Breed: German Shepherd Dog
Adopted by: Herndon family
German Shepherd’s were never a breed that we rescued
until about 2 years ago. It all started with Rainy, a sweet, extremely smart mill dog plucked out of hell by our anonymous bidder. She started it all, and I (Emma) joke that they never should have done that, because ever since, I will sneak one in any chance I get. GSD owners know that the breed is special, and the fact that they have become so commonplace in shelters across the country is heartbreaking. Shepherds are sensitive dogs, they are not meant to live in a loud kennel environment, and prolonged periods in shelters are extremely damaging to them mentally and physically. These dogs want to be your shadow, they are devoted, and committed to you for life if you’re lucky enough to have one. Dexter was no different, he sat in the shelter for a month, no one came for him, no one adopted him, and I was lucky to scroll past his profile while we were organizing a small group to take into the Sanctuary in early October.
Dexter sat patiently at the Sanctuary, and later moved to the Ranch, never causing a stir, happy to hang out in his den when needed, or run around and play with the other dogs wherever he was. Then yesterday, out of nowhere- we had an amazing family reach out to inquire about him. I chatted with them over the phone, and not 5 hours later- Dexter’s new daddy and sister were standing in our Lobby, ready to take this boy HOME!
All the way from Austin, Texas, the Herndon family has been itching to add a young male dog to the family after sadly losing their previous pup not long ago. This left their remaining dog lonely and in need of a new companion. Catherine and Ben are both home full time, and Dexter will have a gaggle of kiddos that already love him as well. His new fur sister’s name is Betty White, which took me straight back to the group of shelter dogs we pulled last year in Betty White’s honor. There were two GSD’s in that group, and hearing that Dexter would be going to live with this Betty felt like a very full circle moment for me and all of us that worked with him as well as the dogs in the Betty White group last year. It tells me that we’re doing something right.
I love this breed, and I will continue to pull them from shelters and advocate for them for as long as I’m able. Happy life Dexter, Betty, and the rest of the Herndon family, and thank you for adopting from DRR!
- Dexter is an absolute sweetheart and was so lucky to be pulled from DAS after being there for over a month. He is so great to have at the sanctuary and we all love him! Dexter also appreciates his alone time in his den and will quickly settle down to take a nap, after chewing on a bone of course. He is a great eater with a stomach of steel! Never too many treats for this boy! He is a rockstar with the other dogs, and needs playful friends in his new home. Dexter would be perfect for any family looking for an active but loving dog. He is still just a puppy, and is very impressionable and receptive to training. Please check him out if you love German Shepherds or have ever wanted to own one, he is a really great boy.
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