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Sweet Abel was picked up as a stray in the south. Although he waited for his family to claim him, no one came looking. As it was felt that Abel would have his best chance at finding a safe and loving forever home in another region, a rescue plea went out. MAGSR answered the call.
Abel is an absolute honey. He was clearly well socialized before he arrived at the shelter. A fan of people of all ages as well as dogs of all sizes, Abel brings joy to everyone he meets. Although Abel is a good sized boy already, he seems to be developing some leash manners already. As is true of any young dog, Abel will thrive with structure, routine and guidance. Training will go a long way with this handsome guy as it will not only help him bond with his new family, but it will also help him develop into a good canine citizen.
Unfortunately, we have learned that Abel is heartworm positive. This condition could have been avoided had he been provided with monthly heartworm preventatives. MAGSR has begun his heartworm treatment and Abel is doing well. The cost of his entire treatment will be covered by MAGSR. Treatment is expensive, but Abel is clearly worth the cost. Please consider donating toward Abels treatment. Your generosity will help us save him and other dogs with medical needs. Although Abel will need to take it slow over the next few months, he will be back to full strength once his treatment is finished. If your household is looking for a sweet, playful guy, please ask to meet Abel today.
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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!
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Beckett and his siblings - Adira, Knox, and Isa - were dumped on a country road. Emaciated and clearly lacking care, these babies needed help and fast. When a kind member of the community discovered what had happened to the puppies, they moved quickly to help these babies find safety. Recognizing that these little orphans would have their best chance at finding safe and loving forever homes with a rescue, a plea for help went out.
Beckett is a goofball. Having the benefit of recuperating in a foster home, he has had the opportunity to start learning about the comforts of living in a home. His foster household has also taken the important step of beginning to socialize him with other people, dogs, and situations. Continued socialization is critical to Beckett's success as he grows. Although Beckett is a honey, please remember that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention from their family. Puppies are full of puppy antics, they get into things, and they will chew on inappropriate items. With time, patience, and training, Beckett will develop into the good canine citizen we know he is destined to become. If this little boy sounds like the right match for your family, ask to meet him today.
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Sweet Briscoe was trapped on the streets of a busy city along with his little family. When he first arrived at the shelter, he was quiet and shut down. There was simply so much going on around him and so many new people and sounds. Staff members did notice that although Briscoe was unsure he was beyond sweet. Once given a little time to adjust, Briscoe's calm and collected personality quickly emerged. Although Briscoe's puppies quickly found homes, he was left behind waiting for his turn to find a forever home. Recognizing that Briscoe deserved a loving home of his very own, we welcomed this boy into the MAGSR family.
Both stable and affectionate, Briscoe's sweet eyes win everyone over. He has done well with people and children. It is hard not to fall for this guy. We have learned that Briscoe is heartworm positive. This condition could have been avoided had he been provided with monthly heartworm preventatives. MAGSR has begun his heartworm treatment and Briscoe is doing well. The cost of his entire treatment will be covered by MAGSR. Treatment is expensive, but Briscoe is clearly worth the cost. Please consider donating toward Briscoe's treatment. Your generosity will help us save him and other dogs with medical needs. Although Briscoe will need to take it slow over the next few months, he will be back to full strength once his treatment is finished. If your household is looking for a stable, loving guy, please ask to meet Briscoe today.
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Cash is a handsome guy. He and another furry friend wandered up into a yard in the south and decided that it might be a nice place to stay. Fortunately, these dogs picked the right yard as the family immediately started looking for their family. Although they worked with animal control and local groups to find the dogs' family, no one claimed them. Another rescue was able to bring in Cash's buddy; however, with so many rescues at capacity, one was all they could bring in. When asked if we could bring Cash into rescue so he could move forward with a forever family, MAGSR immediately stepped forward.
