Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Heidi has been adopted! 02-21-2009

Female about 0 old.

Heidi is our own little Angelina Jolie. She juggles the duties of motherhood and still manages to keep up her good looks. She is responding well to the structure her foster mom and dad are providing. At 18 months old, she is full of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Heidi lives with other dogs and cats and has proven to be compatible with all.

Heidi came into the shelter as a stay where she gave birth to her family of 7. She had several guardian angels who saw her to safety. Now that Heidi has weaned her pups, she is just about ready for her new home. Her pups won't be ready for a few more weeks.

Heidi is very affectionate and craves the attention of her foster parents. She is being potty trained and is learning some basic manners. She is a quick study and will be bomb proof in all aspects in no time.

Update 2/26/09

Heidi's family returned her to us after determining that they weren't the right fit for this special girl. They loved her very much and did everything in their power to make it work. They wanted to share a little bit about her that they discovered in the 3 1/2 weeks she was with them so we can help her find a loving family that can be her forever home.

Heidi is very sweet natured and has a very loving demeanor. She is very patient and tolerant of not only kids, but toddlers as well. She has been to gatherings where several children ranging from 2 years to 12 enjoyed hugging and kissing Heidi. This was all under close supervision of course. She is very friendly with adults as well. She also gets along well with other dogs when properly introduced. She played very well with their family's other 4 Shepherds. She visited the dog park several times and enjoyed her time meeting new dogs and running free. She is very fast with an abundance of energy to burn!

She is a fast learner and is eager to please. She walks and runs near perfect on leash. She is very aware of commands such as Sit, Stay and Down. Not perfect in all situations, but well on her way. She also, knows "Go To Bed". She is 100% potty trained.

Heidi was able to go for walks or runs in the morning and evening. She also enjoyed mental exercises like "find the toy". She picked up on this game and enjoyed the positive reinforcement when succeeding. This daily physical and mental exercise helped add structure to her life. When she first went home with her adoptive family she wanted to lead on walks and runs. After a little work, she was walking or running right by their sides (most of the time anyways).

Heidi does have a case of separation anxiety and panic. Her previous family continued her crate training from day one and she did not mind being inside of the crate if the family was home. As a matter of fact, it was her preferred choice of spots to rest most of the time. However, being crated while everyone was gone caused her high anxiety/panic. After realizing the anxiety being caused, she was being with family (with big yards and other dogs). She has been evaluated by training and behavior specialist Debbie Allen, who feels suffering from anxiety and low self esteem. As Debbie stated, when she faces being alone, or left behind, by her family in these instances, Heidi chooses to attempt to flee the situation. This may have been why she was a stray in the first place. Coastal and her previously family agree with Debbie, that with baby steps, Heidi can become a confident dog with a little time and patience.

Heidi would thrive in a multiple dog home or with owner/owners who are home often and have time to devote to her rehabilitation on a daily basis. Heidi is high energy and needs to walk/run daily to aid in her rehab. . She would be such an asset to a home with owners who are active, and will be dedicated to helping her through her anxiety. Perhaps another stable dog in the family could help mentor her. Walking her with a back pack gives her a job and she seemed to perform better with it than without. .

Her family says that giving her up leaves a tremendous hole in their hearts. They had fallen in love with Heidi and just want what is best for her.

The minimum adoption donation for adults is $375 and the adoption donation for puppies is $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible when permitted by law. The adoption donation provides that all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis ( i.e., puppies who will need to be altered by 6 mos old). Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.