PO Box 981332 West Sacramento CA 95798-1332
JessyGerman Shepherd Dog
Jessy came to us from a local shelter where she was struggling with her change in circumstances. Super shy, we were asked to help her re...
Jessy came to us from a local shelter where she was struggling with her change in circumstances. Super shy, we were asked to help her regain confidence and trust. Jessy is super sweet, affectionate, and gentle with her trusted people and, given time, is happy to expand her circle of trust. She likes to give kisses if you bend to her level. She is leary of men in general and can be afraid/skittish when meeting people initially. Our team of volunteers has been helping her expand her circle of trust beyond her foster family with lots of super high-value treats, loves, and walking her. Jessy is friendly with all dogs, small and large, her age and older, and looks to them for guidance when she is unsure. She is super playful with the resident 2-year-old shepherd and follows her cues very well. Curious about cats, she lives in a multiple-cat household and doesn't launch at them. She has been trained to 'leave it' every time she comes in contact with them. If not told to leave it, Jessy gently approaches them and sniffs. The resident cats have become used to Jessy and no longer run from her. The cats come on the walks with the family, following from behind. Jessy and the resident shepherd turn from time to time to confirm that they are keeping up. Jessy is obedient to commands in general and comes anytime she's called. She is very receptive to learning commands and pleasing her person. Jessy is cautious and observant before she acts and looks to her person for reassurance that her actions will meet approval. Shadowing her foster mom everywhere, Jessy will wait patiently for her foster mom's work to be over or until she's invited to play by one of the dogs. She is not environmentally fearful of water, sprinklers, water hoses, brooms, or vacuum cleaners. Although she's a drooler leaving puddles after she drinks water. Jessy has mastered potty training and uses a doggy door. She is also crate trained at home with gentle guidance to enter where she sleeps all night. She enters her car crate upon loading into the car without being asked and enjoys car rides. Jessy's adopter should be prepared to patiently guide this gentle pup through further socialization and training for her to continue to thrive and grow into a confident adult. Adopter's interested in Jessy should demonstrate experience in raising shepherd puppies or other large herding or working line pups, commitment to exercise, and training.
NalaGerman Shepherd Dog
It didn't take long for Rocky and his family to fall in love with Nala, their foster pup. She is adoption pending to her foster family w...
It didn't take long for Rocky and his family to fall in love with Nala, their foster pup. She is adoption pending to her foster family where she will enjoy an urban lifestyle with lots of city walks and beach time. Sweet Nala is a 9-month-old pup who ended up at a local shelter due to a change in circumstances after growing up with kids and dogs in her original home. Super stressed at the shelter, we were asked to ease her transition to a forever home. Once Nala headed to her foster home and realized she was welcomed and loved, her lovely personality emerged. She is living with one of our 2-year-old alums and a couple of cats. Nala has added joy to Rocky's life as a live-in playmate and a regular companion as they walk through Golden Gate Park and head to the beach regularly to stretch their legs. Nala is an equal opportunity lover, showering every member of her foster family with affection. She has good household manners other than sneaking yummy things off the counters which her foster family is teaching is not desirable behavior. Nala is also crate and potty-trained. Dog-friendly and cat workable, Nala has won the trust of one of the resident cats and is working on charming the other one. She is energetic, ready to play fetch with her people, and wrestle at the drop of a hat with her buddy. As with all young pups, Nala needs regular exercise, structure, and ongoing training to be her best adult self. Nala will do well with shepherd experienced adopters who will provide appropriate daily outlets for her energy and manage her puppy exuberance with a positive approach, continuing to engage with her in mental and physical exercise.
PoppyGerman Shepherd Dog
Do you love to train, be active, and engaged with your dog? Like pups who gaze into your eyes for what's next? Poppy, aka Kiko may be th...
