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|Animal ID: ISR1818Spud (male)|
PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS: Spud MUST have a tall physical privacy fence & limited time home alone & preferably with another dog as a playmate. He'll require a lot of exercise & a home where he will NOT be crated for long periods of time. Another dog to help with exercise will be helpful. Older children will be fine (aged 5 & older); unsure if good with cats. Spud is approx. 2 years old, which means he's still very much a GSP puppy in many ways. He's a gorgeous boy, weighs about 63 pounds & has a huge personality to match his larger frame. He has big paws, a larger head & beautiful amber/gold eyes that warm your heart when you meet his gaze. As a younger GSP, he'll require a lot of supervision & exercise. His fosters have discovered Spud does very well in a home with another dog of like-type energy (high-energy) to help with his exercise needs. Spud came to us from a man who realized that a GSP is a very high energy dog, especially young GSPs. Spud's previous owner was elderly & Spud's energy & exercise requirements proved to be too much for him. Spud has a fantastic personality & eagerly plays with other dogs, toys & his people. He's full of energy & wants to be in the mix of everything that's going on around him. He will be a perfect GSP for an active family, perhaps with another doggy playmate, a family that wants to include him in their outings as part of their family, i.e., hiking, swimming, camping, etc. He isn't a dog who will want to spend most of his day lounging around in the shade, or in a crate. On the contrary, the more excitement & play time this guy has, the better he likes it & the better pet he'll make for his new family. Exercise = happy dog = happy family! Currently, Spud knows some basic commands such as, 'sit, down, and come'; however, he'll benefit significantly from additional training to address his behaviors & obedience. We recommend Spud attend behavior/obedience classes with his new family to help ensure consistency in his training & this training will also help the bonding process between Spud & his new family. As we've mentioned, Spud is high-energy & a very, very strong, physical GSP. Because his previous (elderly) owner didn't have the energy to work with Spud & help him learn the ins & outs of being a well-trained pup, Spud spent most of his days as a 'free-wheeling', untrained (but not aggressive) puppy whose only purpose was to enjoy life & be the very playful young GSP that he is. It's also likely that Spud didn't get much time on leash for leash walks & this is a work in progress for him; he's tough to handle on a leash, especially since he's so strong, but with the proper training & patience, we believe he'll get better. Spud is prey-driven & very focused on squirrels & birds in the yard, gamely showing the GSP stalking & chasing traits so indicative of his breed. If he weren't such a clumsy pup, he might even be successful & catch one or two, but, he still needs to hone his skills & grow into his body and paws to have a successful 'hunt'. Spud wants to please his people & relishes being praised, petted & loved. He accepts being in a crate, but we advise he be homed with a family that won't have to leave him in a crate for extended periods of time because he does experience separation anxiety if left for long periods. He'll also counter surf if you leave goodies out & forget he's there. If caught in the act, a simple 'No' and he's back down away from his counter quarry; however, counter supervision is still a must for Spud. Spud has shown no aggression over food or toys with other dogs or people. He has a gentle, loving spirit, but because he's still a clumsy, energetic, puppy-like GSP, we advise that if he is to be homed with children, the children be at least 5 years of age or older. Spud could easily knock young children over & inadvertently hurt them. Spud gets along great with other dogs & LOVES people. He's very much a velcro GSP & will follow his people from place to place to make sure he knows where they are & maybe get a chance to be included in whatever they're doing. One of Spuds cute quirks is that he seems to 'bond' with blankets. He likes to drag a blanket around, find a napping spot & then snuggle up with his blanket for a quick nap. Spud is a relatively quiet GSP & rarely barks unless he's taken by surprise or scared. Once, he saw his reflection in a glass door & he barked at himself. In summary, Spud is the GSP for you, IF 1) you have the time & patience to love & nurture a high-energy puppy-like GSP, 2) you don't have very young children, 3) you may have another dog/s of like-type energy to help with Spud's exercise needs and 4) you want a loving, sweet, beautiful, velcro GSP who is looking for an active family to include him in their life for the long-term. If you think Spud is the perfect GSP to add to your family, please complete our online adoption application at www.ilshorthairrescue.com. (Less)
Illinois Shorthair Rescue
Lake County Gurnee, IL 60031 MAP IT!
