It's always sad when you find a dog in a shelter ... one that's lost its way or, even worse, been dumped by an uncaring owner. But it's even worse when you find a dog that is loved, well taken care of and treasured by her owner, and that owner is being forced to let the dog go. To put it in a word, it's heartbreaking.

When Belle's owner contacted our rescue to ask for help, we asked her to send us some photos of Belle so that we could do a preliminary breed ID. It took a while for the pictures to arrive because the owner had HUNDREDS to choose from!

Belle was adopted from a rescue (not ours) approximately four years ago. She was in terrible shape at that time -- in fact, she was in such bad shape that the rescue put her age at SEVEN years instead of the one year that she actually was. It took time, but eventually Belle was given a clean bill of health.

UPDATE 7/8: We met Belle this afternoon and were very impressed. She's a kind, gentle soul, content to lie quietly at her owner's feet while the people talked about her. She did not immediately come to make friends with either of our staff members, but that's completely typical shepherd. She was, however, more than willing to say hello to us as soon as her mom left the room. Her devotion was clear.

Belle's evaluation was done at Doggie District, so we brought Gregory into the room during the evaluation and asked Belle's owner to leave. Belle was initially very reactive towards Gregory (barking), but being a puppy, he completely ignored her and tried to make friends.

We allowed the dogs to sniff each other and then waited; each of our staff members holding the leash of one of the dogs, but allowing them plenty of freedom to move. Gregory approached and Belle started barking. When corrected, she immediately stopped. On Gregory's next approach, Belle barked once, received a correction, then immediately stopped and tried her best to ignore the playful puppy.

What we have learned about Belle:

  • Has lived with cats in her current home and likes them
  • Is not overly friendly with strange dogs (she is simply reactive due to under-socialization); given the right dog (and the proper introductions and training), she could do well in a home with a very passive dog, but she is completely content to be an "only child"
  • Knows some commands (sit, shake, etc.)
  • Is crate trained, housetrained and reliable in the house when left alone (except during thunderstorms or fireworks)
  • Walks well on a leash and loves to ride in the car
  • Has lived with elementary school age children
  • Has been exposed to smaller children and does well with them unless there's a lot of activity and/or screaming, in which case she moves away
  • Does not like small, "yappy" dogs
  • Has mild, seasonal allergies
  • Loves to be outdoors & explore (a great "camping dog")
  • Is very food motivated
  • Prefers women over men, but warms up to men if given the chance


We are looking for a foster or a foster-to-adopt home for Belle. Do you have the "right stuff" to give this girl a happy ending? We'd love to hear from you...

Trick-or-treating? OK, I'll give it a go.

Saying hello to her friend kitty at the vet's office

At home with her own kitty

Like a queen, surveying her domain

Adoption fee $295.00.

If you are interested in Belle, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at This questionnaire link is only for Belle or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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