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~~Sometimes a rescue dog needs a very special person. Many of our dogs come to rescue with physical ailments that are relatively “easy” to fix – with specific treatments. Others, come with training needs, or confidence issues from neglect or mistreatment. And then there are dogs like Jewell. Jewell is six years old, and this is her second time in rescue with SGSR. She originally came to us, and specifically a very special foster parent, back in 2012. At that time Jewell came from a breeder, and was very timid and especially shy around men. Her foster mom worked with her, and finally realized that Jewell was one of those dogs that would not leave her home – a foster fail. That could have been Jewell’s happy ending, except that her new mom was diagnosed with cancer. Jewell’s mom fought bravely, and gave as much love as she could to all the people and creatures around her, including Jewell, but eventually, there was nothing left to give and Jewell’s mom lost her battle with her disease. Jewell again found herself without a person to love.
The man who also loved Jewell’s mom tried his best to care for her and give her the special love she needed, but he was dealing with his own grief and loss, and was not able to do so. It took some time, but eventually, he asked SGSR to take Jewell back into rescue, to see if someone else could help heal her broken heart. She is now with one of our foster families, but she desperately needs a person of her own to bond with, and finally feel safe and at home.
Jewell’s sadness manifests itself in distrust and the desire to hide. If she is given the opportunity to run and find a hole or dog house or crate or cabinet to hide in, she will do so. She does not seek out affection but will sit or lay quietly to accept being petted. She has wonderful leash manners, and is fully house trained – but when loose in the house, she will find the smallest, quietest place possible to hide, unless she has a crate to feel safe. Jewell is good with other dogs – both big and small. Her foster family also rescues Rat Terriers and Jewell stays in a big room with them, often sleeping curled up with the smaller dogs. She plays in the yard with the other German Shepherds, and runs and romps, but when people come to the yard, she immediately runs to her kennel and peeks out of the doghouse. Ironically, Jewell seems comfortable with quiet children – and quietly stands or sits for her foster mom’s grandchildren (4 and 5) to pet her and spend time with her.
Jewell weighs 75 lbs. and is a beautiful, bi-color (you can see the brown between her toes and on the back of her legs, and her undercoat is light grey). She also has white flecking in her face. We know she is not mixed with anything because she originally came into rescue with her registration papers.
The special person Jewell needs will give her time and space to heal and love again. When she finally does bond to a new person, it will be strong, and forever. Her next adopter has to be committed to her for the rest of her life. If you would like more information on Jewell please contact your adoption coordinator, or fill out an adoption application at www.southeastgermanshepherdrescue.com
Jewell is fostered in Piney River, Virginia.
Our adoption process consists of a telephone interview, a call to your veterinarian and a home visit. If you have any questions about the adoption process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .