but not to worry because he is in a loving foster home. Teddy is looking for a home that can provide him with the love he needs to help him move on with his life with a new family. Please inquire if Teddy sounds like a good match for your family.
“Bonnie and Clyde” tearing up my soggy backyard this morning.
DESCRIPTION: Tobey is a high energy and enthusiastic boy and just loves to run and run. Tobey has pretty good leash manners, crates very well, loves to run along with his handler and just loves the resident dogs in his foster home. Tobey is trusting of dogs but cautious around new people and in new situations. Tobey needs a patient handler to help him build a little confidence in his handsome self. Please inquire if Tobey sounds like a good match for your family.
DESCRIPTION: Toby made his way to MAGSR after a kind soul discovered him at a shelter and knew he deserved a chance at a forever home. Having moved around a bit in order to make his way to MAGSR Toby is, understandably, a little unsure about his new circumstances. However, he is slowly warming up to his foster family and we know over time his full personality will shine. As a young and energetic pup, Toby is your typical GSD - he enjoys playing, leaning into his people, and head and neck rubs. Toby will require guidance, training, and continued patience as he develops into a good canine citizen; however, he already has a good start as he is housebroken and is currently crate training. Toby is an intelligent pup who wants to follow the direction of his handler. He is quickly picking up a few commands and is learning how to walk on leash when participating in daily walks with his foster siblings. Although Toby is learning about pack life with his furry foster siblings, he does require slow introductions to new dogs at this time as he lacks confidence. We are sure that over time with training and socialization, Toby will develop into an amazing dog.
UPDATE: It's amazing what a few weeks in a foster home can do for a young, energetic pup. Toby has been very busy lately learning about what it is to be a good canine citizen. Thrilled to try anything that involves a high value treat, Toby has learned many of his basic commands. At this time, Toby knows - sit, stay, down, crate, out, and off. As he has developed many of his commands, Toby has increased his confidence and has become more comfortable within the community. In addition to basic commands, Toby has also been developing his leash manners. As Toby has made significant progress in this area as well, he is now jogging a few miles with a couple times a week. On days when Toby doesn't go for a run, he is thrilled to take a long walk and then play fetch. Activities such as these have helped Toby burn his puppy energy in a constructive manner. When activities are all done, Toby is happy to settle down with his foster family and chew on a bone or snuggle up for a few extra cuddles. If this fun-loving guy sounds like the right match for your household, please inquire about him today.
DESCRIPTION: Tye once had a family of his own we he peacefully lived with children, dogs and cats. When his family moved Tye was not included, so he found himself at a shelter. Tye would love to once again have the comforts of a home and the love of a forever family.
Update: Unfortunately, Tye was returned to us as once in the adopters home he was showing behaviors we had not seen. Although he had lived with children and another dog prior to being surrendered, once in his new home he did not seem to do well with the neighborhood children. Tye is now back in our care, our volunteers are spending more time with him.
DESCRIPTION: Ziggy is a very handsome black GSD. He is friendly with other dogs and people, he has lived with children in the past ages between 4-14 years old. He is housebroken and crate trained. Ziggy has no leash manners and will jump and pull on the leash, he was not leashed walk much in his previous home, so training will go a long way. Ask to meet this big handsome boy.