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MICAH is a tall, handsome guy who recently came to us as a starvation case, and was roughly half his normal body weight. He was dumped at a shelter by a family who gave no reason, and sadly they will not be prosecuted for this extreme cruelty. But Micah is safe and steadily gaining ground in his wonderful foster home. He gained 7 lbs in the first two weeks with small feedings multiple times a day, his fur is starting to shine, and the thin patches are becoming thicker and healthier. We suspect that when he's up to weight, he'll be between 90-95 lbs - a big boy
Micah is a very friendly guy who really just wants to love and be loved. He ADORES attention! He'll be a velcro dog, at least for a while until he becomes confident that his new-found safety and securty are permanent. Until then, he'll shadow your every step and you'll have to be careful not to trip over him. For now, he's still a little uncertain around new people (especially men). But he looks to his foster mom for approval, and follows the other dogs' lead -- which means he'll come right on over and ask you for pets and loving.
He gets along very well with the other dogs (all large) in his foster home, and fit right in immediately. We have not had the chance to test him either small dogs or cats yet. He's actually learning to run and play a little bit with them. He needs to develop good muscle mass and tone in his back legs, which will take several months or more of good daily exercise.
It appears that Micah was kept confined in a crate, closet, room, shed or basement by his former owners. His fur and body were filthy with years of accumulated dirt but not the usual outdoor gunk. His ears are in good shape and don't have flystrike. At first he circled in a crouching manner and curled up in a tiny ball, so we believe he lived in a tiny confined space where he barely had room to turn around. After 2 weeks in his foster home, he started to relax and stretch out a little bit more, and now he follows the lead of his foster siblings and is learning to stretch those long legs and body out to be comfortable.
Micah is crate trained and mostly house trained, and now eats at a leisurely pace without wolfing his food down. He's smart and will learn readily with consistent training and leadership. He's learned to use a doggie door and is slowly learning leash manners.
We would like for Micah to have a doggie buddy to help him gain confidence and play with. A 6 ft fence is strongly preferred.
Micah is a cruelty victim, but his bad-old-days are gone for good!! We're looking for THE best home ever for him. Are YOU the family who will help him come full circle to understand humans are GOOD, and that he's safe, loved and cared for forever? If so, better apply now!
DOGS: Yes. Small dogs are currently unknown and have not been tested yet
CATS: Unknown at this time, would have to be tested
KIDS: Unknown, but believe he would do well
IDEAL FAMILY: An active family with another dog, and the time and patience to both train him (he's never had any training) and slowly put weight back on him. A family who will give him some concentrated activity every day to build the muscle mass in his back legs that deteriorated due to confinement in a small space and lack of activity. Securely fenced yard, 6 ft fence preferred.
If you're looking for a gorgeous and trainable German Shepherd
who will love you forever,
MICAH may be your ideal family member!
MICAH'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.
INTERESTED IN ADOPTING MICAH?
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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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