New foster: Laszlo!

Everyone, meet our new foster pup, Laszlo!

Pen Park with Laszlo

Laszlo is a 9-10 week old German shepherd mix. He was thrown over the fence in the middle of the night at a West Virginia shelter, and that’s basically all that we know about his background.

Out back with baby Laszlo

He was dropped off at our house by a sweet family who volunteered to transport him on Friday. Laszlo arrived somewhat overwhelmed and withdrawn, but he was very cuddly with everyone and always wagged his little tail whenever a person approached him. Within a few hours, he had started to open up and explore the house.

Pen Park with Laszlo

Pyrrha has been a little less than thrilled with his arrival. She treats him with a kind of reserved disdain. He was quite frightened by her at first, but after a day, the two of them now coexist peacefully. (This morning, the two were playing bitey-face while I ate breakfast…)

For all of her standoffishness, Pyrrha remains gentle with puppies, and she does seem to respect his size and age. For now, they are tolerating each other, which is all we can really ask for. I imagine, however, that within a week or so, he may gain more confidence and the two of them might actually interact more.

Laszlo in the car

My sister and brother-in-law were visiting for the weekend, and on Saturday, we took the dogs to the local trails for an afternoon walk. Laszlo kept up quite well and did OK on the leash, partially thanks to Pyrrha’s example, I think. We did carry him part of the way back, but he was a trooper. He even met a few dogs on the trail and didn’t seem too scared of them, which was a good sign.

Pen Park with Laszlo

He strikes me as quite smart and trainable. Within a day, we trained him to sit, and he’s now habituated to sitting in front of us when he wants something, instead of jumping up. He still does jump, but he doesn’t seem to have many of the typical GSD vices yet (noisiness, biting people, chewing up stuff). Essentially, he strikes me as a rather easy puppy. He slept through the night on his first night here, and he’s still getting used to the housetraining.

Out back with baby Laszlo

What would you guess he is mixed with?

His paws are somewhat small and proportional, so I don’t think he’s going to get very big. He clearly has GSD markings, but purebred GSD puppies don’t get their ears up this young. His coat is also unusual and unlike a GSD; instead of the fluffy puppy fur that leads to the thick GSD double coat, this guy has somewhat odd, silky fur that is close to the skin. He has a stocky build, too.

My best guess is either some terrier or some heeler somewhere in his lineage, but of course, we have no idea. What do you think?

Out back with baby Laszlo

Looking forward to getting to know this little dude more and more! More details to come!

Laszlo is looking for his forever home! If you are interested in adopting Laszlo, fill out an application at Southeast German Shepherd Rescue.

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15 thoughts on “New foster: Laszlo!

  1. So glad he won’t be spending these formative weeks in a shelter. He looks adorable and I only see shepherd, but I know you’re right about the ears.

    Not sure where he is on vaccinations but if he is under vaccinated, you might want to be careful in the woods. Not sure about your area, but my area has lots of parvo and I think it can be spread by coyote droppings, also common near me. Obviously unknown dogs are a risk here, too.

  2. Oh the precious little darling! I cannot even get my mind around throwing such a vulnerable creature over a fence. Sigh. Abby, he hit the jackpot getting to spend some time with you; I’m glad.

  3. It’s as if you decided to make the cutest puppy ever starting with a German Shepard base. The other possibility for those adorable ears and the stockiness is Corgi… Heeler and terrier are just as likely maybe more so given the number of those in the area.

  4. He is adorable! I don’t know how we’d have survived Küster’s antics without Morgan as a puppy nanny! Ironically, now he’s the good one to have out and she’s the terror. The girl has no off switch! My bet is that his mix is with a dog who’s mixed, or maybe a Corgi with those adorable ears of his!

  5. That face! Laszlo is so cute. I hope that he and Pyrrha become great friends soon! We’re picking up our first foster puppy, Micah, on Saturday! Do you have any tips for us? We’re very excited, but also quite nervous.

  6. aaaadorable. i was wondering how your gal would do with a pup. very cool that she’s so gentle with him 🙂

    i’d say your guess of gsd + heeler looks about right. although, i’ve seen so many versions of german shepherd dogs at the shelter, he may be one!

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