Gracie is a healthy 8 year old female Labrador Retriever mix dog for adoption in Baltimore, Maryland. She is spayed, up to date on shots, micro-chipped, house trained and crate trained. This adorable Labrador Retriever mix dog is good with people, including children, and cats. She is not suited for a home with other dogs. Gracie is a very devoted, affectionate and smart companion. Adopt Gracie today!
Location: Baltimore, MD, 21206
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Size: large / 75 lbs
Microchipped or Tattooed: Yes
Good With Cats: Yes
Good With Dogs: No
Good With Children: Yes
House Broken/Litter Trained: Yes
Crate Trained: No
Health Issues: Yes
Behavior Issues: Yes
We do not know her background, as she was adopted from SPCA, but we have learned that she cannot be loose around small dogs. She is wonderful with large dogs, very playful and friendly. At our old house, she played with the neighbor’s pit bull mix, wrestling and playing, and then would curl up with him after they’d worn each other out. However, when she encounters a small dog – especially if that dog is aggressive, she becomes HIGHLY aggressive, and goes on the attack.
On one occasion, we took Gracie to a local PetSmart for grooming, and made it clear that she MUST be on a leash at all times. (If she is on a leash, obviously, she is more controllable. Also, when on a leash, she will lunge at a small dog, but she will stand down when ordered firmly by the human with her.) My husband confirmed with the manager that he could safely leave Gracie there while he ran a couple of errands.
The manager and on-site trainer told us what happened: Because the groomer had encountered no problems during the grooming session, she unfortunately felt that it was safe and removed the leash, and then walked away from Gracie. Gracie remained in place on the grooming table at first, but then a dachshund was walked into the room, and he then began barking at Gracie.
Gracie then jumped off of the table and did attack the dog, biting it severely on the hip. The PetSmart trainer at the time knew Gracie, and she knew him, so he intervened and pulled Gracie away.
Supplies Offered With Pet:
Food / water dishes
Food storage container
Treats (including a box of small milk-bones; she tends to ignore them, but they’re her favorite treat when smeared with a little PB)
Leash / harness
Box of dog toys
Car seat cover
<h2>How To Adopt Gracie</h2>
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ALL ABOUT Gracie – Labrador Retriever Mix Dog For Adoption Baltimore MD
5 Good Reasons To Adopt This Labrador Retriever mix dog in Baltimore MD
Unconditional, total, absolute love. Whenever we come home, she is ready and waiting at the door. A beautiful thing to come home to.
Intelligent. She’s a truly brilliant dog. She is quick to learn most commands (I say most because, no matter how we try, we’ve never been able to train her to fetch. Everything else was quickly and easily learned. I think she considers it beneath her :> ). She quickly learned our schedules and will actually come to nudge me when it’s ‘bedtime’.
Beautiful. She is beautiful to look at, and has an absolutely beautiful personality.
Obedient. She really is very obedient – although, she really DOES obey my husband more than me. He’s definitely her ‘alpha’. When there’s food involved, she is, admittedly, a lot slower to obey. But she gets there.
Quiet. We’ve had her about 7 years, and I think she’s barked 20 times or less. I don’t mean 20 barking sessions, I mean a single bark. Usually to get our attention if she’s in the yard, and we’re not in the kitchen.
Except for what is described above, Gracie is sweet, fun, playful, inquisitive, intelligent and full-on loving. She adores her humans (almost as much as we adore her), and responds differently to each of us. She will wrestle with my husband, but barely at all with me.
She loves to cuddle with me, but less so my husband. She LOVES to please us and play with us. She loves just being with us, and is happiest when we’re both in the same room (especially if that room is the kitchen, where she might get a scrap or three), and bounces between the two of us for head rubs and pats.
We have a routine when I come home, where she races to the bedroom and lies on the edge, waiting for me to finish changing, before I ‘pounce’ on her on the bed and snuggle, talking to her and rubbing her tummy. Truthfully, I have to do this before I talk to my husband.
