Name: Annie Bear
Age: 4 years
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When you inquire about a dog, the following questions might be helpful:

1. Why are you giving up your dog?

2. Has the dog ever bitten, nipped or 'gone after' anyone?

3. Does it have any health problems? Who is your vet? May I contact him/her?

4. Where did you get the dog? Does it have papers?

5. Does your dog have any training? Is it housebroken? crate trained?

6. Is the dog left alone for long periods? What does it do? Bark? Dig? Chew? Is it an inside or outside dog? Where does it sleep?

7. How does the dog behave with adults, children? Other dogs? Cats?

8. Is your dog mellow? calm? energetic? protective? affectionate?


Annie Bear is a special dog with a very special history, and she needs a
very special home.

Annie Bear came to me in February 2017 from the NW SPCA when the City of
Oroville, California was evacuated because of concern the dam on the
edge of town would break causing the city to dangerously flood. I am a
dog trainer and own a boarding facility and took in some of the dogs
that needed to be placed. Here is Annie's story, as published in the
Whole Dog Journal blog:

Annie has now been with me for three years. It took a year for her to
get physically healthy. It took another year for her to get past all her
teenage craziness and to learn how to be a playful, happy dog. And for
the last year I have been searching for the perfect home for her. People
from all over admire her (she has even been on the cover of a national
magazine). But she has yet to find her perfect home. The number one
barrier is that she must be an only dog, can not be expected to
socialize with other dogs, and can not live with cats.

Here are Annie's virtues:

She is BEAUTIFUL. She is huge (about 100 pounds), and is a rather long
and lanky girl. She has a beautiful face and when she looks up at you,
it's hard not to melt.

She is HEALTHY (finally). When she came to me she suffered from terrible
GI problems. She does best on a hydrologized protein diet with added
probiotics and fish oil. She also takes daily fluoxetine because it has
helped even out some early anxiety she had. She is up to date on all
vaccination and heart worm free.

She is SMART and very receptive to training. She has a good foundation
of basic training and would easily excel at more.

She LOVES people! Annie is NOT guard dog material. She thinks every
human is friend, not foe. Although she had no positive social
experiences in the first year of her life, she has had very rich,
varied, social exposure consistently since then and has excelled in the
"people friendly" department.

She loves going for on-leash walks and is pleasant to walk. She is
walked in a Freedom harness and pulls very little on a leash. That said,
she is 100 pounds and needs someone strong enough to handle her.

She is AFFECTIONATE and PLAYFUL (loves those tennis balls).

Her vices are fewer but important:

She can be REACTIVE (lunge and bark) toward other dogs on leash if her
attention is not redirected.

She can NOT handle unpredictable movements from other dogs. If
confronted with them, she will lunge and bark if on leash.

She is unable to read or display appropriate social signals to other
dogs. She has had some dog friends over the years while with me, but
consistently (and sometimes rather dramatically) decided to unfriend
them, usually for no apparent reason to anyone but her. If a dog
agresses toward her, she is ready to fully reciprocate.

Full disclosure.. she redirected a bite onto me (resulting in several
stitches) when she first came to me and got into a fight with a dog who
rushed her (and my first instinct was of course to pull her off - ach!).

She can be a nuisance barker at fence lines, particularly if there are
other dogs in neighboring yards. And her bark is LOUD! For this reason,
she should not share a fence line with other dogs.

Annie is a true "diamond in the ruff." She is not a perfect dog but she
is a wonderful dog. Her perfect home will be one with German Shepherd
savvy adults (no kids) who will continue working with her training, will
enjoy walking with her, who have a home where there are NO OTHER DOGS
(or cats) nor any expectations that she will have to be around other
dogs, where there is someone who is at home most of the time so she has
lots of company which she craves.