Do you love to train, be active, and engaged with your dog? Like pups who gaze into your eyes for what's next? Poppy, aka Kiko may be the pup for you. We love this 6-month-old girl for her sensitivity and intelligence. We would love an adopter who can guide her to be her best self with fair and consistent guidance and skills to manage her natural energy and curiosity. She is not a puppy who will grow up to do well at dog parks as she can be a fun patrol, demanding in a pack setting. Her foster family does many enrichment activities with her, including hiding toys and treats for her to find, sniffing walks, making friends at all the stores where pups are permitted and on all her walks, and learning to mind her business around other dogs to expand her horizon. We've had her living as a sole pup to learn more about her energy level sans dogs, be the sole focus of her foster mom, and foster family with resident dogs. She continues to show her smartness, soaking up skills like waiting to be invited to go out the doors and other good manners like sit, down, waiting to be released to eat. Poppy/Kiko has an excellent nose and excels at playing hide and seek with her toys, intro to nosework with treats. Balls, stuffed and squeaky toys, hard chew toys are all in vogue. She can wait for her release word to eat her treats next to her, high five, and shake. If bored, she will attempt to find her own fun, including digging backyard pits to the other side of the continent. She loves to play. Confident in trusted settings and superbly coordinated, sassy, willing to hold her own, doing her best to herd the resident shepherds is part of her personality too. She is lovely, sweet, and devoted to her humans. Kiko has learned to respect baby gates which she used to clamper over with ease, walk around furniture instead of taking shortcuts over them, and settle down in various rooms around the house without needing to be in eyesight of her person. A no-pull harness like a Sense-ation has been very effective in teaching her loose leash walking; she's also making excellent progress on a martingale collar, releasing the tension when her people refuse to move forward without a slack leash. A quick learner, Kiko adjusts her approach based on what is working to achieve her goals; an adopter who has experience with smarty-pants energetic pups will be needed. She can show anxiety the first time in new environments by increasing her alertness, then relaxing as her people show her all is good. Poppy/Kiko is not for the faint-hearted; she is a handful pup who will telegraph her unease with raised hair and tucked tail. A problem solver, she brings food bowls to inform her humans of mealtimes, masters games quickly along with a variety of food dispensing enrichment toys. Her devotion to her people makes up for all of her puppy shenanigans. The younger resident shepherd is super energetic and an excellent BFF for Kiko with their runs, tug of war, and ball plays, including corrections to mind her dog manners under the supervision of her family. Kiko's ability to live with other dogs depends on her adopter's skills and her fit with the resident dog, thus our designation that she can live with dogs but may prefer to be a solo dog. This girl will play fetch, run and keep up with all that you ask of her with an eye on having her settle when she needs to slow down. She's a lover, taking treats gently with a soft mouth and a snuggler on the couch, happy to watch TV shows at the end of a busy day. After sleeping in her crate at night, Kiko loves to curl next to her human for an extra hour of morning sleep following a potty break. Sometimes she'll grab favorite toys to pass the time while her person sleeps. Once her foster mom is up, she loves to wake the rest of the family with glee. Although crate trained, she can protest with loud barks when left at home at the unfairness of being left behind. However, she has been settling in quicker with each day. Kiko may be best suited for a companion who is home until she settles in. Feeding Kiko her meals in enrichment toys slows her Ferrari energy down and allows her to earn her food. Kiko's tail wagged a mile a minute, meeting and getting pets from people from her perch in shopping carts at pet and hardware stores before receiving all her boosters and graduating to leashed walks. She's super motivated to be polite with treats. Kiko is an excellent car passenger, has settled into the household rules, generally respecting them. She lives with a dog-savvy cat in her foster home, accepting swats when she noses him too much and moves on. This ball of sweet energy and attentiveness who may have some Mal in her genetic pool requires a shepherd home with experience raising super-smart shepherd puppies and committed to ongoing training and mental exercise. Only those applicants will be considered.
ShadowGerman Shepherd Dog
Shadow has been learning to sleep soundly through the night and wakes up at 6-7 AM. The first couple of nights were filled with crying a...
Shadow has been learning to sleep soundly through the night and wakes up at 6-7 AM. The first couple of nights were filled with crying and whining, but implementing his sleep routine has him understanding that bedtime is followed by morning potty and playtime. He's learned how to sit, down, stay (still practicing his puppy impulse control), and shake both hands, thanks to his great foster mom!! In between training and treats, belly rubs are always welcome, and he enjoys wiggling on his back for additional tummy scratches. Good progress is being made with leash training as well. Shadow is intelligent, curious, and energetic, and ready to be a ball of energy right after his potty business each morning! Having eyes in the front and the back of your head is necessary to keep up with this boy. He is not afraid to explore the house, and stairs/new rooms do not impede Shadow, the explorer. He follows us everywhere around the house, which rings true to his name. He is a big fan of bouncy balls and chases and pounces on them like a cat. If you initiate a game of Tug-A-War, you will never be disappointed as Shadow will always be a competitive opponent on the receiving end. He is interested in being a part of anything you are doing and all activities, always brave to go through an open door to investigate. If you are unloading groceries into the refrigerator or pantry, Shadow will be investigating the scene and sniffing out everything....for the sake of science. He starts off as an "observer" and quickly shifts to being a "participant". Shadow has sharp baby teeth and can be very mouthy during play. Watch out for your phalanges because he is a land piranha in its natural form. He is being taught to redirect with toys. After expending his energy during playtime, Shadow falls into a deep snooze, and the only thing that can wake him up is food. His snooze sessions have been an opportunity to clean his ear boogers and snuggle. When he wakes up, it is GO TIME again! Shadow has gotten caught up on his vetting, preventatives, and is waiting for his neuter surgery mid June. To be considered for Shadow, adopters must demonstrate experience raising shepherd or other similar breed and temperament puppies and committed to providing structure, socialization, exercise, and training during Shadow's lifetime.
