Age: 3 Years Old
Color: Black and Tan, Bi Color
Activity level: Medium
Good with other dogs: If properly introduced
Good with cats: No
Foster parents: Dee Z.
Yard Fencing: Required
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Magnum is a handsome, large, stocky, male GSD of 3 years. He came into our program from an owner-surrender situation.
He is currently being fostered with one human adult, two male and one female GSD.
What can we say about Magnum? Well he is a lover of people! He can’t get enough attention and LOVES strangers. He wants to be with his person all the time. He will lie at your feet, by your bed or the bathroom door. He whines and cries in his crate when someone visits because he has to meet them. When you let him out of the crate to meet a visitor, he has to be all over them; they have to touch him and he will whine in excitement as he is gets patted. He looks up at you with those big eyes and it melts your heart. He will turn over on his back to get belly rubs, and if you are standing up and talking to him, he will stand on his back legs so you can hug him and rub his chest and belly while standing—he will lean against you for support. He is a very strong and powerful dog. He is also a bull in a china shop—he is always wagging his tail and running around. His tail hits everything it comes in contact with and it usually knocks the item over or across the room. He has a very strong and thick tail.
His favorite things to do is go for a ride, a walk, play fetch with the tennis ball, chase his foster brothers and sister around, chew on his Nylabone, or just hang out with you. Magnum likes to do many things and is active, but if you sit down to watch TV, he will gladly come over and lie down at your feet until you get up.
He is a gem of a dog, but will need a strong handler. He can be stubborn at times and will need someone that will be firm when needed. Magnum will do best if he is the only dog in the home. He wants to be the top dog and can be pushy. He will take toys from the other dogs if not told otherwise. He has learned the rules of his current foster home and is integrated into the home with the rest of the pack. He will still try to be top dog, but the foster home lets him know he is not. He gets along with the three other dogs in the home.
For such a wonderful dog, it was very sad to hear that this boy was not kept up on vaccinations and preventatives, or been seen by a vet. We took him to the vet the day we received him as he had a sore on two of his legs (now fully healed). His vet visit and testing showed that he was positive for Lyme and Heartworm disease. The Lyme was treated with antibiotics and is resolved. He is currently nearing the end of his Heartworm treatments which are being covered by GSRNE (est. over $1,700).
Magnum, AKA Mags or Maggadoodles, is a great Shepherd and deserves his own person or family where he can be the only dog in the home. A home that will keep him active, take him to dog obedience training and let him hang out with them wherever they are or go.
Magnum should be ready to go to his forever home in August after his treatment and retest to make sure he is heartworm free.
He really wants to please his handler and is a happy, loving dog. If you are committed to going to dog training and can handle a large, active pup, this is the dog for you!