Peyton has been in our rescue since last June. Our volunteer pulled him from a shelter in Columbus, GA literally, just as he was being taken to be euthanized. The shelter was too crowded and old sick dogs go first.
It's evident that Peyton has led a rough life. His ear tips are notched (from biting flies), he was very thin, and had several health issues. Peyton was heartworm positive, had many cysts on his back and hips, and had a bad ear and skin infection.
Since Peyton has been in rescue he was successfully treated for heartworms. The cysts were removed and they were benign. His skin and fur is now healthy and beautiful. He is now a healthy weight and fortunately he seems sound in his hips.
Peyton spent a short time in two foster homes but neither was a good fit for him. Each time Peyton reacted badly and bit another dog.
Since August, Peyton has been in my home without incident. Maybe he feels much better. However, I believe Peyton needs time to adjust to a new setting and new dogs. I was able to keep him separated from my pack with a child’s gate for two months. That way he was able to get to know my dogs gradually and learned to trust the dogs and his foster parents. Now Peyton plays with my dogs. He adores my 6 year old female and wrestles and runs zoomies with my 7 month- old male pup.
I can also kennel him or leave him in the fenced yard with Korra or puppy Argos. I’ve also seen Argos share a food bowl with Peyton. He does not have barrier or food aggression and ignores any new dog. Andddddd he’s good with my cat, even if she runs.
There was a long time I didn’t think Peyton was adoptable, but now, since his health conditions have been resolved and he is now more social dog I believe he will a great companion. We initially thought Peyton was 9 or 10 years, but he seems to have gotten much younger.
As with most older dogs, he doesn’t chew, dig, or tear stuff up. He loves to be inside and seems to want a safe, calm, and comfortable place to nap. Peyton may have slight loss of sight or hearing. Sometimes he seems startled but doesn’t react badly with it. He still shys away if you reach for his collar or to pet him around his head. If you are thinking of adopting him we suggest for the first week keeping him on a tether (hooked to the adopter). Tethering will help him with house training. In a new home he is likely to urinate inside until he learns where the door is and how to ask to go out. This technique is best for any dog that is transitioned into a new home.
Peyton is a tall, big boned gsd. He’s 85 to 90 pounds, a good weight for him. He has a voracious appetite. He was probably hungry for much of his life. If you are looking for a big, calm, loving companion this might be your boy. Please consider adopting an older dog. They have a beauty and wisdom rarely found anywhere else.
His adoption fee is $250. He's neutered, up to date on shots. current on heartworm and flea prevention, and microchipped.