I visited a local shelter and ran into what I think is a strange situation. Just thought I'd share and see if anyone else thinks this sounds as bizarre as I do.
1. Puppy is 3 months old, all black GSD (with floppy ears). 2. Owner relinquished the puppy to the shelter after having the dog for 1 month. The reason for relinquishment was not clear. 3. Relinquishment papers says the owner bought the dog directly from the breeder, and had the dog for a month. 4. AKC registration sheet was included in dog's the paperwork.
I've got my own opinions. Anyone care to speculate given the facts I've provided?
What on earth did this dog do that they couldn't hold on for more than a month? Why didn't it go back to the breeder? I guess the thing that threw me more than anything was finding an envelope with "AKC" as the return address in the dog's paperwork. This is a shelter where the percentage of purebreds is very low.
My sister in law got a purebred dalmation pup from a shelter, AKC papers included. I think he was about 8 months old at the time. Owner turned him in because of "allergies", and shelter was going to put him to sleep because he was "aggressive". That wa 8 years ago, and she still has him. Sometimes, owners are dumb, and shelters are wrong.
I also have never heard of a shelter giving out AKC papers...is it the registration paper from the breeder & everything? As in the previous owner never registered? From the AKC website on color:
Color The German Shepherd Dog varies in color, and most colors are permissible. Strong rich colors are preferred. Pale, washed-out colors and blues or livers are serious faults. A white dog must be disqualified.
So, I think an all black would be ok.
From the AKC website on ears:
Ears are moderately pointed, in proportion to the skull, open toward the front, and carried erect when at attention, the ideal carriage being one in which the center lines of the ears, viewed from the front, are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. A dog with cropped or hanging ears must be disqualified.
I don't have dogs that have/need pointy ears. Do you crop GSD puppies? How old is too old to do so?
scout: Christmas present that went sour sounds like a good guess to me. I hadn't thought of that. (*duh*)
newfie: I've never dealt with AKC paperwork before, and I didn't study it, so I'm not sure what exactly it was. It was a single sheet on AKC letterhead, and a name (the previous owner?) had struck out the name with black marker. I thought I read somewhere that GSD ears that don't stand up were a fault, so I figured this was a sign that the breeder was not taking much care.
My next "what's that about?" case was this morning at another shelter I met with a young cocker spaniel. He was brought in a stray, and just became available for adoption today (after 72 hour wait period). The weird thing was his grooming -- it looked like he'd come straight from the groomer. Who would bother to groom this beautiful dog, then just let him go? He was really skittish, but I don't know how much of that is being a cocker spaniel, and how much was mistreatment by previous people. Weird.
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 2/4/2006 6:59:22 PM*** Reason: add
all black is an acceptable color for a gsd and his ears are probably floppy because of his age.
some breeders do not want their puppies back ..... some breeders will dump their unsold pups into a shelter ..... ive never seen one that came with AKC papers before though .. that is odd ...... but maybe the owners figured whoever adopts the pup would want them .
as for the cocker ...... maybe someone at the shelter groomed him so he would be more adoptable ?
who knows what drives people to do what they do anymore.
Hmmmm.... I hadn't considered that the shelter might have groomed him -- they have had pretty scrubby looking dogs before. Usually the small and medium sized dogs need no special treatment; they get adopted pretty quick. Of course, I don't know what he looked like when he got picked up by AC.
The ears look like normal gsd pup ears. Cute pup. That's pretty low, just giving him a month then dumping him. They could of at least rehomed him themselves. Someone mentioned it could be the breeder not wanting to take pup back. How heartless and irresponsible could you be? You basically created that life. if you hadn't allowed your dogs to mate, there wouldn't be a pup to go homeless. If you want to bring life into this world, you better be there to make things right when they go wrong. He's a really cute puppy, I really hope he finds a good home soon.
Ive herd alot of people drop dogs off because they are not potty training fast enough.
As for the cocker If its a cocker cut id say they brought him to the groomer because the shelter will usualy just shave a dog. Maby the cocker bit the lady on the way home and so she took him there instead of going home
Thanks -- didn't know GSD puppy ears were like that. She looks like a great dog -- very focused and smart. I'm guessing that she would like to eat our cat. If we were considering a big dog, I'd have them do a "cat test" on her. This shelter does very brisk business. Some weekends it's like shopping the day after Thanksgiving --there can be so many people in there vying for dogs. I'm pretty sure she'll get adopted before the end of the weekend. :-)
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 2/4/2006 8:41:14 PM*** Reason: fix
Oooh -- Puppy love attack! I keep thinking about that GSD pup, and it looks like she's still available (her picture just doesn't do her justice). I might need to go pay her another visit this afternoon while everyone is busy watching the Super Bowl.
i wouldnt rely a hundred percent on cat testing a puppy. puppies find it great fun to chase cats around. we have had gsds since before i was born and the ones raised with our cats were wonderful with them. they are a wonderful breed ........ i vote you go adopt her lol =)
She is absolutely adorable! I love the black color in GSDs. The ears look like normal floppy puppy ears. I can't believe someone would throw away such a beautiful puppy. Probably was a Christmas present for someone not responsible enough for a large-breed puppy.
Are you going to adopt? Oh, with this one I would be so tempted to.
she looks fine..the ears go up and down when they are teething...she is a pretty girl..go get her..if she was in my area i would..poor thing doesnt need to be there..with time she could get a great home..my local pound will give all the papers a dog come in with..AKC..shot records everything..go get that shiny pup..blacks are pretty...they dont have the appearance of as much bone as the other colors..but..lol..just like us..if we wear black...we look slimmer too...what state are you in...help her get out..