Cat friendly, so Gentle
Large Female Maremma Sheepdog Dog
I've been adopted!
This pet is no longer available
Not available for interstate adoption
|Rescue group:||Porsche's Rescue|
|Age:||4 years 4 months|
Oh the gorgeous, glorious, glamorous Gabby. Words will never be enough to describe what a perfect girl this is. We don't know much about her history, other than her previous owner got her as an 11 month old pup, she was living in suburbia, and due to barking (like a maremma... because, she IS a maremma) she got dumped at a pound at almost 4 years old. From there she found herself on death row and running out of time, and so she made the journey to our rescue. Arriving, she was in an absolutely filthy state (no self cleaning maremma coat here) but was otherwise in good condition, showing that she has known love. Maremmas are a sensitive breed, so you can tell a lot about how a dog has been treated, and I believe she has had a good life before ending up where she was. Not showing any trauma, Gabby quickly settled into life at the shelter. She has been well socialised, is very willing to sit, even doing so when you are talking to another dog. For a maremma, she has good recall (obviously not when she's on patrol, but otherwise...). She didn't come with any leash training and so we've been working on that, and she is much better but it is a work in progress. You no longer need to be a muscle man when walking her though, and she's very responsive to corrections when pulling now. Gabby is extremely well socialised, she gets along with every dog around, and seems to have a particular fondness for little dogs. Getting down on her belly, she will play with them like that so she is less intimidating. Shows great potential around pocket pets, cats, chickens, etc. It would be a lot longer before I would trust her with these animals, however she has shown no interest in them at all, which is a great sign. There is no doubt that she could be left unsupervised with them given the time and patience put in with her training, however she is not a dog for anyone who wants to rush into things and set her up to fail. She has shown a healthy wariness around ferrets and cattle. Gabby is a calm and gentle girl, who has moments of puppy enthusiasm where she will race around the house if you throw a ball or entice her. (Update: After 6 months of training, Gabby is now outside all day with chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, cattle, geese.)
We get to know all our rescues really well before listing them for adoption, and always have a good idea of where they'll be happy. Gabby is welcome at the shelter, she is absolutely no trouble and if we could, we'd keep her in a heartbeat! The only reason she is listed is because we made a decision not to keep any more dogs, or we wouldn't be able to rescue them on occasion. So, if you are looking at a walk-in, walk-out adoption, there are other shelters that might suit you better. Apply for Gabby and we will make sure you are worthy of her, she deserves the best.
Gabby is looking for a companion home, which doesn't mean that she won't be good at some farm duties. For instance, using her natural instinct to patrol, bark, and deter predators from her yard will be beneficial, however she needs to come indoors at night, to snuggle on the couch with her family, to have soft, comfy beds, etc. A doggie companion in the household will make her happy. She is affectionate and would like someone who is around most of the day. She needs an acreage lifestyle, where neighbours won't be upset by her barking.
This beautiful girl is a rare gem. She loves a hug, is willing to do as you ask, tries her best, is very calm and gentle, with all the looks! She's been house trained since arriving, not one accident, no chewing or destructive behaviour, just perfection. I can not say enough good things about our Gabby.
Checklist for prospective adoptive parents:
* Living on acreage
* Good fencing
* Another dog (Gabby needs a friend, she is very dog social)
* Sleeping indoors at night, and allowed into the house to be with her family
* Ability to travel to Glenorie to meet her a couple of times and get to know her
If you have any enquiries or wish to apply for an animal, please complete an adoption form at: www.PorschesRescue.com
This pet has been adopted and found love with its new family.
The rescue group has removed this pet and it is no longer available for adoption.
The rescue group is no longer taking adoption applications for this pet.