Age: 5 Years, 11 Months Old
Color: Black & Tan
Activity Level: Medium to High
Good with other dogs? Yes, if properly introduced
Good with cats? No
Foster Parent: Karen & Dwight M.
Photos by: Loueen LaVallee
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Sasha is a beautiful, six-year-old, spayed-female German Shepherd who came to us from a shelter asking for our help. Sasha was turned into the shelter by her owner as they could not financial care for her medical needs. She is being fostered in a home with two human adults and no other animals.
She has quite a personality and will make you laugh at times. For a six-year-old German Shepherd, she has the spirit of a puppy and the energy. She loves to play, and her favorite activity is playing with her Frisbee outside. She has a giant red Jolly Ball that she loves chasing around, and she can play for hours. If you throw a ball for to her a few times, she quickly becomes your best friend. She can do some pretty amazing acrobatics, and she’s made some incredible catches! She could make a good Flyball or Agility dog with her energy and confidence. She is very respectful when she plays, and has been taught the command “release”to drop her toy.
Sasha knows a variety of commands. She knows to sit at the door before going outside and coming back inside, and she waits for the command“okay” before entering the house. She has been taught to stay out of the kitchen, and if she wanders into the kitchen, a quick “no kitchen” will stop her from entering. She knows to release her grip on anything when she hears the command “release.” She is very intelligent and loves to learn new things and commands that you are willing to teach her.
Like all dogs, she has her strengths and weaknesses. In terms of strengths, she is very athletic, intelligent, and playful. She is also very respectful of authority when she knows it’s there. As far as weaknesses, she needs a strong leader. While she is always willing to give attention and play, she needs it to be known that she will play on your schedule, not on hers. She needs a family who will recognize her intelligence, but direct her focus as needed. If she is in the right environment, you’ll quickly figure out that she is truly man’s best friend!
Sasha likes to go for rides in the car and rides well. Whenever she is brought somewhere; everyone says how beautiful she looks. She can be pretty talkative, and her personality certainly shows through no matter where she is taken. She was recently taken to Maine’s coastline, and wasn’t afraid of the water. She was really excited to meet everyone there; she even made some new friends.
Although Sasha is friendly, going to the vet and being examined is not her favorite thing to do. With time and patience, this can be worked on slowly and positively to get her more comfortable when being examined by the vet.
Unfortunately, when Sasha first arrived in her foster home, she weighed 44 pounds. This was due to her previous family not caring properly for Sasha and giving her the needed supplement. Sasha has EPI, Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. This is the inability of the acinar cells of the exocrine pancreas to produce and secrete the necessary enzymes needed to digest food. If she is not given the enzymes properly she will lose weight and have diarrhea. She will be on the enzymes for the rest of her life, but this does not impede her activity level or personality. With the foster home’s help in discovering the right formula to manage her EPI, she has gained the needed weight for her frame. She now weighs 60 pounds and put it on quickly once she was given the enzymes properly and consistently. When the foster home is preparing Sasha’s meal, they use a timer to let the enzymes sit on her food to activate before feeding it to her. When the timer goes off, Sasha immediately runs downstairs and waits in her crate to be fed. For more information on this disease, please visit www.epi4dogs.com (permission to post by Web site owner, Olesia Kennedy), which has a wealth of information on the disease, how to manage it, how to care for your dog, etc.
She loves her foster family and really wants to please them. She is a very happy, loving dog who yearns for a family of her own. If you know the breed and have experience, are committed to going to dog training and can handle an active pup, this is the dog for you!