2 years old
Shepherd / Golden Retriever Mix
*If you are interested in Snow, please complete our adoption application which can be found here:
Please meet Snow who came to us from the West Valley Animal Shelter. Snow is a very young and slightly oversized ball of love who is going to need a patient and caring family to help her learn how to be a dog!
First and foremost she absolutely loves her people. Once she warms up to you she wants to be around you 90% of the time. She will sit in an adjacent room watching you cook and will wait outside the bathroom door for you when you shower. Snow acts and moves like a dog who is not aware of how big she is. She is 75-80 lbs and tends to run into your legs regularly when she is chasing toys. For this reason, Snow will not do well in a home with younger children.
Snow is extremely intelligent. Her signature move is The Paw…when you ask her to shake (which she knows), she will bring that paw up and slap it down. She does this to demand belly scratches, to play or to try and get the rope toy away from you, or sometimes because you just so happen to be sitting on the floor. She’s very similar to a cat batting at a toy. When she gets really excited, she does it with both forepaws. Snow is very fond of her toys. She likes tennis balls, ropes, stuffed toys, and sticks. She will tear apart stuffed toys fairly quickly and will try to bring her sticks inside the moment you turn your back (and then shred them into sawdust). The tennis ball she can chase all day without ever getting tired.
Snow is a fan of treats but not intensely food motivated. She has the demeanor of a dog who spent most of her formative years outside, possibly without other dogs. She loves to play but has a habit of play biting. Snow is a bit fearful and is working on this daily with our trainer. She is afraid of new things and is getting better everyday. With time and more exposure, Snow’s fears will slowly go away. Snow's biggest challenge is barking when she first meets someone and barking at new stimulating things she’s not familiar with. Once she knows the people, she is calm and cuddly!
Snow is not fully leash trained but is slowly learning and improving daily. She is very strong and would benefit from walking on a gentle leader. She is going to need a strong owner that can help her with leash walking and control her and redirect her when she is reacting on her walks.
Snow will cuddle up to you for most of the day but seems to prefer sleeping alone somewhere else in the house. She usually just picks a spot on the carpet and flops down for the night. She is definitely a big face licker and is especially affectionate in the morning. She absolutely loves getting belly rubs and scratches in the morning and grunts like a pig to show you how happy she is. She is house-trained and very good at following some instructions when you have her attention. Her best commands are Sit, Shake, and Down. She is getting better at Stay but it is still new to her. She will obey the off command for climbing on things if you are in the room. She is learning to “stay” when you open the front door (as long as no one is on the other side). She knows to sit before she goes out back and is learning to “wait” before running outside.
Snow sheds fairly heavily and needs to be brushed at least a couple times a week, but she is a big fan of the brush and will happily sit still for it. Snow's forever home should be one committed to continuing the training the rescue has been doing for her and being patient during this process. In return, you will get a wonderful cuddly girl!
Video of Snow having the 'zoomies': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iieX2eeiFq4
If you are interested in making Snow a part of your family, please fill out an adoption application here: Adoption Application
Please note: Snow is being fostered in Acton, CA
Snow’s adoption fee is $400.
BEFORE PROCEEDING, PLEASE READ: • Home visits are required prior to being considered for adoption. • Completed application and approved home visit do NOT guarantee adoption • We receive many more applications than we do dogs, so some people will be disappointed. We may receive over 100 inquiries for a single, highly desirable dog! • We do not ship our dogs