This pretty lady is 4 years old and did not enjoy a happy 1st three and a half years. Her puppyhood year was spent confined a lot and ultimately dumped off at the pound. A disreputable "rescue", that has since been charged with cruelty and fraud, pulled her out of the shelter only to temporarily place her in a situation that was not qualified to care for her properly, hence she spent the next 2 years isolated, never off the property and in conflict with 3 other dogs. They made no effort to find her a forever home. As a result, she was terrified of strangers and was reactive with dogs unfamiliar to her. She has never displayed any aggression, just uncertainty and would withdraw from any situation foreign to her.

Once in our care, we spent the summer of 2019 getting Maya used to strangers and socialized her as much as the intense heat would allow. Exercises to increase her confidence have been ongoing. She has been in a loving foster home being spoiled rotten. She has made huge strides...It is time for our now playful gal to find forever.


Below, Maya in her initial training and being exposed to places & situations she had never before experienced

And her frosty paws reward for doing so well

When it got too hot for outdoor training, it was time to hit the pool and to say she was a quick study would be an understatement

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She would prefer a home that is not too chaotic, hence no little children; older kids or teens recommended

She has a fair level of prey drive so cats are something to chase. Compatibility with a medium to large male dog would be entirely dependent upon the dog and leadership within the home; in essence, depends on who is at the end of her leash. She ignores other dogs she encounters on her walks when handled by our staff, however, she needs a confident leader she can 'feed off'. She really doesn't want to be the decision maker and would welcome the opportunity to relinquish that responsibility to someone better at it. Thus an owner with GSD and/or training experience would be perfect.

Maya is loving but not 'needy'; she is not inclined to hop onto your lap and insist on attention nor is she very demonstrative with her affection. Most German Shepherds demand your attention and Maya appreciates getting her fair share, but she's not pushy about it. She is slow to warm up yet bonds strongly; just selective about who gets to cuddle with her.

She is a busy dog, definitely not a couch potato, but an easy keeper and well mannered in the house. She is house and crate trained and is not destructive. She has been left loose indoors while her foster Mom is gone from day one and without incident. Maya loves water, both playing and swimming in it...a pool is high on her wish list. She is frequently groomed and does well with baths & brushing.

Here's the rest of what Maya would enjoy and is hoping for:

> An active lifestyle
> Someone who will consistently continue her socialization
> A grassy yard in which to play ball and chase birds
> An owner who is not gone most of all day
> Without a pool during our lengthy & intensely hot summers, she will likely be bored & restless.
> A former GSD owner with training experience
> Most of all, Maya would like a person or family with time for her

Maya is healthy, vaccinated, chipped, spayed, crate trained and knows her basic obedience commands. She walks well on lead and would make a great hiking buddy.

Adoption fee $350.00.

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