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Adopt-a-Pet: Nanuk

December 18, 2008 |  3:08 pm

Nanuk Based on a certain prominent politician's recent purchase, one might draw the conclusion that there are no German shepherds available for adoption. Not so, says Mirja Bishop, who volunteers at the West L.A. animal shelter.

Evidence? Meet Nanuk (ID No. A0989125), a male shepherd who's about 7 years old. Nanuk was found wandering the Westside as a stray in October and has been waiting for a new home ever since. 

"He is a large dog, and that together with his age make him less attractive to people looking for a shelter animal to adopt," Mirja said. "What an incredible dog they are passing up. Nanuk may be 7 years old, but he has the heart and spirit of a young dog."

Mirja describes Nanuk as very friendly and intelligent -- he walks well on a leash, understands basic commands and even knows how to sit with only a hand signal!  "He chases the ball and brings it back ... well, most of the time," she said. But his favorite game? "He loves to take a soft toy and try his very best to find a hiding place for it. He hopes that no one is looking as he tucks it into a corner of the yard."

Mirja said Nanuk is "an absolute joy" who acts much younger than his age would suggest.

Meet him in person at the West L.A. shelter, located at 11361 West Pico Blvd. (near the intersection of Pico and Sawtelle), or call 888-4LAPET1 with his ID number for more information.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo credit: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

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