|While we were wondering (in late July) where to put all the dogs we already had, we were contacted by Denise about Klauss, "I know you are out of the area, but perhaps we can assist with transport. This dog is currently running out of time at a crowded county shelter in Fresno, CA. He is super sweet with people. He is good on leash. He is aprox 4 years. Not neutered. Yes he was a stray. He came in about 3 weeks ago. He does ignore dogs for the most part that walk past or on leash, but when up close, he wants to be dominant. I do have some video of him interacting for love and attention with humans if you would like me to send it. Any chance or contacts for him?" We couldn't resist telling Denise to send away!
"One is the kennel attendant and, yes, one is me. I am a volunteer and semi-retired trainer. I'm always so disappointed when they act like an ass because i know (other) rescues (Westside, GSROC won't take them if dominant). I fell in love with Klauss at the kennel door. The shelter is not going to keep him for that reason. We typically have 8 to 10 GSDs every day here. It's a terrible area for them. He is pretty friendly with everyone he meets. He wants to give you his paw to get him out of the kennel. But once out he sniffs a lot due to all the unaltered dogs marking the yard. We had him off leash with a female and he was very dominant -- head over her back. He didnt get aggressive but definitely wanted her to know he was boss. He didn't like another young male on leash. He mostly ignores the dogs in the kennel next to him but i think they said he will growl at the dogs when it's feeding time."
When we asked for additional pictures and videos, Denise wasted no time in sending more:
We are having Klauss neutered in Fresno, after which his transport to Phoenix will be arranged. If you are interested in fostering or fostering-to-adopt Klauss, please let us hear from you!
UPDATE 8/25: Thanks to our friends at Husky Camp Rescue, Klauss was picked up in Fresno this morning and will be spending some time at Husky Camp before coming to Arizona in search of his forever home. Our thanks go out to the folks in Fresno who kept Klauss safe until we could come for him.
UPDATE FROM HUSKY CAMP 8/29: "He's really doing good. Haven't seen anymore attitude. Last night I gave him his dinner (he sits for it) and left the gate slightly open while I cleaned his kennel. He left the kennel, sniffed around, didn't aggravate the other kennel girls, and when I asked him to kennel, he did. I think I should feed him twice a day though to help get his weight up some?"
UPDATE FROM JOE AT CROSSROADS: "Just an update on Klauss. I don't see any issues yet. I pet him, even when he's eating, and no signs of bad behavior. I grab his tail at the base and pull my way down to the end and nothing. He seems to be a kind dog."
UPDATE 10/21: Klauss has finally arrived in Phoenix.
Adoption fee $325.00.