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Panzer – located in Michigan
Panzer will need a home that is accepting of the antics and strength of a larger dog and is able to take her on frequent walks. Good with other dogs, unsure about cats. Fenced yard recommended. Older children will be best, perhaps “tween-agers”. Panzer’s new family will need to continue medication as needed for her skin allergy.
Panzer is a 9-year-old female liver and white GSP. Larger for a female GSP, currently weighing about 65 pounds. She’s lively, has a great big happy smile (see her picture above) and enjoys being with the other dogs in her foster family.
There are several positive characteristics that will come as part of the Panzer package when you adopt this girl. Panzer has lived with 7 other dogs, ages 3 to 13, and cohabitated nicely with them, so living with another dog or two probably won’t be an issue. Panzer simply gives other dogs a “warning” with a little bit of a “rumbly growl” when they get close enough to step on her or get in her space at feeding time, but she hasn’t shown any signs of further aggression toward the dogs other than this little growl.
A nice thing about living with so many other dogs is that Panzer plays with them, which helps with her exercise needs. She prefers to chase other dogs when playing rather than have them chase her, and she doesn’t normally engage in any rough and tumble wrestling play. She enjoys gnawing on stuffed (with some type of treat) Kong toys and will fetch other toys/balls, but her foster mom says playing fetch may be a bit too hard and unsafe for Panzer if continued too long and too frequently. Panzer has plenty of energy but isn’t considered a “high energy” GSP; she displays more high excitability (excited barking) rather than high energy. She shows moderate prey-drive and will pounce while stalking if something gets close enough.
Panzer hasn’t shown any toy or food aggression toward people or the other dogs; she waits patiently while treats and food are given to other dogs and very gently takes treats/food from her foster mom when it’s her turn. She knows several commands including, come, sit, no, and kennel (or crate). Panzer is crate-trained and will sometimes go inside on her own accord; however, Panzer will need a crate without wires. She has a peculiar way of sleeping where she’ll stretch out and flip her hind feet up behind her like a seal, causing her to get her foot stuck under the wire once. Thankfully, her foster mom was right there to help free her. Lesson learned…long, rectangular doggy bed and a non-wire crate for this girl. 😊
Panzer is crate-trained; however, because Panzer was adapting so well at her foster home, her foster mom decided to give her a bit more nighttime freedom. This is what foster mom had to say about that little adventure. “We originally made her sleep in the crate, but she was doing well so we decided to let her sleep free in the house, as there are plenty of dog beds to choose from. Well, Panzer decided the bed she likes best is ours, so we had to start crating her at night again. Now when you tell her it is time for bed she’ll walk away from you and go to the bedroom to jump on our bed and we literally have to take her by the collar and practically drag her off the bed and put her in a crate—unless we have a treat in your hand.” The moral of this story…unless you are willing to have Panzer in bed with you, it’s best to keep her in crate at night or be able to outrun her to your bedroom.
Panzer is like most GSPs in that she can be a bit of a Velcro dog and loves being around her people. Unfortunately, so much so that she’ll occasionally jump on people in her excitement. Her foster mom is trying to teach her that this particular habit isn’t quite so endearing. Since Panzer is a larger GSP she’s learned it’s not very difficult for her to counter surf and nab those ever so tasty morsels on the counters. She’s very food motivated and knowing this may help her new family come up with food-motivated ways to help Panzer move away from these “not so nice” habits.
As a Velcro GSP, she likes to follow her foster family around and is often found lying nearby when it’s time for the family to settle into a chair for a bit of quiet time. Panzer would happily jump up to cuddle and snuggle on a sofa with her new family if she’s allowed, and along with the snuggling comes lots and lots of those wonderful GSP kisses. Panzer freely hands out, or should we say, “licks out” kisses to anybody willing to accept them.
Her foster mom gave some insight into the story behind Panzer’s name and said it’s a pretty good match for this girl. From her notes she said, “Her name describes her very well. Panzer is a word that was adapted to mean “tank” (armor or shell) in German, and she is large in body size, as well as large in personality and large in style” Her foster mom also said that with Panzer’s big personality and qualities, it’s as if Panzer says, “if you can’t do something big, why do it at all?”
Panzer is waiting for her forever family. A family that will have time to take her on walks, have a fenced yard for her to play in, and even another doggy brother or sister to play with would be great! A family that wants to snuggle and enjoys her kisses and Velcro ways. It’s not recommended she be left alone every day while her family is gone working or at school; however, if she has another doggy sibling it might work out to leave her for longer portions of a day, but ONLY AFTER she acclimates to her new family and environment and feels safe in her new surroundings.
If you think you and your family are the perfect match for our Panzer, please complete our online adoption application. It’s the quickest and best way for us to learn of your interest.
· Panzer is up to date with routine shots and is house trained.