Name: Chickadee Age: 10 months in 2/2019 Gender: Female Breed: German Shepherd mix Weight: 55 lbs Dog friendly: Yes Cat friendly: TBD Kid friendly: Yes, age 9 ad up House Trained: In progress Crate Trained: In progress Energy level: Puppy! History: From a shelter in Texas Adoption Fee: $300
From the Foster:
Shelby (aka Chickadee in rescue) has been with us since she was around 10 weeks old. We have watched her go from a tiny 12 lb. baby to a medium sized, 55 lb., beautiful GSD. She is approximately 9 months old and still very much a puppy! She chews on all of the naughty things she is not supposed to if not given plenty of toys and bones to keep her busy. She is sight impaired so gets a little clumsy at times and walks under your feet when following you around the house. Her vision impairment has not proven to be any sort of an issue for Shelby; she appears to see everything just fine but does have some “blind spots” in her field of vision so she presses up against you to make sure you’re still there when walking beside you. We bring her on leashed walks and she is really getting to be a great girl on a leash, although trees are very scary to Shelby so she barks at those. We are working on learning that trees are our friends and we should not bark at them.
Shelby was dealt a pretty crappy hand with regard to her genetic makeup and overall health. She was clearly bred improperly and therefore has a few genetic abnormalities, her eyes and sight being one of them. She also was born with something called “ectopic ureter”. The tube going from her kidney to her bladder was not connected properly causing her to leak urine. The U of M did surgery to try and correct the connection but as of right now, she still leaks urine regularly. To combat this, Shelby wears doggy diapers. This is a normal part of her every day. She waits at the door before a potty break to have her diaper taken off and then walks right between your legs once she comes back inside to get a new diaper put on. Regular bathing is important for Shelby because of this issue.
Shelby’s kidneys are less than ideal. Her kidneys are malformed and she gets frequent kidney and UT infections. Shelby has been on and off antibiotics since July, 2018 and is currently on an extended antibiotic treatment plan to try and get rid of these yucky infections once and for all! The great news about her kidneys is that all lab tests have come back with positive results regarding her kidney function. This girl is fierce and you would never know that she was a little under the weather.
Shelby is mellow. She is not a “typical” GSD puppy I am told. Sure, she plays and gets the zoomies like any other young dog but she can relax and lay at your feet just as easily. She goes pretty much everywhere with us and is a very good listener for her age. She knows her name, come, sit, lay down, leave it and drop it.
Shelby has LOTS of dog friends – big and small – and kid friends that are ages 9 and up. She is quite vocal when playing with anyone and sounds similar to a dinosaur when she “talks”. Due to Shelby’s medial issues, it is important to remind anyone who interacts with Shelby to be gentle! No laying on or roughhousing with this girl.
Shelby is very much loved by everyone she comes into contact with. She permeates joy and we can all feel it when she’s near. Such a special girl that we will miss dearly when she finds her forever home.