Hearts United for Animals
HUA - Omaha, NE

Rudolph Featured

be my buddy
German Shepherd
Born: 03/03/2009
90 lbs

Rudolph was brought to the shelter at three years of age. He had lived outside on a chain since he was a baby. When the chain grew into his neck and began to strangle him, his owner had it surgically removed and promptly got rid of him. He was emaciated when he arrived, with dry, sparse hair falling out by the handful. For some reason that we cannot understand, Rudolph adores people, even after being abused for his entire life. This magnificent animal clings to people, rolls on his back for belly rubs, and plays the most delightful games. He is exceptionally well-mannered on a leash and learns all cues immediately. But before you go thinking that he is PERFECT, there's something you must know about our gentle giant. He is convinced that most other dogs are his enemies. It is likely that he was attacked more than once as he was restrained by that chain, unable to defend himself and unable to escape. We have been working with him on positive conditioning and he is showing some improvement. However, because of his size and power, Rudolph will most likely always need to be the only dog of an expert handler. We trust this person will come along and see this majestic dog for the marvel that he is.
Buddy Messages (4)
His Buddy, Jacob Keyes, from Gretna, NE, sent him this message: "I wish I could adopt you but my house just isn't right for you. I love you Rudolph! Jacob" Rudolph understands and sends Jacob lots of giant cuddles and many very gentle kisses!
His Buddy, Jodi Kupper, from Lincoln, NE, sent him this message: "Rudolph, I'm sorry to hear that you had to endure unkindnesses in your past, but that's all over from this point on. I'm sure that you will find your forever home soon with a family who can give you all the love you deserve! Until that day comes, know that you have a buddy who cares about you and wishes she could adopt you herself." Rudolph sends Jodi many grateful hugs and very happy kisses!
His Buddy, Shannon Moran, from Lincoln, NE, sent him this message: "Rudolph, My Cody had the same problem with other dogs. Hang in there, you'll find your forever family to shepherd." Rudolph sends Shannon and Cody happy tails wags and thanks Cody for the encouraging words!
His Buddy, Paul Banks, from Miami Beach, Florida, sent him this message: "Rudolph - thank you for reminding me to be grateful and joyful. You are an inspiration to me." Rudolph sends Paul many happy, grateful hugs and kisses.

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Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization. Hearts United for Animals does long distance adoptions if there are safe flights and we have volunteers in the area to do a home visit. We require an application, references and a home visit to adopt one of our dogs. Our dogs are all spayed or neutered and are current on health care. We can cat test a dog if requested. If you are interested in adopting a dog, we can give you more information on each dog if you click the Adoption Info & Application link above. Buddies are people who support the dog and send them love while they are waiting for their new home. The dog does not live with the buddy.