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Posted over 5 years ago | Updated 4 days ago

Facts about me

Shepherd (Unknown Type)/Boxer
Brown/Chocolate - with Black
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
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My info

Checkmark in teal circle Good with kids
Checkmark in teal circle Good with dogs
Checkmark in teal circle Shots current
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered
Checkmark in teal circle Housetrained

My story

Please contact Tonya Griffith ( for more information about this pet.

Posted on 12/2/17, and pictures were updated on 7/27/21.  Artie was transferred to me on 8/31/17 from the Rebel Ranch Rescue after the founder, Amy Allen, was murdered on 8/21/17.  Artie was one of 4 dogs still there that other rescue groups chose not to take.  He was scared and tried to chew the leash the first attempt to get him out of his dog pen, so a second leash was used as a muzzle.  He seemed to be very attached to his companion Dahlia who shared his dog pen, so was happy to be in a crate next to her for the drive back to our property.

After being in a dog pen for about one week.  I decided to start letting Artie and Dahlia out to run, and they would chase each other around and then run back into the dog pen when done.  After another week of this, I decided to leave the gate open all the time.  They eventually moved to another section of our property.  Dahlia started climbing our 4 foot perimeter fence, but Artie has stayed on our property and made friends with the other dogs here, so he is not as attached to Dahlia as I first thought.  He is still skittish of people, but loves treats and can food, which has made him feel comfortable enough to come up to me on occasion to let me pet him.  At first I had to throw treats to him, but now he will take them from my hand, and especially will come for a spoon of can food.  He needs a home that will be patient with him, other dogs to play with, and a large fenced area.  He likes to get on top of dogs houses and other things to lay down on, and knows where the treats are, so will get into the bags if not sealed up.  I was told that Amy called him Smarty Artie.  He also has an underbite, which may indicate he is part Boxer.

Artie was adopted on 8/1/20 to a young boy for 1.5 months.  He was returned due to being terrified of storms, and in the house alone.  He can break out of a wire crate, and try to escape a house if someone is not with him, so he would do better with someone who is home a lot.  He is also terrified of gunshots and fireworks.

Artie was already neutered when transferred, and heartworm negative on 9/1/17.

D.O.B.:     ? 2014
Weight:     45.4 - 9/1/17; 64.6 - 12/4/20

$25 adoption fee.

November 24, 2023, 2:13 pm

Tonya Griffith's Animal Rescue, Inc.

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Tonya Griffith
Tyler, TX 75704

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Additional adoption info

Cat adoption fees vary from $25 to $55 for males, and $25 to $70 for females, which pays for spay/neuter and vaccinations. Dog adoption fees vary from $25 to $115, depending on how much it cost for spay/neuter and vaccinations. Adoption contracts must be signed upon adoption approval and any pet history information is provided with each adoption.

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It depends on who has the pet. We don't advertise our address to keep people from dumping animals on our road anymore than they usually do, especially since this is also where we live. I like to visit with a person on the phone first before letting them come meet the pet.

More about this rescue

This is a small animal rescue for cats and dogs. I have several foster homes in various areas, and I also do courtesy postings for people who need help finding a home for their pet, which is about 80% successful. The pet doesn't have to enter a rescue or shelter and the owner is contacted, so they decide who their pet goes to. If a person can't send me pictures, and they don't live too far away, I will go and videotape the pet myself to place pictures on the internet, or have a volunteer get the pictures. There have been a few pets that haven't been able to find a home through this service, but it depends on what the pet is and who is looking on the internet. When we have space available we take transfers from a local kill animal shelter. We also step in and help people who find themselves with multiple animals and no way to pay to get them fixed. Usually I will get all the females fixed to get their circumstances under control, and in some cases I will also help with donated food when I have extra. If they want to find homes for some of the many pets they have accumulated, then I will place their pictures on the internet for them. We don't euthanize unless a pet is seriously ill.