|Animal ID: ISR1817Mollie Sue (female)|
PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS: Mollie Sue is blind & will need to be placed in a home with limited crate time, no other dogs & a physical fence. She does not require extensive exercise but requires a minimum of 2-3 exercise sessions per day. When outdoors & unleashed, she must be contained in an area with 6 foot (minimum) privacy fence; if not fenced/supervised, she must be on-leash at all times when outdoors. Cannot be crated for extended periods of time. MUST be an only dog and probably no cats. Older children will be fine (probably 8-12 or older). Mollie Sue is a female GSP mix, approximately 1.5 years old & blind. She's petite, weighing about 35 pounds & is white with black markings. When she interacts with her people, it seems every movement & exchange made is cuter & more intuitive than the previous one. Even though Mollie Sue is blind, she has learned to live & communicate in ways a sighted dog may not. She's so in tune to her surroundings & her people it's as if she almost takes on human-like responses & interactions. Mollie Sue never ceases to amaze them as she goes about her day-to-day routines - happy, loving, confident & eager to learn and please! Please don't think that just because Mollie Sue is blind she's not 'what you're looking for' in a pet, stick with us before you decide. You might discover she's just the dog you've been searching for all along! During her short lifetime, we know Mollie Sue was living in a desperate situation where she was badly neglected & mistreated. We're unsure how she became blind or how long she's been blind. We also know at one point she interacted well with other dogs; however, that hasn't been the case with her & her foster dog sibling. For this reason, we're advising she be an only dog unless she receives professional guidance from a skilled trainer when & if she is to be introduced to a possible permanent dog sibling. 'Blind dogs see with their hearts' is a quote from the Blind Dog Rescue website (blinddogrescue.org), and we couldn't agree more. This website offers realistic, helpful information about how to live with & care for a blind dog as a family pet. From what we've read & from what we've lived & experienced with her since we brought her into our rescue, we know that whoever is lucky enough to adopt this little girl will have the opportunity to experience some of the most joyful, fun-filled, loving days you could ever experience through pet ownership. Mollie Sue is positively THAT special. Perhaps the first very, very important detail we want to highlight is that Mollie Sue doesn't 'act blind'. If you've never been with a blind dog & don't understand how they maneuver throughout their daily activities, we'd like to give you a brief insight into her world, how she came to be with ISR & how she manages her days as an independent, normal, puppy-like GSP. Mollie Sue adapted easily & quickly to her new foster home surroundings & people. It took her a little over a day to 'visualize' her new surroundings & navigate throughout her new home & backyard, like she'd been living there forever as a sighted dog. Her foster mom says 'Mollie now weaves around obstacles so well one would think she has normal vision. Her senses of smell & hearing are extremely good, which she uses to help her locate toys, treats, bones & even to fetch & retrieve!' Mollie is house trained & will go sit by the door when she needs to go out. If she's in her crate when the need arises, she'll bark to let you know it's potty-break time. Mollie isn't a fan of her crate, but if she must be crated (not over 3 hours), she simply needs her leash & a few treats tossed inside her crate to entice her in. She will experience anxiety & separation issues if crated for lengthy periods of time. Mollie Sue's blindness doesn't keep her from craving exercise & outside time. Mollie has proven to be a bit of a mini-Houdini & easily navigates gates/chain link fences with her climbing/jumping abilities. She loves to go on leash walks to get good smells & sniffs of her outside world. It's also common for her to occasionally 'belly walk'. Her foster mom thinks it's because Mollie likes the feel of grass on her belly. Mollie Sue senses her surroundings in a different way than her sighted counterparts. She also loves to play fetch in the backyard. By using a ball with a sound, she listens to the direction it's thrown & then lets her sense of smell take over. It's really amazing & we have a video highlighting this. Mollie doesn't exhibit much in the prey-drive area, but she often acts like she's hunting birds in the trees & sniffing the ground for nearby critters. If she senses birds in a low hanging nest, she tries to get them, but so far, she hasn't achieved this feat. Mollie's exuberance should be considered before she's homed with children. For more detailed info (yes there's more!), please visit http://ilshorthairrescue.com/Adoptable_Dogs. There, you can also submit an application. (Less)
Illinois Shorthair Rescue
Lake County Gurnee, IL 60031 MAP IT!
