My name is Dixie!

German Shepherd Dog Dog for adoption in Louisville, Kentucky - Dixie
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Tier Haven Rescue

Facts about Dixie

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Color: Black - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Dixie is a pretty girl around 2-3 years of age. Dixie was purchased at 8 weeks old as a gift for a 10 year old girl. Unfortunately Dixie was then kept outside without socialization or training which led to Dixie having no guidance, boundaries, or manners. Dixie was then placed in a home with another dog, cat, and children. She did extremely well however Dixie quickly established herself as the protector of this family as well. They had never dealt with such a strong personality in a dog and did not provide proper boundaries for her behavior. Dixie became overly protective and without a fenced in yard the family was unable to manage her behavior.

Dixie has had her world overturned twice in the last 6 months and is a perpetually confused girl. She is a very typical shepherd who needs a job and values herself as a protector. Dixie has lived with children and even visited schools with no issues. However if Dixie is not properly introduced to someone she doesn't respond well. She can be timid at times but generally takes her cues from whoever is holding her leash - if they are nervous she responds with aggression to protect them but if they are relaxed she is relaxed. Dixie is not naturally reactive or aggressive towards people but relies strongly on her handler for her cues. Unfortunately twice now she has been in situations with mixed signals and she doesn't know how to hold herself separate of that of her handlers.

Dixie does well with other dogs and has lived with other shepherds. She is very playful once she warms up. Ultimately she is a person-dog though and will always pick her person over the other dogs. Dixie has also lived with a cat for a few months and done very well.

Dixie is searching for an family with Shepherd experience to help her learn how to have a job and boundaries at the same time. She will require consistent training from day one to ensure she doesn't appoint herself protector again however Dixie also has lots of love to offer.

If you have any questions about Dixie, or would like an adoption application, please email

About Tier Haven Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Tier Haven Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit animal rescue agency based in Louisville, KY that specializes in German Shepherds and similar working breeds. Tier Haven realizes that many German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) find themselves in shelters due to a lack of training and understanding of the breed. Tier Haven is a no-kill rescue which limits the number of dogs we can care for at any given time for this reason Tier Haven focuses on taking dogs from shelters that are in direct risk of euthanasia and has a separate policy for owner surrenders.

Surrender Policy

Tier Haven accepts owner surrenders on a conditional basis due to the large number of dogs in kill shelters. If you have a dog you would like to surrender you must email pictures and the reason for surrendering to Tier Haven does charge a fee for surrendering a dog; $80 for a fully vetted dog (vaccinations, alter, heartworm test) when vet records are provided and $150 for un-vetted dogs.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

Ways to Donate: Purchase an item on our wish list to be mailed directly to Tier Haven Become part of our Young Living Essential Oil team using member #3144252 Shop through Enroll your Kroger Plus card to support Tier Haven while you shop through the Kroger Community Rewards NPO 27174 Donate money online through PayPal using the email address Shop online through IGive � Tier Haven Rescue, Inc to have a portion of your purchase donated to Tier Haven Tier Haven is a Partner and listed on the WoofTrax app. Simply turn on the app to track your mileage when you are out walking and WoofTrax will donate to Tier Haven based on the miles walked by supporters. Mailing Address: 2400 Bush Ridge Rd, Louisville, KY 40243

Our Adoption Process...

Tier Haven requires an adoption application to be completed and processed prior to meeting or adopting any of our dogs. As a completely foster based organization Tier Haven relies on the application to help ensure that adopters are only meeting dogs that are suitable for their household based on various factors. The application is completed via email and you may email us at to obtain an application. When submitting an application please contact your vet clinic and provide them with a release of information and also inform your personal references that they will be contacted.

Once your application is processed you will be contacted by a volunteer to discuss potential dogs and arrange a meet and greet. Since we are a foster based group we only allow up to three (3) dogs on each meet and greet to keep it manageable for everyone. Meet and greets are often held at public locations to respect the privacy of our foster homes and they are scheduled at the discretion of the foster homes.

Tier Haven charges an adoption fee of $250 for each dog. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, heart-worm test, micro-chip, and monthly preventative care while with our organization. All medical records are provided at the time of adoption along with an adoption contract.