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German Shepherd Dog / Australian Shepherd / Mixed (medium coat)  : :  Female (spayed)  : :  Adult  : :  Large

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  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • General Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn with Black
  • Color: Black mask, white paws
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Ear Type: Semi-erect
  • Tail Type: Long
  • Current Size: 65 Pounds
  • Current Age: 5 Years 1 Month (best estimate)
  • Fence Required: Yes(6 foot)
  • Housetrained: Yes
  • Obedience Training Needed: Well Trained
  • Exercise Needs: High
  • Grooming Needs: Moderate
  • Owner Experience Needed: Breed
  • Reaction to New People: Friendly
Hazel is a happy, energetic dog who LOVES her humans! She is exuberant and playful  and absolutely requires a large  fenced backyard with and access to a swimming pool (great way to burn off energy!)
H azel requires physically and mentally challenging activities daily. She's  extremely intelligent. We are seasoned rescuers and dog lovers, and Hazel is one of the smartest dogs we've met. She has just completed Destination Dog Training (see their website for details) where she learned to channel her working breed smarts into excellent behavior and beautiful manners.
Hazel requires active, breed-savvy adopters who have the intelligence and discipline to stay one step ahead of her needs for physical and mental work. She is beautiful and well-behaved, but is also strong and in the prime of her life. Her playmates are active, friendly dogs.

Hazel should have fun and physical exertion every single day. This would ideally be any of the following: swimming, hiking, walking, dog-daycare (preferably with group swimming with dogs).
Hazel does *not* require another dog in the home - she will seek to be the favorite dog (for this reason, children over 15 please.) She IS good with other dogs on a play-date basis, and a dog-daycare or meetups with friendly and active dogs would be great for her. 
She has not once been destructive at her foster home and crates up beautifully. A dog-door will work for her, but she loves her crate and is fine being crated when her humans are not home. Teach Hazel something - where her bed is, a specific routine, and she KNOWS it and does it! What an amazing dog! 
In review, Hazel’s requirements::
  • an active daily lifestyle
  • a pool in your backyard 
  • a large yard with natural grass lawn and high fence
  • the desire and means to take Hazel to a play-with-dogs situation several times each week
We get to know our dogs well and we make every effort to set them up for success. We strive for both dogs and adopters to be DELIGHTED with the matches we make.
If you believe you may be a match for Hazel, please complete our online  adoption application.
Dogs remain posted while we screen potential adopters. As long as a dog is designated “Available” we continue to accept and review applications. We encourage you to register on our site and "Favorite" the dog(s) that interest you, so that you will be notified when bio or photos are updated.
We’re staffed by all volunteers and use an application protocol to handle all interactions about adoptable dogs. This system enables an efficiency that allows us to save and care for more dogs. Discussion about a dog - including scheduling an interview, home check, or other dialogue, cannot occur until we’ve received your completed adoption applicationNO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you! 


  • "Fenced yard" means,  a backyard that is adjacent to and connected with your residence . (It does not mean a nearby fenced area/dog park.)  If the dog's bio indicates a pool is required, this refers to an in-ground functioning pool that is located in the private, fenced yard adjacent to and connected with the residence.
  • Gates must have padlocks and thresholds (cement or buried pavers to prevent digging.)
  • Yard and patio must be free of debris and have room for dogs to run and play on a lawn and/or a very shaded area.
  • “Swimming pool” means an in-ground, year-round pool available to the dog daily or multiple times per week.
  • We do not place dogs in situations where there are "drained" or empty swimming pools, which are a fall hazard and contribute to the propogation of mosquitos.
  • Last and not least, we DO NOT adopt to students as we have found that they often do not know or anticipate where life is taking them next. 

More about HAZEL

Good with Some Dogs (No small dogs), Not Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Does Good in the Car, Requires a yard, Leashtrained, Cratetrained, Plays fetch, Likes to play with toys, Likes to swim, Likes to be in your lap, Protective, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Intelligent, Even-tempered, Gentle, Goofy, Not good with small dogs

Our dogs are placed in the greater Phoenix area ONLY.

Each dog brought into Better Days Rescue is screened for Giardia, Heartworm, Tick Fever, and Valley Fever, and placed on preventive medicine. They are altered, vaccinated, and microchipped.

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