When Vinnie was found as a stray all of his ribs were showing, and at 3 years old, he was only 65 pounds. For a tall boy, this is very underweight. He was also very scared. For a dog in the shelter, being scared is natural, but the world of animal shelters is not so forgiving or understanding, and Vinnie’s only chance of walking out of that shelter was if a rescue would take him in, and that’s exactly what Coastal did. He walked right out that door and jumped into the rescue wagon and made his way into our family.
Vinnie was a scared boy in the shelter, but since he joined Coastal he has made friends, some who became very special friends. Even amongst the volunteers, it’s hard sometimes to not have our favorites, and Vinnie has his fans. One of his special people makes sure that he gets his car ride at least once a week when she comes to walk the dogs. Vinnie rides really well in the car. He also likes the treats that she brings. You see, the way to Vinnie’s heart really is through his stomach, especially since he needs to gain weight. He loves the chicken that she brings for him and tries to wait as patiently as he can, but, well, okay, he has been known to get the little baggie along with the chicken treats a time or two. He and his friend are still working on the patiently waiting for food part. He does know that he needs to sit and wait. He’s got the sit part down, but the waiting is the hardest part — well, baby steps, right.
We don’t now what life was like before Coastal for Vinnie, but we do know that when he came to us he was leery of men. Volunteers have been working with him, and he is slowly adjusting and even has another special friend that he has learned to trust.
Vinnie is still enjoying his time with his friends as he waits for his forever family. He’s not a fan of all dogs, so meeting any new canine companion is a must. Like many rescue German Shepherds, he is a complicated soul who needs a German Shepherd savvy family that will be patient as he learns to trust them, and will spend the time needed to peel away the layers until they finally reach his heart.
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.