ADOPTED! May 19, 2017


Arrival Date: 1/9/17
Breed: Shepherd / Doberman / Hound Mix
Gender: Female
Age: Estimate 1 year old
Weight: 45#
Personality: Happy Go Lucky
Fully Vaccinated:  Yes
Microchipped: Yes
Spayed/Neutered: Yes – Prior to adoption (scheduled)
In foster Home: Not currently
Dog Social: Yes, excellent
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Kid-Friendly: Yes
Cat-Friendly Curious
Origin: Stray (Boone County WV)
Adoption Fee: $200

Velvet is as soft as they come. She also has a soft personality and she will warm your heart. She is a hound/shepherd/doberman mix also known as a Mutt (our favorite “breed”). Velvet’s owner could no longer afford to take care of her due to financial difficulties and chose to surrender her to the local shelter in their home town in West Virginia. She was a little scared at the shelter with all the noise and change of pace but didn’t stay too long when we agreed to take her in and find her a new family to call her own.

Velvet has been living in a foster home with one other dog and one female owner since January. She was adopted to a family early on and returned to no fault of her own (bad timing for the family with a newborn and new dog). She was adopted again in April and returned sighting she had “shut down” and seemed scared of everything and wouldn’t walk on a leash. Velvet’s foster home had a big fenced yard and for the last 3 months she’s had the pleasure of being around a group of dogs in daycare and we believe the drastic change of environments and lack of having experience on a leash leading up to her second placement played a part in  her shutting down. She has since moved into a quite foster home and is living with a single female and no other pets, walking city streets on a leash with a harness (learning her way) and doing well.

We would love to find Velvet a forever home and will provide guidance to whomever she goes home with. If you would like to meet Velvet please email us to set up an appointment.


She’s very sweet and loves attention and is full of energy! A high energy, active home or owner and with perhaps a bonus young dog friend as a brother or sister would work. Bulleit (fosters dog) is a little too old for Velvet. She means no harm but he’s not interested in the rough housing play at his age. I didn’t get to cat testing yet but she sees most everything as “play” so I’m assuming a moving cat would excite her. 

She crates very well and I do have to crate her when I leave the house. Absolutely.  I also crate her every other night. On the nights I don’t I sleep downstairs with her and Bulleit on the couch since she’s still not doing stairs.  She doesn’t care for the crate at first and barks and whines but eventually settles down after a few minutes. In it all night with no problems. She’s house trained. I do continue to crate her when I am not home and she does great all day, many of which are pretty long. When I crate her at night she also does a wonderful job. I crate her because of her puppy tendency to chew. I am still correcting her and providing her with plenty of toys and bones to keep her busy but she still requires a watchful eye while I’m home. She’s a typical puppy. However, her play “biting” of humans is also now under control. 
She’s a chewer. She chews it all!  Pillows, dog beds, etc. I’m still home on medical leave so I’ve been able to be with her pretty much most of the day, all day. She needs very careful watch and pretty much constant correcting.  We’re using “leave it” as the command. I’ve bought her bones, squeak tennis balls, etc. she chews and plays with those but still gravitates towards household items whenever something catches her eye.  And I run her at least three times a day outside playing fetch with her balls. She loves that and the fenced yard. 
When she arrived she was a jumper. Counter and people.  So, that command is “off!”. I have had her now for a month and she’s doing much, much better with her jumping. A quick correction and she knows to sit and wait for her “person” to come down to her level for love and petting. Same goes for her counter jumping and begging for food at dinner time. And, she sits like a good girl for her treats and for her food. A+ on that front! And, she’s also mastered stairs. Yeah! 
She’ll make a sweet loving dog to a high energy family who can invest in the training. She will require training. She might be two but she’s all puppy!  Loves, loves, loves her tummy rubbed.  Generally speaking, Velvet is a wonderful, sweet and very loving dog that just adores pets and cuddling. She snuggles with her human and sleeps with me and Bulleit at night. From what I can tell, she is thoroughly enjoying being part of the pack. 
She also loves to play and enjoys her fenced yard in particular, she likes to play fetch and run.
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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

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