As humans, sometimes we have to find a way to realize that while our hearts cry out not to let go, sometimes letting go is the best thing for everyone involved. Smokey's mom was faced with that dilemma, when life changed and she began caring also for an older relative. She could see that Smokey wasn't getting the attention that she needed. She could also see that the regular jumping and playing that a big puppy does was actually risky for someone who could be knocked down easily.
It wasn't an easy decision, but she realized that Smokey needed much more than she was getting at home. When she called Coastal, we promised that we would find a home for her where she can get all those things and more, and we are so thankful that she entrusted us with that job.
We met Smokey to see what kind of girl she is and to get some pictures. She was a bit nervous at first, a new place, a bunch of barking dogs and strange people. She looked for her mom, but she walked away with us for a little "get to know each other" walk. The first thing we noticed about here, of course, is she is so beautiful. No one could miss that. The other was just how friendly she is. She is a sweetheart. And when she met another dog for a walk together, she was calmed by him and let him know right away she just wanted to play.
Of course, it's hard not to notice her puppy energy. Yes, she does jump, and we need to work on that. But she is extremely smart and will do great with consistent training and guidance. She is used to going to dog parks also and dog beach. So, yes, she does love dogs. Another dog in the home for her to be able to play more would be the icing on Smokey's cake. After all, what is it they say about a tired dog? A lot of Smokey's jumping antics are just a puppy with lots of energy and no way to burn the energy and just plain old boredom. If she were a human teenager, she wouldn't be the ballerina. We're sure she would be out there playing soccer or basketball.
We don't know about cats for Smokey. She has never been around them. Teenagers for her would be good, but no small children, please. If you are interested in meeting this dog, please fill out our online application first. Contact us via email at info@coastalK9gsr.org. The minimum adoption donation ranges from $300 to $400. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible. Prior to placement, all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are usually microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis. Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.