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Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix Dog for adoption in Verona, New Jersey - Leo: Courtesy Post
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Facts about Leo: Courtesy Post

  • Breed: Shepherd (Unknown Type) Mix
  • Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
7/2016 UPDATE from his foster mom: Leo is a great dog, learning more every day about how to be a good guy on walks, ready for grooming, and meeting (and liking!) strangers. All month Leo worked with a new dogwalker – they got to be such good friends, Leo would snuggle on the bed with him when his dogwalker stayed over night! Leo is definitely still looking for a new home.

2-leoFrom his rescuer: Leo is neutered and has all updated vaccines (and the paperwork to prove it!), completely house trained, rarely barks (it’s a German Shepherd thing!), He never jumps on people, He never eats what he’s not supposed to… In short, he’s an exceptionally well-trained dog. Leo is looking for a loving owner who can give him regular exercise, and is capable with his sensitivities as a rescue dog. He is very, very shy when you first meet him, but incredibly loving when trust is built.

Leo’s Story

Three and a half years ago, I was biking in Brooklyn and saw a beautiful, full-sized dog run out into the street and get hit by a car. After he flipped over the hood of the car and none of the bystanders did anything, I picked him up and took him to a veterinarian.

The vet fixed up his leg (his right hind leg had popped out of the socket, but he suffered no other injuries). Because I wasn’t looking to adopt a dog, I was then in the pickle of having a nameless, collarless, unknown dog in my small apartment! I made posters and put them up all around the area where the accident happened.

After about two weeks, a woman called me and said that the dog had escaped from a warehouse where he was the puppy of one of their guard dogs. She worked there, and knew that he was kept caged all day and set loose to roam the warehouse at night. In addition to that horrible news, I also noticed that Leo (as I started to call him) had no ear flaps. He can hear just fine, but the skin where two pointed little ears would be is missing, giving him a “teddy bear” appearance. Apparently when he was a few weeks old he had an ear infection, and his previous owner cut them off! I was horrified to hear this story, and although I wasn’t looking to adopt a dog, agreed to take him temporarily and take over the process of finding him a new forever home.

Because of his strange upbringing, when I first met him, Leo was very jumpy around loud noises. Three years ago, he could be very standoffish and borderline unfriendly to people he was meeting for the first time. He also couldn’t climb staircases (he was a warehouse dog, after all!) and got very nervous around them.

Over the last couple of years, Leo has adjusted to a happy, normal life. He can now climb stairs. He knows and obeys multiple commands (sit, come, stay, down, outside, and to stay on his space — his mat). He has become a very friendly, lively dog.

Now that he is adjusted and I have a better sense of his personality, I feel comfortable beginning the process of finding him a permanent home with someone better qualified to work with a rescue dog and own a dog– ideally someone with experience and more time!

Leo still has some quirks. He is not always good with male dogs, although he has several female dog friends. He rarely — if ever — barks, but he “starts” when he hears noises (jumps up and comes walking over to find you to check in). Also, although I have trained him out of any directly aggressive behavior, he still shirks away from above-the-head touching, and is very sensitive about being touched below his hips (near his butt or tail). He will give a warning nip if he feels encroached upon. I have never met a smarter, quick-to-learn dog and I would bet that if anyone qualified feels ready to work with him on these issues, he would be able to adjust. I have had a lot of success getting him to be extremely obedient and much more friendly than when I met him three years ago! The best kind of home for Leo is a calm, controlled environment. NO cats and ideally NO other dogs, or at the least, female dogs with mellow attitudes. Leo most likely doesn’t get along with children (he hasn’t had a lot of exposure to them).

In addition to my own opinion, Leo has several dog sitters who work with him regularly and would be happy to share information about working with Leo.

if interested in Leo, please contact and we will put you in touch with the rescuer.

About Friends With Four Paws, East Coast

About Our Rescue Group...

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Our Adoption Process...

All of our animals are initially pulled from local shelters and the general public, placed in foster care, fully vetted (spay/neuter, age appropriate vaccinations, flea/tick/heartworm prevention and testing, deworming, microchip) and all pets come with a free 30 days pet insurance policy. If an adopter is interested in a specific pet, they can fill out an application and/or send an email to our main contact and one of our volunteers will get back with them shortly. Then once the application is processed we will set up a meeting for the adopter and the dog to see if they are each a good fit for each other. Our adoption fee is $475.