|Rescue Me ID: 18-02-15-00271Hart (male)|
Oh my heart, it's Hart! This handsome devil is a 2 year old supermutt - we think he has some AmStaff and maybe some German Short-haired Pointer, but it's hard to say! He's a blend of many delicious flavors. Hart has had a tough life so far - he arrived at ACL from a local animal control where he had been found as a very skinny, very nervous stray. Hart is a sweet guy who loves attention and already has been picking up on commands! He's a total genius when it comes to training. It's clear that Hart was never anyone's pet - he doesn't have a lot of manners yet, and he still can get overexcited when there's lots of excitement around. Despite his early troubles, Hart has made huge strides in the short time we've had him - we are confident that a stable home with some time to adjust will turn Hart into the perfect pooch! He's housebroken and great on his leash. He'll do well with calm, tolerant other dogs who can give him some time to calm down, but no cats or small animals please. Because he's still learning coping skills, he'll do best in adult homes only. Hart has a required enrollment in 'A Sound Beginning' training program at the time of adoption to help him learn the basics about home living. See asoundbeginningprogram.com for more info on this training program! (Less)
Cook County Oak Park, IL 60304 MAP IT!
|Animal ID: ISR1650George (male)|
PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS: George is male GSP, about 9 years old, and ready for adoption. He exhibits some prey drive so we're not sure how he would do with cats. GEORGE'S STORY: George is about 9 years old but still has plenty of energy to keep him on the go and interested in everything going on around him. He came to ISR after he was found as a stray. During his time with ISR, he received the food and medical attention he deserved to get him back to good health. George is a white, liver spotted, medium-sized GSP with a long, natural tail. He gets along great with the other GSP living in his foster home. He's content just to follow his buddy around and keep an eye on things in the yard. He loves squeaky stuffed animals and doggy toys. Sometimes he'll play keep away with you if you try to get one his adopted 'babies' - all in good fun of course. He doesn't exhibit any aggressive tendencies with humans or animals in any situation. George is prey-driven and will hurriedly check out the fence line for any sign or scent of something he can chase. He loves being on the move in the yard! When he's first let out in the yard to get a bit of exercise and do his business, he runs full speed briefly, and then slows down to enjoy his time sniffing for intruders. We're not sure how George will be with children or cats. When he is greeted by strangers, he's very apprehensive and will back away and bark until he becomes more acquainted and comfortable with them. If he were to be homed with a family that has children, George would need to be given time and space to allow a slow 'getting to know you' period of time to ensure his comfort in a new setting. George will also need to be in a family that has someone home with him more time than they are away from him. When entering rescue, George experienced some separation anxiety which has markedly improved over time. He is crate-trained and accepts going into a crate with no problem. George loves his food and feeding time. He loves his food so much that he's quite the gobbler. He's recently been eating out of a cupcake/muffin tin with a little food in each cupcake holder. This has helped slow down his eating and he doesn't seem to mind taking the extra time to get each bit of food. George has the cutest tendency to carry things around with him. The first thing he chooses to do when he's released from his crate is to find something to carry around with him. A shoe, squeaky toy, socks, food bowl, etc. He's not particular, just whatever's closest that he can put in his mouth for a while. Even though George was a stray for a while, he seems to be a fast learner and already knows commands, such as, sit, come, and fetch. His foster family has been working on helping him understand and learn what's not acceptable in a home. George is a great big cuddler and likes to spend his 'down time' relaxing under the covers, all sprawled out somewhere. Sofas and chairs are prime real estate! He also likes his fair share of loving and attention from his people! If you are interested in George, please review our application process at www.ilshorthairrescue.com (Less)
Illinois Shorthair Rescue
Lake County Gurnee, IL 60031 MAP IT!
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German Shorthaired Pointer Dogs can make good pets in Illinois if they match your IifestyIe. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium sized hunting dog. Shorthaired Pointers are intelligent and trainable. This breed does great with children. Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercise, attention, and affection. They can make excellent family dogs. Shorthaired Pointers can be socialized to get along well with cats and other dogs. Shorthaired Pointers need a large yard with a high fence. This breed is an excellent jogging companion.
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