Caisson’s story, like many of our dogs’ stories, begins in the shelter. Also like many others, his story didn’t have a happy beginning. When he found himself in the shelter, afraid and alone, he had no idea what to do, a scary place full of strangers with no one to trust. When we were asked to meet him we were told of his experience, the wounds he sustained from being restrained with a pole. We met him at his kennel front, the wounds still fresh on his face, a lost look in his eye, but you could also see in his face that he was looking for a friend. He sniffed our hands and then noticed a treat, and his first bond was made. He came out of his kennel to meet us and leaned against his new friend, and our first bond was made. We knew he was coming home.
You could tell from Caisson’s body that he had not been well cared for, maybe not cared for at all. His ears were both scarred and bleeding from exposure to the elements and flies. His toenails were more like talons, so long and misshapen that it hurt for him to walk. For Caisson, that chapter of his story closed that day and a new one began, one of meeting new friends and building trust. He was still lost when he joined Coastal, but when he was able to be with another dog, you could see him begin to relax, and the healing began.
Today, Caisson is one of the volunteers’ favorites. He loves to show everyone that he is very grateful for his new beginning, and he lets everyone know that the way to his heart is through his stomach. Caisson got to spend time with a foster family recently and showed more of who he is. He was a little lost at first but with guidance, he was able to relax and settle in. He was wonderful with his canine foster friends. He is learning different play styles and can be a bit overwhelmed with exuberant play. His style is more of the lumbering, take it slow, get to know each other kind of style. If his name were Grace, he may have had a different style, but one must live up to their name, right.
Caisson loves his toys. He may be around four years old, but he can still show his puppy side. In the mornings, he gets playful and excited, sometimes even a little mouthy, but he’s learning that toys are for chewing, arms and hands are for petting, and lets are for walking. He’s still working on the mouthing puppy behavior, but is easily directed to his ball. If you’re looking for an obnoxious barker, that would NOT be Caisson. Some dogs bark at everything, some bark at nothing. Caisson barks when he wants to tell you something and doesn’t bother wasting his words. He is a dog who is best in a home with another dog or with his person at home most of the time as right now he doesn’t care to be alone. In time, as he settles in with his new family, his confidence will continue to grow. For now, he needs patience. He is also still a German Shepherd, so leadership and guidance for him are the most important thing.
If Caisson could speak for himself, he would be able to tell you what he has been through, but he would also tell you that that was his past and he is only looking toward the future. He would tell you that if you love him, he will love you in return. If you shelter him, he will love you in return. If you protect him, he will love you in return. If you throw the ball, he will catch it. If you sit with him, he will sit by you. If you lead him, he will follow.
If you are interested in meeting this dog, please fill out our online application first. Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.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.