9 year old • Female • 65 lbs
Bree is a beautiful medium-haired black and tan Shepherd with soulful eyes.
Gorgeous Bree is an exceptionally sweet senior Shepherd, who loves people of all ages and is looking for a loving family. She is a wonderfully mature dog who balances her good behavior at home with a lively joy in her multiple daily walks. Popular on the neighborhood dog-walking circuit, Bree walks nicely on leash, loping along gracefully with her foster family's dogs and well-behaved doggy friends. As she does bunny-hop or bound along in excitement when she meets more reactive dogs, however, she needs a strong hand on the leash.
Bree’s other favorites are belly rubs, treats, a good snuggle, more treats, and companionable time by someone's side.
A quiet dog, Bree is not concerned by knocking or ringing doorbells, nor does she bark at deer, squirrels, or other wildlife. Visitors are very welcome in her space, and those bearing treats get a gold star!
Bree has not been crated at her foster home, as she settles down nicely at night on her doggy bed with her doggy binky.
Bree's needs are few, but essential: love and companionship, healthy food, daily walks, proper care . . . and a lifetime commitment.
Bree is fully vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed. She came to us as heartworm positive. She is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms: it beings with 28 days of doxycycline along with heartworm preventative (ivermectin--Heartgard, Iverheart, or Tri-heart) twice that month, continuing with the preventative every two weeks for a year.
With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. Dogs should not be out in the heat for long periods of time, and should not engage in heavy exercise until they test negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as one block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs. Leash walking is fine in most cases, as long as they do not get winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using this method. Bree began the gentle protocol in late November 2020, so she should test negative by December this year.
Bree was found as a stray and taken to a local shelter.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.