Jada (was Grace)
Adopted in July, 2004
We adopted Jada (formerly Grace) in July 2004. We already had two male German Shepherds (Bosco & Kaz) that we had gotten when they were 7 weeks old. I had been a regular visitor of the GSRNE website and as soon as we saw her, my husband and I knew we wanted her. After reading her story, we knew that she had some issues, but were confident that ours was the right home for her. Since we had two well-behaved, loving and confident Shepherds already, we knew Jada could take positive cues from them.
As her story stated, she was definitely shy-fearful. After bringing her home we made a conscious effort to introduce her to new people. We also brought her to obedience class where she did very well. She was already very smart and knew her commands well, but the socialization did her a world of good. She still continues to attend class on a regular basis. While she may never completely overcome her shy-fearfulness, she is much improved and has gained much more confidence. She has become so much more relaxed when we meet other people. Jada also was not a fan of other dogs that she would encounter. While she still isn’t a big fan of small dogs, she is doing much better with larger ones, even letting a neighbor’s dog play in the yard with her, Bosco & Kaz.
She certainly does love to play! She enjoys fetching balls in the yard and chasing squirrels that will occasionally come through. She also enjoys playing tug-of-war with Kaz with whatever toy they may have. Of course since Kaz has about 23lbs on her, he can usually slide her across the kitchen floor quite easily. She also loves to “hang out” with Bosco when it’s bedtime and we usually awaken to the two of them sprawled out on the bed in the morning. She also loves to follow us around wherever we go, whether it be into the kitchen for a snack or to the basement to do laundry. Sometimes I think we should have called her “shadow”. We love her tremendously and she has been a wonderful addition to our family.