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Gracie

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About

Breed

Australian Shepherd

Age

4 Years

Gender

Female

Size

Medium (20-40 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Unknown

Spayed/Neutered

Yes

Current on Vaccines

Yes

Specialized Care

  • Behavior Concerns
  • Medication

Location

American Fork, UT

Biography

If a dog could have a Type A personality, then that’s Gracie! She is so smart, very eager to please, and has a lot of energy. She knows tricks and always wants to learn more. Gracie loves walks, especially if given time to sniff, and she loves to run in a fenced yard or play area. She loves training and learning new tricks, she’d be good at agility, I think.

She’s never been around kids, but does alright with meeting new adults. She isn’t friendly, but is very curious as long as people are respectful of her space. Once she likes someone she becomes a snuggle bug, and is very loyal. She does okay with other dogs at doggy daycare, she can play well with respectful dogs. She’s a little bossy, but not aggressive.

Which brings me to the reason I need to rehome her: after a divorce and move to a new house, Gracie started attacking my old lady dog. The old lady is very shy and timid. Gracie gets along fine with the third dog, but something about the old lady makes Gracie mad, I guess. They used to coexist peacefully but that changed when I moved to the new house. Soon after the divorce and move, I lost my job, which made getting Gracie training or a behaviorist impossible. I’ve been trying for almost a year to get them back to the sharing the same space, but I’m single and work two jobs, and barely make ends meet as it is. It breaks my heart but I just can’t offer Gracie enough mental and physical stimulation to wear her out, and it’s been hard keeping her and the old lady separate all the time. It isn’t the quality of life Gracie deserves. Gracie deserves more attention, training, and engagement than I’m able to give her due to the divorce, job loss, and very slow financial recovery.

I love Gracie with all my heart and it’s been such a difficult decision. She is so smart, so sweet, and so attentive. I hope to find a home that loves her as much as I do, only with more resources and time and energy than I have.

She has a collapsed trachea and wears a harness, but can be on a leash for grooming. She also has mild hip dysplasia but with an inexpensive pain killer twice a day it doesn’t seem to bother her much.

Gracie is my girl, she’s been with me through a lot in her 4 years. She’s a good dog, a very good dog. She just needs more than I can provide. If I could find her a farm, or someone with a backyard, or who loves hiking, she’d be in heaven and I know I would be okay saying goodbye. I want her to be so so so happy and fulfilled.

Thank you for reading this far!

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