Gemma is true to her name – a real gem with a sparkling personality!
Originally found as an underweight stray (at 40 pounds) that had
recently given birth to a litter and with no other known history, 2
year-old Gemma became a member of the GSRNE family when she was
released to us from a local shelter.
Sweetness and light describe this active GSD that loves being with
her people and is good with cats (she will even try to initiate play
with the kitties in her foster home). Initial shyness is present
when Gemma first meets new people, but that quickly wears off once a
friendship has been established through a pat and a treat! Back and
belly rubs are favorites for this love bug, who is always happy to
be in the company of her humans around the house, on daily walks,
and car rides.
It’s obvious that Gemma had some training in her former life, as
initially, she recognized some basic commands and is responding to
obedience training in her foster home. When she thinks that no one
is looking she’ll try to sneak up on the bed or sofa and then give
you an imploring, tug-at-your-heart look when told “no” - but is
This beautiful soft-eyed girl didn’t seem to know much about toys
when she first came into foster care, but now she’s learning that
they can be fun. She does know how to play with other dogs and loves
to do so regularly with her foster sibling. When meeting an
unfamiliar canine, though, Gemma still needs some training and work;
she can be a bit reactive and too much "in your face."
Gemma is trained to sleep in her crate at night and is willing do
so. She does grumble about having to spend time there during the day
when she would rather be with “her people;”
but it's the safest place for her to be when they have to go to work
or be away from home. When she was left uncrated for a trial
period, Gemma helped herself to the training treats and a box of
cereal that were on the back of the counter. Being crated will
protect her from getting into something that could hurt her.