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Heidi – Fostered in Michigan
Heidi is a senior dog who won’t require a lot of exercise, but we still recommend a fenced yard. She’s good other dogs, currently homed with several other dogs. Will do best in a home where someone is home most of the time with her and no young children.
Heidi is a sweet, petite (40 pounds) 13-year-old senior girl who is so happy to be with a foster family that’s home with her most of the time and also has other company for her in the way of 7 other dogs. She was kept in a barn for 13 years and she truly deserves a family that is looking for a quiet, loving, loyal companion to add to their family.
Heidi has a condition called hip dysplasia and takes medication to help alleviate the pain associated with this condition. When Heidi finds her forever family, her new family will need to continue her pain management medications to help her enjoy her day-to-day comings and goings; however, her foster mom says administering the medication isn’t a problem.
While Heidi likes being with the other dogs, she also lets them know when they’re in an area she wants to claim as “her space”. Mind you now, she doesn’t hurt them at all, but will give a bit of a yip and/or growl occasionally to let them know they’ve crossed her imaginary line. Little Heidi doesn’t really appear to be a threat to any of the other dogs. She’s small, slow and even her occasional “snap” (if you can even call it that) never hits any particular target. Since she has a condition that is likely painful for her, it could easily be she’s just warning the other dogs to not get close enough to bump into her when they’re nearby or playing.
Heidi may be a little elderly, but she still has a bit of sassiness in her that’s cute to watch when she wants a space already occupied by one of the other dogs. She’ll casually slip into the space she has set her sights on and then either snuggle with the dog that’s already there or give a few little yips until they move and give her the prime real estate.
Clearly, since Heidi is a senior GSP, she doesn’t fill her days with a lot of energetic play or engage in running after small backyard critters; however, she does love to go around the backyard getting good sniffs...and short, slow leash walks are also one of her favorite things.
Heidi hasn’t shown any food aggression or toy aggression with the other dogs or with her foster family. There aren’t any children or cats where Heidi lives now, but we don’t believe Heidi will do well in a home where children are small enough to fall on her or try to play roughly with her. As far as Heidi’s acceptance of cats, her foster mom doesn’t believe Heidi would be a threat to one because of her hip and slow movements.
Heidi doesn’t like being in a crate and because her foster family doesn’t really have the need to crate her, they’ve decided not to make this a “must do” with Heidi. They also don’t make Heidi follow commands such as “sit” and “down” due to her hip dysplasia. Heidi can sit and lie down, but the fosters feel it best if she does these things on her own without being forced to do so. Heidi isn’t ever in a situation where she has to be reprimanded to follow such commands, so it’s been a non-issue for all of them.
Heidi does come when called and she loves being where the action is! In this respect she’s your typical Velcro GSP. She particularly likes to follow her person or people around…everywhere. Little Heidi may be a bit slow getting around, but she knows how to maneuver herself quickly enough to share your "private spaces" (bathroom) with you if you aren’t quick enough closing the door. 😊
Heidi won’t require a lot from her new forever family, but we’d love to see Heidi placed in a home with a family that will be patient and loving with her and let her know she’s loved and safe. A home with very few stairs and several carpeted rooms would be best for Heidi. She may not be a youngster anymore, but she loves people and being with them all the time. Companionship is just an arm’s reach away if Heidi’s in the house. She’s always near by and so happy to have a few pets and snuggles. Heidi is ready to love and be loved and we hope you’re ready to give Heidi the home she deserves. She’s ready to put her past behind her and enjoy you and your family for the rest of her days…by your side.
If you're the family that has that special place in your heart for Heidi and want to help her have those perfect golden years, then please complete our Online Adoption Application. It's the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.
Heidi is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.
Kitti is good with other submissive dogs; unsure about how she reacts with cats. Probably not small toddler children due to her size and playfulness. Fenced yard recommended.
KITTI MAE’S STORY:
Kitti Mae is a 3-year-old liver roan ticked GSP who weighs about 50 pounds. She is an absolute love and was only surrendered because her previous owner had a change in living arrangements and could no longer keep her. Her foster parents are thrilled to have her and feel she’s going to make her new family a wonderful companion.
Kitti gets along well with other submissive dogs, and a smaller dog or dog that is not very aggressive or a true alpha personality will partner best with Kitti Mae. She shows no food or toy aggression with other dogs or her foster family. She doesn’t currently live with children and her fosters feel she will do best with children who are a bit older and not toddling around. Kitti wouldn’t hurt them intentionally, but she does have that GSP playful abandon that could cause an accidental hurt to smaller children.
Kitti Mae already knows some commands (“sit, “fetch”, and “come”) and is adding “stay” and “down” to her recognized vocabulary of human words. Kitti is a great listener (she doesn’t like to be scolded and yelled at) and tries very hard to please her people. She’s crate-trained and doesn’t seem to mind being in one as needed; however, she is definitely a Velcro GSP who prefers to spend time with her people. She really likes to spend some time with them on the sofa and/or in their bed, but she also loves her own doggy-bed, too.
Kitti Mae LOVES spending time outside with her nose to the ground sniffing out backyard critters to harass and stalk; she’s very prey driven. Kitti had 3 acres of land to roam on at her previous home and spent a lot of time “patrolling” the confines and keeping them critter free. 😊 When Kitti Mae is inside she rests quietly and calms down quickly, but when she’s outside she’s all GSP with a tad of “naughtiness”. If she’s not supervised in the yard, she can easily find a place she thinks requires a little bit of Kitti Mae Landscaping…also referred to as hole digging. After a bit of landscaping, her fosters have found a great way for Kitti Mae to entertain them. They turn on the hose and let Kitti play in the water and chase it around the yard trying to catch the spray of water coming out. They say it’s hilarious to watch her do this and it’s also a great way to wash her down after her bit of naughty digging. Kitti also loves to play fetch with frisbees and balls – a good way to occupy her and keep her from her landscaping activities. Kitti will also counter-surf if there are nummy smells coming from the counter areas, so best to be vigilant or keep food items put away and out of her reach.
Kitti will do best in a home with an active family that wants to include Kitti in most of their outside activities and comings and goings. At only 4 years old and with typical GSP energy, she needs a lot of exercise and playtime during the day to keep her boredom at bay.
Kitti Mae’s foster family have really enjoyed tending to this sweetheart. They told us that “Kitti Mae is an easy, laid-back dog and a real love-bug. She loves snuggling up in her bed and also spending time with us on the couch and on our bed when invited. We recommend Kitti Mae NOT be homed with an ‘in your face’ dog (true alpha), but a dog with a similar personality will be a great match for her.
If you would like to make Kitti Mae a permanent member of your family, please complete our Online Adoption Application. It's the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.
Kitti Mae is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.