Gabe, 18mo GSD


Gabe was found as a stray between Christmas & New Year, his microchip was not registered and no-one came forward to claim him. Speaking to the chip implanter he is likely to be around 18 months old. Gabe had a choke chain around his neck that had been put on when he was a pup as it was too tight to get it off over his head and we had to cut it off.

Given his intelligence and love of play he was tried out by Police Scotland who were very suitably impressed with him, sadly during training it was discovered that he has hip dysplasia and is therefore not able to go forward with his Police training.

Wherever he has been, it’s clear he’s been well handled and enjoys play, he is a particular fan of bite mitts and tug toys suggesting that perhaps he’s been encouraged to play with these things. He was rehomed and for reasons not understood he grabbed the arm of the woman in the home, almost like he was playing with a bite sleeve. Understandably, the couple were shaken and he was returned to us. Our suspicion is that perhaps he’s been taught protection work by an amateur and from too young an age but of course this is only a guess.

Gabe is incredibly reactive to dogs and during a recent overnight stay at the vets, for cryptorchid castration, was sent home earlier than planned for shouting obscenities at the other dogs!!

He is house-trained and crate-trained, he travels well but will bark at people and dogs when stopped at junctions or traffic lights!

What kind of home do we need for Gabe?

Gabe will only be rehomed with an experienced dog owner, references will need to be provided from your vet.

His hips show no sign of arthritis yet but will likely cause him trouble as he ages so any owner will have to be financially stable to afford veterinary treatment as this will not be covered by insurance. We currently give him joint supplements and these are strongly recommended by vets.

Gabe must have a secure garden so he can get plenty of off lead exercise, he just loves to play and offlead at the park is not an option, certainly initially until training has been established.

As is our policy, because he was a stray Gabe cannot be rehomed to families with kids less than 12 years of age.

If you’re interested in learning more about Gabe you will be required to fill in an adoption application form before visiting the kennels. Applications will close once we find a suitable applicant.

If you would like to register your interest in adopting a PADS dog please complete an adoption application. You can complete online here or download, complete and return the adoption application form by email or post to:

Adoption Applications, PADS, Forteviot Kennels, Forteviot, Perth, PH2 9BS

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