ADOPTED! January 3, 2017


Arrival Date: 12/10/16
Breed: Doberman Pinscher
Gender: Female
Age: DOB 4/21/2014
Weight: 75#
Personality: Happy-Go-Lucky
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
In foster Home: Yes
Dog Social: Yes
Crate Trained: Not necessary
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Yes
Origin: Owner Surrender
Adoption Fee: $250


Nova is a typical Doberman who is loyal through and through. Her former owners raised her around kids and a cat and did an exceptional job. They fond themselves in a tough situation and had to find her a new due to restrictions on their living situation. We intervened and offered to help find her the best home she could transition into. It was a tearful good bye and never easy for a loving family to care for a dog so much and find themselves unable to provide her with what she needs. Nova is an excellent car companion and stayed in her bed for the two hour journey from Columbus to Cleveland. She was a little overwhelmed meeting her new friends at The Mutt Hutt but had no big issues. We allowed her to decompress for a few days with her bed and toys that she was familiar with and then secured and moved her into a foster home.

Nova is up to date on shots, spayed and microchipped.


novashm_face_webNova has settled in nicely and made herself at home. She is eating and drinking more regularly now and we have had no house accidents. (I did discover a small kid’s sock in her poop on the second day we had her, but she’s not eaten any of ours, as far as I can tell. Lol!) She has also adopted the role of our guardian, barking at the door bell, patrolling our fence line when she’s out, hackles up when she sees the neighbors come and go.

She is no fan of the cold and is quite happy to subject herself to the coat and booties that we put her in before walks. I couldn’t figure out the harness that came along with her and have been using mine. The fit is not great for her, but it keeps her from pulling us along. We have yet to have a calm, steady walk, even with the harness. She is either stopped –sniffing the trees, bushes, etc. around her– or cantering off to the next new smell. Hard to work with her on this while it’s so cold and icy. She is so good with other commands though, I’m sure she’ll be a quick study if her new family wants her leash-trained. She arrived knowing Sit, Down, and Paw. Now we are working on ‘off’ (she’s decided the couch is more comfortable than her beds) and ‘drop it’.

Clearly, she is a pretty young dog. She is a vigorous chewer, but, thankfully, seems to fully understand that her gnawing needs to be restricted to her own stuff. That blankets she has is her favorite thing to just chomp away on. She loves to play fetch and tug. She’d rather play tug than we would — she’s quite strong and gets very excited with the ‘competition’ — and she is not one to be ignored. She presents her toys, rather insistently, over our newspaper, laptop, cellphones, etc.

Mostly though, she is super affectionate. She loves to be loved, scratched, petted, snuggled, and played with. Sweet, sweet girl!

We are not a traditional shelter, we are a cage-free facility. All dogs are temperament tested and must get along with other dogs to stay here. Appointments must be made in advance to meet our Secondhand Mutts. Please call 216-664-9660 or email to set up a time. We are closed on Sundays. We prefer to adopt to local families but will consider long distance adoptions.

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Our Adoptables Are
  • Socialized in a cage-free dog daycare environment
  • Dog-Friendly
  • Cat Tested (upon request)
  • Fostered in real homes
  • Spayed or Neutered
  • Temperament tested
  • Veterinary Health Checked
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Distemper Vaccinated
  • Rabies Vaccinated
  • Bordetella Vaccinated
  • Heartworm Tested
  • Microchipped
  • Flea Preventative
  • Heartworm Preventative
  • Groomed prior to adoption

Services provided by
Gateway Animal Clinic

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