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ID #: 3484 Age: 5 yrs Gender: female Status: Adopted


  • Needs a female leader
  • Quiet home
  • No other pets
  • A sweet girl who needs patience and a chance

I don’t know what happened, but somehow I ended up in Golden Rescue’s care. I am about 5-years-old and I’m a German Shepherd with a little bit of Border Collie and Rhodesian Ridgeback in me and when I was traveling from Cairo, Golden Rescue was told I was a Black Golden. Don’t ask ~ even if you do, I have no answers! All I know is I’m here and everyone is SO kind to me so I’m ultra-lucky that I got here at all as in Cairo I would have stood no chance. So, having said all of that, let me tell you a bit about myself. My name is Shirley and as I said I am not a Golden…I do not even have an ounce of Golden (blonde, red or black) in me but I am really cute. I am also told I’m smart and I have already learned about some of your Canadian ways. But here’s the rub.

As you can see here, I adore my mom but trust is hard for me to bestow as I am selective and it will take time.

While I have accepted a few men into my circle of trust, I gravitate to a female leader. I would like to be an only pet in the home and it would also be better to be in a home where you have limited visitors…again because of my anxiety as I bark and am very protective of my owner. I love my car rides. My leader can touch me anywhere but I don’t like others touching me. I am good on the leash but my recall is selective so no off-leash activities for now. In fact, here’s a funny thing. When there are visitors in the house, I’m actually fine if you put me on a leash and give me a Kong to occupy me. Then I simply wile away the time chewing my toy. Weird, right? But whatever works is good. I am also okay being left alone if you have to go out without me as I’m fine in my own company. I don’t know how this all works and as I re-read this, it feels like you would have a lot to cope with but if you could give me a chance, I’m hopeful that with love and patience, I will lose my fears. Paws crossed!

Shirley is currently being fostered in the Newmarket, ON area.  If you would like more information about Shirley please call our hot-line toll free at 1-866-712-8444 or email and one of our volunteers will be happy to return your call.

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