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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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The Kentucky Six - Diego, Champ, Serena, Peanut, Evie, and Yogi - are cruelty and neglect survivors. Living in inhumane conditions, starved, and used as breeding stock, the Kentucky Six managed to make it off the property alive when the right people heard about their conditions and got the authorities involved. All six dogs were confiscated and brought to a shelter where they waited for the chance to find kind and loving families of their very own. Although shelter staff worked hard to make sure that all six dogs began getting the care and attention they deserved, they recognized that with shelters at capacity and adoptions limited, these six precious souls may not have the chance to find their forever families. They began working with local groups and started networking the dogs in hopes that rescue placement would be found. Fortunately, their message made its way to MAGSR. Our incredible team knew that this group of dogs was very special, so we began putting plans in place to welcome the Kentucky Six to the MAGSR family.
Although Champ's life was filled with challenges and suffering prior to his confiscation, he still wants to connect with his people. Very intelligent and appreciative of a calm and confident handler, Champ does well when given a chance to build trust with his people. Having been starved, Champ is still learning that regular meals and kindness are part of his daily routine. Although he needs a little time to adjust, Champ is already making significant strides. He is an incredible example of resilience in the wake of so much pain. As is true of all shepherds, Champ will thrive when provided with structure, routine, and leadership. In many ways he is still in the beginning stages of his new life. He will need time to adjust to new people, environments, and expectations. However, given patience and opportunities to learn, we are sure that Champ will continue to discover the joys of being a beloved member of a family. We do not know if Champ has had much experience living in a household. Clear rules and boundaries will help him settle into his new home. Training will also go a long way for this boy. Not only will training help Champ develop a strong, healthy bond with his forever family, but it will also help him become a good canine citizen. Champ is looking for a forever family that will cherish him for a lifetime and show him the kindness he missed out on for so many years. If he sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet Champ today!
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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 ur 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 hasd 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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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?Update:
Mattis has been in foster for 3 weeks now. He comes when called, is very aware of the house rules, and he gets along with his housemates. He is good walking on a leash in the neighborhood but is still a little afraid of trash cans, not noises or cars.
Mattis is doing very well in his foster home. He knows all his basic commands (sit, down, come, touch, stay) and is working on reliably doing them when asked. He loves training time, so I'm sure he'll learn in no time flat. He does very well in a home with clear communication and lots of structure. In our home, he takes corrections very well, learns quickly, respects boundaries set by the humans, and is probably the most well behaved house guest we've had to date. He's crate trained, good on the leash, calm with dogs and small animals on walks, and allows our bossy resident GSD to be the one in charge. He's a bit more mouthy than is ideal, so we're working on that. He's not allowed on furniture in our home, but he's made it clear he'd love to snuggle on the couch if allowed. All in all, this boy is a big cuddle bug who is working on learning he's too big to be a lap dog. Think this very special boy might be a good fit for you? Check out the videos of him working on recall and playing gently with his toy!
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Marvelous Murphy was adored by his family. They made sure he had everything he needed. Although they loved him dearly, due to circumstances beyond their control, they were unable to continue to provide for this incredible boy. Recognizing that Murphy deserved an amazing forever family, they asked MAGSR to welcome Murphy to the family so that we could find the right match. We were honored by their request, and were happy to welcome Murphy to MAGSR.
Murphy is a social and intelligent guy. As is true of all shepherds he has some good energy and is most successful when he has daily exercise. He thrives when given structure, routine, and leadership. Having lived in a home since he was a young pup, Murphy understands many of the ins and out of living in a home. A snuggler at heart, Murphy is hoping his family also enjoys cuddles. He is housebroken, crate trained, and understands rules and boundaries. Although Murphy already knows a lot about living in a home, it will take him some time to adjust to his forever home. However, given patience and clear routines, we are sure he will adjust well. True to the breed, Murphy can be protective of his people, however, with consistent boundaries and expectations he does well. Continued training will go a long way with this guy. Murphy is looking for a forever family that will cherish him for a lifetime, could that be with you?
