Molly is a beautiful German Shepherd with the classic appearance of that large and athletic working dog: a glossy black saddle, tan and cream markings, and a shorthair coat. Irina and I adopted Molly three years ago when she was about two. She had been abandoned. She had had a litter, and was probably someone's idea for a backyard German-Shepherd puppy mill. For whatever reason, she was left on the street somewhere in the Central Valley. She was picked up and then sent to the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek. By then she was underweight and being treated for kennel cough. But her gentle dignity and warm spirit were apparent. As soon as we saw her, we knew we wanted her to join our family. She knew it, too.
Molly evidently had had no obedience training, but she is very intelligent and eager to follow directions. She did well in obedience classes and enjoys her active social life. She comes with us to restaurants with dog-friendly patios and stays with us in motels and Airbnbs.
German Shepherds are intensely loyal and protective. Molly always wants to be with us. She loves to go on walks, and a long off-leash walk at Point Isabel is at the top of her list. Point Isabel has helped tremendously with her socialization. She greets all her human and canine friends, makes new friends, and enjoys the exercise and stimulation that are essential to her well-being. She is calm with strangers and playful with other dogs, but never lets her owners get out of her sight. There is no risk that this dog of ours will ever run away.
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