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SONNY-16- in Orlando Fl

German Shepherd Dog

 
Large  |  Male

Lithia, FL

 

DOGS Are in Foster Homes. There is no shelter. heidislegacy@aol.com
Sonny is in Orlando. If anyone wants to speak to his fosters please call (407)223-8326.
We believe Sonny may be slightly younger than 7 and certainly no older. His spinal condition and lameness, mostly effecting his rear right leg, makes him seem much older than he really is. His condition leads to a general lack of energy for any type of activity. Walks of greater than 1/8 mile are too much for him at this point. We are working with him every day, slowly building his exercise routine. Increased activity definitely seems to help. His coat and skin are exceptional. He is very, very handsome.

Behavioral Notes:
He is very sweet and docile, and responds to training when consistency and patience are exercised. He is learning to go to his dog bed on command, to sit, stay, heel and lay down. He walks nicely on a leash. He is also learning to sit for his dinner upon command. Some of his reluctance to respond to commands better may stem from his lameness. He doesn't bark much except at other dogs and squirrels. He seems fine with other dogs, perhaps not so much with male dogs. He has been known to carefully try to pick up small dogs to carry around. He is certainly not unusually aggressive towards them. A friend came by with a much smaller female dog and she was very snappy and bossy with him. He was a gentleman and did not eat her as we expected. :-) We can likely also socialize him more later, but for now we are just sticking to the basics. We are working on his moderate separation anxiety and his extreme "Velcro-like" demeanor with my wife. He is very persistent at being by her side constantly, eyes glued to her at all times, but is slowly coming around with passive behavioral training. He loves the kids and immediately took to them. He doesn't have an aggressive bone in his body toward people. He is such a handsome animal, true to his breed in every way.


Overall:
Sonny would be very well suited to a single owner (possibly female) that expects lower to moderate activity from him, probably decreasing as time goes on. I don't know how his condition will degenerate his hind legs over time. A couple of short walks a day and some moderate activity in the back yard is about all one could expect at this time. He loves to have his face scratched, to play with large rocks and chase squirrels. His lameness is really the only limiting factor to him becoming the "perfect" dog. He is a real sweetheart, loves children and will prove a faithful and fantastic companion to someone willing to accommodate his easily-dealt-with condition. Were it not for the higher level of activity we require of a GSD, you would almost certainly not get him back from us! :-)

**Our companions MUST live in your home as part of your family. **We also WILL NOT adopt to who keeps their dogs outside. **We also WILL NOT adopt to homes with unaltered dogs or cats. **We do not transport.
**See our website for more information. www.HeidisLegacyDogRescue.com
ADOPTION PROCESS:
1. Everyone must submit an application before an appointment is set to meet the dogs. We work BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
2. Meet with the dog(s)
3. Verification of Home
4. Adoption Contract
5. Bring treats
The adoption fee helps cover expenses for all dogs while in the rescue program including the vet exams, vaccines, heartworm testing and treatment, stool check, spay/neuter, monthly Heartworm & Flea preventative plus other necessary veterinary care and training to get the dog ready for adoption.
Your support, both through adoption and donation is always essential to us and our rescue dogs. Donate today.

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Lithia, FL

(813) 737-1795

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