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Handsome Ralph was adored by his family. However, due to circumstances beyond their control, they needed to surrender him back to MAGSR. Although this was a heartbreaking decision, they knew that it was in Ralph's best interest to return him. We promised Ralph's family that we would find him the perfect family that would love him for a lifetime.
Ralph is an intelligent and curious boy. He enjoys exploring the world around him and is often busy making sure he doesn't miss out on anything in his environment. He has an excellent nose, particularly when it comes to treats. Really, who doesn't love treats? Having lived in a loving home, Ralph understands many of the ins and outs of the household. He is housebroken and is respectful in the home. However, as is true of all new family members, he will need time, patience, and structure when adjusting to his forever family. A playful guy, Ralph loves romping around and playing with a favorite plush stuffy. When everyone settles down in the house, Ralph loves to snuggle with his people. He is looking for a forever family that will provide him with structure, routine, and leadership. Although Ralph already knows a few basic commands, training will go a long way with Ralph. Additional training will not only help him create a strong, healthy bond with his forever family, but it will also help him become a good canine citizen. Ralph is looking for a forever family that loves playtime and snuggle time. If he sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet him today.Update:
Ralph has been adjusting very well to his foster home. He has proven to get along well with our other dogs and especially likes playing with Macy. He responds favorably to basic commands and is eager to please. We're also happy to say he's lost a bit of excess weight since we've had him.
He doesn't, however, like anyone grabbing at his collar--unless of course, he knows he's about to be taken for a walk. He has liked to pull on the leash but he's gradually getting better at staying by our side when we take him to the park.
He absolutely loves attention and we believe he would be perfect for a retired individual or couple. He'd also fare very well in an empty nest household or even one with older (15+) kids. If you fit the bill, please ask about meeting him as a possible addition to your family and fur-ever home!
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Gentle Sandy was picked up as a stray and brought to a busy shelter in the south. Upon intake it was highly apparent that something was not right. Sandy was struggling to stand up and was clearly in pain on his right back leg. Recognizing that this guy needed help, shelter staff had Sandy evaluated by a vet who diagnosed Sandy with a right femoral fracture. Although they began providing this sweet guy with pain medication, the shelter did not have the resources to surgically repair Sandy's leg. With limited options available, Sandy was placed on the list for euthanasia. At the same time, a rescue plea was sent out to see if someone could help Sandy move forward. MAGSR answered that call with the help of a few incredible people. Together we were able to pull Sandy from the shelter just before he ran out of time.
Sandy is a friendly, social, and affectionate guy. Although we know he is in a lot of pain, he continues to bring joy to those around him and seek out affection. Known to have a gentle and dainty play style, Sandy enjoys the company of other dogs. However, he will be on restriction while he heals. We do not know much about Sandy's past, but we do know that his future is bright. Currently, Sandy is living with one of our amazing vetting partners in the south. Having arrived with a severe whipworm infestation, an upper respiratory infection, and a fractured femur, Sandy's vet's are working hard to make sure he has everything he needs to move forward comfortably. Every day Sandy gets a little stronger. His surgical repair is scheduled and we are hoping that he breezes through recovery. Sandy will need a little time to heal; however, he will be looking for his forever family soon. If Sandy sounds like the right match for your household, ask about him today!Update:
Over the last two months Sandy has made huge strides. This handsome guy has a lot of personality in a fluffy package. Intelligent, energetic, and charismatic, Sandy has easily won over the hearts of everyone he has met. With an incredible vetting team supporting him every step of the way, Sandy has healed nicely and is ready to find his forever home. As his medical needs have been addressed, Sandy moved in with a foster family who is helping him learn the ins and outs of living in a home. He is already crate trained and is very close to being house broken. With an endless love for treats, Sandy is happy to learn new skills and enjoys his rewards.
