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Apollo's owner loved him greatly but struggled to keep him safe and in the household. As a result, Apollo spent too much time wandering about the neighborhood and checking in with the neighbors. Unfortunately, this resulted in too many trips to animal control. Due to his frequent visits, Animal Control decided that Apollo would be safer if he moved forward with a new family.
Apollo is a big, sweet guy. Although it is clear that he has not had a lot of structure prior to his arrival, he is a quick learner and seems to prefer a calm yet confident handler. Apollo has lived with a couple of cats and has done well with them. He seems unaffected by their presence and is calm with them around. Having met a variety of dogs in his travels, Apollo has made it clear that he can live peacefully with another dog. However, he is not a big fan of high-energy dogs who get in his face. We can't blame him for setting his boundaries. Apollo is looking for a forever home that will provide him with the guidance and routine that will help him thrive. He will benefit greatly from training with his new family. This will not only help him bond to his new family but it will also help him develop the skills needed to become a good canine citizen. If your household is looking for a big, laid back guy, ask to meet Apollo today!Update:
Apollo continues to be a laid back and affectionate guest. As you can tell by the shot of him on my bed he is one LARGE bed warmer but space can be at a premium. He enjoys several walks a day and averages between two and three miles, which may account for his being laid back most of the day. As the weather has gotten cooler he tends to spend less time lounging in the back yard and more time on his day bed or on the rug. He now beats me to bed, but does give me room to get in! He is almost like a GSD in that he will follow you from room to room and as the other shot shows, he will put his head up on the corner of your chair to make sure you know he is there. Other than occasionally getting a little testy with oncoming strange dogs while on walks, he takes correction well and we are working on it. He is just a good buddy and has made a boatload of friends around the neighborhood.
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Beaker is a big, handsome guy who has moved around a bit lately. Although his most recent home hoped to keep him forever, it was discovered that he was a little too interested in the horses of the farm where he lived. In the interest of keeping him and the horses safe, his family decided that it would be best if he found a family with different circumstances. Wanting to ensure that Beaker found a safe and loving forever family, they surrendered Beaker to MAGSR. We promised we would find this big guy an amazing home.
Beaker is in many ways your typical GSD. He is intelligent, inquisitive about his surroundings, and observant. When first meeting new people he is friendly but takes a little time to let his full personality shine. However, given some time to adjust, Beaker enjoys a good lean-in and chin scratches. Although we do not know much about his past, we know that Beaker's future is bright. Beaker is looking for an active household that will provide him with the structure, routine, and leadership that all GSDs crave. He responds well to a calm and patient handler and seems to take cues nicely. Although he is still learning basic commands, Beaker is responsive and is likely to pick up expectations quickly. Training is critical to Beaker success. Not only will training help Beaker create a strong, healthy bond with his forever family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen. Beaker is looking for a family that will commit to him for a lifetime. Could that family be you?
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Joyful Cooper has been moved about a few times in his young life. However, he was lucky that the right people stepped in and recognized that a young, social guy like him would thrive in a household that had the time and energy to work with him. So, they brought Cooper to a local shelter where staff members fell in love with this interactive guy. Although Cooper easily won over the hearts of the shelter team, they recognized that he would be most successful if he found placement through a rescue. When we heard about Cooper's need for placement, we immediately welcomed him to the MAGSR family.
Cooper is an interactive and social boy. He clearly has had the opportunity to interact with others throughout his puppyhood. Although Cooper definitely has a great start, continued socialization is imperative to his success as an adult. Typical of most young GSDs, Cooper has a lot of energy. It will be essential that Cooper's family exercise his body and his mind on a daily basis. This will help him maintain a stable and confident mindset. Although Cooper is still very young, he has already begun to learn some basic commands. His intelligence, willingness to please, and his food motivation makes him a great student. Cooper will excel in training class. Training will not only help Cooper develop a strong and healthy bond with his family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen that we know that he is destined to be. Cooper is looking for a loving and active household who will love him for a lifetime. Could this be with you?Update:
Cooper has been with us for a little over a week, and he is already running with our pack of two GSDs, Nala and Vader. He clearly looks up to Vader, and he desperately wants to win over Nala (who is not as friendly as Vader!). He has had no issues socializing with Nala and Vader, and he would play with Vader 24/7 if Vader would relent and do so. He has boundless energy, but he is, thankfully, good at entertaining himself. He enjoys chewing all shapes, sizes, and types of bones and tugging on the tuffy toy rings. He is starved for love and comes by regularly for pets and snuggles when we are sitting on the couch.
Cooper came to us after a few weeks of formal training, and he knows and understands his commands. Temptation sometimes get the best of him, but he gets back in line easily when he is corrected. He is housebroken and can tell you when he needs to go out (he paces in a circle or scratches the door), and he sleeps in our mudroom at night (gated in) with no barking or other issues. He walks fairly well on the leash. He is occasionally reactive to another dog, but it is clearly fear rather than aggression. He is a voracious eater, which is good news because he needs to gain some weight!
The original description uses the best word we can think of for Cooper – he is joyful. Despite his rough start in life, he is a happy, easygoing, loving, playful dog. Any family would be lucky to have Cooper.
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Sweet Freddie was picked up as a stray and brought to a shelter in southern Virginia. Found at a local elementary school playing with all the children on the playground, everyone knew that Freddie was a special guy. Although they did everything they could to help him move forward, unfortunately, the shelter that he arrived at lacked the resources to meet his needs. As a result, dogs with medical needs, like Freddie, often do not receive the care and attention they need. Recognizing that Freddie needed more than they could give, shelter staff immediately began networking Freddie hoping a rescue could step in to help. When the shelter reached out about Freddie, our team immediately started working together to find a loving foster home for this handsome guy. Freddie, like so many seniors, had limited options at the shelter, but he deserved the dignity of living out his golden years in comfort and safety. We are excited and honored to be able to step up and welcome Freddie into the MAGSR family.
Freddie is a sweet, interactive, and intelligent guy. It is highly evident that somewhere along the lines he was socialized with people and other animals. Although we do not know anything about his past, we are excited about his future. Freddie is living with a loving and experienced foster family that has welcomed many seniors over the years. He is enjoying the comforts of a loving home, regular meals, and a warm bed. Still learning the ins and outs of his current home, Freddie is adjusting to the new routines. He will need time to adjust to his forever home as well. As is true of GSDs of all ages, Freddie will thrive in an environment that provides him with structure, routine, and leadership. Training will go a long way for this guy. Not only will it help him develop a strong and healthy bond with his forever family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen.
Having joined the rescue family, we have been able to begin providing Freddie with the vetting care he has needed to move forward. Unfortunately, we have learned that Freddie is heartworm positive. This prognosis could have been avoided if Freddie's family had kept him on preventatives. Although treatment is expensive, this social guy is beyond worth the cost. Freddie's entire heartworm treatment will be covered by MAGSR. Donations toward his care are greatly appreciated as this will help us not only help this handsome guy but they will also help us continue to support medical dogs in need. Freddie will need to take it easy over the next couple months while he completes his treatment. However, this will help him develop a healthy bond with his forever family. If Freddie sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet him today.
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Mr. Herman is a beautiful, mild-mannered, somewhat quiet and timid gentleman from the south. We know little about Herman, as he was an owner-surrender due to their inability to properly care for and intervene with his separation anxiety and fearfulness of younger humans. Unfortunately, all of this commotion has left poor Herman very confused, and as a result, he seems to be a little quieter than usual. As days pass, Mr. Herman is slowly realizing he is being cared for and is beginning to come out of his shell. So far, this young and healthy fella has been wonderful with other dogs, adults and older children who understand boundaries.
As with any young GSD, Herman would do very well in a home with a person or family who is familiar or is eager to teach him the ways of a true GSD by implementing structure, boundaries, routines and consistency. He is learning the ropes of what is required to be an obedient side-kick, how to walk nicely on a leash, and basic manners, but could use the structured training and continued guidance of how a GSD gentleman from the south should act!
