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Russ is an absolutely striking 4 year old male German Shepherd. He was an owner surrender to MOGS when the growing family became too much for Russ to handle. As such, he has a lot of learning and growing to do with a patient and strong owner, but at the same time he already brings so much to the table!
At 4 years old, Russ has already learned most of the basics of being a large stoic dog. He is house trained and knows basic commands such as “sit”, “down”, “give paw”, “back”, “go” to lay down, and is continuing to practice these and learn new commands in his foster home. Russ does have strong hesitation when it comes to his crate, learning that his crate is his “safe haven” will take time and tons of patience, but we know that with the right encouragement he will improve and get there!
Russ is not overly energetic but does have his moments of playfulness and will engage in a great game of keep away. He’s still learning to control his excitable mouthing, and isn’t sure about certain parts of his body being petted.
Russ has a gorgeous silky coat and coloring that is eye-catching. His black face and silky fawn coloring will have your friends aweing at his beauty. He is a stoic, strong, smart male who will open up and snuggle when he trusts you. An owner who is calm, patient, consistent with leadership, and welcoming when he opens up to trust you will most certainly have a perfect match with Russ!
No children under the age of 15.
Russ has a high prey drive, and will not do well with small dogs or cats. He is also strong willed and will need slow introductions and monitoring with other medium and large dogs.
No health concerns!
RUSS'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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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!!
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