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Sex: Male

Breed: German Shepherd x

Estimated Birth Date: 06/23/2021

Meet the handsome Kramer. He is 1-1.5 years old, approximately 55-pound, German Shepherd – possibly a mix, but looks pure. He was found in the desert – fending for himself in abandoned pot farms. He was been with us for about two weeks and is very healthy and overall pretty easy to manage. He has no health issues including allergies that we have seen.

Kramer will be fine as an only dog, but likely would enjoy another social dog. Kramer is a needy sort and a bit pushy for attention with people. Kramer has been doing well with 3 resident dogs (2 are older and one is 10 months and a wild child), two cats and two mini donkeys. He has also had one short-term dog visitor, a 10 pound senior dog who does not hesitate to correct big dogs. He has also met 4 loose chihuahuas on a hike – he does not have any issues with small dogs – no prey drive present. In our evaluations, Kramer has shown no dog aggression both at the home or on leash in public (petsmart and other busy dog areas) – he just wants to be given time to get to know and warm up to other dogs. He will correct, but it is has been very social. We suspect that Kramer would most likely not enjoy a dog park for the other dogs – though he has started to play with Lilly a little bit – our wild child.

Kramer has shown great interest in our cats and has given chase once. We are very watchful and correct early – now we have much more trust and he is mainly ignoring them. I would not trust him alone for a long time though. Our cats are both indoors and outdoors. Indoors has been easy – it is outdoors that we have to be more watchful.

Kramer can be shy at first meeting people, he needs his own time to warm up. If you need a Lab personality – that is not Kramer at the moment. He is a very soft dog and corrects very easily. He needs a family that will push him a bit, but not overwhelm him with social experiences. He needs a family experienced with Shepherds. He is very friendly with strangers – no protection instincts – it is just the petting that takes a few moments. Kramer does better with people who understand how to not intimidate a dog. Given that he needs warming up, older children would be best. He has been good with men and women equally – he seems to also switch who is the favorite in his foster home – wife or husband.

We have tested him for food aggression and he has shown no issues – taking bones etc… Kramer is generally obedient, but sometimes he gets nervous and ignores your command if he thinks he is in trouble. Kramer has been going with us on hikes and generally does well on his 18 foot leash (dragged behind), but if he sees something to chase, he is gone. So… he will need a lot of training in this area, but he is a pleaser – so it should not be hard.

Kramer appears housebroken – has no accidents and sleeps in a crate at night. He is a great car traveler and does well with long rides. He is a soft, sensitive type dog who has shown that he can learn to accept new experiences quickly such as a home full of dirt bikes and new people at the house all the time. We have had at least a dozen strangers at the home and he is always friendly, respective and not pushy.

Kramer is a good eater – not picky – in fact we feed him in a bowl that slows him down. He has no food aggression and eats loose with our other dogs.

Kramer has stayed loose in our yard while we work in the lower yard and he has not jumped our fences. Kramer is very good in our kennel or the crate when we leave – very good confinement dog – a little whining, but it stops quickly. He is very quiet and overall, he only barks when he sees something or the other dogs bark. Kramer often will follow you from one place to another, but he does know the command to stay in his bed.

Kramer needs a family that will make him earn affection and not reward him when he is being clingy. We want a family that will demand things from him and make him be a well-balanced dog. We think a home without kids under the age of 10 would be best to follow through with this training. His owners need to protect him from people as they are often rude and don’t care if a dog wants to be pet or not. Help him to process new people at his pace and not let people be rude – it shuts him down and will increase anxiety if he does not get this processing time.

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  • Each pet will have its own profile here on the website

  • All pets will be spayed or neutered

  • All pets will be micro-chipped and shots will be up-to-date

  • Each pet has their own application to complete—make sure you use the right one (linked from their bio)

It’s important to us that each pet goes not just to a great home but to the “right” home. Our foster parents work with each pet to get to know them and their needs.

We try hard to list all of the pertinent info about each pet on the site so you can choose the pet that will fit with your family/lifestyle. If you don’t see a specific pet on the site, he/she is not ready for adoption. Please be patient and wait until the bio is listed. We don’t decide on a “first come, first served” basis but rather on a “who’s the very best fit.” So, don’t panic.

It’s not a quick process. We receive dozens of applications for each pet so please be patient. If you’re shortlisted you’ll be contacted as soon as possible.

If selected to meet one of our pets and you currently have pets, you’ll be asked to do an in-person pet intro; we don’t do the long-distance adoption thing. If you live out of town, plan a fun road trip to meet the pet in person.

Don’t be discouraged if your application is not selected. Remember, we get a lot of them! Trust us, the best fit for you is coming.

If you’re lucky and you do adopt a super amazing pet from Marley’s Mutts, don’t ever hesitate to reach out to us for training, medication, or behavior questions. We’re here for you, and your pet.



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