Gracie is trained (gesture and voice commands) to sit, lie down, come, wait, stay (stay needs work, though, if we try that and then go out of her sight and hearing), paw, look, heel, go to bed, ‘leave it’ (leaving something that she wants on the floor) and ‘walk around’ (walking around my body to sit at my right side).
Of course, she is MUCH faster at obeying those commands when there is a treat in our hands but, when she is bored, sometimes we’ll put her through the paces and she gets excited to play.
She is really excellent about letting us know when she needs to go to the yard, though sometimes she makes me think she needs to use the yard, but really only wants to lie in the sun for a bit.
Gracie’s Favorite Activites / Toys / Treats
Favorite toy: anything with a squeaker. ESPECIALLY anything fuzzy, with a squeaker buried inside of it. We tend to buy the cheap ones, because she’ll go crazy with them, pounce on them and, as soon as the squeaker is pulled out and destroyed, she drops it. However, she will randomly find one that she loves – I haven’t yet figured out how to tell what she’ll choose – and even after the squeaker is demolished, she caries it around with her.
Favorite foods: yes. Seriously, I’ve seen her eat broccoli and green beans. We feed her Purina ProPlan, large breed formula. She prefers chicken to lamb. Sometimes, instead of putting her meal in her dish, I’ll put the food into a 20 oz plastic water bottle, with the label torn off and toss it to her. She gets excited having to work for her food, it occupies her for a few minutes and makes her happy. If I really want to treat her, I add a little peanut butter to it, and she has fun for quite a while.
I’ll also occasionally buy femur bones at the grocery, or steak bones if they have them. She’ll chew on them longer than she will a store-bought rawhide bone.
Favorite activities: walks. Walks and more walks. Going for a ride in the car. Chasing squirrels into the tree in our yard.
Current Home Environment
Husband, wife, no children, two long haired cats (siblings). We inherited the cats about 4 years ago, and Gracie gets along with them fairly well. She’s never tried to bite, attack or injure them at all. She wants to play with them, but they’re both much older and, well, they’re cats, so they don’t play with her much. They all tolerate each other, and will curl up on the bed with us, each claiming their own spot.
Reasons For Placing Gracie For Adoption
Health reasons on our part, happiness on hers. My husband has multiple sleep disorders and, even though it’s a king size bed, having Gracie in the bed makes it even more difficult for him to sleep. If that were the only reason, we would try to re-train her to sleep elsewhere, but there are other issues. My husband had allergies as a youth, and then they stopped. Unfortunately, his allergies seem to be returning.
He seems to be getting steadily more sensitive to her, and it’s now gotten bad enough that he’s having asthma-like symptoms. He grew up in a home that always had cats, so we believe this problem is more of a dog than a cat issue, so we want to try to find Gracie a happy home first and, if that doesn’t help his allergies, we’ll have to re-home the cats, too. I’m also battling illness and, like my husband, it’s exhausting.
We simply don’t have the energy to give Gracie the attention that would make her happy. We give her tons of love, but I want more for her. We finally had to admit that we’ve gone weeks – not days, WEEKS – without taking her for a walk once.
We can’t do that to her anymore. We’re not able to give her anything that she adores, except for us. Haven’t taken her for walks, or drives. The yard isn’t NEARLY big enough for a good run. Gracie deserves so much better than what we can give her right now.
Ideal New Home Situation For Gracie
First off, love. We want a family that WANTS a beautiful, loving, obedient, playful dog, and will treat her that way. Someone that can love her, can be happy with her, and WANT to make her happy, too. Not just want to make her happy – we want that, too – but can also give the time and energy to do so.
A family with kids would be perfect – she loves children, and they have energy to play – but it’s not vital. Someone that understands that she’s a cuddler, but not a lap-dog (even if she sometimes thinks she is), and wants to snuggle her as well as play with her. Someone with ability to take her for walks, and has access to grass for her to play.
Someone who will be happy to come home to a dog and willing to put everything down the moment they come in the door to pet her, fuss on her, and maybe even play a bit.
Gracie is an 8 year old healthy Female Labrador Retriever mix dog for adoption in Baltimore MD. Adopt Gracie today!