Update: Marrok has improved leaps and bounds! He is lovable, playful and gets along with other dogs! He walks great on a leash, is house and crate broke as well as basic commands. He comes treadmill trained and is a fabulous dog! If there is a man in the house he takes time to bond.
Marrok is an amazing young male that will make a great companion. He is very attached to his human. He is not a barker or a digger, but will bark if he hears something. He gets along with other dogs small and large. Even though he has made great progress he is still a little nervous. Therefore, it is recommended he does not go to a home with small children. He is a pleasure to have around with no problems. He will need to go to a home with strong leadership/an alpha who understands his needs. He has had a lot of basic training. This is a dog that would love to do tricks. He walks great on a leash and rides nicely in a car.
My name is Marrok! I am a young, medium energy, black shepherd mix male of 43 lbs and approximately 2 yrs old. I look like a pocket-size Shiloh Shepherd. I have a black tongue - there are 36 breeds that can have a black tongue. I am stunning!
I was picked up by Miami-Dade animal services on 9/11/16 as a stray. I’m not really sure how that happened. I was there for one week when I got a bad cold. That was a very scary place and I got stressed out! On 9/21/16 I was still sick and even more afraid because they said I would have to go to sleep forever. On 10/1/16 I was taken in to be neutered as I was going to be picked up by the rescue: Ewenity Farms. On Oct 2 nd, I was pick up and went to a home where I was even more confused. I stayed there for three weeks and I did not do well. I was then unwanted again and taken to a boarding facility. I was there for a few days and It was like being back in the shelter, it was so loud and I again became afraid of the other dogs.
The rescue sent someone out to see how I was doing. She asked the nice people to take me out to the yard. She sat in the corner and ignored me while I walked around and went potty. I was afraid of her too at first, but because she ignored me I wanted to meet her. I ran around the yard, came close to her and she threw out a very yummy treat. It felt so good to be out of there! Then I ran and jumped in her lap! But wait! She was still ignoring me just walking around while I visited with the small dogs next door. Then, she left! I was sad but I was used to being disappointed and let down by humans! The nice people came out and put me back in my dog run. Then, they came to get me again. Oh, no, what now! I was led through all the barking and growling dogs once again. But then the door opened and there was that lady!! Hot dog! I was sprung! She loaded me in her car and off we went. We arrived at her house where she gave me a bath, which I did not like then, but now I love them. The bathwater was so warm and I felt her hands all over me. I have not had the kindness of a human for a long time so I was still very careful. She did my toenails and let me run around the yard. I was then taken into the house where I was placed in a crate. Oh, no! I had to be afraid again of more dogs. You see she has five other dogs, one is very small. She put a screen up so I could not see them, but I could smell them! They ran over to my crate and I did what I had learned in the previous places; I growled and barked at them. She told me I did not have to do that and that was not OK. But this time was different - she helped me! She kept her dogs away till I was used to them. By the end of the second day we were all friends, and now I had a pack of six dogs I was running with. Wow! My needs were being met as a dog!
I used to hate being in the crate, but now I love it because great stuff happens there. I get fed in the crate. I have been taught to “wait” before I come out, because I have to be calm. I wait nicely for my food. I go in whenever she asks me to. I like to sleep in my crate! She even taught me to walk on a treadmill! She says I have a lot of energy to burn off! I love all my foster brothers. I have gone to parks and stores. She said she is “socializing” me. I love it because she asks people to ignore me and I don’t feel scared and threatened. She does not force me to allow people to touch me or even look at me, and I’m getting where I don’t mind it much. I just love her and wish I had a person that understood me just like her for my very own! She loves me and will help my new person.
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