Adopted Added November 01, 2017
Bond was brought into us from the Stanislaus Shelter found as a stray. We think he is around 2 years old. He is playful and happy. It is clear that Bond was probably a backyard dog and then was left to his own defenses where they picked up off the streets. He has very little house manners, but we are working on them. He is learing his basic commands as well as potty training. This will need positive reinforcement from his adopter. Bond is around 60 lbs, and he is on the smaller side for a GSD. He's the perfect apartment sized GSD. Bond walks well on leash and is curious about all smells. He is doing well with his foster brothers and sisters, and is learning his place in the pack. He can be a little pushy when it comes to toys and food, but quick corrections and he usally leaves it. He sleeps well in his crate and doesn't make any noise and has been sleeping through the night. He enjoys being with people, but also isn't afraid to spend time by himself in the backyard or garage. He is becoming such a great dog. He's learning to walk off leash and his recall is perfect. He loves to play fetch and will drop the ball on command. He can be a bit sneaky with other dogs balls in the dog park, so this will need conitnued training/reinforcement that it's not okay.
While in our care, Bond had to undergo surgery for bladder stone removal. He has successfully recovered from surgery and shows no signs of the stone. He had a struvite stone removed. Since he was a stray, it's doubtful he had proper nutrition from the start and that he probably was malnourished and dehyrdated which could have led to this condition. He will need to be placed on a specialized diet for life so he doesn't have this issue again. We've been working with a holistic vet to figure out his nutritional needs. Basically he can't be fed low quality kibble. He will need an adopter who is willing to feed him more of a holistic diet rather than just kibble. Higher quality food (whole foods and a supplement for this condition. He is currently on a freeze-dried food (this allows for a higher moisture content) mixed with chicken, veggies, blueberries, and omega 3's.
**Bond is back in our program after 6 months of being adopted, taking the name Cesar. The resident senior dog in the household was never really a fan of his new brother and he has more recently started to show bullying and aggression towards Bond and it proved too much for the adopter. He was afrraid that Bond would pick up bad habits and start to bully other dogs and wasn't prepared to handle the situations. So, he is currently being fostered by the adopter and we are working on finding Cesar (Bond) a new home, where he will be "bully-free" from the other dog. When he was being fostered prior to adoption, he got along well with the other dogs in the household. We think that this was just a situation where the resident dog doesn't really like other dogs and they just couldn't get it to work.
Cesar does well in his crate, walks well on leash, is potty trained, sleeps through the night, & knows basic commands. Cesar will benefit from firm, continued training. He is known to dig a little bit when left alone for too long outside.