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German Shepherd Dog (medium coat)  : :  Male (neutered)  : :  Adult  : :  Large

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About Ezra

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Adoption Fee: 500.00
  • Species: Dog
  • Rescue ID: SS718
  • General Color: Black with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
  • Current Age: 1 Year 9 Months (best estimate)
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Declawed: No
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate
  • Grooming Needs: Moderate
  • Shedding Amount: High
  • Owner Experience Needed: Breed

Ezra is a very special boy needing humans with patience and breed experience. Ezra was born with " Optic nerve hypoplasia" . He is not in any discomfort and does not require medication, but he is completely blind in his left eye. Because of his limited visibility,  he issues a low growl when he is anxious or is approached on his left side. It can be intimidating, but he does not show aggression.  Once he becomes acclimated to his new surroundings, the behavior tapers off dramatically.

Ezra isn't interested in toys but he does like to play with other dogs. He can be quite mouthy when taking treats, so watch your fingers! He is potty & kennel trained. He will protest when initially put in a kennel but settles easily and hasn't tried to escape the kennel. For the most part, Ezra is a quiet guy that loves to lay on his dog bed somewhere near his human. He doesn't bark much, usually only when prompted by the resident dog. A calmer house without kids will be ideal for Ezra. He is dog friendly and would enjoy the company of a calmer companion. We do not know how he is with cats. 

Ezra is neutered, current on vaccines, heartworm negative and looking for a home that will love him forever, quirks and all.

Notes from his visit to the Ophthalmologist
" The optic nerves are located at the back of the eyes where they establish a direct connection to the brain and are responsible for part of the visual pathway. Optic nerve hypoplasia is a condition that uncommonly affects the optic nerves of dogs (and other mammals), leading to a variable degree of vision reduction (or even blindness) in one or both eyes.

In some cases, the eyes of affected animals are otherwise normal (as is the case for Ezra). In other instances, the eyes are malformed in a variety of ways. In all cases, the optic nerves are smaller than they should be. Beyond an understanding of its genetic origins, exactly how this disease occurs is not well understood. Ezra is affected in both eyes, but only his left eye is affected severely enough to cause blindness. He has likely been non-visual in the left eye since birth, and thus has not had to "adjust" to vision loss. With that being said, some dogs can display startling or even strong behavioral abnormalities when approached on their "blind side ".

More about Ezra

Good with Dogs, Is Not Good with Kids, Good with Adults, Requires a yard, Cratetrained, Needs special care, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Intelligent

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