Shelter pic ~ North and Juniper were found as strays together

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UPDATE 3/4: The boys arrived safe and sound in Phoenix this afternoon.

Arrival in Phoenix

Hey! Carnations!


Nancy makes North feel at home

We are setting up introductions for Juniper this weekend. North will be making his way to Doggie District for some socialization since he is pretty shy meeting new people.

UPDATE 3/5: North checked in to Doggie District this morning for some playtime and socialization. We know he gets along well with other dogs -- people are his kryptonite.

UPDATE 3/6: Juniper was placed into a foster-to-adopt home today.

NORTH UPDATE 3/8: When we inquired as to how North was doing at Doggie District, we were told, "Pretty well! Nervous a bit with people but sweet. Hasn't opened up too much with the pups but does just fine out there with everyone."

NORTH UPDATE 3/13: We moved North from his temporary home at Doggie District to a foster home in Glendale.

North enjoys the ride to Glendale


Volunteer, Teresa, is ready to take on her new foster dog

Dad, Jay, says hello to North

Mom, Barb, gives it a try ~ North wasn't quite ready
In a family of 7, North will soon get used to being around people

NORTH FOSTER UPDATE 3/16: "He is doing well! He is slowly getting used to being pet and touched, but it is better than before!"

NORTH FOSTER UPDATE 3/20: "He looks to Teresa for security and guidance, but otherwise is not very connected with her."

Relaxing after being run around the backyard!

NORTH FOSTER UPDATE 4/2: "I myself am amazed on how far North has come, for he is a bit more comfortable with me and no longer flinches from me or my hand. North and I have been beginning small amounts of training, but he is understanding the command of 'stay' and making quick progress with the command of 'sit'. Today I have had a some success of North sitting on his own with only three commands and corrections without me having to push or touch him! Underneath I attached the photos I took of him and I when he became more comfortable with me."


NORTH FOSTER UPDATE 4/17: "He is doing well and great with Ella; he respects that at her age, she does not want to play with him. He is slowly making progress of trusting me; he has even began to bond closer with my dad."

NORTH FOSTER UPDATE 5/15: "I thought I’d send you an update on North and some photos since it has been a while! North has been doing wonderful at the training! He has been learning quickly and at some times he is better than Ella! I have been walking him every day and he seems to really enjoy it, and if Ella is walking too then his tail is always in the air! He has been trusting all of us more and more each day, and has even made a connection that the phrase 'let's go for a walk' means sit down and let her put the leash on. So far, North has been doing wonderful and I cannot wait to see him grow even more! These photos are from our walk yesterday."



North met some new friends in the park this afternoon and seemed to have a good time

UPDATE 6/5: We had placed North in what we had hoped would be his forever home a mere 6 days ago and this evening we received an email, informing us that it wasn't working out -- we were told that North was pacing, vocalizing and refusing to eat and not making a connection with any of the family members.

We feel that North wasn't given the structure and security he needed (and had been used to at his foster home), nor enough time to make the transition to his new home. He was simply "turned loose" and expected to find his way, which was overwhelming for North. The adopter declined our offer of a crate (like North was used to) and suggested that North needed a "single owner" household; however, North has been successfully living in a foster home with SEVEN people (2 adults, 3 teenagers and 2 youngsters -- one teenager is a non-resident, frequent visitor) in residence for the past 2-1/2 months and doing very well.

Ella's happy to have North back

North has been returned to his former foster home and is happy as a clam to be back. He has immediately relaxed and slipped right back into his old routine -- including cheese treats from foster mom Barb. We look forward to positive updates moving forward after this small hiccup.

Adoption fees: North $325.00.

If you are interested in fostering or fostering-to-adopt Juniper or North, 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 Juniper/North or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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