His name is Bazq (pronounced Bah-zk), he is an 8-10 month old GSD/Husky. He was picked up as a stray in eastern Kentucky and was scheduled for euth. On the friday of his second week in the shelter along with a dozen or more other cats and dogs. Luckily the rescue talked the shelter staff into holding off until after the long weekend.
My BO's trainer also pulled two other dogs. Wilson is a sheltie mix, though he had been labeled as a GSD mix. From his pictures, we thought we were getting in a 60lb dog. Imagine our surprise when we are picking up from the transport and they pull this little, maybe 30lb, dog from the crate! Lol. He's a sweetie, and everyone along the transport fell in love with him.
The same lady pulled, Harley, a PB black lab. Totally cool guy. Very laid back and friendly.
All of these dogs came from one of the many high kill shelters around the country. And while I understand and appreciate all of the honest breeders out there (and some day I WILL have my PB GSD from west german lines and big name Schutzhund winner parents that will probably cost me more than my horses) the everyday owners need to step up and SPAY OR NEUTER!
And now for pictures! It was getting dark in a hurry, so the pictures aren't the best.
He did well with the horses. Was a little wary, but settled down.
Kudos to you. I love German Sheppard types esp. Those that resemble wolves. All my dogs were rescues in one way or another . They are the BEST! I wish more southern shelters would network with the ones up north. There are soooo many people in states like New Hampshire, Rhode Island etc. that want to adopt rescue dogs. They don't have the problems we do down south with over population. Spread the word if you can. And thanks from all us animal lovers for giving them a second chance.
Good luck with the gsd/husky mix. Had one, wouldn't own another. These dogs are very smart and their survival instincts (husky) are highly developed. This can make them sneaky. She'd pick up tricks in a heartbeat, wonderful with obedience training, but the sneakiness was what got us. I've heard numerous others complain of the same thing with their gsd/husky cross. Don't want to rain on your parade but this may be why the dog was at large. Ours figured out how to turn door knobs and let herself out.
Thanks for the comments everyone! He has settled in nicely and has learned that the kitties have claws, the chickens are not toys, and do not cut in front of the horses or you will be stepped on. LOL.
Saddlebag:Thanks for the warning, I was curious about how the cross of breeds worked out for others. I am very familiar with both breeds. I've had GSD's and I worked as kennel manager at a vet clinic for five years and gotten a lot of one on one time with Huskies and the like. They are sneeky!!
So far, Bazq seems to lean a lot more toward GSD in his temperment, but I can tell that training is going to be harder due to the SH. I am actually quite impressed with him, he has no inclination to wander off of the property without me. He is often off leash while I work outside, and while he does go off and explore, he comes back every few minutes to make sure that I am right where he left me. Lol.
He also comes back when called, so, luckily, he seems to have taken the better half of shepherd, rather than Husky.
I am very pleased with him. :)
He has come on short rides on the back of the property with the horses and stays a few yards in front of them, or behind them.
He and I go on long walks in the woods, him off leash, and he is content at the heel position.
Pics from our first walk in the woods:
Proud owner of ~Mana: 6yo Arabian gelding~Pearl 13yo Arabian~Danzer 14yo Arabian mare~ Tiny mini filly
Last edited by grayshell38; 06-18-2012 at 10:38 AM.
You are an awesome person for rescuing him. I have 2 dogs. Martin, my spoiled rotten Black Lab pup, well he's actually over a year but he's still my pup and my Cody. Cody is an American bulldog/ Boxer that I rescued the night before he was to be destroyed. He was only four months old at the time and was a complete wreck. The people who had owned him tried using him as a fighting dog but it just wasn't in his sweet nature so they choked him until they collapsed his trachea. So it took me 2 surgeries and months of hugs and kisses to get him to trust people, but it was completely worth it to me. I wouldn't trade him for the world.