So you think you want a German Shepherd? We are a lot of fun, but we aren't for everyone. Being owned by a German Shepherd is like getting the life coach you didn't know you needed. We are wicked smart and like to be active. You won't need a fitness coach, financial planner, or an entertainment budget. I'll get you up off the couch, you can spend your money on toys, and I'm all the entertainment you will need. If you can't spell Shepherd, I'm not for you. My name is Rio and I weigh 70 pounds. I started life as a 6 week old puppy in August of 2021 on the end of a chain in a tiny hell-hole of a town. There are 346 people there and almost that many loose dogs. My owners were hoarders, we won't even talk about how they made money. I don't want to end up in the witness protection program for dogs. Eventually they either got evicted or just left. They put me in the house when they left. I survived there for months on my own. I'm a smart guy but eventually ran out of trash to eat and almost starved. People in town knew I was stuck in there but were afraid of my former owners. Eventually one of them was brave enough to get me out. I moved to another abandoned house next to their house. I spent last winter there. There wasn't any heat and a couple of the windows were knocked out. They put down straw so I could stay warm and gave me food and water every day. They got me some help. Two crazy ladies came and got me. They stuffed me in a kennel and carried me out of there. When I got to my foster home I got my first bath. Then I got another one and another one until I didn't stink any more. My foster mom is mean on clean and the massages are great. My coat got brushed out and once again could be a proud example of my breed. Next up was the vet. I thought we were going to get a pup cup for breakfast. When I woke up I was wearing a cone and missing my testicles. That car ride was not what I expected. I'm a smart guy and not going to fall for that again. This foster home is a great place. The meals are served regularly and my foster parents play with me. I love toys. My foster mom says I need a fenced yard to run and play safely. I missed out on a lot of training as a pup but I learn fast. I'm also a little leery of falling in love with a human. You are going to have to be patient to earn my love and trust. Because I was alone for the first 18 months of my life, I'd like to have the attention of my human all to myself and be the only dog in my home. Rio is housetrained, neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped If you would like to meet Rio, please complete the adoption application on our website: www.furfunrescue.org. If you have questions about Rio, you can contact [email protected] or call 319-929-6657. Adopters must be within a two-hour radius of Cedar Rapids, IA. Indoor homes only. Adoption fee is $250.