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There are a couple of older dogs over at TAS West who have been waiting for a while now for someone to notice them and take them home. So, Ashley - expectant mother and dog rescuer extraordinaire with T.E.A.M. dog rescue - and I decided to head over there and spend some time with them.

Here's Maverick, a handsome ten year German Shepherd who still has the energy of a dog half his age. He got his tail chopped off at some point so now he's got a stubby. He's extremely alert and likes to have something to do and you can tell he's always thinking about stuff being the smart GSD that he is. Maverick is an older dog who will definitely be able to learn new tricks.

Here he is walking with Ashley. He's walking ahead of her but keeping pace and not pulling. Not bad for no formal training on his part:

And here he is chillin':

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

6 Comments to “Maverick - German Shepherd Dog”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Such a sweet old guy! Hope he finds a loving home soon, sounds as if he deserves a happy retirement after losing his tail and his ability to wag. I'm sure he is clever enough to show his delight in other ways though!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Such a beautiful dog!

  3. Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

    I have always loved German Shepherds...they are smart, loyal and just beautiful to look at. Maverick is just a beautiful dog and to think that he doesn't have a family to love him is truly heart breaking. I sincerely hope and pray that handsome Maverick will find someone to love him. He so deserves it!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So gorgeous. Our 10 yo GSD originally landed at TASNorth en route to us. Pls people consider a senior. You may not have a lifetime with them but you will feel a lifetime and then some of love from their soul. Adopting seniors teaches you about life and love. while heartache exists the moments of happiness, simple pleasures, love and gratitude override that. Both our elderboys left us last year and here we are again with a 13 yo wigglebutt. Our seniors need our help.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous is so right! I too chose a senior rescue dog and he is adorable and a good choice. He could have been around eight or more years they thought. We have had five wonderful years together so far and hope for many more. Chasing squirrels, barking at passing dogs, snoozing on the bed and eating. Seems the old dogs cherish a good comfy loving home when they are given one and are so happy to be rescued from the despair of being lost or abandoned in old age. Who wouldn't be?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Elke Kennepohl If we weren't so far away (Alberta), we'd be happy to take him. We have a large fully fenced acreage with a couple of horses and dogs. I had to put my best bud (9-yr-old shepherd) down last Nov due to inoperable, aggressive osteosarcoma. He was active, fun-loving, and wanting to play Frisbee right to the end.

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The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

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