Herman does love the attention and respect, and would be happy to show you he can be a good boy, but doesn’t want you to miss any time spent with him. For that reason, he will need to be safely tucked away if you plan to leave, possibly with a mind-blowing puzzle of treats to hold him over until you’re able to snuggle him again!
Herman would thrive in a home with a person or family who is familiar with or is eager to learn the ways of a true GSD - structure, boundaries, routines and consistency. Herman would be eternally grateful for the rescue, love and structure. In return, your face will be adorned with mostly sloppy kisses and a shadow in the shape of a handsome GSD. If this sounds like the perfect companion to your household, then ask to meet Herman today!
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Kirby is a gorgeous, light colored young and healthy GSD who did very well in his previous home. We know a little about Kirby, as he was an owner-surrender due to COVID hitting this family particularly hard and unavoidable changes in the household. For Kirby’s former family, this was an incredibly heartbreaking and difficult decision to make, but they knew they weren’t able to provide the life Kirby once knew and deserved. They wanted to do what is best for him and brought Kirby to us. Unfortunately, all of this commotion has left poor Kirby very confused, and as a result, he is reserved and unsure.
Young Kirby will need some extra time decompressing as he realizes that he is truly loved and the right family is near. He would thrive in a home with a person or family who is familiar or is eager to teach him the ways of being a good GSD; structure, boundaries, routines, consistency and love.
Kirby would be eternally grateful for the rescue, love and structure. In return, your face will be adorned with mostly sloppy kisses and a shadow in the shape of a handsome GSD. If this sounds like the perfect companion to your household, then ask to meet Kirby today!
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Mattis was adopted out as a puppy from MAGSR. He attended puppy classes and grew into a big and intelligent guy. Mattis' family could no longer provide him with the type of care, attention, and living conditions that he needed to thrive. As a result, he was returned to the MAGSR so that we could find him the perfect forever family. We promised Mattis that we would find the right place for him as he moves forward.
Mattis is a big, handsome, and intelligent guy. Unfortunately, his medical needs were not addressed as expected so he arrived back in our care needing some support. With unaddressed skin issues, Mattis was very uncomfortable and required immediate veterinary support. We have begun working with our amazing vetting partners to help soothe Mattis' skin and bring him relief. He is receiving medication and baths and is already showing improvements. As we determine the root cause of Mattis' skin condition, we will make sure that he remains comfortable moving forward.
Having lived in a household, Mattis understands many of the ins and outs of living in a home. He is housebroken and crate trained. However, as is true of any new dog, he will need time to adjust to the expectations and routines of his forever family. With some more prominent classic GSD traits, such as guarding of the property, Mattis will thrive in a home that provides him with structure, routine, and leadership. Clearly responsive to a calm and confident handler, Mattis is looking for a more experienced household that understands the breed. Although we are beginning to provide Mattis with an understanding of basic commands, it is essential that his forever family takes him to training. Training will not only help Mattis develop into a good canine citizen, but it will also help him develop a strong, healthy bond with his forever family. Mattis is looking for a loving and active household that will keep him safe and loved. Could that family be you?
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Handsome Motley was picked up as a stray at the end of the summer and brought to a local shelter where he tested positive for parvo. Fortunately, he was transferred to an emergency vet quickly, and he received the life-saving care he needed. As a parvo survivor, Motley is a superpup, he can never contract the disease again.
Having survived, it seemed that things were looking up for Motley. He was placed in a loving foster home through the shelter and started training. While working through training, his foster family noticed that Motley was uncomfortable when getting into a sit position and asked the shelter to look into things. Recognizing that Motley deserved every chance at an incredible life, the shelter had Motley checked out and discovered that he has hip dysplasia. Although hip dysplasia can often be kept in check with diet, balanced exercise, joint supplements, and thoughtful play options, there are also cases where surgery is needed. Knowing that Motley deserved the best, the shelter began looking for rescue placement to ensure that Motley could get the care he needed to move forward. MAGSR knew Motley was special and welcomed him to the family.
