Today we went to another city to see a rescue dog I am interested in adopting. The dog is a solid black German shepherd with some black lab mixed in, but it looks like a German shepherd with upright ears and a shepherd face and body. The dog is an 80 pound female that is already spayed and has all vaccinations and is heartworm negative and on preventive. It even comes with its crate. The dog is friendly and affectionate and it walked well on a leash for me. It sat when I told it to, laid down when I told it to, shook hands with me on command, and came when I called it. It also rolls over on command. The dog is allowed to run free on its owners unfenced 10 acres and it doesn't leave the yard or run away. It gets along well with its owner's pit bull and 2 other large dogs, also with their children and their cat. The dog is also housebroken and used to being in the house. However, the owner said it has a small separation anxiety issue and it will destroy things if left loose and all alone in the house, plus it is a bit of a barker. The owner said its crate goes with it and it merely has to be crated in an empty crate when left alone in the house. She said it would be OK in our outdoor kennel when we go away for awhile but might bark some. At any rate, the woman and I both thought the dog would be a good match for us and that it would probably get along well with Dakota and our cats. We have 2 nice covered outdoor kennels to separate the dogs if they go out in nice weather for a few hours while we work half days 3 days a week. The dogs would be side by side but could not fight if they had a disagreement. Indoors both dogs would sleep with me in my bed, along with some cats, if we all fit!
The catch is this, there are 5 other families left that are interested in this dog and have interviews to try to get her. Maybe even more families will apply. So, the woman told us she would make a decision probably by this coming weekend and would let us know if we are the ones chosen to get the dog. She loves the dog a lot and wants to find what she thinks would be the very best home for the dog. The dog, named Sabrina, has been in at least 3 homes so far and she is about 2 1/2 years old. The current owners have had her about 9 months but having 4 big dogs, want to cut down to less dogs. I was told that the original owners abused the dog and beat her with a belt while trying to train her. The next owners lived in an apartment and decided the dog was too big for a small apartment. So, if we get the dog, we will be at least her 4th home. Our daughter Tracy is SOoooo excited at the thought that we could get this dog. But, with so many people wanting her and interviewing for her, we will have to wait and see if we are chosen. There is quite a bit of competition! So, please wish us well!