|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."
We have scheduled Rayna's pickup and transport to Crossroads for Wednesday, June 20th.
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...
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.
Unfortunately Kate and Lucien's home was not a good fit for Rayna; we're not sure why, but she was never comfortable in their home with the other (2) dogs and cats. 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.
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.
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. We should note that none of the animals (cats or small dog) that Rayna was testing with offered to move or run away from her, so they were at no time moving targets for her to chase.
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 very 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're guessing that Rayna has never been around a lot of other dogs judging from her reaction to their behaviors.
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.
UPDATE 9/23: Rayna continues to settle in and do well at her foster home. She has clearly been an inside dog, as that's exactly where she wants to be. She has made friends with almost all of the males at her temporary foster home, but she is not willing to share her space with another female, which is pretty typical of a German shepherd. We had previously thought that Rayna was not cut out to be an only child, but in the right household, she could definitely take on that role and do well.
UPDATE: Not much has changed for Rayna -- she's a pretty confident female who wants nothing more than a family of her own to love and protect. She would be perfect for a home with a doggie door, allowing her the freedom to come and go as she needed. She does not like to be kept outside, away from her people.
Adoption fee $325.00.