Available for Foster to Adopt
It’s finally time! After an adequate healing period, Blessher is ready to find her forever home.
It never ceases to amaze us how well dogs do in the face of adversity - this girl is no stranger to the difficulties of life on the street in Memphis - she came to us with a terribly injury to her food but she never once showed her pain in the form of a lip curl, a snarl, nothing - she was nothing but gentle and calm. To this day she loves nothing more than neck scratches and ear rubs.
In case you are new to her story, here it is in a nutshell. Blessher was found wandering the streets of Memphis, emaciated and sick. Worse, she had a plastic bag tied around her hind leg, covering a ghastly wound from a cable that had embedded into her leg and her foot and lower leg were almost loose from the tissues being so destroyed; her foot bones were exposed. There was no way to save her leg, so she was taken immediately into surgery and the leg amputated. She came home to her foster home within 24 hours of surgery and had already adjusted to walking on 3 legs (probably so relieved to not be in pain anymore).
So what are we looking for in a forever home for this amazing dog, you might wonder?
Prior experience with German shepherds is a HUGE plus here. Blessher, or Lady B as she is frequently called, is an extremely smart girl true to her breed. Somebody had loved her at one time because she already knew how to sit and shake. She is a typical shepherd in that she can be vocal and attempts to be domineering - she will make her feelings known (i.e. pushing the buttons). She will need a strong leader to work with her and make her be the girl she wants to be.
We are recommending a home with over the age of 16 due to her past history and her limitations as a tripod. She is a herding breed and she has exhibited the behaviors that come with those breeds so no other small pets, small dogs or cats.
She is in a foster home with 10 other dogs and she does okay with dogs her size but slow introductions and supervision should be utilized if she is to go to a home with another dog her size.
As far as care of a tripod, it is minimal. She can exercise and run and play but she may tire quicker on long walks. They can be clumsy at times and tip over or slump down on the amputation side. She should remain on a joint supplement such as Cosequin for the remainder of her life as arthritis can develop earlier in tripods due to the stress on other joints compensating for the missing limb. Weight management will be crucial for her as any excess weight will compound that joint stress. She is on the lean side still and doesn’t need to gain too much weight over where she is at present.
She has been spayed, current on vaccines, heartworm negative and on prevention, current on flea and tick prevention, and has been microchipped.
She is crate trained and has never pottied inside the house.
She is a delightful dog who loves to talk and play and be brushed. Because she is missing a back leg, ear scratches and neck scratches win LOTS of points since she can’t do it herself. She loves attention and would love to get plenty of exercise and learn more obedience commands and tricks. She is really really smart, typical of GSDs.
This black beauty will not be single long. She will be snapped up so if you feel that you are a good fit for her, get that application in. In case you are curious where her name came from……..when her story was first shared on the rescue Facebook page, a resounding comment was Bless her, bless her heart, God bless her, etc.
So the rescue director thought it was a fitting name and so she became Blessher! A beautiful name for a beautiful girl.
Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Crossbreed
Age: 3 -4 years (estimated)
Weight: 55 lbs.
Vaccinations: Up to date
Heartworm: Negative on recent testing
BASED ON OUR OBSERVATIONS:
Good with Children: Older, over 16
Good with Dogs: Best as an only dog -
Good with Cats: No
Adoption Fee: $500.00 (includes transport fee when applicable)
Location of dog currently: Memphis TN
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
Paws New England is a foster-based rescue - our dogs reside in various locations throughout the south and New England.
Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heartworm testing/treatment when necessary), a microchip, and transportation to New England if necessary.
Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your newly adopted dog will help others in need.