This lovely lady is about 3.5 years old. She was pulled from the local county shelter as a foster a little over 2 years ago for a now defunct rescue that never made any effort to re-home her.
Unfortunately the party that took her in has 3 other dogs, two of which were females. The other dogs are shepherd mixes..anyone who knows the breed can tell you that this is far from an ideal situation.
Maya had no training and had never been socialized; this coupled with lack of leadership, lead to many conflicts.
During Maya's evaluation we saw a gal understandably uncertain around strangers and reactive with dogs unfamiliar to her. We also saw great potential in an otherwise loving dog that was simply never taken off her property or exposed to the world outside. A smart German Shepherd Dog, the victim of three years of neglect and/or ignorance.
While searching for a foster home for her, which would enable us to start working with her on a consistent basis, she was enrolled in a group class with our trainer. Her caretaker missed several classes so attendance lacked continuity yet Maya did benefit as expected. We then had one of our staff volunteers pick Maya up once a week and work with her on social skills. She visited many new places and situations
We are delighted to report that Maya can now be around strange dogs and just ignore them. She is, however, not comfortable if another dog invades her personal space or 'gets in her face' and will let them know they're too close. She is friendly and receptive with strangers and walks well on lead.
Had we been successful in locating a foster home for her she would be ready to share her residence with another dog, she would have learned how to play with toys and friends, etc. We know that, with time and her new found confidence, Maya will get there but...an unexpected situation has recently cropped up: Due to personal events, Maya's caretaker is staying away from her home. The other dogs have been moved and Maya is staying in the house alone, visited several times a day by a pet sitter. She actually seems more content with the stress of the pack now gone but the one thing we know; GSDs always want to be near their people or person, so this arrangement is only temporary.
For the time being, older kids only, no other dogs (we don't know about cats) although we feel that under the right circumstances, a well balanced respectful male dog will eventually be Maya's buddy. To that end, we will gladly continue to work with Maya whether she is fostered or adopted.
Click below for foster info & application:
Maya is spayed, crate and house trained, vaccinated, chipped.
Adoption fee to be determined.