Motley is a sweetheart. He is friendly, affectionate, and interactive. He enjoys the company of his people and other animals. Motley's foster family did have kids, dogs, and cats. Motley was adored by everyone, but he was known to chase the cats. Motley is looking for a forever family that will provide him with the structure, routine, and leadership that all shepherds crave. This will help him develop into a stable and balanced canine citizen. Our team is working with our amazing vetting partners to ensure that Motley gets any additional care needed to address his dysplasia. Donations toward Motley's medical care are needed. Please consider donating to Motley's care as this will not only help him move forward, but it will also help us continue to support medical dogs in need. As we learn more about Motley's plan, we will provide updates. Motley is looking for a forever family that will cherish him for a lifetime. Could that family be you?
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Handsome Schnapps was picked up as a stray and brought to a local shelter. Although he waited for his family to come and claim him, when no one arrived, shelter staff began looking for rescue placement. With limited shelter staff and volunteers available to work with Schnapps, they knew he would be most successful if placed within a rescue. When MAGSR heard of Schnapp's need, we welcomed him to the family.
Schnapps is a very large, driven boy. As a young guy, Schnapps has good energy. It is essential that he is placed in a household that can exercise both his mind and his body on a daily basis. With high ball drive, Schnapps is hoping that his forever family is looking to strengthen their throwing arm as he would be happy to play ball on a daily basis. True of the breed, Schnapps will require a home that can provide him with the structure, routine, and leadership that all GSDs need. As Schnapps embodies many of the typical breed traits, he would also be best placed in a household with breed experience. Training is critical for Schnapps as it will help him not only bond to his new family but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen. Motivated by both treats and the ball, Schnapps should be the star of the training class. Schnapps is looking for an active forever family that will continue to support him as he develops into a stable and confident adult, could this be with you?Update:
Schnapps is making good progress in his foster home. The young Mr. Schnapps is a very handsome, smart, exuberant, and large GSD, who arrived at MAGSR with way more energy and drive than he knew what to do with. Evidently in his early days, he probably was not dissuaded from the notion that maximizing his innate tendencies to be pushy, mouthy, and noisy was the way to get what he wanted – but the net result was a confused and anxious dog. With training, consistent limits and boundaries, and structured outlets for all that energy and over-the-top drive, he’s gradually improved on all fronts and has developed a strong relationship with his foster. At heart Schnapps is a very good-natured and happy-go-lucky boy. He gets along nicely under supervision with the older dominant female GSD in his foster home, and he does very well on leash around new people and other dogs. But he is not by any stretch a turn-key dog – his impetuous enthusiasm can get him in trouble easily if mismanaged. So he will need continued love, leadership, structure, limits, and consistency to reach his full potential and succeed in a new home. He will need an experienced family who can manage his size, strength, drive, and volatility, and that with the help of trainer can mold this very impressive and lovable, big, and kind of goofy and unsure, teenager into the extraordinary dog he has the potential to become. Please ask about Schnapps if you are equipped and ready to give him the situation and life that he requires and deserves.
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Thor is on an adventure in search of his ‘superhero’ family! We know a little about Thor, as he was an owner-surrender due to an unpredictable change in the household. It was a very difficult decision for the family because he is a super dog, but they wanted to do what is best and brought Thor to us.
As a typical GSD, Thor is eager to please! He doesn’t always wear a cape, but when he does, it’s usually under a blanket on a couch next to you after a long walk, some play-time (catching bad-guys) so he can rest up for the next adventure. Thor has lived with a toddler and is good with other dogs with the same focus - catching bad guys (possibly the evil squirrel that wrecks your lawn)!
Thor loves his ‘super’-humans and wants to make sure his ‘superhuman’ family doesn’t emBARK on adventures without him, so he will need to be safely tucked away, possibly with a bad-guy defying puzzle of treats! Also, because Thor is a crime-fighting (squirrels) pup, he can sometimes have a delay in warming up to ladies - after all aren’t they all after him for his good looks? He is a heart-breaker if you’re not careful!
Thor would thrive in a home with a family who is familiar or is eager to learn the ways of a true GSD - structure, boundaries, routines and guidance. Thor will return the favor of being saved with superior loyalty…(mostly sloppy kisses and a shadow in the shape of a handsome GSD), if this sounds like the adventure you would like to emBARK upon, then ask to meet Thor today!