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Facts about me

Shepherd (Unknown Type)
Brown/Chocolate - with White
7 years 10 months old, Adult
(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
(Current) 50 lbs
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small red x Not good with cats
Small blue checkmark Needs experienced adopter
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

Meet Aspen! This girl is around ~6yrs old, and 50 lbs.


Aspen will be loosing her foster family as of 11/19/20 and will return to her boarding if we cannot find a foster, foster-to-adopt, or adoptive family.

She isn't the dog for everyone, as she will likely need an experienced dog owner. Her adopter will need strong dog leadership skills and they must know how to be a good observer and handler.

Aspen is not an “off the leash at the dog park” kind of dog. She is “dog selective,” which means she is not going to be friends with all dogs, but she is also not going to try to attack them while on leash, nor bark/lunge at them when she has a dog encounter while walking or hiking. She ignores other dogs for the most part. Aspen’s ideal home will likely be one who is looking for just one family dog and has no cats. She does love humans!! Although she has met children on/off leash and has at times been sweet to them, a home without small children would likely be the best for her. This ideal home can sometimes include playtime with some dogs she considers friends. Providing dog training from the start would be perfect .

Medically, Aspen is super healthy! Even though she may be 6 years old and is happy/content with being calm, she can also be pretty active/energetic and would make a great hiking buddy and enjoys long walks. Her blood work is great and she recently had a dental treatment, including removing her canine teeth and several other teeth that were fractured from the time before she was rescued.

When she first arrived to the foster's home Aspen seemed to be a little nervous and would whine by the door or in her crate or pant a lot, but with a little love and affection she quickly adjusted and learned the rules fast. She responds very well to “no” and knows which areas she’s not allowed in. She did well with formal training and learned how to not pull on the leash and walk nicely by your side, but you will need to be consistent with it. She only sits when she is on leash by your side with a gentle reminder by pulling up on the leash.

She enjoys eating leaves from the garden and human food (cooked veggies, rice, sweet potato) over dog food, Probably because they’re soft and easier to chew. She eats hard dog food very slowly because she is missing several teeth, so maybe soft treats and soft food would be better for her.

Aspen sleeps nicely in her crate every night and will go to her crate on her own throughout the day, however she will resist if she knows you are leaving. Sometimes she will run to a corner or under the bed if you tell her to go to her place, but this can easily be fixed with consistent training on leash (when her leash is on, she goes to her place on command). She is not super destructive but has lightly chewed on a few items that were in the yard (boxing glove and yoga mat), but they weren’t destroyed or anything (again, probably has to do with her missing some teeth). She also responds well to “no” if you see her try to grab something or if you correct her for trying to chew on something.

Aspen is very independent and likes to explore outside. Several times she has also bolted out of the door, but if you chase her and yell after her she immediately stops and rolls over on her back. Despite her being a little mischievous at times, she is the absolute sweetest. Even though she likes all people and gets along great with everyone, she has attached onto her foster and will follow her around everywhere. She likes to sleep under the foster's side of the bed and it has become her spot at night, or when she wants to get away from everyone.

She is housetrained and goes on the same place in the yard.

She is dominant with other dogs, but lives with a male staffy rescue and they are best buddies now, even sleeping with each other on occasion.

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Why adoption is a great option

Aspen, a San Diego Shepherd (Unknown Type) dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Shepherd (Unknown Type) for sale in San Diego, or seeking a Shepherd (Unknown Type) dog from a breeder in San Diego.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in San Diego already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a San Diego breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Shepherd (Unknown Type) breeders who help with Shepherd (Unknown Type) rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in San Diego paves the way for another one to be saved.