Archive for the ‘Dutch Shelter Animals’ Category

posted by Michel on Apr 1

OK I admit I couldn’t help myself. Guilty as charged. No excuses. Well perhaps that having walked her a number of times at the Rotterdam shelter and looking into her eyes had something to do with it. So we gave in and decided to have her adopt us …

Meet Ginger guys! She is an (estimated) 10 months old German Shepherd (Deutsche Schaeferhund) that was found wandering around Rotterdam and was brought to the shelter by the police. As is often the case, nobody came for her, so after two weeks she was up for adoption. Being a volunteer at the shelter, I had already walked her a number of times and she had become my favourite.

Admittedly, I did have some second thoughts. After all, we already have two old timers Jackie and Tessa and 5 cats. How would they react? Ginger is such a beautiful and young dog, she would have little trouble finding a home. Or would she?

Ginger during a walk. Just look at those eyes!

Ginger during a walk. Just look at those eyes!

She’s very, very energetic (well, she’s still a pup technically speaking though weighing in at 33kg) and has been taught next to nothing. She’s not been trained to walk on a leash since during my shelter walks it became apparent that she missed out on a great career opportunity as a sledge dog. So perhaps she would not have been that easy to re-home after all. In any case, we decided to adopt her to give her a nice life away from people that abuse the breed and so I can work on my dog training skills. Yes, I AM a certified dog trainer but our Tessa and jackie are such fabulously good dogs that I haven’t been getting much practice ;-)

Such a beautiful German Shepherd

Such a beautiful German Shepherd

One final word though: as of Ginger’s arrival our Dutch home is officially pronounced “FULL”. With 3 dogs and 5 cats this is about all our house can take. Of course AARRC in the Philippines is in no way affected by this statement! ;-)

Cas

posted by Michel on Oct 19

I really do like sheperd dogs! They are strong and very obedient when they are well trained. This senior fellow, a cross breed Dutch Sheperd Dog, is exactly that. Just think “sit” and before the thought has completed the journey through your brain, his hind quarters are already touching the ground. “Down” is also executed in minimal time. Impressive stuff! For his age, Cas is still quite a strong dog and he will pull the leash unless you instruct him to “follow”. Not a problem, he just follows his nose and does his thing while I enjoy the walk. The shelter’s neighbours are the Neptunus baseball club and they appear to have some sort of youngster-tournament and music fills the park. On top of that, the weather is very nice for an autumn day, so Cas and I take the scenic route.

Cas, a great Dutch Sheperd Dog

posted by Michel on Sep 29

Fluffy, kind soul

Fluffy, kind soul

We already had a bond when we first met at the shelter, but yesterday I took this 8 year old cross-breed for an extended walk in the park together with our own dog Tessa. They got on really well and Fluffy turned out to be a very kind and friendly dog. I wouldn’t hesitate to introduce him to the neighbourhood’s kids. He’s quiet and well mannered and knows his commands too. Super dog!

posted by Michel on Sep 29

Bruno, playful gentleman

Bruno, playful gentleman

What a delightful animal our Bruno. He’s sweet and kind, loves walking, plenty of energy and guards well too. Of course, as you would expect from a sizeable dog as this, he can be a bit of a handful too, but he’s always fun to be with. Bruno listens very well and I’m sure that with a bit more training he could even go further than the extended set of commands that he already knows. He might even be trained as a police dog.

posted by Michel on Sep 29

Wallie, clownesk and strong

Wallie, clownesk and strong

If you believe that dogs have a sense of humour, Wallie’s your guy! This strong fellow needs work on his manners, but now that he’s sterilised he should calm down nicely. Wallie just loves walking, playing and has keen interest in his surroundings. He knows his basic commands. His new guardian should go on an obedience course with him but is guaranteed to have a lot of fun.

posted by Michel on Sep 29

Diamond, tall blonde lady

Diamond, tall blonde lady

Diamond has a very lively and kind character. Due to her size she might scare people off a bit, but she’s ever so friendly at heart. However, her previous owner did not train her well so although she knows the basic commands like sit and down, she pulls on the leash very strongly. Nothing that good training and a bit of creative leadership wouldn’t cure really. Great dog!

Fay

posted by Michel on Sep 29

Fay, proud German Shepard

Fay, proud German Shepard

It is said that Fay got here because her previous owner could no longer take care of her. How sad, since Fay (5) is an absolutely beautiful, friendly and obedient dog. She would make somebody an excellent friend for life. Fay loves to play “fetch” and walk through the park. She’s well-behaved and doesn’t pull on the leash much. However, she might have a hip condition as do many German Sheperds, so she can no longer be a working dog. However, she’s a delightful dog!

posted by Michel on Sep 29

Skippy, slightly disabled but cheerful

Skippy is a very cheerful fellow. Not much is known about his background, but he seems to have a medical condition on his back hips, causing him to hop around pretty much like a kangaroo. Hence, his name. The shelter had him X-rayed but nothing structurally wrong was found, so that it seems a neurological condition. Nonetheless, Skippy is ever cheerful and well behaved. He has a wheelchair similar to the one shown here. A few weeks after I took this picture, our friend was adopted. Great news!