As is typical of many young shepherds, Cash is playful, energetic, and looking for leadership. He does very well with a calm handler who can show him the ropes. A big fan of toys and treats, Cash will be a star student in training class. Training is essential for all dogs as it helps them bond with their new families, as well as, develop the skills needed to become good canine citizens. Cash is looking for a family that will exercise his body and his mind on a daily basis. He will also benefit from regular socialization in order to build confidence and stability. Unfortunately, we have discovered that Cash is heartworm positive. This condition could have been avoided had he been provided with monthly heartworm preventatives. MAGSR has begun his heartworm treatment and Cash is doing very well. The cost of Cash's entire treatment will be covered by MAGSR. Treatment is expensive, but Cash is clearly worth the cost. Please consider donating toward Cash's treatment. Your generosity will help us save him and other dogs with medical needs. Although Cash will need to take it slow over the next couple months, he will be back to full strength once his treatment is finished. If your family is ready to provide Cash with the structure, routine, and guidance that Cash craves, please ask to meet this handsome guy today.
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Sally and her Cars Puppies were rescued in the south by another group. As they wanted to do right by this lovely family, they began reaching out to other groups who would be able to support the family until they were ready to find forever homes of their own. When asked to welcome this family into the MAGSR family, we immediately said yes.
Chip Gearings is a bundle of energy and joy. He is cute as a button and brings happiness to everyone around him. Well socialized in his foster home, Chip Gearings is a match for a household with kids, cats, or other dogs. Although Chip Gearings' foster family has given him an excellent start, it is imperative that his new family continues to keep Chip Gearings well socialized. This will help him develop into a stable adult. Although Chip Gearings is absolutely adorable, please remember that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention from their family. Puppies are full of puppy antics, they get into things, and they will chew on inappropriate items. With time, patience, and training, Chip Gearings will develop into the good canine citizen that we know he is destined to become. If this little guy sounds like the right match for your family, ask to meet him today.Update:
Chip is a very sweet boy. He is a Velcro dog for sure. He is great with my young (2 and 3 yo) grandchildren. Living with his foster he is getting crate trained, he will bark/cry for a few minutes before he settles down. He sleeps through the night but wakes up early as is normal because he is a puppy and has to go potty. He is making strides with housebreaking and walking on a leash. If you are looking for an adorable sweet boy who loves his human, this guy is for you.
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Update: Courage is Heartworm Free and he has healed from his knee surgery. Courage is having so much fun running, playing and being a normal dog after many months of being on restrictive care. This handsome guy is ready for his furever home! Please call to meet him!
Sometimes we all need a Christmas miracle and for Courage that miracle couldn't come soon enough. Courage was found near a vacant building with significant wounds to his paws and legs. Based upon his injuries, Courage was likely hit by or tossed from a car. In need of immediate care, he was quickly brought to a shelter for help. Shelter staff did everything they could to help Courage, but they recognized that he needed additional help from a private vet and fast. When a plea went out for help, MAGSR stepped in to grant Courage's Christmas wish.
Courage is in a significant amount of pain. However, he remains gentle and friendly. At this time, Courage is unable to bear full weight on one of his back legs and has several deep wounds on his legs and feet. These wounds look infected and are significantly impacting his ability to move easily. Fortunately, MAGSR has a phenomenal vet working with Courage already. He is getting x-rays completed, wound care, antibiotics, and pain medication. Over the next few days we will have a better idea of the full extent of Courage's medical needs. However, no matter what the prognosis MAGSR will be by his side every step of the way. Although Courage will receive all of the love and care he needs to recover, MAGSR needs help making his Christmas wish come true. Please consider donating to his care so that MAGSR can continue to help dogs like Courage this holiday season.
Courage's wounds are healing nicely and he can even walk up and down the stairs in his foster home to sleep with his foster family in their bedroom. In his foster care he has experienced other dogs and is a NO for cats. He would prefer another dog or GSD that is playful in his forever home but he could be an only dog. He has a sweet, playful personality and loves to roll on his back for belly rubs. He likes a Kong ball but is currently restricted to having it in his crate due to being heartworm positive. He loves to be 'outside' and he is an expert sniffer like most shepherds and then some! Even though his outside time is restricted, it is evident that he will need to improve his leash walking skills. He does recognize some basic commands but will need to attend a training class and then practice his newly learned skills. Courage seems to be familiar with noises, activities and rules of living in a house. He has not had any accidents in the house and sleeps fairly quiet at night except for changing his sleep position. He loves to be with his people and would love to be your lap or couch dog if allowed. Courage is a handsome boy with a great personality and should fit in with most families with older children.Update:
Courage is making progress in his foster home and has come a long way since he joined his foster family. He is calm and relaxed in the house most of the day except at meal times when he gets very excited and will talk up a storm but will be calmer when kept close by on the leash. He is quiet in his crate at night and while on crate rest due to his heartworm treatment or when the fosters leave the house. He is also very calm and happy looking out the storm doors to observe dogs, people and other activities.
