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Addie T.

Female Senior German Shepherd Dog (mixed)

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Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

About Addie T.

Adoption Fee: $no adoption fee

Addie T. is a gorgeous and active 9-year-old female German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that was found as a stray.  She was taken to a Northern California shelter where they found that her prior owner had not given her the best of care.  Addie deserved much better... and the shelter was quick to step in and initiate a care plan to help her resolve what was likely a painful experience for her at mealtime.  Addie needed extensive dental work to take care of her existing dental disease and this would involve dental surgery and many tooth extractions.  Her existing condition was likely the result of neglecting the early signs of dental disease for a long time.  As a result, this turned into an extensive procedure that had to be completed in 2 stages over 2 weeks.  Thankfully, this chapter of Addie's story is now just part of her history and she is now able to eat without the enduring discomfort that had been with her for quite a while.

As Addie is now on the mend, her energy level has re-emerged and it is clear that she is enjoying life again.  She has also been described as a German Shepherd "runway model" due to her striking good looks but the most delightful aspect of Addie is her sweet nature and her engaging personality...  Addie gets along very nicely with the people she meets but also is quite playful with other dogs.  In the included video you can see Addie meeting Lilo, a big male Pitty, at the shelter and they quickly became friends.

Addie T. Summary:
Addie is a Female, 9 yrs old, weighs 74lbs, current on shots, spayed, House-Trained
- Good with Adults, dogs, and travel in the car

It is not common for a shelter to perform extensive medical procedures on an incoming stray dog.  We have seen this before but it generally only occurs when the dog is considered to be exceptional in some way, is otherwise in good health for their age, and is expected to have a good chance of finding a loving home that will adore and take care of them thereafter.  Thankfully, this was the case for Addie and Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) was contacted to help fulfill the final part of this plan... placing her in a loving home that will adore her and take care of her for the rest of her life.

When TSGSR evaluated Addie at the shelter we found her to be very sociable with people.  She knew some basic obedience commands such as "sit", "down", and "paw" and walked very nicely on a leash.  For the evaluation we brought along our Gold Standard GSD, named Kobuk,  to help confirm Addie's behavior with other dogs.  Kobuk has done this many times before and could be relied on to give Addie every opportunity to show off her good behavior.   Addie seemed very happy to meet him and was fairly submissive to Kobuk.  This seemed to be consistent with the behavior she displayed with another shelter dog named Lilo in the included video.  Throughout the evaluation, Addie seemed to be happy with her tail wagging all the time.  At times her excitement would get the best of her, however, and she'd let out a few barks... but she was always well behaved.

TSGSR always checks to make sure any potential new Thulani Dog gets along with other dogs.  We do this because many new adopters already have an existing dog so it is important for new Thulani Dogs to have an even temperament to ensure they can get along with an adopter's existing dog(s).  We also check that new Thulani Dogs will tolerate a full-body feel test (touching them all over... ears, snout, examine teeth, lift paws, gently pull tail, and so on) without adverse reactions and will not guard or protect their food from people.  We find that passing these behavior tests without reactions is consistent with a dog that is expected to be safe in a family home.  Addie passed all our tests with a wide margin.  For one last test, however, we tried to provoke her with a less-than-friendly situation.  We used a disguise and passed through her kennel in a somewhat threatening manner... but the only reaction we got out of her was that she looked a little confused.  She ended up addressing the situation by trying to get us to play with her.  This is one very sweet dog.

At the end of our evaluation, it was clear that Addie had become our next Thulani Dog and she would be leaving the shelter with us as we headed back to Thulani Central (HQ for TSGSR) in N. California.  She settled down quickly in our travel crate and was calm and quiet for the entire trip.  Please join us in welcoming Addie T. to TSGSR.

We are still getting to know Addie so we will be continuing to update her bio.

What's Next for Addie T.:
Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Addie is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for her well being.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for her for the rest of her life.  Addie will come to her new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. 

Since Addie is a little younger than the 10+ year old dogs that Thulani usually rescues, she will come with only limited medical coverage after she is adopted.

If you want to learn more about Addie, or are possibly interested in providing an adoptive or foster home, please send us a message by clicking on the "Ask About Me" button.  We will often get feedback or "updates" from a dog's foster home and as any updates become available they will be included here.

Addie T. Foster Mom Update
(2/10/2020): Addie is doing great.  She is sweet and gentle with all, fully house trained, and quite athletic as we walk 4 miles daily.  I can leave her alone at home without issue, and she liked a small poodle that visited us last week.  A very mellow girl and she loves car rides too.

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Addie T.
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Shots up to date
Ok with kids
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Ok with dogs
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Good In Car

Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

PO Box 1065, San Juan Bautista, Ca 95045 San Juan Bautista CA 95045