Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Timber has been adopted! 05-14-2005

Female about 0 old.

Timber is an 9 month old large male shepherd born on August 1, 2004. He has a unique and beautiful sable coat with a dark face and expressive eyes. He is stunning and heads turn wherever he goes. Timber still has some very puppy like traits (such as barking at a fire hydrant!) and is a bit shy about getting in and out of the car. He's still a baby despite his size and needs to gain experience in the outside world and some confidence. Timber was given up by his 74 year-old owner who either got him as a gift or didnít think out very well what it would be like for an older person to have a big, young dog. As a result Timber soon found himself in an awful county shelter, with no idea of what he may have done to deserve such a fate. He was no longer a small, cuddly puppy, and although he waited patiently and was polite to everyone, people walked by his kennel with just a glance, an oooh and an ahhh, and then moved on. The shelter workers loved him, and made sure that he got to see the Coastal volunteers when they came to look at another dog. Timber was the dog that left with our volunteers that day!

Timber is housebroken but you still have to be vigilant and take him out after meals and in the morning and evening. Heís a dedicated bunkmate and loves nothing better than to sleep by your side. And he'll sit on your lap or lay his head politely on the pillow next to yours, if you'll let him. At his first adoption event, Timber let children hang all over him and looked very happy about it. Timber can be a bit blustery when first meeting other dogs, but gets along well with all the medium and large dogs heís met. Heís given us a few laughs around new female dogs, heís very shy and looks like he wants to be anywhere else, but he warms up in a minute or two. We think small active dogs are a little over-stimulating for him, but with some guidance and patience he could be okay. He ignored a cat when out on a walk, but didnít really get close enough to tell for sure what he thought. He did run into a skunk and had to be carefully edged around the car the skunk was hiding under to avoid him! Very exciting! Timber is now relaxing and starting to play with his toys a lot. Heíll rifle through the toy basket until he finds just the right one for his mood. If he canít find the right toy for the moment, the basket will do just fine! Heíll need plenty of chew toys around his new home!

Timber is crate trained, if you count having to get in there first to coax him, but will stay crated several hours by himself with no chewing or barking. Timber is neutered and microchipped, his coat stays neat and clean. Heíll also make an excellent alarm system, but he meets strangers with enthusiasm. Nobody will crawl over Timberís fence despite the fact that heís probably as afraid as they are!

Update 5/12/05

Timber is a wonderful family member. He's now completely trustworthy in the house, only chewing his own toys, and getting along with everyone wonderfully. He had his first trip to the dog park and thought he'd gone to heaven. He's a real diplomate and comes to sit by your side when he could be off playing. There are so many positives about Timber they're too many to name. But the number one exceptional trait Timber has is that he loves the Dust Buster,
the more you go over his coat with the Dust Buster the happier he is. Timber foster mom say's he's positively perfect!

Timber was named to honor a dog that Coastal, sadly, wasn't able to save in late April, 2005. He proudly keeps the name alive.

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.