TakodaGerman Shepherd Dog
Takoda's a barely 12-month-old big adolescent goofy boy weighing in just under 80 lbs and yet light on his feet. He loves attention from...
Takoda's a barely 12-month-old big adolescent goofy boy weighing in just under 80 lbs and yet light on his feet. He loves attention from his people, happy to park himself between your legs, willing to wash your face with his kisses, roll over for belly rubs and investigate your treat offerings with a soft mouth once he gets to know you. He loves to shake, wait for his ball, and has the most endearing howl to the sounds of sirens. Takoda, who goes by Koda, is currently living with two resident shepherds and our adoptable puppy Poppy. Spending time with them or near his foster mom is the highlight of his days; meals and treats rank pretty far up there too. He's become accustomed to being crated if his family needs to leave him at home during the day to run errands in the heat and sleeps comfortably in his crate at night in the bedroom. He takes his favorite ball into his crate at bedtime, from where he watches his family settle into sleep. He has spent short amounts of time unconstrained in the house without mischief and hangs out easily in the car during errands, patiently waiting. His counter surfing is limited to mealtimes to let them know he's hungry and ready for his food, he enjoys his food straight from a dish eating in his crate or out with the resident dogs. He also enjoys earning his food as part of training and through uncomplicated toys that dispense food. He'll wait for his next meal if the toy is advanced and requires too much work for food. Koda had been an outdoor dog in the last few months before coming to us and had gotten in the habit of vocalization. He's made huge progress playing with his ball and hanging out in the yard without needing to let everyone all of his thoughts, we rarely hear him bark or talk to himself in the yard now. Koda loves to share that he's seen people with a big woof during car rides and that also is diminishing, they can drive through pick-up windows without a volley of introductions. Koda loves toys, his Kong ball that he squeaks in unison with the eldest shepherd in his foster home. Koda shares his space, toys, and person easily and is non-reactive to corrections by the resident dogs. He loves to be with them or his foster mom. Morning fetch with the elder shepherds is the highlight of his day, he loves to play with them during the day while carrying a ball or lovey. Although he loves ball play, he doesn't have a huge ball hunt drive. Koda is also living with a cat and is definitely wary of the cat after getting a smacking. No cats for this boy in his forever home as he gets aroused and barky when he remembers the cat. Koda spent two weeks in his first quiet foster home recovering from his surgeries. He received excellent care and learned not to be afraid of water from sprinklers and watering cans, sit and wait before he can exit and enter through doors and further cemented his downs, sit, paw, and leave it commands. Koda is neutered and had a prophylactic gastropexy, attaching the stomach to the body wall to prevent torsion that shepherds can be prone to. Super treated motivated Koda is easy to re-direct unless he's over threshold. He's been meeting people on his daily walks and now wonders why everyone isn't interested in saying hello. He's a work in progress on his reactivity to other dogs on leash. Each day, we've seen him settle and be less anxious on walks. Remarkably for a dog who was outdoors for a while, Koda is not interested in squirrels, moles, or other things that spring up or scatter around the bushes on his walks, ignoring them entirely. He's a soft, sweet adolescent looking for direction and guidance since leaving his original family. His family is transitioning to a duty station and reached out for help in finding an incredible family for a bright future for Koda. We met Koda at a busy neighborhood park with kids milling about, dogs walking by, bike riders, cars, and handling all the distractions well although kids on playgrounds make him nervous. He can be forward in excitement out n about due to his anxiety and excitement, so we're working on lots more exposures. Koda goes for daily walks with his foster mom and other volunteers, enjoying his time out, sniffing the world. When excited, Koda can get mouthy, but an ouch reminds him to be gentle. He loves to be brushed, snuggled with, and gives you the sweet eyes when it's crate time for bed, hoping that it's the one night he can just sleep on the bed. He stays off other furniture. Adopters interested in Koda should demonstrate good handling skills with prior experience with an adolescent shepherd or similar working breed, commitment to take Koda through training for him to thrive, and provide exercise and structure.