Peg has been adopted!
Sponsored in memory of Farley
Please read the entire bio before submitting an application. It contains important information to consider in deciding if Peg is the right dog for you.
Peg is a one year old German Shepherd cross. We are not entirely sure what that cross might be, but she does have a luxurious, silky brown coat. Maybe a bit of lab?
Peg ended up in a shelter in the United States. When she was born, her owner thought it was a good idea to keep the entire litter. Over time, it became clear that a houseful of dogs was not a great idea. So, it was off to the shelter for Peg.
Peg is exceptionally affectionate. She needs a home where she is welcome to jump up on the couch and cuddle with her people. She also needs a home where she is welcome to climb in bed with someone at night (and hog most of the bed). She would not be happy sleeping on the floor at night. She is definitely not a crate dog.
She also needs a home where she gets played with. She loves to have someone get on the floor or lie on the bed with her and wrestle. She tries to burrow her head into the person’s neck as far as she can get it. She is not a dog who is ok being ignored.
She is a dog with a moderate energy level and does not have the crazy energy often seen with young dogs. Over time, that energy level may increase, something often seen with dogs that have been in shelters.
She will need training on some basic behavioural issues. For example, she jumps up on people. Puppy training would likely be a good idea with her.
She enjoys walks and an adopter would have to be prepared to give her regular moderate level exercise. She would need a bit of training on leash walks (she is a big fan of crisscrossing the road and walks a bit fast), but these are easy fixes. Some urban features seem new to her, so she may need some training on not being afraid of new things she sees when she goes for a walk.
Peg is very food driven and should be easy to train. When she first came into foster care, she refused to go up and down stairs. A few treats carefully placed on the steps solved that fear in about 5 minutes.
In the house she is pretty quiet. She is happy to curl up in a soft chair or couch for a sleep. She is learning about bones, balls and toys. She acts a bit like they are something new to her, but with each day she is getting greater enjoyment out of them.
We understand the home Peg was in had children. However, she has not been tested with children since arriving in Canada. We cannot say for sure how she would do. Because of this, we recommend that if there are children, they be over 12. We have no information on how she might be with cats, but her temperament suggests it might not be a good mix.
She is not very vocal, but some dogs take time to find their voice. It is best to just assume the dog will bark.
She is good in the car. No issues when bath time arrives.
She would need a fully fenced secure backyard of a moderate size. She needs some off leash freedom to play ball and run with her toys. An apartment is not suitable for Peg.
Peg needs to go to a home where she is the only dog. While she was raised with other dogs and is currently living with three dogs, Peg prefers people over dogs. She does not play with the dogs she is living with and has shown some food aggression. She has also nipped at the dogs if she felt they were getting in the way of her much desired attention from her people. Growing up in a houseful of dogs may have left her with some socialization issues that need to be addressed.
Peg is not a dog to take to off-leash dog parks, which frankly is true of most dogs. She needs leash walks for exercise and her own back yard for some off-leash play time.
Peg is not fully house trained. She is working on it and improves every day. Patience and consistency are the key to success, but it takes time and commitment. Peg will have some accidents before she gets the hang of it. We think Peg is worth the effort, but only you know if this is something that you are prepared to take on.
Peg would not do well if left alone for prolonged times. She is just too attached to her people. This does not mean she can never be left alone.
Peg is up to date on her shots and is microchipped. She is spayed.
As part of the comprehensive vetting Save Me Dog Rescue does for dogs coming into rescue, Peg was given a 4 dx test. This tests for heart worm, Ehrlichia, Analplasmosis and Lyme disease. These are tick borne diseases and can only be transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Peg tested positive for Ehrlichia. Peg poses no risk of spreading the illness to others. The gold standard of a successful treatment for Peg is a course of doxycycline, which she is receiving for 30 days, after which treatment will be finished.
Please watch the video and see Peg in action: https://youtu.be/2A8GcnWBec4
Peg was lovingly fostered by Bob