Sex: Female

ID Number: 6602

Breed: German Shepherd Dog / Mixed (medium coat)

Age: 2 Years 4 Months (Birthdate: 8/31/2020)

Size: 46.5 lbs. (Medium)

Other: Spayed, Vaccinations current, Microchip

Exercise: Moderate Exercise Needed

Indoor/Outdoor: Indoor Only

New People: Cautious

Dog Friendly: Yes

Cat Friendly: Yes

Adoption Fee: $250

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Name: Monarch
Size: ~Medium range: 26-60 lbs 
Adoption Donation:  $250 (applicable sales tax included).  Adoption fees may be paid by cash or check.  
Other:   Spayed Female, Vaccinations current, Microchip 


Monarch is a sweet girl looking for patience and love in her forever home!


Foster Home Feedback 

1/4/2022 Temporary Care Feedback: We have been temporarily fostering Monarch while her foster is gone, and she has been such a fun guest! We have an extra large Lab, a small Pomeranian, and a small cat that she has gotten along with great. She loves to come over and sniff the cat hello, but is very gentle with her. Our cat is very dog-friendly, but has had to tell Monarch to back off a few times, and she was totally fine being swatted at and then left her alone. There were only a few times on the first day I had to remind Monarch to leave the cat alone, and she was very easily redirected. She has never chased the cat, just follows her around curiously. Our cat loves her now and has started grooming her. She has been amazing with our dogs and is best friends with our Lab. Our Pomeranian can get snappy at times, and Monarch will bark back at her but is fine otherwise.

We have a large fenced in yard and Monarch never wants to come inside! She can be nervous outside on leash, but when she is in a fenced-in yard she is a free and happy girl. She loves to run around and play with our Lab, or just bury her face in the snow. She met a friend’s dog who is a very large shepherd mix, and she did get a little overstimulated playing with him. I think she would do best with a doggy playmate that can handle her bossy play style and tolerate her while she navigates how to interact and play with new dogs. Monarch looooves to play and is very dog friendly, but can come on strong and is a little socially awkward at times! She would love a sibling that is more submissive but still playful and social, as Monarch is a pretty high energy dog.

Speaking of bossy, this girl loves to talk! She always has us laughing with her husky-like demeanor. She was very nervous of us at first, and spent her first day in her kennel where she feels safe. But after some treats, we became friends within a few hours. She can be weary of new people but is able to open up quickly. Monarch has met a few of our friends now, and it’s obvious she is more timid around men, but will come over to them after a while. She’s a very sweet girl, just shy at first. But once she gets to know you, she LOVES you! She’s a huge cuddler and loves to talk to you. At night, she would do best sleeping in her kennel in your room or in bed with you.

Monarch is fully potty trained, kennel trained, dog and cat friendly, the perfect dog. Pictures don’t do justice to how small she is, she looks like a German Shepherd but is full grown at the size of a blue heeler. Any family would be lucky to welcome this sweet and goofy girl into their home!

11/30/2022 Foster Feedback: Monarch is pretty anxious about the world around her, but once she gets used to her surroundings, she turns into the biggest cuddle bug! She had one accident when I first got her because she was too scared to pee until she physically couldn’t hold it anymore, but now that she’s established her potty spot outside there haven’t been any more accidents. She spooks pretty easily outside, so there are still days where she doesn’t go potty much because of noise or people. I have found that the best way to encourage her to go is to have a long leash or let her loose in a fenced in yard so she doesn’t worry about me being too close. I also try to make sure there aren’t any animals or running vehicles around before I take her out, as these make her shut down and demand to go inside pretty quickly.

I have been working on getting her used to vehicles as I take her to work with me. She needs a lot of encouragement when we’re leaving the house, but when she knows it’s time to go home she doesn’t hesitate to hop in the backseat. For longer trips, I would recommend putting a diaper (size L) on her or having a seat cover, as she had a nervous piddle during a half-hour drive. She also tries to burrow into anything she can find while I’m driving, so blankets are a huge help to make her feel safe! She doesn’t seem to know the word “sit,” but she will sit for you if you hold a treat a certain way. She also will come to you if you call her around the house, but she doesn’t always respond to it outside since there’s so many other things to focus on!

She loves going into her kennel and is as quiet as a mouse while she is in there! A kennel is a must for her forever home, as she relies on it for her safe space. She loves sitting by the window and watching the world go by, but she has never barked at anyone or anything she sees. In fact, the only time she makes any noise is when she’s being a goofball and wants to play! She warms up to houseguests eventually if they leave her alone initially and move slowly when she eventually comes out to investigate them, but she will growl a bit when she first sees them. I think this could probably be avoided if introductions happened outside of her turf.

Monarch was around dogs and kids as young as toddlers in her past life, and from how it sounded she did not have any problems. I haven’t witnessed her experience with kids for myself, but for dogs I would recommend keeping introductions slow so she doesn’t get overwhelmed. She recently met a cat for the first time in her life! It was very cuddly and dog-savvy, but even with this calm demeanor she started shaking. She could probably get used to a cat with this temperament in her forever home eventually, but I don’t think she could handle a home with any cats that act aggressively towards dogs.

Overall, Monarch is the biggest sweetheart you could ever own! She is bursting with love, she just needs that special person to show her how much fun the world can be!

** Monarch is Lyme and Anaplasmosis positive. These are tick-borne illnesses, and she is currently being treated with Doxycycline. 

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