Name: Eddie Cody      Available Now
Age: 4.2 year(s)
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Adoption Process

Our adoption process is designed to help you and the right dog find each other. Our goal is to place each dog into a permanent, safe, and loving home.

To adopt a German Shepherd Dog from us, you must:

1. Live in Northern California.
2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter.
3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor.  
4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor.
5. Be approved for adoption.
6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog.
7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement, and pay the associated fee.

After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. We encourage potential adopters to come to one or more Adoption Days, because that is the best way to meet several German Shepherds and to find your new companion. If you attend an Adoption Day and choose a dog, you may be able to adopt the same day, if all adoption requirements are met.

If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may take longer because the people who will help you are volunteers who usually have jobs, and scheduling meetings with dogs can be complex because our dogs live in many homes and kennels.


Eddie Cody's Story:

We simply cannot understand why a wonderful dog like Eddie has not been adopted.

Eddie is a 4-year old bi-color male GSD that was brought into Rescue due to the failing health of his current owner.

Eddie is one fabulous dog! He is housebroken, crate trained (although is much happier when he can be out and about), loves his walks and does great on leash with minor corrections, is already trained for basic obedience (German commands), and is very focused on his human. On the flip side, he is pretty high drive, a fanatic when it comes to his ball or kong (he will even forego his food to have a ball thrown for him), and is just an all around fun dog. Because of his high prey drive, no small critters for this boy.

Life has been challenging for Eddie since coming into Rescue. Not only has it been difficult to find just the right adoptive home, but he had to undergo surgery to correct an esophageal stricture, which prevented hard kibble from passing through into the stomach. Surgical intervention was the best course of treatment to correct and in Eddie's best interest. Following his recovery, he has had no further problems, and is able to eat normally. He is back to being a happy-go-lucky boy.

Eddie can be a little barky when meeting other dogs, so proper introductions are a must. He spent a couple of weeks with our trainer, and within a matter of a few days, was running and playing with a pack of dogs. That being said, he would probably be best as an only dog, or he could potentially live with a female if the right match.

Eddie is looking for an active family that can keep him well exercised. He is a dog with an alert mind that needs a job to keep him out of trouble. Because of his size and high drive, young children are not recommended.

Potential adopters must have GSD or other large breed working dog experience, who will provide strong leadership and set strict boundaries. Ongoing obedience/advanced training should be continued to keep Eddie on track as a well behaved canine citizen. Because he loves to run, he would probably excel at a doggie sport or other similar activity.

Eddie's medical expenses were sponsored by the Cody Fund.

Eddie is a Level 3 dog who is living in the Santa Cruz mountains.



Important Note About Dog Descriptions

Please remember that the descriptions of dogs (of Dogs Available) have been written by GSRNC volunteers and are usually based only upon our observation of the dog since the time it was rescued. While we try to provide dog descriptions that are fair and accurate, the nature of our work involves contact with dogs whose background and history are unknown to us. GSRNC cannot warrant or guarantee any dog's future behavior. For example, if we say that a rescue dog gets along with children, cats, or other dogs, this statement is usually based upon the fact that one of our volunteers has observed the dog interacting with his or her own children or pets. While this information may be helpful, we cannot be certain of how a dog will do with the children or pets in your home. If you are considering adopting, we encourage you to come to one of our Adoption Days and meet our rescue dogs. Ultimately, only you can decide whether one of our dogs is right for you.

Explanation of the Dog Levels

1 – "Fireplace dog"
Couch potato, super easy, low energy and no issues. This level of dog would do well in any home regardless of owner experience. (We rarely come across this level of dog.)

2 – “Easy Large Breed Companion Dog”
Low to moderate energy, needs some exercise but it is not a daily requirement. This dog will do well in most homes. The dog gets along with most other dogs, gets along with most other people and have been successfully been around children. The dog has no real behavioral issues that need to be managed or dealt with on a daily basis. This dog is an easy family dog.  

3 –“Standard Large Breed Dog”
Moderate energy, needs daily exercise of some sort to thrive and stay happy. This dog will do well in many types of homes, but some situations will not work for this dog. This dog may not get along with some types of dogs. This dog may be reactive to some other dogs while on leash. It may have too much energy to be around small children while unattended, and may have some behavioral issues that will require formal training or daily monitoring for the dog to successfully live happily in a family. These issues are normally minor such as fence climbing, prey drive, minor separation anxiety, nervousness in crowds, or other minor behavioral traits. A Potential Adopter for a level 3 dog must have prior, recent large breed dog experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to successfully deal with the level 3 dog that they wish to adopt.  

4 – “Experienced Ownership Required”
Moderate, high or very high energy/drive. Needs an experienced owner familiar with working breed behavior to provide direct leadership and proper management. Level 4 dogs typically have a challenging behavior, but are good dogs. These dogs might be dog-reactive with most other dogs or dog-aggressive, may have to be an only animal in the home, maybe have moderate separation anxiety.  The dog normally needs daily physical and mental stimulation, etc. This level of dog is not an average pet. (We try to limit the number of level 4 dogs in our program.) A Potential Adopter for a level 4 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 4 dog.  

5 – “Competitive or Working Dog”
This is a dog that has an intense focus to ‘work’. It could be a dog that provides Search and Rescue services, could be a competitive Flyball or Agility dog, or has other working abilities. These dogs can be strong, pushy, dominant, and/or have extreme energy/drive. They need a professional handler or an owner who has the experience to provide a demonstrated commitment to the dog’s ‘working ability’. A Potential Adopter for a level 5 dog must be able to demonstrate the experience and ability to safely manage and care for a level 5 dog.