Age: 5 years
Energy Level: Moderate-high
Overall Drive: Moderate
Location: Vancouver, WA
Malaga can’t wait to make you smile! Sweet and kind, you’ll find you can’t keep from loving her as soon as you meet her. All she wants is to give love to her person and receive love in return. If she were a human, Malaga would be a co-pilot: ready to be your wingman wherever you might go. Walk? Errands? Hardware store? Beach? Yes to all of the above!
Malaga is a friendly and confident girl who will investigate almost anything without fear and will run into anything to catch her ball. She wants to be with her person whenever possible, and she is learning to settle despite her go-go-go personality. Malaga has done well on walks around the neighborhood and has seen a multitude of dogs and hasn’t reacted. She has done well with other dogs in her home, however she isn’t very interested in playing with them. She will need someone who understands balanced training as she has an eagerness and drive but a softer side that is always willing to learn. Malaga settles quickly in her crate in the car, does well for grooming (including nail trims!), and hasn’t had any issues with loud noises. She has mastered basic obedience and is working on reducing mouthiness when excited. She is easily redirected to toys and takes moderate correction well. Malaga is fully crate trained and has been non-destructive thus far in her foster home.
Malaga would do best in a home that could provide her with the opportunity for moderate exercise daily. She will require a somewhat experienced handler who can maintain boundaries and continue to encourage her to settle when in the home. Malaga would love a similarly-sized, respectful playmate but would do well as an only dog also given her affinity for her person. Given her flexibility and confidence, she may be interested in scent work or agility, but would be a good match for anyone who wants an active companion who is always up for anything!
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred German Shepherd experience OR other high drive working breed experience. Have no children under the age of 12 years old OR have extensive experience with children and high drive dogs.
Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview. If that goes well, we will arrange for a home visit.
Adoption Donation: $500.00
Transport along Interstate 5 (Bakersfield, CA to Bellingham, WA) is available but cost not included in adoption fee.
For all inquiries, please fill out our adoption application first, as the volunteer answering emails is probably not the coordinator for the specific foster home/dog.