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If you're interested in adopting any SGSR dog, please read about our Adoption Process and fill out an Adoption Application. Visit our website for more information, including Frequently Asked Questions.
Sirina is a super sweet, 5-year-old Dutch/German Shepherd Dog mix and will make an awesome companion for some lucky adopter! She is a great with people and kids of all ages. She currently lives in a house with a male GSD and they get along wonderfully. She has also attended several of our meet and greet events. Sirina gets along with most other dogs with proper introductions, and she is currently seeing a professional obedience trainer so that she’ll be more “ adylike" when she meets all other dogs. Like most GSDs, she can be protective of her “people” and when new dogs approach, she tends to “resource guard”, which can be easily corrected with training. Sirina is not good with cats and other small animals in the household.
Sirina is a member of our Phoenix Dog Program. She suffers from a medical condition known as laryngeal paralysis (LarPar). While this can be congenital, her vet feels that it's from a previous owner "yanking up" on a choke collar or something similar. You can read more about this here:
If Sirina drinks water or eats too fast, she'll gag or regurgitate. A slow feed bowl or the scattering of food on a hard surface helps her to eat more slowly. If she gets too much exercise or gets too excited, she'll cough. When she barks, she sounds hoarse. Sirina also has mild allergies, but the symptoms have improved exponentially since she has been on an over-the-counter allergy medication and fish oil (for her skin). The allergies, combined with the LarPar, could be a concern during very high temperatures or strenous exercise, and she needs to wear a harness rather than a collar. Sirina will never be the type of dog who swims in the ocean or goes on runs with her person, but if you’re looking for a companion who enjoys slow strolls and cuddling, she's definitely your gal!
If you are interested in making Sirina part of your family, please contact your adoption coordinator. If if you are not yet approved to adopt and you're in our adoption territory of VA, NC or MD, please visit our website to complete an adoption application, www.southeastgermanshepherdrescue.com. Sirina is being fostered in Virginia Beach, VA
Our adoption process consists of a telephone interview, a call to your veterinarian and a home visit. If you have any questions about the adoption process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .