My name is Nessie!

Great Dane/Plott Hound Mix Dog for adoption in Westminster, Maryland - Nessie
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Facts about Nessie

  • Breed: Great Dane/Plott Hound Mix
  • Color: Brindle
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 11969134
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

All of the animals posted on our site have been temperament tested. While not all are in the immediate area, once we have processed and approved your application, we will move the dog to our adoptive area for you to meet, greet and hopefully adopt. Sometimes we will have more than one application on a dog. That does not mean it automatically goes to another family but you should be aware of the fact that until you are approved and set up for the meet/greet.. the dog could get adopted by another applicant.

From Nessie's caretaker:

With great sadness, we are looking for a new home for our beloved dog Nessie.  Nessie is about 3 and a half years old. We got her from a nearby animal shelter 2.5 years ago, when she was about a year old. For most of her time with us, she has been wonderful. She is smart, athletic, goofy, and sweet.  We have an invisible fence, and Nessie loves to sit outside and watch the world go by.  She adores walks, hikes, and car rides. When Nessie comes into the house, she likes to search around for “her people” to see who is home. She loves to hold hands, or at least for you to hold her paw while she sits on the floor looking completely goofy. She loves to eat ice and will wait by the freezer in the hopes you will drop a piece.We have not let her onto the furniture, and she is happy sleeping on her bed (though there are sometimes some suspicious warm spots on our bed when we get home). Often, Nessie sprawls awkwardly in her sleep, falling halfway off her bed.  Other times, particularly when it is cold, she cuddles her 80-pound frame into a tiny ball.  In many respects, Nessie is well trained. She has never had an accident in the house, even though we have left her at home for hours at a time. She often puts herself to bed around 10 p.m., but in the morning is happy to wait until 9 a.m. before going outside (sometimes even later). At least in the kitchen (when she knows a treat is
coming) she knows commands for sit, stay, and come. At about 80 pounds, she is a gorgeous dog. With her sleek, athletic build, she is a great running companion. She is
also happy to sleep while someone works at home.  With all of these strengths, when we got Nessie we thought we had won the canine lottery. There were a few bumps on the road, though. Nessie gets nervous when she meets new dogs but once she settles, she is overjoyed to play. She enjoys
other dogs immensely. It is as if she wants to play so badly that she gets nervous about whether another dog will be friendly. Good with cats:  she had not had a chance to actually play with them but she had lived with two for a short period of time.  She is very interested in them but they run away before she can actually play.  She is cat excitable.  Nessie does not like strangers carrying packages
to the door, too.  Most troubling for us, Nessie has started displaying concerning behavior towards children. Over time she has shown that she is anxious around them and has growled and backed away nervously. She has never bared her teeth, only grumbled to let you know she is uneasy. While she was staying at a friend’s house, she snapped at a 12-
year-old girl as a warning, but unfortunately caught her on the lip. Nessie is a tough girl, and we don’t think that she considered the incident to be a big deal. Our guess is that
she thought of it more like disciplining a puppy. But still, she reacted in a way that scared the child, the parents, and us. More recently, we have seen Nessie become nervous with boys and girls of ages ranging from 9 to 16. While Nessie has always been sweet to our kids, we cannot risk the safety and happiness of other children, nor does it make sense to banish them from our house.  We are heartbroken to lose Nessie. The only balm we can hope for is to find a wonderful new home for Nessie – a place where Nessie can be the fabulous companion that we know she is.  Nessie would love to find a home with one or two adults, with or without other dogs.  She is a beautiful, sweet, athletic, outdoor-loving, kind of girl who would be an ideal running companion.  She also loves to go hiking, playing with other dogs, and sitting outside on the front steps watching the world go by.  A quieter home would be ideal as she is too nervous to live among kids of any age.  She will love you unconditionally. Two extra large dog beds, toys, and collar come with the adoption.

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