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The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Meet Shadow: As Smart As He Is Handsome!

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It’s the holidays! The time of year for families to gather together to celebrate traditions, share old memories, and make new ones. This year, as you surround yourself with family and friends, both two-legged and four-legged alike, remember there are millions of dogs in shelters, patiently waiting for a family of their own. For some, this won’t be their first, second, or even their EIGHTH Christmas without a family of their own.

It’s our Christmas wish that every dog in rescue would find a home for the holidays, so we’ve selected 12 special dogs from around the country that have been overlooked time and time again. Some are senior dogs, some have special needs, and some are passed over for reasons we simply can’t understand – but, they all deserve to spend the holidays with a family of their own.

We’re calling this the 12 Dogs of Christmas! The Dogington Post along with our friends at Halo® Purely for Pets® have joined forces to introduce you to 12 needy dogs in hopes that they’ll finally get noticed…and maybe get a home for the holidays!

Meet Shadow!

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Name of Rescue Organization: Rising Dove Rescue (New York)

How long at shelter/rescue: Shadow has been looking for a family for nearly 3 years!

Type/Size/Sex: Akita-German Shepherd Mix, Large, Male, Neutered

12 dogs of christmasShadow’s Story: Rising Dove NY rescued Shadow from a New York City shelter. He had several homes by the time he arrived at the shelter. Unfortunately, Shadow’s past is a difficult one which included severe abuse, neglect and mistreatment. Animals of such strong breed types often fall victim to ignorant owners/handlers who do not have an understanding of the dog or the breed.  Rising Dove Rescue worked with professionals for many months to help rehabilitate Shadow. And, with the exception of becoming more socialized toward other animals, Shadow has emerged as a loving, friendly, and trusting dog, once he is comfortable with you.

Quiet and curious, Shadow is gentle and friendly, taking treats easily from your hand and thanking you with a lick. Shadow knows how to sit and give his paw on command, and walk fairly well on his leash albeit with some pulling. Shadow has a beautiful silver, black, grey and dark brown coat with white markings. His tail gracefully rolls over the top of his back.

Shadow longs to become a loyal family pet and would love a forever home. This handsome dog is neutered, up-to-date on shots, and microchipped. Shadow currently weighs about 85-90 pounds.

Shadow is very intelligent and can pick up very quickly your lead and signals. Certain to bring much joy to your household, Shadow is an elegant and beautiful dog that you will be proud to have walk by your side.

12 dogs of christmasSHADOW SAYS: “I am a male, brown, silver and black Akita and German Shepherd mix.  I am very smart, I like children and I would love to play ball with you. I have a strong bond with my people and would like to be an only pet in the household. I will be incredibly loyal to my family.

PS: I’ll tell you a secret… when I eat cookies, I slobber. YEP!  Yes, I do. That’s because I enjoy my cookies!  PLEASE ADOPT ME!!”

Likes: Shadow LOVES children, the outdoors, hiking, water, leaves, running with his tennis balls or football, playing fetch.  Shadow LOVES getting squirted with the garden hose and playing in his dog pool.  Shadow LOVES his people and is a very loyal and intelligent dog. Shadow loves being walked and exploring new trails in the woods. Shadow can play for hours with his ball and leaves – he loves to jump in piles of leaves searching for his tennis ball – it is so exciting when he finds it in the leaves, he will pop up with a big smile!

Dislikes: Shadow is highly territorial and will not accept other animals in his space. Shadow can easily be walked past any other animals who are leashed and is NOT REACTIVE while walking past. Animals off leash should never approach Shadow. Shadow is tolerant and even playful of other animals as long as there is separation between them (i.e. fencing).

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Special Considerations: Shadow does not wish to be a guard dog. If you are looking for an outside dog who will act as guard dog, do not call about Shadow. Shadow is not reactive toward other animals. It is hard to notice but if you watch closely you can see him tracking them with his eyes. DO NOT allow animals off leash near Shadow. Also, please note:  DO NOT TRY TO ENGAGE SHADOW WITH OTHER ANIMALS. To elaborate on this after having observed – Shadow will pin down other animals, he will not bite, shake, or attack or try to kill but he will hold them down and will then release.

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Shadow’s Perfect Family: Shadow loves the outdoors and an active home with children and people who enjoy nature is ideal along with a home that has a fenced in yard for Shadow to play.  Potential adopters please have experience with Akita or German Shepherd or Elkhounds and dogs of this size.  We simply WILL NOT CONSIDER any home without handlers having good understanding for Shadow’s breed and background.  To be clear, Shadow poses no threat to people at all. Our screening process is for HIS protection.

Shadow will soon face another Christmas without a family all his own.

Does Shadow seem like the perfect fit for your family? Here’s how to begin the adoption process:

Visit Rising Dove Rescue to review their adoption policy and view/print an adoption application. Then, contact Lisa at Rising Dove Rescue NY by phone at 917-214-6989 or by email at [email protected]

Will Shadow finally find his forever with you?

The great folks at Halo Pet Food have a mission to change the way companion animals are fed and farm animals are raised…for the better. With that goal in mind, if you adopt one of our “12 Dogs of Christmas,” they’ll send you $100 worth of food and treats for your newest furry family member!


For over 30 years, Halo® has insisted on creating only holistic pet foods that rely first on WHOLE meat, poultry or fish – never ANY rendered “meat meal” – making these recipes fundamentally different from the kibble found in almost all leading “natural” pet food brands. Now, the brand has added OrigiNative™ and Non-GMO Vegetables along with Proven Superior Digestibility to that heritage. Plus, when you choose America’s Best Loved Holistic Brand®, Halo feeds it forward (#HaloFeeditForward), donating a bowl of Halo to shelter pets every time consumers buy, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States, and Halo offers pet parents a money back guarantee, “Feed for 14 Days, Love it or it’s Free! Learn more about Halo’s HOLISTIC. WHOLE. HUMANE. Pet food for dogs and cats at

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  1. Karen Warren

    Dec 14, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Beautiful dog! He looks much more like an Akita/Belgian Malinois mix which would be in line witb his behaviors. Hope he finds a loving forever home soon!

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