Arwen is available ( Updated 04-25-2019 )
Arwen is a beautiful 7 month old puppy who is learning that the world is not as scary as she may think. Upon arriving at her foster home, she had not been socialized with other dogs or people, so she is fearful when meeting new people/dogs. Because she is unsure of new situations, this talkative girl uses her voice to "warn" strangers not to get too close. It's a facade; she tries to make strangers think she's in charge. She barks very aggressively and charges any new people who come into the house if she does not know them. She can be very protective and reactive. But, after a few minutes in her company and a treat or two, she warms up and shows her silly personality. In her foster home, she has met different friends, neighbors, and the dog walker. She has shown her foster family that she knows who is who. Once she becomes familiar with you, she remembers and greets you with affection. In fact, her special hug is when she runs up to you and pushes her head into your body. When she plays fetch with her human fosters, she insists they throw the toy by shoving it on their thigh when she is ready for another toss.
She is still learning how to approach and play with other dogs. Arwen is very comfortable with her foster-brother dog who is older and calm. His daily goal is to teach her how to play tug-o-war because she does not seem to know how to play with him using toys. Rather, she wrestles and jumps all over him. If you have an older dog, she may be too much for him/her. Her foster family has taken her to the park to introduce her to other dogs. She is coming around and learning that it's not so scary and that she can have fun meeting new furry friends but that is a work in progress.
Arwin is a typical mouthy German Shepherd puppy. She is learning her manners and is attending weekly group training. She is doing great with the obedience commands and focuses on her foster mom's direction during class. Group obedience training will be an important and fun activity for her adopters to continue. The group environment builds her confidence and socialization in a public setting.
Arwen is great in the car, she chills out and enjoys the view going by. Her foster family takes her everywhere they can to expose her to different sights, sounds, and environment. Her favorites so far are Home Depot and going out to eat at restaurants where she'll lay at your feet while you eat. She walks well on leash.
In typical German Shepherd style, she bonds well and wants to be your shadow once she knows you are her pack. Whether it be laying at your feet while you wash dishes or just following you around the house, Arwen wants to be your side kick. She can be a goofy girl that will make you laugh at the silly things does. On the same note, her personality will keep you active and on your toes.
Because of her initial fear of new people and her mouthy puppy play bites, she would be best in a home without young children. She is potty trained and totally crate trained. Fully vaccinated and spayed and ready for her fur-ever family.
Arwen requires strong/clear leadership to keep her from taking over and she needs constant exposure to unknown people/dogs (socialization in public). If not, then she could develop the negative traits that some shepherds get such as property protectiveness. She will be great as an only dog, unlike some who need doggy companionship. She is still iffy with other dogs. So far, the only one she likes is the foster's older male.
Arwen is responsive to calm/patient leadership and correction. She is the perfect dog for someone who enjoys training and working their dog. Someone that does not a cuddly fur baby, but someone who sees their dog as a companion and project. She will 100% be enjoyable/rewarding for someone like that. She is one of those dogs that requires a special adopter who is looking for a pup they think would be fun to mold.
Before applying for Arwen, please read her bio carefully. She is gorgeous but is not for every family. She will require strong leadership but the work will be worth the rewards.
The minimum adoption donation for adults is $300 and the adoption donation for puppies is $400 - $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. 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.