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Bendi is a beautiful, large female German Shepherd Dog. We estimate she's around 3 years old, and she weighs about 85 pounds.
She's already house trained and loves to use a doggie door in her foster home. She's been very well behaved in her foster home and has excellent house manners. (She's not crate trained because she's afraid of being kenneled.)
Bendi loves to be next to her person. She's an enormous lap dog who enjoys snuggling. She follows her person happily around the house from room to room, making sure all is well.
This dog has an enormous about of love to give, and she wants badly to be able to share that love. She's calm and gentle. She is quite content lying on her person's feet. She would do best in a quiet, calm home as she does not like raised voices.
Bendi gets along well with other dogs (large and small), but she doesn't play with other dogs, or with toys. As Bendi bonds so strongly with her person, she does not like to share attention. She will let other dogs know that she wants it all for herself.
She's learning to enjoy car rides with her foster family. At first, she wasn't sure about them, but she's starting to like to go on outings. She needs to continue to be socialized and exposed to new situations, to develop her confidence.
Bendi is unusual for a German Shepherd because she doesn't bark. If you're looking for an intimidating guard dog, she's not the dog for that job. She is the one who needs to be protected by her human from the scary world outside.
Bendi has a rough past. We don't know where she came from, but we know she was not treated well. She's afraid of having collars changed, and she appears to have been disciplined much too roughly. We thus insist that any home she go to be committed to training her using positive methods -- absolutely no force-based corrections (because they've already been misused in her past). This dog needs to learn to trust that her person will never hurt her and that her world is now safe, and a positive training program will help tremendously with that.
A completed adoption application, with vet and personal references, and a home check are required to apply to adopt. If you are interested in adopting, please fill out an adoption application: http://www.RedStickGermanShepherds.org. Applications are approved solely in the discretion of the RSGSR board of directors.