When he first arrived at his foster home he started mouthing when being leashed up, getting belly or head rubs and also exercising his leg during rehab. He is starting to understand that this behavior is not acceptable and has been much better not mouthing. His mouthing doesn't seem aggressive at all but more of a reaction of being handled by someone and him protesting as he most likely never had any training and got away with this kind of behavior. He is now much better and not mouthing when getting leashed, routine exercises and handling.
He is a Thief extraordinaire and he will grab anything available and will snatch a napkin or paper towel right out of your hand or off the counter. And he is an expert counter surfer; nothing is safe within reach if you leave him unattended for just a moment and that's about 5 seconds. He needs to be in the crate at any time you leave the room just to step outside and his antics make us laugh at how creative he can be snatching up the desired object but which he will quickly drop or ignore when given proper motivation.
He picks up random tennis balls left behind by other dogs when outside and he would probably love to run and retrieve them. He seems to remember to run free and play with a ball as he stares at the dogs in the neighborhood chasing the ball. There is a fun personality waiting to come out once he is allowed to engage in normal day to day activities again. And he has those sunshine brown eyes that are most expressive looking at you and are hard to resist.
Courage will be a great dog for the right family and he is ready for his furever family. He has almost recovered from his knee surgery and he is now going through his heartworm treatment with optimism towards his full recovery. He is used to his limited, short outings to do his business and he would rather chase squirrels and visit with the other dogs. Courage is looking forward to playing at full speed over time once all of his treatments are completed. He is keeping busy chewing on nyla bones and an occasional other chew. He is currently on house and crate rest and he is on limited training in the house to keep his mind engaged. He knows NO, SIT, COME, and we are working on DOWN, STAY and PLACE. Stay and place are something he will have to work on with his new family but he is very food and treat motivated so this will be helpful training him once he can fully engage in activities.. As all shepherds, this gorgeous, fun loving lad will need structure, patience and training with his new family and please ask to meet this handsome young boy... and yes, he is a BOY!
Courage has completed his heartworm (HW) treatment and his recent microfilaria test was negative. This is great news for him and he is ready to start another chapter in his life with more exercise and discover the world beyond crate & house rest and the limited walks he has had for months. Courage is excited to show off his personality; walking, running and playing; preferably with another 4legged playmate. This boy is ready to find just the right family and as stated in a previous post, he is a BOY dog and he does BURP! on a regular basis that just makes his fosters laugh. His sunshine eyes are expressive and he is ready to meet his new family and show what an amazing and fun dog he can be. And he will chase the Cicadas if he can get a hold of them!
Elvis & Priscilla
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Elvis and Priscilla were abandoned by their family. Fortunately, when a good Samaritan found them, they moved quickly to get this special pair help. Elvis and Priscilla were brought to a local shelter where staff immediately began addressing their needs. Underweight, under-socialized, and lacking vetting care, shelter staff recognized that Elvis and Priscilla would need some extra support to move forward. When contacted to see if we could help this pair find their forever home together, MAGSR was happy to step up.
It is highly evident that Elvis and Priscilla have not always been treated kindly by people. They will need time to warm up to new people and situations. As is true of all shepherds, Elvis and Priscilla will thrive in a home that will provide them with structure, leadership, and patience. Fortunately, this special pair are living in an amazing foster home where they are learning that humans can be kind and gentle. This is also giving them the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of living in a household as we do not know if this is a new experience for this pair. As Elvis and Priscilla have begun to get the vetting care needed to move forward, we have learned that Elvis is heartworm positive. His entire treatment will be handled by MAGSR. Although this will mean that Elvis will need to take it slow for a little while, once his treatment is completed he will be back to full strength. As they have a special bond, Elvis and Priscilla are looking for a home with room for two. If your household sounds like the right match for this sweet pair, please ask to meet them today.Update:
Both Elvis and Priscilla are very much young and very playful. They do have basic command training (sit, stay, down, no, come). They also do their personal business as soon as you let them outside - then they like to sniff around a bit. They eat right away and do not try to eat each other's food. They take snacks gently, Elvis waits his turn but Priscilla wants to have her nose in everything so she has to be put in a stay and reminded that it isn't her turn yet. She is learning, but it will take some time. They are a work in progress on the Leash - not sure they were ever on one before. We have been working on this but it is still an experience. At night, they sleep in my room on the floor next to the bed. When I'm outside (in the front yard) they are free in the house and there have been no issues. When I picked the dogs up I was told that Priscilla would do her business in the space she slept in - since being here she has had no accidents. They let me know if they need to go out - we are working on a schedule.
