RAYNA

Rayna popped up on our radar in mid-June. She was only a year old and being held in a California kill shelter -- on hold until her owners came for her. When we asked for additional information in case her owner's didn't show, our facebook friend Kathy J was on it.

According to the shelter Rescue Coordinator: "I personally havenít assessed this dog for Rescue yet but per notesÖ 'as they were going to move this dog to available/adoption side, staff observed this dog guarding kennel and not allowing kennel mate to the inside of the kennel and started growling at kennel mate.' I also looked at medical and intake screen and this dog originally came in on a catch pole and vaccinations werenít able to be administered at time of intake. Again, says she was growling but also says Ö fearful. These are all factors and to me sounds like she is scared to death. This girl is 1 year of age and weighs around 60lbs. Iím going to check on her later to see how she interacts with me, can I give you an update when I do??"

An update from the shelter RC: "As I approached the kennel she started to alarm bark and growl but as I showed a treat it peaked her interest. I was able to get her out of the kennel and on a leash with no problem at all. As I let her off leash and as she started to run around the yard I could see she started to relax and her tail started to get higher. I made a little video and some pictures are attached. She was rolling around the grass on her back as happy as can be. Due to her previous notes, I will be seeking rescue for ASAP."

        

Rayna's Shelter Video A     Rayna's Shelter Video B

We have scheduled Rayna's pickup and transport to Crossroads for Wednesday, June 20th.

Click to help Rayna via Paypal:

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Checks made payable to WGSDR may be mailed to:

White GSD Rescue
2807 W Michelle Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85053-1732
(No dogs at this location; mailing address only)

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If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, your donation must be processed through CABRA (Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona), a 501c3 to which we belong as a participating member rescue. You can send your payment to CABRA in one of 2 ways:

  • Check: Please make your check payable to "C.A.B.R.A." and mail to:

    CABRA
    c/o Bill Ferrell, Treasurer
    116 Pioneer Street
    Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Note on the check "For the benefit of White GSD Rescue (Rayna)"

    OR

  • Paypal or credit card: Please visit CABRA's website and click on the "Donate" button on the first page. PLEASE BE SURE YOU DESIGNATE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO "WHITE GSD RESCUE" and the dog's name ("Rayna") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: Paypal will take a percentage of your donation.
RAYNA's ANGELS ~ THANK YOU!!
Cindy L Mary F   BoardTronics   Sally R   Gussie B  

  

UPDATE 6/20: Thanks to our ever faithful transporter, Tera, Rayna has been picked up at the shelter and is safe and sound at Crossroads where she will remain until transport to Arizona. According to Tera, "... no aggression at all, just needs to decompress."

  

UPDATE 6/30: Rayna has arrived in Phoenix...

   
Unloading in Quartzsite
  
The first thing we did upon arrival is kitty test Rayna ~ first Kevin (on the floor) then Hermione (in Katherine's lap) while Kevin looks on ~ Pass!

Rayna needs a good grooming and a trip to the vet to determine whether or not she is spayed. We will hopefully accomplish both in the coming week.

UPDATE 7/1: Rayna came out to Doggie District this afternoon to meet potential fosters -- prior adopters Kate and Lucien! During the introduction at Doggie District, we discovered that Rayna knows sit, down and shake!! We just wish we knew what her name was as we're sure she'd love to hear it.


Initial meeting with Kate and Lucien


Rayna found a stuffie and immediately claimed it as her own

I'll give it a try if you will


Rayna made herself right at home

Rayna loves her stuffies

Unfortunately Kate and Lucien's home was not a good fit for Rayna; we're not sure why, but they've agreed to give it another try once she's spayed. She's been returned to our care and is resting comfortably at her temporary foster home in a crate between her traveling companions, Gypsy and Falcor.

UPDATE 7/9: Rayna saw our vet today for her intake exam. Other than a slight ear infection in one ear (which was treated) and some tooth tartar, she was pronounced healthy. Her age was guessed to be between 2 and 4.


73 pounds

Spay scar found

Vaccinations on board

UPDATE 7/13: We repeated Rayna's dog and kitty testing today at the home of one of our staff members, with the same excellent results. We also included a small dog test just for the fun of it.

  
First intro was with Zeus, the family's pitbull ~ Zeus was smitten; Rayna was aloof but OK with Zeus' advances

Rayna was puzzled as to which was the REAL small dog ...

... she finally narrowed it down to this one!

The cats were less than enthusiastic, but unafraid

There was no growling or any attempt to bully or harm any of the animals she was introduced to; we were very proud. Rayna was on a leash and training collar the entire time, but was encouraged to move forward and investigate and at no time did she have to be restrained or pulled away.

UPDATE 7/14: We did some additional dog testing at Rayna's former foster home this afternoon. After some sniffing and re-introductions, Rayna seemed to warm up to Wicket (male white GSD); however, no amount of coaxing could get her to accept the playful advances of Yoda (a female mix). Yoda is sweet and loves other dogs, but Rayna completely misinterpreted her play invitation. Yoda can be pushy, without meaning to be (she just wants to play, not dominate), and Rayna is simply too inexperienced to read Yoda's body language and react appropriately.


We started off with a walk in front of the house ...

... then moved into the backyard

Hello, handsome

Rayna needs another dog in the family -- she's not cut out to be an "only child" -- but it has to be the right other dog. A large breed, easy-going male would be perfect for her. She and Falcor have quite the romance going on in their temporary foster home.

UPDATE 8/11: With Falcor moving on to his forever home, Rayna has been introduced to the other dogs at her temporary foster home -- Niles, Rosco and Brock -- and did well with all of them.

Adoption fee $375.00.

If you are interested in Rayna, 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 WhiteGSDRescue@AOL.com. This questionnaire link is only for Rayna or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

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