Ready for Adoption Added October 12, 2020
Special needs (Health)
This is Astrid! This lovely lady is around 7 months old and she is about as sweet as can be. She can be somewhat barky at new dogs on leash, but that is being worked on. We can tell she had zero training in her previous 'home" but she is in foster now, learning how to be a well mannered girl.
We have just learned that Astrid does have bilateral hip dyslplasia. At her young age, this can be managed with proper nutrition, exercise, swimming therapy, walking, hiking etc.. Most large breed dogs will have hip issues depending on how long they live. She will need a special adopter who has the experience, knowledge and financial ability to care for a dog with hip dysplasia. Some dogs this does not affect and others it can, but you never really know (even with healthy dogs). It does not seem to cause her any pain, but she is a bit more on the mellow side for a puppy, although, in her foster home she is getting good food and plenty of exericse, which is helping her out. You want to keep her slim and to build up those muscles in her back end.
Astrid is crate trained, loves to go for rides and plays fetch with her foster sisters and brothers. She is definitely a chewer and needs good strong toys. She wants to be beside her humans and will even come between your legs for attention. She is learning to live with cats, so she may do fine with a dog savy cat. She has learned to meet and play with other dogs and has a blast. At this time she may not have the long endurance but we are working on building up her muscles.
If you are looking for a pup to still your heart Astrid is your girl.
**We are currently working through applications from earlier this summer for QUALIFIED puppy specific adopters. Also, since she has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, she will only go to adopters who have had large breed/shepherd experience**
Adoption Fee includes spay or neuter, vaccinations including rabies, worming, microchip, and a collar.
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