They both show signs of being treated very harshly. If you raise your voice Elvis slinks away, Priscilla, cowers and acts as though she is going to be hit. We are working to change these behaviors but that will take time and earned trust. They both cower when there is a loud bang/crash and if the person has a tool in their hand. Priscilla, although scared, is still so young that her curiosity wins out and you can show her the item and she will sniff the object from all sides and be okay. Elvis will be okay once Priscilla has accepted it. When Priscilla gets really scared she hides behind or under Elvis. They are truly bonded and depend on each other for the other's strengths to their own weaknesses.
Priscilla is a real talker - never seen anything like it. She will stop if you ask her to - sometimes it does take more then once, especially if she is sassing you.
I'm currently working from home and most of the day they both spend sleeping at my feet or within sight. They love to be on camera during conference calls - but quickly return to sleeping. They just want to please you and get rubs and hugs and an occasional snack is good. They haven't shown any interest in toys or balls I would think that would change with time. Elvis and Priscilla are both beautiful and loving dogs that just want love and attention, they are waiting patiently to find a home together where they can be the apples of their owners' eye, could that be you?!
Elvis and Priscilla are a young set of shepherds who had a really rough start. They are doing well and making strides every day in foster care. They are both altered, up to date on their shots, housebroken and crate trained. Elvis has completed his heartworm treatments. With slow and careful introductions they are getting along with well with the fur siblings in our home. They both are very smart and willing to learn! Elvis knows how to sit, and both will respond to their names. Leash walking is an adventure for all, and they need work in this area. They love romping in the backyard! Elvis is a very go with the flow kind of guy. He is very shy at first, but with some gentle words, high value treats and loving pets he comes around and craves head rubs, pats and hugs. Priscilla continues to be very nervous. She needs lots of time to learn to trust and want human interaction. When she opens up, it is on! She wants to be a lap dog, be snuggled and will give kisses. Priscilla is more scared of men then women. She is not aggressive when scared and does go to her 'house' (crate) when very nervous as she has learned it is a safe place. She looks after Elvis and will often check in with him. Priscilla will need a loving home that will give her time to continue to learn to trust, while not letting her rule the roost. She needs to gain confidence with her new pack leaders. Elvis and Priscilla are continuing to build confidence and social skills of living in a household with other dogs. These two would do best in a home with older children who are dog saavy, and can continue to build trust. Their favorite thing to do is nap together under our feet when we are working from home or watching TV in the evenings. If you are looking for a wonderful pair of dogs these may be the ones for you!
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Bear was cherished by his family. However, due to circumstances beyond their control, they needed to surrender him to MAGSR. Although this was a heart wrenching decision, they were doing what was in Bear's best interest. We promised Bear's family that we would find him the perfect forever home to live out his golden years.
Bear is a big, beautiful, friendly guy. His family clearly did a nice job socializing him with people. Bear loves getting attention and will lean in for some extra love. As Bear's family took him to training, he knows several commands. However, a brush up is always a good thing. Bear will benefit from a refresher course with his new family as this will also help him bond to them. When in his playful mood, Bear enjoys the water and a chuck-it ball. He is happy to play fetch for a bit but then likes to take his ball to a comfortable spot and munch on it for a bit. As Bear has some strong jaws, a sturdy ball like a chuck-it is important. Bear is looking for a calm and comfortable household where he can get plenty of attention, regular snuggles, and lots of love. If Bear sounds like the right dog for your household, ask to meet this amazing guy today!
