GRACE was saved from a high kill shelter in Texas with reports of an old leg injury which resulted in two breaks that according to a vet were not healable and amputation was recommended. We pulled her from the shelter and took her to our fosters vet but surgery could not be performed because she had come down with an upper respiratory infection (URI).
GRACE was taken to her foster family and when she recovered from her URI she was transported to the rescue in Sebec, Maine so our vet could assess her leg. I had noticed in a fosters video that she was using her leg as balance and so I had my doubt that amputation was completely necessary. An appointment was made and on 30th September she was seen and examined by Dr. Kelly. After much discussion we decided that we was going to give her a few weeks on pain / anti-inflammatory medications to see if she continues to use the leg. If she carries on as she does and starts to put her paw flat then we will rule out amputation.
GRACE is very active and playful and gets around at a good speed, she is very playful and at times can be somewhat dominant. Although she has a bad leg, she can jump up on the sofa and will put both her front legs on my knee to make sure she gets her fair share of love and affection. She has climbed over a baby-gate. She is extremely affectionate and loves nothing more than to cuddle and have her belly rubbed and ears scratched. She does have slight alpha tendencies and I feel if she is in an environment where there is a more submissive dog, she will take the alpha role.
I personally think that GRACE will be able to keep her leg, she is a tough girl and has clearly suffered and endured a lot of pain but is as happy as can be. She will need a family that understands the German Shepherd mentality and know that they need both mental and physical stimulation. She is very responsive and basic and advanced obedience training is a must. She is very responsive and loves treats so it will be easy and fun to work and train with her. We do encourage families to train with the dogs themselves as families as this then helps to set expectations and boundaries and also allows for both dog and humans to learn each others body language and personalities.
GRACE would love an active family that will take her on adventures and road trips to explore new areas and lets her enjoy the sights, smells and sounds the world has to offer.
We currently feed a 4* (a per www.dogfoodadvisor.com) GRAIN FREE food along with pro-bioitics and immune support supplements.
We do not have cats at the rescue so we are unable to say how she would react around cats.
GRACE is available for adoption through Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue for an adoption fee of $450. 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 stunning girl 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.
GRACE 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. There is a local hotel in Dover-Foxcroft that is pet-friendly (approx 6 miles) and several in Bangor (approx 45 miles). There are also lots of wonderful camp-sites for the more adventurous families and what a great way to get to know your new best friend.