Age: 3.5 years
Energy level: Moderate
Overall Drive: Low
Location: Seattle, WA
Who doesn't love Dutch Shepherds? Sadie has stripes, AND all of her love to give, like ALL of it, 24/7 365, whether you want it or not. Her foster has complained about daily beatings from her head when she decides it's time to give affection. She is smart, awkward, emotional, and curious. She would be a charity worker if she had thumbs and could drive, as her life goal is to spread her love and devotion to others.
Sadie rides well in the car, lays in the backseat just happy to be with you. She is fine with the vet, but will react negatively to being put on her back or inspected to closely. She does not seem to have a strong reaction to loud sounds. She has not seen any livestock or cats up close so her reaction is unknown.
Sadie has been on extended walks through downtown Seattle, parks, apartment buildings, military bases and other settings. She can be fearful in new situations, even with people, tucking her tail and submitting immediately, but also seeking out attention and allowing herself to be pet almost immediately . With other dogs, however, she immediately alerts and is fearful, and requires distraction/redirection and purposeful guidance (with a prong collar) to pass a random dog. If distance cannot be maintained, or if the other dog barks or growls, she will bark and snap. She has no actual bite instances. Under-socialized and is still working to not act out impulsively, she is finally 'okay' with her housemate, a neutral male that tolerates her emulating antics. She can still be defensive over toys and food, for these reasons, she would do best as an only dog, or not more than one neutral tolerant male.
Sadie is beautifully house trained and goes to the bathroom immediately when let outside. Sadie is also perfectly crate trained in her impact crate, does not make a peep, and will actually spend time in the crate if the door is left open. However, she has shown crate anxiety/destructive behavior in the past, but that may have been from not getting enough physical or mental stimulation. Sadie doesn't counter surf, but she might jump up to see what you are doing. So far Sadie has been too restless to sleep in the bed or out of the crate at night, but has a decent off switch in the house and will nap on a dog bed.
Sadie knows sit, stay, 'no', her name, 'crate', focus. She is still learning heel, come, and down. She will need a handler that is experienced with high energy breeds and has contact with a balanced trainer and is committed to training. She does not need a handler with extensive working dog experience, but basic knowledge of how to manage ball drive, and identifying dog mannerisms would be beneficial. She has thrived in an apartment setting, but she enjoys running and playing, so a yard would be preferable, but it is good to know she is flexible. The handler simply needs to be willing to make her a part of their daily life, and not treat her as a second thought or just another dog.
She is not nimble or agile at all, does not seem suitable for any sport work, definitely not bite work. Over all, Sadie just wants an active family, she wants a close companion to throw the ball for her, go on hikes, walks and runs. She has a lot of love to give for someone who has a lot to return to her.
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Malinois 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: $400.00
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.