Knox and MAGSR thank these Sponsors for their generous support:
Knox and his siblings - Adira, Beckett, and Isa - were dumped on a country road. Emaciated and clearly lacking care, these babies needed help and fast. When a kind member of the community discovered what had happened to the puppies, they moved quickly to help these babies find safety. Recognizing that these little orphans would have their best chance at finding safe and loving forever homes with a rescue, a plea for help went out.
Knox is a sweetheart. Having the benefit of recuperating in a foster home, he has had the opportunity to start learning about the comforts of living in a home. His foster household has also taken the important step of beginning to socialize him with other people, dogs, and situations. Continued socialization is critical to Knox's success as he grows. Although Knox is a love, please remember that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention from their family. Puppies are full of puppy antics, they get into things, and they will chew on inappropriate items. With time, patience, and training, Knox will develop into the good canine citizen we know he is destined to become. If this little boy sounds like the right match for your family, ask to meet him today.
Murray Clutchburn and MAGSR thank these Sponsors for their generous support:
Sally and her Cars Puppies were rescued in the south by another group. As they wanted to do right by this lovely family, they began reaching out to other groups who would be able to support the family until they were ready to find forever homes of their own. When asked to welcome this family into the MAGSR family, we immediately said yes.
Murray Clutchburn is a bundle of energy and joy. He is cute as a button and brings happiness to everyone around him. Well socialized in his foster home, Murray Clutchburn is a match for a household with kids, cats, or other dogs. Although Murray Clutchburn's foster family has given him an excellent start, it is imperative that his new family continues to keep Murray Clutchburn well socialized. This will help him develop into a stable adult. Although Murray Clutchburn is absolutely adorable, please remember that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention from their family. Puppies are full of puppy antics, they get into things, and they will chew on inappropriate items. With time, patience, and training, Murray Clutchburn will develop into the good canine citizen that we know he is destined to become. If this little guy sounds like the right match for your family, ask to meet him today.
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Sweet Ranger was brought to a local vet as his family decided that they wanted him euthanized. It was evident that Ranger needed some medical care for an untreated skin infection; however, staff members quickly recognized that this delightful guy deserved a chance at life with a family that would commit to him for a lifetime. Fortunately, they were able to convince Ranger's family to surrender him to them. Once safe, the vet staff immediately began addressing Ranger's needs.
Ranger had untreated skin issues that had caused a lot of hair-loss, flaking, and itchiness. It is believed that everything began with an allergy that when untreated and resulted in a secondary yeast/fungal infection that got out of hand. He has been given a course of antibiotics, steroids, and medicated baths which have already begun to have a positive impact. In addition to skin issues, sweet Ranger also had significant bilateral ear infections that have since been treated. Although his appearance may not match his impressive personality right now, we fully expect him to regrow his lovely coat.
A stable and friendly guy, Ranger seems to enjoy the company of his people. He is a playful guy and will happily fetch a ball and drop it for another throw. A big fan of squeaky toys, Ranger smiles while he plays. Although he is still a little sensitive around his ears, which is likely due to the severity of his ear infections, Ranger loves attention and happily rewards his people with kisses. Once comfortable, he will ask for belly rubs as well. As a social guy, Ranger can be vocal at first when left alone but he quiets down quickly. Having had the opportunity to meet dogs of a variety of sizes and temperaments, Ranger's confident and easy-going personality wins everyone over. Ranger will need to continue to have regular baths to help his skin clear up and will need to be kept on a low ingredient food in order to keep his allergies in check. This sweet boy is looking for a family that will commit to loving him for a lifetime. Could that be with you?
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Handsome Roscoe and his sister, Lady, were part of a litter of puppies that were bred for sale. When he did not catch the eye of potential buyers, her owner kept him on the property for potential breeding when he was older. Although given food and water, Roscoe's owner did not provide him with adequate shelter, socialization, or vetting care. When his living conditions were discovered, another rescuer worked with Roscoe's owner to have him and his sister surrendered to MAGSR.
