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Mixed Breed (Large)


4 Years




Large (> 40 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Older Children (12+)
  • Needs To Be Only Pet



Current on Vaccines


Specialized Care

  • Behavior Concerns


Sweet Home, OR


Meet Katana. She's had one of the hardest lives I've ever seen in a dog so young in all my years of owning and rescuing pups. She was brought into Safehaven at approximately a year and a half old extremely underweight, unsocialized, and afraid of everything. They adopted her to a friend of mine who was looking for a companion for her husband while he was trucking. Unfortunately that was a very bad fit for her. For a little over a year they did try and work with her but Katana's needs were just beyond their skills to manage, so they were planning to return her to the shelter in January of this year.

I was forced to put down my 10 year old Pittie, in December, due to heart failure, and my 7 year old Rottie/ Pointer mix, Simi, was devastated and lonely. He'd been her best friend and playmate her whole life, but Simi was left only with my special needs 10 year old female with two bad legs, who just couldn't play with her like she needed. Knowing Katana was high energy as well I agreed to take her in, mostly hoping to save her from another round in the shelter but also hoping to give her and Simi a chance to make friends.

Katana shows all the classic signs of a dog who had been abused, isolated, and untrained when my friends got her so I did have a pretty good idea of what I was getting into. She was given plenty of time to get used to the new house and people separate from my other two dogs while being able to see and smell them. She warmed up to the people in the house very quickly, though it took her a good while not to startle any time she was touched no matter how gently. For over ten months I've worked hard to bring this girl out of the fear and issues she's been left with, and all in all she's bloomed here. 

She took to basic commands, crate training, and leash work with ease (not flawless but eager to improve), but no matter what methods I've attempted she just cannot handle other dogs around her. She's a very good girl on the leash now, especially with a gentle leader, but the second she sees another dog she just has to try and dominate them, and nothing the holder of the leash says or does makes her stop focusing on that dog. Given that, my home just isn't right for her; which breaks my heart because she really is one of the sweetest and most lovably playful dogs I've ever known, just not to animals other than humans.

Katana loves to run, wrestle, get the zoomies (hilariously tucked when she runs full speed), play tug-tug (rope only as she loathes rubber toys), or just snooze on the couch or pillows. She's a talker, watches all comings and goings around her property as Puppy TV (or windows) is one of her favorite activities. She doesn't like car rides much since her only real experiences with them ended in a new home or a vet trip. They stress her so much it was the last thing on my list of things to worry about desensitizing her to as I'm home all day anyways.

I knew going in that there was a very good chance my home wouldn't be her forever one, but with me she was at least allowed the time, love, and training to learn how to be a great girl for people and avoid yet another stay in a shelter. She needs a family with no pets, preferably older kids (although I haven't seen her with small kids she plays rough enough and moves fast enough she might accidentally hurt smaller ones), and people who will love her despite the quirks that abuse and isolation have left her with. She is such a loving and hard working girl, but life just keeps kicking her down. Please consider giving her the loving home this little one so desperately deserves to have.

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