To meet any of our dogs you must first complete our online adoption application on our website. For more information and the adoption application for Sterling, please visit our website below
Sterling is a European import who, unbeknownst to his breeder, was sold to a third party. He then landed at a high-kill shelter, which is how we met this gorgeous boy. We rescued him and, once safe with Coastal, connected with the breeder, who is now trusting us to find the best home for this big boy.Sterling walks amazingly well on leash and knows basic obedience. He is your typical working line dog: he has a high play drive, loves toys, balls and the water hose (with caution, it's all play to him but he will bite at the hose). Ideally, he will need an adopter who is willing to take him through more training and let him work and outlet his energy. This is a dog who wants something to do and he's definitely not a couch potato. He takes treats very gently and is food motivated (but not at all possessive- we can take things right out of his mouth), which makes him highly trainable. Due to his drive and energy level, we think he'd do best in a home with adults and/or older children. We think Sterling would be best-suited with another large, balanced dog who won't react to his energy, but instead will help teach him the finer points of doggie manners. At just a year old, Sterling has his whole life ahead of him and is a real gem! He has had some medical issues and does best on a prescription novel protein diet and B12 supplements.
The minimum adoption donation for adults is $300 and the adoption donation for puppies is $400 - $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible. The adoption donation provides that all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis ( i.e., puppies who will need to be altered by 6 mos old). Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.
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