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Virtual Rehoming

This is a free listing for an animal in the community who is in need of a new home. This animal is not available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society, but is being re-homed by members of the community. For more information, you can contact the animal's current guardian using the contact information below. Thank you!

Gracie

Gracie

Age: 7
Species: dog
Gender: Female
Breed: Chow/shepherd
Animal Weight: 35
Animal Color: Light brown/black/white
Rehoming Fee: 150
My two favorite things about Gracie: 1) She's the most affectionate dog I've ever had. Cuddles all day long, and is always happy to be spending time with her owners. 2) She's fiercely loyal to me, my husband and what we consider her "inner circle" of friends and family. She's always by my side, waiting for me in every room of the house and making sure I'm ok.
Contact Info: emilystrozinsky@gmail.com

Current Location: Shorewood, WI
Is Gracie spayed or neutered? yes
Is Gracie up to date on vaccinations? yes
Why the animal is being rehomed: Simply put, Gracie can't be trusted around our baby as he's becoming more active and mobile, and knowing that our baby's friends will someday be over to play.
What are your two favorite things about Gracie? 1) She's the most affectionate dog I've ever had. Cuddles all day long, and is always happy to be spending time with her owners. 2) She's fiercely loyal to me, my husband and what we consider her "inner circle" of friends and family. She's always by my side, waiting for me in every room of the house and making sure I'm ok.
How long have you had Gracie? 6 years
Where did you get Gracie? Lake County, IN Animal Control and Adoption
Has Gracie ever bitten someone? Yes
If yes to the above, please explain the circumstances: Yes, a wiener dog. Explanation below in section 4.
What, if any, medical or behavioral concerns does Gracie have? Although she’s well trained (obedient and house-trained), her chow and shepherd traits are strong — barks at strangers coming into the house, and will take awhile to warm up to new-comers in the house. Dog parks aren’t a good place for her because of her instinct to go after smaller animals.
Has Gracie lived with other animals? Yes
If yes to the above, which animals has Gracie lived with? She stayed with a German Shepherd for about 2 weeks, and did incredibly well. I think Gracie would benefit from living in a home with a larger dog as a companion.
Has Gracie actively fought with other animals in the home? No
If yes to the above, please explain the circumstances: In 2017, Gracie attacked a wiener dog she was staying with for about a week while we were on vacation. A piece of food was thrown between them, and Gracie bit the dog. Because of this, she is no longer allowed around small dogs, but does great around big dogs.
Does/did Gracie hide from other animals in the home? No
How does Gracie interact with animals outside of the home? Gracie has on-leash aggression some of the time. She doesn't attack other dogs on walks, but gets stiff and goes into "protection mode". She does great running around with other larger dogs off-leash.
Are you requiring that Gracie not go into a family with certain types of pets? Yes
If yes to the above, please explain which types of pets you are restricting: Cannot go in a home with a small dog, cats or any other small animals. Only an animal-free home or a home with a larger dog.
Has Gracie lived with any children under 18? Yes
Gracie has lived with children of these ages: She has lived with our baby Henry for 10 months.
Does/did Gracie hide or avoid children in the home? No
Does/did Gracie display any forms of aggression toward children in the home? No
If yes to the above, please explain the circumstances: The aggression signs aren't there yet, but we know she won't react well to our baby pulling on her tail or fur, and definitely won't react well to other children doing the same someday.
Are you requiring that Gracie not go into a family with children under a certain age? Yes
If yes to the above, please list your restrictions: Shouldn't live in a home with kids.
Does Gracie have any fears? Not that we know of.
Gracie's overall activity level: Moderately active
How does Gracie usually get exercise? Daily walks, Playing in fenced-in yard, Playing indoors,
What should the next family should know about Gracie: Gracie has come such a long way since being rescued at the age of 1 from a shelter in Indiana, and we want her to have a happy and fulfilled second half of her life with a new family. She’s wonderfully loyal, affectionate, and obedient, and has so much love to give. She’s relatively active, but will keep up with whatever her owner’s lifestyle is — loves walks, but also loves sleeping in and snuggling. She's skeptical and shy at first with strangers, but once she warms up (usually just a few days for owners or a few visits with guests), she's your best friend. We wish we didn't have to give her up, but her breed just shouldn't be in a home with small children. She's the absolute best under the right circumstances, and her next owner/s are very lucky.

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