River- Sponsored for pull fees
Uniquely me! That's what I am! I heard those silly humans talking about me, wondering what kind of dog I was. One of them even said maybe I was part hyena with my funny face. Well that IS silly. But I don't let it bother me. Actually I have a pretty cheerful disposition in spite of my current situation. I like meeting new humans and I love playing with my roommate Leta. Doggy wrestling is so much fun! I was getting full marks with the kitties too, pretending I didn't even see that kitty lying in the grass next to me. But then it happened. That kitty jumped up and darted off and I couldn't resist trying to chase her, it looked like such fun! I am hoping someone out there is looking for a mid-sized, fun-loving bouncy girl with magnificent ears to join their family. 31lbs; 7/18/2015; HW-; 3 yr old shep mix
**UPDATE FALL 2020** River is now about 8-9 years old and has lived for 5 years at the shelter. She truly deserves a home of her own after all this time and we are hoping that her Christmas wish might come true this year. She has degenerative joint disease in her back knees, luxating patellas, and a torn ACL that has reattached with scar tissue. River has lived with this condition for many year and adapted to it. Right now she in on an anti-inflammatory , pain-reducing regimen. At this point it seems best to allow her to live out her remaining years continuing on this medication as opposed to putting her through surgery at her age. River would love nothing more than a warm comfy couch where she can spend her retirement. She would be considered a candidate for a rescue who would allow her to be a hospice foster in her golden years as a senior.
River is an alpha girl, a true Diva. She gets along with most male dogs who will let her be the queen bee, but she doesn't seem to care for the company of most other female dogs. River is great with all humans and tolerant with children and puppies. She loves to ride in the car and go on leash walks. She loves to run and play even with her joint disease and knees. This loving senior girl still has lots of life in her and hopes that after 5 years in the shelter she can soon say goodbye to sleeping on concrete and hello to a cozy dog bed or better yet, a couch to curl up on.
Update Dec 24 2020 Update: River is a good, intelligent dog. She loves to walk and run, and has excellent leash and car manners. She can get an attitude with another dominant female dog, but is entirely submissive to all humans. She tolerates male dogs and will play with some, but she lets them know she is Queen Bee!
Update July 29 2021: River lost her rescue offer. She was removed from the page earlier this spring with a rescue offer on the table but very sadly, she is now back in need. She never left her kennel here in SC. She still sits and waits for her person as she has for years now.
Update on Facebook August 25: River needs your help folks. This sweet girl has been with us since 2015! Yes, 2015! She had rescue many moons ago but found herself in a bind when she was not testing well with other dogs. With most of our rescue groups foster based, this presented a problem.
And so she sits. She has been at Bridge for a long time. Waiting and hoping. Waiting and hoping. Yesterday, she was brought over from Bridge to the shelter for fresh pics/info gathering. She was in a crate patiently waiting and wondering what was going on when I found her. Possibly, she wondering what had she done wrong? Poor girl was shaking. Broke my heart! She had done nothing wrong.
And so here we are today to try and push her and help her find her new family. River is now about 9 yrs old. We had her in the front evaluation area for about 3 hours yesterday. She was a real trooper. It was hot. She met lots of dogs. We sweat a lot. We got to see the many facets of his delightful 40lbs girl.
As we knew, she is a bit of a queen bee. She will be at her best as a single dog in her new home. River is a delightful lady who was always gravitating to where we were. She is not a slobbery, kissy type but does enjoy simply being near her people. She is not pushy nor impolite and nicely explored around but ultimately chose to hang near us. She is an easy walker and loves to go and do. She was lovely in her car ride back to Bridge.
River was fine in meeting other dogs so long as she had her space. In general she is more tolerant of males vs females and with the male dogs, we found that a more confident dog was a better choice for her. Perhaps she felt she had met her challenge? In any event, she does not seek out nor want a challenge. She just wants a home where she can live out the rest of her life as the sole and complete apple of someone's eye.
Might you be that person and provide her with that home?? River is snuggly and sweet and we can do better for her. We have to do better for her. Can YOU help her??
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