Roscoe is in many ways a young GSD. He is intelligent, curious, and energetic. Although he does need time to warm up to new people and new situations, with a calm and confident handler Roscoe's personality begins to shine. This handsome guy simply likes to take his time when adjusting to his environment. As Roscoe was previously kept outdoors with a metal shed for shelter, he has not had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a comfortable household and a soft bed. His new family will need to slowly introduce him to the household so that he has time to acclimate to his new home. As is true with all dogs, Roscoe will thrive in a household where he has structure, routine, and leadership. This will help him develop into the stable and confident dog we know he is destined to become.
Unfortunately, we have learned that Roscoe is heartworm positive. This condition could have been avoided had he been provided with monthly preventatives. MAGSR is beginning Roscoe's heartworm treatment. Although treatment is very expensive, Roscoe is beyond worth the cost. Please consider donating to Roscoe's treatment. Your generosity will help us save him and other dogs with medical needs. Although Roscoe will need to take it slow over the next few months, he will be back to full strength once his treatment is finished. If your household is looking for an intelligent and curious boy, please ask to meet Roscoe today!
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Sweet and sophisticated Russia was picked up by animal control in the south. Although Russia had been adopted out years earlier, it was highly evident that he had not been well cared for over the last few years. Thin, infested with fleas, and lacking basic care, this gentleman was in need of help and fast. Fortunately, the shelter began addressing his needs while they waited out his stray hold and began looking for rescue support. When no one came to claim Russia, MAGSR stepped in.
Although Russia had clearly been neglected this handsome gentleman is a loving and gentle soul. His easy-going mannerisms and affectionate attitude make him the ideal dog for many households. Russia already knows a few commands such as sit and paw. He loves to greet everyone and has no problem being the center of attention. Although Russia did have a family at one point, we do not yet know if he is housebroken or crate trained. We do know he rides in the car beautifully and is a gentleman on leash. As Russia's needs were clearly neglected, he is now getting the vetting he needs to move forward. Unfortunately, Russia did test heartworm positive. This diagnosis would have been avoided had he been provided with monthly heartworm preventatives. Russia has already begun his heartworm treatment and is doing well. The cost of his entire treatment will be covered by MAGSR. Treatment is expensive, but Russia is beyond worth the cost. Please consider donating toward Russia's treatment and care. Your generosity will help us save him and other dogs with medical needs. Although Russia will need some time to heal over the next few months, this sweet guy will be back to full strength when his treatments are completed. If your household is looking for a handsome and sophisticated gentleman, please ask to meet Russia today.Update:
Russia has been in a foster home almost a week and he is settling in and I get to see more of his sweet personality each day. First thing anyone should know about him is that he loves nothing more than human love and attention. He is a resilient boy, considering that humans in his past treated him poorly. He just wants to be a velcro dog for someone. Even though he arrived underweight and loving food, from day 1 he would leave his food bowl to find me if I left the room. He compensates for my absence by bringing mouthfuls of food to me so he can eat in the same room.
He is still skittish and cowers with fast movement or loud noise which is remnants of his past experiences that we are making progress with. Russia was placed on short term steroid and it a helping him be more comfortable/less itchy and requires more frequent trips outside for potty breaks. He has obviously been suffering for a long time and is missing fur. He is heartworm positive and MAGSR is paying for his treatment. His first week here was filled with vet visits, x-rays, a bath (quite possibly his first in a looong time), and blood draws. Through it all he has loved up on the vet and vet techs and they think he is the best dog ever. That’s huge progress for a dog scared into cowering on the floor or running away when the TV turns on. It is clear he has had very little experience with indoor life but just as we mentioned before he is resilient and adapting to the wonderful life as a beloved family member. His soulful eyes just tug at your heart, Russia is patiently waiting for that special someone to shower him with all the love and attention he deserves.
Don't let his age fool you, this pup has a lot more energy than first thought. As his health improves, so does his activity level. He bounces like a puppy when happy, throws and chases his stuffy, and jogs around the house when the mood strikes. He also has a touch of mischief hiding in him. I think he would make someone a great walking partner -- even speedwalker partner. We can't officially check that yet since he is still dealing with heartworms and has activity limitations but he shows every sign of being an energetic dog.
His fur is doing much better and although he will never get back some of his coat, he is furry again overall. He is also gaining confidence and doesn't run away all the way now. He barks at "intruders" and runs behind me to only come out and repeat the cycle. He is much more tolerant of hands moving around and rarely cowers now.
