Ruff Ruff! My name is Skilo
|Breed:||German Shepherd Dog Mix||Color:||Unknown||Age:||Young|
I am already neutered and good with dogs.
Skilo went to the shelter when his owner was deployed - then OBG stepped in!
Meet Skilo, a german shepherd mix in a cocker spaniel rescue. Skilo is a 2 year old dog who lost his home when his owner was deployed. He was surrendered to a shelter and spent the next five months waiting anxiously for his furever home. Unfortunately, everyone who came to the shelter to adopt passed by Skilo because he was very nervous and didn’t show any interest in meeting potential adopters. Luckily for Skilo, a very good Samaritan in the community took an interest in him and through the magic of the internet, networked until she found a cocker spaniel rescue group that agreed to make him an “honorary cocker.”<p>
When Skilo came to his foster home, it appeared that he had never lived indoors before. He was afraid to be inside and when he finally got over his fear of being indoors, he had no idea how to act. Strangely enough, the dining room table became his favorite place to nap! Fortunately, Skilo has proven himself to be a very smart dog and a fast learner. He no longer tries to sleep on the dining room table (which makes his foster parents very happy). He is also completely housebroken and crate trained. He learned basic commands such as sit and stay very quickly and will happily shake your hand in exchange for a treat.<p>
Skilo loves to play with his 9 month old german shepherd foster brother and tug-of-war is his favorite game. Sometimes he and his "brother" can be mischevious with their play like when they got the collar off of one of them and then proceeded to use that as a toy LOL. Skilo is also very affectionate with his foster family and loves to have his ears scratched and his belly rubbed. He does get a little bit nervous if there’s a lot of activity in the home (other than the activity from him playing with his foster brother), so he would probably do best in a quieter home. He also would do best in an adult only home with an experienced dog owner who is willing to continue working with him on basic obedience training to help him build confidence. In exchange for working with Skilo, an adopter will get one very smart and loyal companion.<p>
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Rescue Group Info...
Oldies but Goodies Cocker Rescue, Inc, (OBG) is an all-volunteer non-profit animal rescue organization based in the Washington DC area that is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. We do this through the rescue, medical care, rehabilitation and placement by adoption of homeless and/or abandoned cocker spaniels and cocker spaniel mixes to good homes in the Mid-Atlantic region.
A Little History: OBG originated in Northern Virginia in 1996, out of a concern for local senior dogs that found themselves without homes, and had virtually no options for being rescued. OBG now rescues cockers and cocker mixes of all ages, and has grown over the years to serve not only the Washington DC metro area, but also the Mid-Atlantic area. In 2009 we rescued and placed over 330 dogs. We typically have around 100 dogs in our "inventory" which are kept in private foster homes.
OBG holds adoption shows at local MD, DC, and VA area Petsmarts and other locations on most weekends. Visit our website for a list of our upcoming shows. It's a good way to meet several dogs at once. When attending our shows, there are a few things to keep in mind:
If you have a interest in a specific dog, contact us. Not all our dogs attend each show.
Download our application form, fill it out and bring it to the show. That will save time!
Adoption shows are usually stressful for the dogs, so they are not necessarily all going to run up and lick you in the face and wag their tails like mad! Cockers are very attached to their owners, consequently at the shows they are typically trying to stay as close to their foster volunteer as possible and they may just politely ignore you. Don't hold this against them, all the love you see them showering on their foster volunteer will transfer to you very quickly.
If you already have a dog, you should bring it to the show to see how the two dogs interact. Dogs have opinions too, and the nicest dogs in the world may just decide that they don't like each other. Don't worry if the two dogs don't instantly fall over each other in a wagging licking frenzy. If they just do a courteous sniff and wag, and then wander away, that's fine. The point is to make sure they don't start growling and snapping at each other.
Requirements: OBG requires that the adopter be at least 21 years old and show proof of residency. In addition, we do not place dogs in families with children under 8 yrs old. This is precautionary, since in many cases we do not know the complete history of the dog. If you rent, we will ask to see a copy of your lease to verify that pets are allowed. Depending on the dog, we do not require that you have a fenced in back yard, but will check to see if existing fencing is secure. We require that other dogs in the household be spayed/neutered.
Adoption process: If you are interested in adopting a dog from us, we suggest that you first download the application form on our website and fill it out. Bring it with you to one of our adoption shows, and/or contact us to let us know of your interest. We also have an fill-in application form in MS-Word that you can fill in and email back to us. Based upon your application and conversations with you, we will make recommendations on which of our dogs might be a good fit. If a specific dog you are interested in is not available at an adoption show we can make arrangements for a private meeting with the dog and his/her foster mommy/daddy. Before you take your dog home we will perform a homecheck. We finalize the adoption with an adoption contract. The adoption fee is $350 for the first dog and $250 for the second dog, if adopted within 3 months of the first one. This fee helps pay for medical care, food, and shelter for the dogs.
*Note* We have a 14 day refund policy so that you can confirm that the dog is going to work out in your home - if it doesn't work out we can refund the money or work with you to find another dog. After the 14 day period, the fee is not refundable, but we can work with you to find another dog.