German Shepherd/Great Dane
Picture of Shar, a female German Shepherd/Great Dane

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Home:San Jose, CA  
Age: 8 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 100+ lbs

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Gargantupuppy, Shar Shar, Mama's Pony

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

September 20th 2008

Love and attention, playing the "Mine" game with her toys, and playing for hours on end with her best Rottie buddie, Holly.

Being told it's not time to play, being told she can't come along in the truck, anything to do with men on skateboards or men on bikes.

Favorite Toy:
Anything at all she can dangle out of her mouth to get someone, ANYONE, dog, person or cat, to chew and tug on

Favorite Food:
Anything the people are eating.

Favorite Walk:
As long as it's outside, she's happy, but she's happiest when it involves getting in the truck to go someplace

Best Tricks:
Sit, lay down, roll over, gimme paw

Arrival Story:
I adopted Shar from a wonderful girl who had adopted her as a rescue when she was a baby. Not too much more to the story than that, except to say that Shar is one of the most wonderful dogs I've ever had the privilege of calling my companion. She goes almost everywhere with me, makes friends out of everyone she meets, steps on my toes and butts me in the ribs with her toys to get me to play with her. She drools like a firehose after she drinks, chews on everything within sight, walks into her crate every night without my asking, and gallops like a horse. Her bark, when she chooses to use it against people she's not comfortable around like men and boys on bikes and skateboards, is truly earth-shaking, and she loves children so much she's jumped six-foot fences to go play with them (and of course they run screaming when they see a dog as big as a horse descending upon them, poor thing...) She always displays great concern when she hears kids crying, even if the sound is recorded. Her heart is as big as the rest of her. My life will never be the same again, and I'm so happy - Shar brings joy to me every day! The following story was written by Shar's original owner, who graciously allowed me to adopt her when Shar grew too big for her house and her lifestyle... ********************************** **************** I wanted a puppy but wasn't finding any in the shelter I volunteer at. My friend suggested I look on Craig's List and help someone out who needed a new home for their dog. After filtering through a lot of breeders (boo!) and a few disappointments (though they got good homes too), I found Charlette. I was a little intimidated by her breed (Bullmastiffs are huge if you didn't know), but after researching the breed and researching apartments (there are ones out there who rent to big dog owners!), it seemed like she would be a good match for my lifestyle. Her parents were a white AKC German Shepherd mom and a brindle AKC Bullmastiff dad whose owners allowed them to have an accidental pregnancy with no pre-natal or follow up care. They made the dogs (even mom, and newborn puppies!) live outside only and the girl who rescued them said they were all covered in mud and 3 of the 5 puppies had died. She took Charlette and her brother in and fostered them until she could find them homes, and that's how Charlette came to me!

A note on her breed: originally, her original owner was told she was part Bull Mastiff, but after careful consideration, I have to disagree with that. One look at her face and it's clear to see she looks nothing like a Bull Mastiff. In talking with several people, one of whom is a breed judge for Great Danes, and given Shar's long lanky build, scooped hips and huge deep chest, it becomes apparent that her "other half" must be Great Dane. Additionally, her muzzle has the characteristic Dane outline, with the slightly drooping jowls of a Dane. I plan, when we've got a bit more in the bank account, to have her DNA tested, because whatever came together to make her, I'm sold, and would love to own another one someday.

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