He is also 90% house trained which is a vast improvement. He still piddels if very scared and he has had an accident when I broke routine and didn't head straight for the door first thing in the morning. I think he knows that he needs to go outside for the bathroom but doesn't yet understand that this means he isn't supposed to go inside, if that makes any sense. He sleeps nicely in the crate by my bed all night. If put in the crate during the day he whines and barks but doesn't chew or paw at the crate.
Oh, and he sings! watch the video
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Handsome Smokey was surrendered to a shelter as his family felt they could not handle him properly. Recognizing that Smokey would have his best chance if placed through a rescue, the shelter reached out to MAGSR for support. We were happy to help this sweet guy out. As a goofy, young, and energetic guy, Smokey is looking for a family that will exercise his body and his mind on a regular basis. Young dogs need opportunities to learn and grow. When provided with structure, routine, and leadership, Smokey will rise to the challenge. At this time, Smokey is still learning his manners. It is clear that he has not been given boundaries prior to his arrival. Our volunteers will be working with Smokey to develop his manners. Smokey would meet with greatest success in an experienced household that can help him move forward. If this handsome guy sounds like the right match for your household, please ask to meet this boy today.Update:
Smokey, the three legged wonder dog, is settling in wonderfully to his foster home. He is very affectionate, loving to cuddle and play with his people. A very handsome boy, his coat is silky soft and beautiful. He has a young playful temperament and is learning how to play with toys. He is very friendly with people, although he can be rather mouthy which we are working on. Because of this, he probably isn't a good fit for a home with young children. He is good with other medium to large dogs but does need some support learning doggy manners. He is making great progress learning basic commands and how to walk nicely on leash. He's getting plenty of exercise and is getting stronger every day. He needs to get routine walks to help him build up his back leg strength. He is a typical teenager and needs structure and leadership from his people to be his best self. Reach out if you are looking for a young playful cuddle bug for your home!
Smokey is the life of the party with people. He hasn't met a person he doesn't like. He has really come out of his shell and has settled into our routine wonderfully. He's picking up commands well, does well in a crate, generally does well on leash, has shown no destructive tendencies, and loves a long car ride. His three legs means he can't take long hikes, but he gets around the house with no problems and enjoys walks around our neighborhood. Our favorite thing about him is his LOVE for chasing our shadow at night when the lights come on outside. It's impossible to get a good video of, so you'll have to take our word that it is the cutest thing in the world! Looking for a cuddle bug who will always be up to play? Ask about Smokey!
Theo and MAGSR thank these Sponsors for their generous support:
Theo was a stray who found his way to a shelter where it was very clear that he needed immediate medical attention. A portion of Theo's tail had been degloved and he required significant medical support. Recognizing that Theo's condition would require surgical intervention, the shelter staff worked with local groups to get Theo the help he needed. In order to help Theo survive, a portion of his tail was amputated. With his medical needs addressed, Theo is ready to move forward and begin his journey with a new family. Theo is a big, ball-driven boy. He is good with other dogs but prefers proper introductions. We appreciate that he thinks the use of manners is best when saying hi to new dogs and people. As is true of all shepherds, Theo will meet with success in a household where he has structure and leadership. Training will also go a long way with this handsome guy. Although we are still getting to know Theo, we will provide updates soon. If Theo sounds like a good match for your household, ask to meet him today.
Thunder and MAGSR thank these Sponsors for their generous support:
Thunder's family loved him greatly. However, due to circumstances beyond their control, they were unable to continue to care for him. As a result, they surrendered Thunder to MAGSR so that we could find him a safe and loving forever home.
Thunder is a big, beautiful guy. He enjoys the company of his people and is always excited to meet a new friend. Having lived in a household, Thunder understands the ins and outs of living in a home. However, as is true with any new dog, he will need a little review in his new home. Already knowing a few commands, Thunder is eager to please particularly, if food or toys are involved. Training will go a long way with Thunder. It will not only provide him with the skills needed to meet with success in his new home, but it will also help him bond to his new family. Thunder is looking for a household that will provide him with the structure, routine, and leadership that all shepherds crave. If Thunder sounds like the right match for your household, ask to meet him today!