German Shepherd dogs, as well as the other herding breeds that we have in rescue, are highly active, energetic, working breeds. They require considerable vetting, exercise, socialization, training, leadership and mental stimuli in order to be well-adjusted, well-balanced, and well-mannered dogs. Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings in order to work on his/her leash skills, manners, and social skills.These breeds make great additions to active families who will pamper them, but who will also work with them, as they are smart dogs who need leadership, structure, plenty of activity and mental stimulation.
If you are new to German Shepherds (and other herding breeds), please research the breed to make sure this is the dog for you. We ask that you consider the time and financial commitment that your German Shepherd (or other herding breed) dog will require before applying for one. Please review the section on our website (www.heartlandgsrescue.org) "Is a HUGS Dog Right for You?" for additional information.
Anya is a 12 year old Rat Terrier female, that was rescued by one of our volunteers with Rooster, a 15 year old Rat Terrier male. They are seniors that were confiscated from a neglect case. Anya and Rooster have lived in the same home and could be adopted together (they are an adorable duo, and have a 2 for 1 adoption fee), or separately, as long as they go to homes where they have an appropriate dog buddy (a calm or moderate energy dog).
Anya is fairly independent, and very low-maintenance. Like Rooster, she enjoys car rides, walks, both of them are great walkers and ride great in the car. Anya loves to look out the window, while Rooster will try to ride on your lap! When Anya goes outside in the yard, she likes to patrol the entire yard! Sometimes she will run all over it, and she is pretty fast! She is quite adorable. Both dogs love to go on outings and enjoy going camping! Both Anya and Rooster love their food. Although they have no teeth, they have no trouble eating. They eat a mixture of kibble with some canned food. They love treats (little bits of chicken breast, and other soft yummy tidbits!). Anya dances sometimes on her back feet when she gets excited! Anya does not like to be crated at all! She loves to sleep on a dog bed, and to nap on the couch, and in bed with you, if allowed. She is currently in a foster home with other dogs (of various sizes) and cats and gets along with everyone. Anya, is deaf due to her age, so calling for her won't work! But she follows the other dogs around, and can be picked up if needed (as long as you are not going to do eyedrops or something she doesn't like...she's a smart cookie!). Anya really does not like to be crated, and would do best with someone who is retired or home a lot.
Anya's adoption fee is $225, all of which goes back into offseting our high-cost vetting expenses and rescuing more dogs. **WE WOULD BE OPEN TO A FOREVER FOSTER WILLING TO TAKE BOTH DOGS ** We are a 100% volunteer-run rescue group and rely on adoption fees and donations to continue saving lives. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, current on age- appropriate vaccinations, fecal, deworming, flea/tick and heartworm preventative, heartworm tested if old enough (and treated if positive), and microchipped. Please visit http://heartlandgsrescue.rescuegroups.org/info/adoption for more information about our adoption process and requirements, and to apply.
Even if you exercise and play with your dog daily in your fenced yard, please remember that you MUST still take your dog out on daily walks and outings, in order to provide sufficient stimulation, ward off boredom, and work on leash skills and manners.
More about Anya (see Anya & Rooster)
Good with Dogs, Good with Cats
Please review the information in the "About Us", "Important Considerations" and "Adopt" sections on our website menu, as it contains useful information about the breed, adoption fees, the adoption process and our requirements, and how meeting the dogs works.
Other Pictures of Anya (see Anya & Rooster) (click to see larger version):