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STUNNING BEAUTY ASHLEY is a super-loving working lines girl with a very high energy level. She's a gorgeous 18-month old sable German Shepherd who was rescued from a puppy mill along with several other GSDs.
Due to Ashley's nature, our board of directors has decided that Ashley can only be adopted out to a working or sporting family that will give her a job, such as Search and Rescue (SAR), tracking, sport dog activities, etc.
Ashley is a true working lines German Shepherd - this type of GSD is not for the faint of heart! They need a very high level of physical activity and mental stimulation DAILY, no matter what the weather or how tight your schedule is. Ashley's foster mom spends a lot of time burning off her energy -- 2-3 mile walks/hikes, 2+ hours of ball or flirt pole play, and sometimes an hour or two of treadmill use ... EVERY DAY! So be prepared for a HIGH ENERGY companion -- and for burnning that energy off every single day.
Ashley is a very high drive girl, and has a quite a ball/frisbee/toy drive! She will need a very active owner who can give her a job, and/or keep her both mentally and physically challenged and stimulated. She's eager to play, play, play, and also does a nice job settling down when needed -- provided she's burned off some energy first. Her favorite thing to do (other than fetching a ball or toy), is to play in some water! If there's a pool or a pond, she'll get in it.
Ashley was seized for neglect and cruelty from a puppy mill, along with 22 other dogs. They lived in their own feces and urine, in an area where humans couldn't even stay more than 60 seconds before needing fresh air.
Despite this, Ashley is a great dog. She's learning everything from scratch - basic commands, leash manners, kennel training, and more. But she's extremely intelligent and learns very quickly. She will need a strong canine leader who sets AND enforces the rules in the house.
She does really well with other dogs, and is currently in foster care with two other working lines GSDs, a medium sized mix breed, and a small blind senior. We do not recommend tiny dogs (such as 5 lbs) simply due to her size and energy level. Ashley loves to play with other dogs, and is learning how to play appropriately. She can sometimes play a little rough because no one ever taught her any different. She is being fostered with her sister, now a MOGS Alum, so she's having the time of her life. Her new family MUST HAVE another active dog for her to play with and learn from.
She's in foster care with two cats, and she's slowly learning to respect them. She has to be corrected daily, and reminded not to chase them. She needs a home where there either are no cats, OR a leader who will continue the training and discipline she's currently getting in her foster home.
Ashley has displayed protectiveness toward her foster family when others enter the home, and this is being gradually overcome. So she does have some element of "stranger danger", mostlly due to her lack of any socialization previously, combined with her high drive nature. She needs a strong leader who will continue to socialize, socialize, socialize her and redirect her protective instincts as is currently being done by the trainer in her foster home. She is trainable on this, and her new family will need to commit to continuing/completing that training.
HER BEST MATCH
A very active owner who will commit to taking Ashley everywhere possible to expose her to the big, wide world she's missed out on so far in her young life. An owner who will continue the great training she's started in foster care and give her a job to do. She'll make a great partner, lake companion, will enjoy daily walks/runs, and just being the center of attention in her forever family's home and hearts.
No health concerns.
Ashley must have (1) an active doggie buddy to play with and learn from, (2) a securely fenced yard with a 6 ft fence strongly preferred, (3) a strong canine leader who will commit to giving her the daily stimulation and exercise she needs along with the continued training and socialization she needs, (4) a home that will find a job for her to do: SAR work, sporting dog participation, tracking/trailing, or similar.
ASHLEY'S ADOPTION FEE: $300
This fee covers only part of what we spend to vet, board and rehab the dogs we save. On average we spend over $450 on each dog. We made a decision to keep our adoption fee at the 2005 level even though vet prices have doubled and tripled since then. We are constantly fundraising to cover the deficit. At minimum, your adoption fee includes the dog's spay/neuter, heartworm test, heartworm treatment if needed, rabies shot, distemper/parvo shot, bordatella shot, deworming, monthly heartworm and flea preventives, and microchip. In many cases it also includes surgery and various types of vet treatment for standard issues such as hot spots, ear infections and so on.
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PLEASE READ THIS:
We're picky about our adopters! GSDs are not for everyone. They demand lots of time/effort/training. They shed all year round and are big and scare lots of people. They "mouth" and are usually strong-willed and stubborn. You have to have references and a home visit. If you're not willing/able to deal with any of this, please don't waste your time applying.
All MoGS dogs must be inside family pets. We do not adopt to outdoor only homes. You have to put your dog indoors (NOT in the yard) when you're not home. One adopted MoGS dog died after the owners left to run errands, left her outdoors, someone opened the gate, and she was hit by a car. Privacy fences have been broken into, gates have been opened, thieves have stolen dogs. NEVER leave your dog outdoors when you're not home!!
You're required to make a lifetime commitment. Only you can make sure the dog is safe, loved and cared for, for life. The minute you adopt, that responsibility is yours. Are you unable or unwilling to make a lifetime commitment? Do not apply. What's your plan for unexpected events and major changes? New baby? Divorce? Moving? How you will provide for your dog if your family breaks up? If you move? If you have a child?
You're making a lifetime commitment to a MOGS Dog. We expect you to keep it! It's YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to stick by your family member -- no matter what.
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