Having discovered that people can be kind and affectionate, Sandy loves to snuggle up to his people for a nice chin scratch and a belly rub. In many ways, this goofy guy thinks he is a lap dog and should be touching his people most of the time. With an unending love of toys, Sandy is happy to play with someone or entertain himself. Plush toys, squeaky toys, tough toys, and a jolly ball are all exciting options when it comes to playtime. Sandy is also a big fan of deer antlers and elk horns. He will happily chew on them for hours. Sandy is looking for an active family that loves to play. If this handsome guy sounds like the right match for your family, ask to meet him today!
Happy-go-lucky Sandy is one of the most joyful boys his foster family has ever met. He wakes up with a smile every day and stays that way until he goes to bed at night. This incredible guy must have been created to share happiness with everyone he meets. He certainly is good at his job.
Sandy met one of our incredible training partners a little over a month ago. His enthusiasm for life immediately captured their hearts. So, to help him on his journey, they offered to train Sandy for MAGSR. This lucky guy spent four weeks at a board and train program learning all the basics - sit, down, place, heel, etc. No surprise, Sandy enjoyed every minute of his stay and has come back to his foster family with several new skills. Having participated in a training program that would typically cost $3,000, Sandy is a lucky guy. His forever family will also benefit from lifetime support with his trainer. As Sandy settles back into his foster home, he is practicing his new skills daily. Daily exercise for Sandy's mind and body are critical to his success. Once exercised, Sandy loves to snuggle in for some cuddles. This incredible guy can't wait to find his forever family. Could that be with you?
Although Sandy will need to review basic training with his forever family, he comes with a lifetime of training support from his team.
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Handsome Storm lived in a home. However, due to an issue with the landlord, he was surrendered to a local shelter. Although shepherds typically struggle in shelters, Storm is special as he remained friendly and affectionate with staff. Recognizing that Storm deserved every chance to find a loving forever family, staff began searching for a shepherd rescue that would help this boy on his journey. Working with us to find the right circumstances to welcome Storm, the shelter staff provided this guy with the safety and security needed to move forward.
Storm is a friendly and playful guy. He has handled all of the changes in his life like a champ. However, it is important that Storm's forever family recognize that he has been through a lot and will need time to adjust to his forever home. Having moved into an incredible foster home, Storm has been enjoying the comforts of a soft bed and calm environment. He has quickly charmed his foster family. As Storm continues to move forward, he will thrive with structure, routine, and leadership. This is typical of all GSDs. Training will go a long way with this boy. Not only will training help Storm develop a strong and healthy bond with his forever family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen.
While at the shelter, staff noticed some concerns with Storms hips. They took the important steps of getting him to a vet who began running tests and x-rays. It was discovered that Storm has severe hip dysplasia. At this time his right hip is of greatest concern. However, an injury to his cruciate ligament was also found within Storm's right knee. By the time he was seen, he had already lost a lot of muscle around his hips and legs. Storm has begun to receive the care he needs to move forward. He is being monitored by our incredible vetting team while we rebuild muscle. He will also begin working with an orthopedic specialist in order to determine next steps for an orthopedic repair. Storm's care will be very expensive; however, we know he is more than worth the cost. Please consider donating to his medical needs. Your donation will not only help us continue to move Storm forward, but it will also help us continue to support medical dogs in need. Storm will be taking it slow over the next few months while we help him heal. Please continue to watch for updates on his care.
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‘Social Stryker” is just strutn’ his stuff as a happy, 9 month old GSD mix! This young fella was an owner-surrender to the shelter because his previous owners didn’t understand the puppy energy of a seriously happy, GSD mix. Since he is absolutely full of life, happy to meet people, ‘Social Stryer’ has put in an application to be the ambassador of the GSD-mix at a store (probably Walmart) near you! As with any eager, happy go-lucky puppy, he’s unaware of his surroundings and his jovial demeanor can sometimes be overwhelming if not properly contained and trained.
‘Social Stryer’ is eager to find the right FUR-ever family, and would really thrive in an environment where he is provided the basic necessities of a growing puppy - training, structure, boundaries, routines, and continued guidance.
If ‘Social Stryer’ sounds like the happy hours, days and weeks you would like to emBARK upon, please ask to add her to your family today!