Ava came to us in July with her mom and 3 sisters from a Sacramento shelter when she was 2 weeks old.  Unfortunately, Ava was diagnosed with Persistent Right Aortic Arch, which also led to her developing megaesophagus. Essentially, she had a constriction around her esophagus that prevented food from passing through easily, and led to a pocket to form in her esophagus. She had to eat frequent small meals and be held upright for 20 minutes after each meal because of the megaesophagus. She had surgery to remove the constriction on October 8, and has been doing great! She can now eat without having to be upright, and is eating kibble soaked in water. Her esophagus is probably never going to be 100%, so potential adopters need to know that she could need a special diet or upright feedings in the future, but for now she's just a normal wild puppy! 

Ava is incredibly smart and easy to train, medium-high energy, and would love to be part of an active house with a doggie playmate. We also require that adopters of puppies complete at least a basic obedience course--and Ava would likely excel at advanced training in agility or obedience as well. She'll probably be on the smaller side at 50-60 pounds. We did a DNA panel on her, and she's 50% German Shepherd, 12.5% lab, 12.5% border collie, 12.5% staffordshire, and 12.5% "hound group"--truly a German Shepherd mix! If you'd like to make Ava a part of your family, please fill out an application below to start the process.