Last updated 5/14/17.
Please note: we only have one puppy left! Hermes was never listed here because he met a potential adopter early on, but her plans fell through. He’s a dark brindle puppy (he’s the one with white paws that you can see in some of the other puppies’ photos). He’s our gentle giant: he will weigh about 85 pounds when he’s fully grown, and he’s one of the sweetest puppies we’ve ever worked with. He’s also super shy, so we’re going to take a couple of days to socialize him a little bit more. We’ll post his information here on Tuesday, May 16th.
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These puppies are the the ones I’ve been calling the Shadow Pups on our dog’s Facebook page. I’m calling them that because when she was a stray, their mother would only come out at night – and even then she stuck to the shadows. The mother was living on the streets for months before we were able to catch her, and by the time we got hold of her she was almost ready to whelp. This litter was born in our home just a few days after we managed to catch her. Now that the puppies have been weaned, we’ll spay the mother and give her a forever home with us. We can’t keep her puppies, though, so we started adopting them out on March 17th.
The mother is a brindle shepherd mix, and weighs about 60 pounds. We think the puppies will weigh somewhere between 50 and 70 pounds when fully grown, but of course we don’t know for sure. There are nine puppies: 6 boys and 3 girls.
Although we’re planning to adopt most of the Shadow Pups out to people in the Metro Detroit area, we are willing to travel a bit for people we already know. We’re very sorry, but we don’t have the time or resources to do the same for strangers.
We are not a rescue or a shelter, but we will ask you to complete an application and submit to a home visit and vet check just like you’d expect to have through a rescue organization. We’ll also ask you to sign an adoption contract that outlines your responsibilities as a pet owner and our responsibilities as the people who are making the pet available to you. This is necessary to ensure the safety of the puppies and the satisfaction of the adopters. We just want every one of these puppies and their new families to be happy together.
The adoption fee is $225. This fee covers the puppies’ first 10 weeks’ worth of dewormers; their first two vet visits and first two rounds of vaccinations; microchipping (we’ll transfer the accounts to you upon adoption); a collar; several days’ worth of food; a folder with dog behavior and training guides; a favorite toy or two; and at least a week’s supply of any medication. So far none of them need any medication, but we will make it available if they do.
We will be taking applications again on Tuesday, May 16th. The process to approve an application takes about a week – if you want a dog today we are not a good fit for you.
We’ll also have 2 different puppy starter kits available. The “I already have dogs, I’m mostly good” kit will be $50 and will include extra food, more toys, a bag of training treats, a small spray bottle of enzymatic cleaner/odor remover, and puppy-safe shampoo. The “I have zero dogs and zero things for dogs! HELP!” kit will be $75. These will include everything in the “I have dogs” kit plus a puppy-strength leash, a small flannel blanket, bowls, a clicker, a roll of dog mess baggies, and a collar in the next size up. Please let us know if you’ll need a kit when we do your initial home visit.
ABOUT THE SHADOW PUPS
If you want to see more photos, please visit our dog’s Facebook page.
All of the photos on this page were taken at or around 6-10 weeks old unless otherwise noted. The Shadow Pups are old enough for us to do an early evaluation of their temperaments. Some of this will change as they age, but here’s what we know so far:
Zeus – ADOPTED!!
Male, dark fawn coat with a black mask and black tips to his ears, tiny white spot on chest and a dark patch running along his spine. Since these photos were taken, his muzzle has begun to narrow and he’s become quite lean. We think his build will be similar to his mother’s.
Zeus is very smart and sweet. He does everything a few days ahead of the rest of his litter, and he’s one of the friendliest puppies. At 15 weeks and right around 30 pounds Zeus is one of the smaller puppies in the litter (though not by much), but he’s still on track to weigh somewhere between 60-65# when he’s fully grown. He’s just as happy to curl up in our laps as he is to run around with his siblings, and he’s always happy. Zeus is so outgoing that we think he’d be a great fit for almost any household. He is pretty high-energy, so he will be happiest with someone who can give him the exercise and attention he needs.
Comet – ADOPTED!!
Female, light brown fur with cream accents (she looks like someone bleached a Rottweiler). She has a wrinkly hound sort of face, complete with jowls and floppy ears. At almost 2 months old her eyes are still blue and they’ll probably end up yellow or light brown.
Comet always wants to know what’s going on. She’s very alert to her surroundings, and has a buoyant personality. Comet can be pushy with her siblings, but she backs off right away if the other puppies correct her. She was one of the first puppies to learn how to run and she loves it; she’s barely taken a slow, casual step since. Comet is a curious, intelligent dog and will need someone who can keep her engaged. While she’s a little bit too rambunctious to be a good fit for families with very young children, we think she’d do great in a household with one or more dogs under 5 or 6 years old, and/or with kids ages 5 and up. We do think she’d get along with cats who are used to dogs, but we don’t recommend her for households that have cats who’ve never lived with dogs — she’s a very sweet puppy, but not the best first dog for the family cat.
Persephone – ADOPTED!!
Female; our redhead. Reddish face and a subtle red tint to her fawn coat, deep black mask. She has a slightly darker stripe down her back from her waist to the tip of her tail.
Persephone is the shyest female puppy; she can be a little hesitant to try new things, but once she gets used to them she’s as lively as the rest of the pups. She’s just as happy chasing a wadded up ball of paper as she is playing with expensive dog toys, and she’s much less of a chewer than the other pups. She’d rather have a puzzle to solve than something to rip apart. We think Persephone would be good in a home with pretty much anyone – she’s laid back enough to get along with a dominant dog, not so bossy that she’d terrorize a submissive one, and lively enough to have fun with a playful one. She gets along fine with older children (we haven’t tested her with young ones yet) and with pretty much any adult she’s ever met. We haven’t tested her with cats, but like most of the other puppies we’re pretty sure she’d do okay as long as proper introductions are made.
Aleph – ADOPTED!!
Male, light fawn coat, dark brown muzzle and brown coloring on the ears and tail. He has a distinct black spot midway down his tail. Aleph is probably going to be on the stocky side.
Aleph is the sweetest puppy in the litter. He’s a very laid-back boy, and quite friendly with all of his siblings no matter how much they pounce on him. Aleph sometimes startles easily and he can be a little nervous about new things, but his nervousness presents as hesitation rather than aggression because he’s just naturally kind. His hesitation doesn’t last long; once he has a chance to check things out, he’s all in. We think he’d be a great addition to any family, but he’ll need a bit of extra time to get used to new things.