Age: 6 months (DOB 10/9/17
Size: Medium to Large
Color: Black and Tan
Activity level: Medium
Good with other dogs: Yes
Good with cats: Unknown
Foster parents: Karen B. and Karen Mc.
Yard Fencing: Required
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Photos by: Loueen LaVallee
Date Adopted: 4/20/18
When Katy wakes up from a nap, she can’t wait to get close to you; she wriggles and wags and tries to jump up. She loves having her back and sides rubbed and will linger for as long as you’re doing that. Then, she’s off to look for things to get into, like a typical puppy.
We first met Katy when she was 4 ½ months old, and her original owner was finding her to be a lot of work. Between having to take her out almost every hour, cleaning up shredded papers or toys and having to take her out at least once during the night, it was more than had been expected. We quickly found a foster home for Katy and moved her to a couple with German Shepherd experience.
Because she was not reliably house-trained, we had Katy checked for a UTI and found that she definitely had one. She started to improve after a few days of antibiotics, but they stopped working and another antibiotic was tried. After nothing worked for more than a few days, we had an Ultrasound done; that showed that Katy’s bladder was not quite in the right position and she had cysts on both kidneys. We took her to a specialist, where a Cystoscopy was done to determine whether she needed surgery at this point. The recommendation was that she have her bladder position corrected when she gets spayed, and that should help her not have to urinate so frequently.
Meanwhile, Katy is active, energetic, affectionate and a joy to be with. She does startle easily when there’s a sudden movement, especially outside, and she looks anxiously up at the trees if the wind is blowing much. She is wary of strangers but will venture over to take treats if they are offered calmly; she’s very food-motivated. In her foster home, she was living with two adult German Shepherds, a male and a female, and she got along with both.
When we were contacted by a family who had heard about Katy, we followed up on their adoption application and did the home visit and reference checks. Everything went well, so we asked them to bring their young male GSD with them for a meeting. After 15 minutes of walking around on leashes, we took the two youngsters into a fenced pen and let them play. They had a great time together; we had them walk into the house and hang out for a while, and the match seemed like it was meant to be. Katy has moved to her forever home, and the photos we’ve seen show two very happy pups who have become inseparable; her GSRNE # is 495!