|Rescue Me ID: 16-12-30-00194Oneida (female)|
White Shepherd Age: Young Adult
|Compatibility:|| Good w/ Most Dogs, Not Good w/ Cats, Good w/ Kids and Adults |
|Personality:|| Low Energy, Very Submissive |
|Health:|| Spayed, Vaccinations Current, Aggressive, Fearful/Anxious | Oneida is a healthy young white GSD, approx. 3.5 years old. She loves kids and people, has a mild temperament, and is fully housebroken. She was rescued from southern California two years ago following a coyote attack and subsequent quarantine for rabies, as her original owner had not vaccinated her. Due to this early trauma, Oneida has some special needs and is looking for a home that will provide her with security and additional training. The following are her prominent behavioral challenges: 1) Pretty severe separation anxiety. Oneida is perfectly calm and mellow when her people are around, but is not comfortable being left. She was on ... (Read More)prozac for around 6-8 months and in retrospect, I think it did help, although at the time I wasn't sure it was necessary so I took her off. 8 weeks later, her anxiety is really pronounced, so I have started her back on it. She took to a crate easily for her trainer (but not for me when I 1st got her), so crating would likely help quite a bit. I live in a 'tiny home' and simply do not have room for a crate; 2) Definitely compromised hearing and possibly eyesight, but neither pose much of an issue; 3) Her early trauma combined with her natural shepherd character means that she needs a very experienced handler who is confident and skilled, and can provide her with security and peace of mind. 4) Lastly, she is dog-aggressive initially, but with proper introductions, she actually does really well with most dogs. I listed her as 'good with dogs', because I think she would do great with a buddy or especially in a pack. When with her trainer, she has done great with all the dogs, big and small, and I think a pack would really help with her sense of security. She really goes after cats, so no cats in the home please! Overall, Oneida is a real sweetie. I have watched her blossom from very consistently anxious and withdrawn to a tail-wagging (I call her Thwacker because her tail is always thwacking a wall hard when she's wagging), belly-rub-receiving girl. The problem is that my housing and work situation changed abruptly and drastically about 10 months ago, and it's been a struggle to give her what she needs. My work is requiring more and more travel, and finding care for her where she feels safe and secure is very difficult. I am also quite low income and cannot continue with the amount of training she should have. Finally, she requires a much more experienced and confident handler than I am. I have tried and have made progress over the past few years, but I am convinced that she needs more than me to really thrive. (Less) Adoption Fee: $200 Animal Location:
Multnomah County Portland, OR MAP IT!