German Shepherd dogs, as well as the other herding breeds that we have in rescue, are highly active, energetic, working breeds. They require considerable vetting, exercise, socialization, training, leadership and mental stimuli in order to be well-adjusted, well-balanced, and well-mannered dogs. Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings in order to work on his/her leash skills, manners, and social skills. These breeds make great additions to active families who will pamper them, but who will also work with them, as they are smart dogs who need leadership, structure, plenty of activity and mental stimulation. If you are new to German Shepherds (and other herding breeds), please research the breed to make sure this is the dog for you. We ask that you consider the time and financial commitment that your German Shepherd (or other herding breed) dog will require before applying for one. Please review the section on our website (www.heartlandgsrescue.org) "Is a HUGS Dog Right for You?" for additional information.
Ysbrid (her name means “Spirit”), or Ysy for short, is a sweet, fun-loving, little girl. She loves to cuddle, play with other dogs of all ages, cats, and to run like the wind! She loves toys, running laps in the yard, and exploring. Ysy is still all puppy!
She is potty trained and crate trained. She sleeps on the bed with her foster mom and the other dogs (and cat) and has the run of the house. She prefers to hang out with the other dogs and can play all day. Ysy is very inquisitive and it is a delight to watch her explore! Sometimes, her desire to explore has got her into trouble. She has shown she can easily jump and climb a regular chain link fence so she will need a 6 foot fence to confine her explorations to a suitable area. She loves figuring out food-dispensing toys and gentle tug toys, and Ysy adores “Hide and Seek” plush toys – with squeakers in them. She is also fond of soft rubber chew toys and balls.
Ysbrid is very shy with new people and needs to have time to get to know them before her true personality comes through. It took months for her to let foster mom touch her. However, she now lets foster mom pet her and she sleeps cuddled up next to her foster mom as well. She now lets foster mom pick her up as well. She does love treats and that is a great way to help her warm up. She also dos not like loud people or when people move fast. When she is scared, she poops as she runs away inside or outdoors. Her fear default is to cower in her crate or the far corner of the yard; she has never offered to bite.
Due to the above information, Ysbrid needs a home with no tiny children or a lot of people going in and out. She can slip in and out of a door or gate very quickly and silently. She needs a home with lots of patience.
Ysbrid's adoption fee is $275, all of which goes back into offseting our high-cost vetting expenses and rescuing more dogs. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, current on age-appropriate vaccinations, fecal, deworming, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, heartworm tested if old enough (treated if positive), and microchipped. Learn more about the adoption process and requirements, and apply at: http://heartlandgsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/adoption.
Please review the information in the "About Us", "Important Considerations" and "Adopt" sections on our website menu, as it contains useful information about the breed, adoption fees, the adoption process and our requirements, and how meeting the dogs works.