BATMAN was saved from one of the high kill shelters we work with in Texas, where dogs generally get just 3 days to be saved before they are killed. BATMAN is neutered, rabies, core vaccines, de-wormed, heartworm tested negative and microchipped. He has an estimated date of birth of 20 April 2016 and has an estimated weight of 30.20 pounds. He has been listed as a Retriever/Shepherd mix. We have no way of knowing the true breed, it is up to you to decide what you think his breed/s is. He arrived at the rescue in Sebec on 16th December 2017.
The shelter had noted that Batman was an owner surrender due to a biting incident, it was apparently a "fear bite" and didn't break the skin. The shelter had no problems with any biting at all and I have not here at the rescue either. It is possible that the family surrendering him used that as an excuse but we will never know so awareness and always using precaution is extremely important.
Batman doesn't do well in confinement and in a crate or kennel he can get very barky and somewhat aggressive, but as soon as he is out of confinement he is a wonderful loving dog. So it is highly advised that Batman go to a family that doesn't confine him and if for an emergency situation it became necessary, only people that he knows and trusts approach and deal with him. Whilst in the kennels at the rescue, he was barky with me at first, but soon learnt to trust and was happy for me to go and give him cuddles and fuss and show no aggression at all. I believe that Batman has experienced some kind of abuse whilst in a kennel as he really is a loving compassionate dog, happy to meet everyone when he is not in confinement.
Batman didn't know how to take treats and it took a few weeks of working with him to get him to take them from my hand, when offered he would hang his head and look away, however, over the past few weeks he has started to excitedly wait for me to come along and give him his treats.
Batman is great with other dogs of all ages and sizes and will play to their level, he has been moved from his kennel to a communal area in the kennel building with another medium sized dog (Mikey) and 6 smaller dogs (Bella, Charlie, Chester, Carlton, Bella and BeBe) and he is wonderful and happy playing and living with them all.
When Batman first arrived he didn't use the dog door to go outside to do his business, I showed him how to use it to go outside and he would go outside, but do his business in the kennel. Another sign telling me he has not had a happy life before the rescue, I am happy to report though that now he uses the dog door and has not messed in his kennel for several weeks. He truly has made such amazing progress in the short time he has been here. Allowing him to decompress and adapt has been a huge factor in his transition.
Batman is a young, high energy boy who will need a daily opportunity to get out and expel that high energy. I do not know how he is on the leash other than from the kennel building to the shop and so the adopter must be prepared for some work with training him, once he has learnt to trust and happy and settled in his new life I do believe he will become someone's shadow and enjoy being social and adventurous. So a family that enjoys a an active lifestyle would be needed. He is also going to need mental stimulation so games, exercise and challenges Someone who understand that he will need training and guidance and learns that humans are in charge so boundaries are set. He is going to enjoy an outdoors kind of family who can give him the lifestyle that he needs. Going on road trips, to new places, hikes and adventures and letting him explore the sights, smells and sounds the world has to offer will be to his and your benefit.
He is going to need a family that understands the importance of basic and advanced training. We advise that families work on their own basic training so that boundaries and expectations can be set and personalities and body language learnt in the process, which will help form a much stronger bond.
We do not recommend dog parks for several weeks, if not months, it is so very important for families and dogs to form a strong bond and get to know each other before exposing them to the potential dangers of dog parks. Although all GaDaH dogs are very well socialized with other dogs, lots of other dogs have not had the benefit of this socialization and do not always know how to play and act with other dogs. You also do not know the control the other families have over their dogs and you should always have a good recall for your adopted dog before going to dog parks.
Batman will make a great family addition to an experienced family who understands that he might need time to adapt and he might be nervous and unsure initially but know that he has huge potential once allowed to decompress and feel safe and loved. He is fun, active and very loving and deserves a good family and home to call his own. They must remember he does not feel comfortable in confinement and who understands that he clearly hasn't had a happy life before the rescue and accepts he most likely has some horrible memories.
Batman is available for adoption from Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue for an adoption fee of $550.
This fee is not negotiable and is used to cover the rescue costs of pulling, vetting, health certificate, transport from Texas to Maine, monthly preventatives, supplements, food and anything else that is needed.
If you feel that you have the heart and home to give this precious soul a wonderful life, please go to our website, under the APPLICATION tab, complete, then submit the APPLICATION. Our process takes around 2-4 days, and ensuring your references are aware that we will be calling, could speed up the process. Once you have been approved, we discuss any questions in regards to the dog you are wanting to adopt, then you complete and submit the contract, make payment and then we can work out the pick up / transport arrangements.
Please do NOT submit an application if you are not looking to take home a new best friend within the next few weeks.
Batman is located at the rescue in Sebec, Maine. We post in various states along the east coast and Canada where we have had lots of successful adoptions to enable more exposure for these beautiful saved souls. Families will need to be prepared to travel to the rescue to meet and take home their new best friend. Sebec is located just outside the towns of Dover-Foxcroft and Milo (approx 8 miles) and approx 45 miles from Bangor. There are also lots of hotels, motels, pet friendly accommodations and wonderful camp-sites for the more adventurous families and what a great way to get to know your new best friend. If there are options to arrange transport, we will work with you to make it happen.