BETSY was saved IN March 2018, with her son, Bobby from a high kill shelter in Texas both with severe skin infections and demodex mange, which was treated and a clean bill of health given. BETSY is spayed, core vaccines, rabies, de-wormed, heartworm tested negative and micro-chipped. She has an estimated date of birth of 10 March 2016 and wheighs around 50 pounds. Betsy has been listed as a Pointer Mix, however, we are not able to say for sure what breed she is, it is up to you to look at her pictures and decide what you think she looks like.
BETSY was adopted in October 2018, however, in March 2019 I received an email from the family saying that they was having problems and eventually BETSY was returned to the rescue on 3 April 2019.
BETSY was living in a family home with a fenced in yard and was happy go lucky girl. She loves to give and get snuggles and was great with the children, although concerns were with her high energy she might accidentally knock small children over. She loved being outside as she did at the rescue chasing squirrels and wildlife. She went on a run with her dad and she seemed to enjoy it and was able to keep up and it was a great way to burn off some of her excess energy. On walks certain noises would scare her and she would refuse to continue to walk that way. She did shows signs of separation anxiety in a form of barking if she was not in the same room as her family, which was not possible due to the family cats living in the upstairs of the house. BETSY was not good on a leash when other dogs or animals were around and she would bark in an aggressive manner. She apparently also got very agitated when people walked past their home and she would bark and jump up at the fence until they passed. The family tried CBD oil with limited affect, then family vet prescribed her Trazadone for a period and then changed her to Prozac which both are an anti-depressant to help with her anxiety. I asked that she be weened of this drug before being returned to the rescue.
When BETSY came back to the rescue I brought her into the house to live with me and 20 other dogs. She settled in well and has been great with the other dogs, but being a hunting breed dog she is constantly on the go and rarely keeps still. She will run and play outside but really needs to be taken on long runs and places where she can smell and dig around to stimulate her brain. She is a very smart girl, but can be easily distracted, again a trait of a hunting breed. BETSY needs to be kept on the go, she needs to be mentally stimulated and being able to go out and run and tire herself out. She is the kind of dog that needs a "master", she looks up at me waiting for her commands and will lick me with such purpose, respect and love because she knows I am the alpha. BETSY has not shown any signs of anxiety whilst being here at the rescue, but there is a lot going on with living with so many dogs and 24/7 access to a large fenced in area.
BETSY needs a family that lives in the country where she has a lot of places to explore, however, working on training and recall would be extremely important before she is allowed to run loose because as mentioned she is easily distracted and would most definitely chase after squirrels and wildlife. A family that can take her on daily runs in rural areas, would be a great for her and with no distractions of people or other dogs an enjoyable activity. A fenced in yard that is not accessible to the public or other dogs would prevent the problem of her barking at people when walking past, but this behaviour should also be worked on with a strict training regime so she learns she must respond to commands.
BETSY naturally has a high prey drive and loves toys, if they have a squeak in all the better, she will play for hours happily and I am sure the puzzle toys for dogs would help keep her entertained. BETSY still has thin patches of hair where it hasn't grown back yet from when we saved her and she had bad skin infections and demodex mange. She is fully cured, but it will just take time for the hair to grow back, maybe a few seasons, or maybe not at all. It doesn't cause her any problems and is nothing to be concerned about.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BEFORE SHE WAS ADOPTED
When Betsy arrived at the rescue I brought her up in to the house with her puppy Bobby since they was recovering from Demodex mange, a non-contagious skin infection. Both mum and pup settled in great and are happy and comfortable in the house with the other dogs.
BETSY's skin infection has cleared up and her hair is coming through wonderfully, it will just be another month or so before it has fully grown back in, but she is looking amazing from how she was when we initially saved her. BETSY loves to be near her humans and is extremely affectionate. Initially she didn't want other dogs to come near me, however, after some correction she soon learnt that she would get her fair share of love. Her puppy has been adopted and she is longing for a family of her own to love and adore.
Betsy loves toys especially squeaky toys and will take one on the dog bed and play with it for hours, she also enjoys chewing on the hooves and horns and although will try to take them from other dogs, if they do not let her, she respects that and will go and find something else to play with or chew on. I think a lot of this behaviour is just from the horrible life she has previously had and now she is starting to feel good and getting lots of attention and cuddles she doesn't want to risk losing that, which is understandable.
She is extremely responsive and knows I am alpha and responds to when I tel her "no". She is a very smart girl. She loves to chase the squirrels and wild animals running up and down the fence, watching them waiting for them to move and then she will take off following them (within the fenced in area). She can spot a squirrel in the woods from a good distance and just bounds over to where the squirrel was or creature was. She is so much fun to watch as she has so much fun. Betsy does use the dog door to go out to do her business or enjoy the fresh air. I do not know if she would let you know she needs to go out since she has 24/7 access to the outside, but she is extremely smart and do not think it would take long to learn.
She has a lot of energy and so she will need an active family. Someone who understands the importance of mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. I have not seen her with children, but her demeanor and personality I have no doubt that she would be great with them and a lot of fun too. She needs guidance and training and we recommend families go through at least the basics of training with her themselves so that boundaries, personalities and body language can be learned from each other.
Betsy rides good in the car. She is used to being with other dogs so a family with another dog would be great, however, if that is not the case, then play-dates with other dogs would be extremely beneficial for her. We do not have cats or livestock at the rescue so cannot comment on how she would be near or around them. As with all rescue's she needs guidance and training and we recommend families go through at least the basics of training with her themselves so that boundaries, personalities and body language can be learned from each other.
Betsy needs an active family and one that will keep her mind stimulated and challenged. Lots of hikes and adventures, training tricks, or agility, dock diving or other fun, active, stimulating activities would be perfect for this girl. We do not have cats at the rescue so we cannot say how she would be around them, however, I am not sure I would trust her with them since she has a high working drive. She is great with humans and I believe would be great with children, I am sure they could keep each other entertained for many hours. 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.
Betsy 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. http://www.giveadogahome-sanantonio.org
BETSY 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.