• Status: Available for Adoption
  • Adoption Fee: $250
  • Current Age: 2 Years
  • Good with kids: Yes, over 10 years old
  • Good with dogs: Yes
  • Good with cats: Yes

    May 4, 2015 Update:

    Zelda continues to do well, and is loving the wonderful Wisconsin spring weather.  She loves being able to play fetch every day and hang out in the back yard.

    Zelda is continuing to work on her people skills and will need to continue this once she's adopted as well.  It is best to have strangers ignore her at first and let her settle down before petting her.  It also takes time for her to get to know someone before snuggling up with her.  She loves to snuggle, but only with those she is comfortable around.

    Her foster home will continue to work on her socialization over the summer, but we are really hoping that Zelda will find her forever home very soon.  She has been with MARR for a long time and she's ready to start the rest of her life with her new family! 

    Zelda absolutely loves her close family, and just needs some adjustment time when meeting new people.  Exercising her is easy as she's more than happy to take walks, or just spend time in the backyard fetching a ball.  Won't you be this sweet girl's forever home???

    April 8, 2015 Update:

    Zelda has been diligently working on her stranger danger issues, and is making really good progress!  She still needs work on her initial introductions with strangers in her home, but after things settle down she has been content to find a spot to lay down and let everyone go about their business. 

    Zelda's foster home will continue to work on her introduction skills as well as respecting personal space.  She wants nothing more than to lay in your lap, but she needs to understand that she's a big girl, and her elbows hurt when they dig into your legs!

    March 2, 2015 Update:

    Zelda is really looking forward to some warmer weather, so she can get outside and play fetch more often!  She loves to run after her ball, while he foster sister (former MARR dog) chases her.  It gets them both the exercise they need!

    Zelda is finally learning "off", so she has been getting more freedom in the house, including not having to sleep in her crate every night.  She is also doing better with food being around, but she will still take opportunities to steal, so more work to do there.  She can still be a little pushy when it comes to giving kisses.... she REALLY wants to give you kisses!

    Zelda would make a great running partner, she does really well on leash.  She would really love a quiet house and yard though, where she usually only has her family to worry about.  While she is not aggressive with cats, and currently lives with two, a home without cats would be preferable.  She plays nicely with other dogs though!

    February 4, 2015 Update:

    Zelda continues to thrive in her foster home.  She loves playing with her foster sister, who was also adopted from MARR.  Both of them wish it wasn't so cold and icy outside, so they could spend more time outside playing.  Zelda's interactions with the local cats have come to her just walking around them, and the cats throwing punches at her.  She just keeps walking though and doesn't mind.  She will give chase now and then if the cats run, but with proper introductions she should do fine with dog friendly cats.

    Zelda is still learning to get down from furniture when told to, and she is also working on her table manners.  She will counter surf if the reward is good enough, and we are working on that as well.  Overall she needs to learn her boundaries, what is ok and what is not, as well as to listen to her humans when they are telling her she's crossed those boundaries.

    Zelda still has trust issues with strangers in her home and yard, so she would do best in a home where there are not a lot of strange people coming and going.  Or if there is a safe spot she can be crated when people come over, that would work as well.  A privacy fence or a home without a lot of activity beyond the fence would be ideal for when she is outside.

    Zelda really loves to be with her family and when she feels safe it's hard to imagine there being a more loving dog.  Won't you give this sweetheart the furever home she deserves?

    January 20, 2015 Update:

    Zelda has been doing really well with everything so far.  She has calmed down in the house, and although she does still bug the cats a little too much, she doesn't mean any harm.  She just wants to play!

    Zelda is busy learning commands like sit, down and off.  Sometimes she can't keep her butt still enough to do those things, but she tries!  She would greatly benefit from some more obedience training.  She also loves to have something appropriate to chew on during her down time, or she will something inappropriate instead.

    Zelda is looking for that special family that enjoys both getting a lot of exercise and playtime, but also enjoys quite relaxation.  She loves to chill on the couch or bed with you during those quiet times.  Zelda doesn't particularly want to meet a bunch of new people, and is quite content missing out on all the action.  She'd much rather hang around her immediate family.

    December 29, 2014 Update:

    Zelda has been really adjusting well in her new foster home!  She is getting along with all the dogs, and for the most parts the cats as well.  She has given chase a couple of times, but they have enough hiding spots to get away... and she doesn't really do anything but sniff them anyways.  She'd be fine in any home with dog savvy cats, and dogs that aren't overly obnoxious.  Zelda loves to give kisses, and loves her 8 year human brother because he is so close to the ground :)  She would do well with older kids, but she is too pushy yet for smaller kids.  She also needs to work on her couch cuddling skills... she really just wants to pin you down and lick you...

    Zelda is a high energy dog, but given some good exercise during the day she will settle nicely.  She loves to sit by the heat register and watch her foster parents cook dinner.  She is house trained, but will counter surf if the reward is great enough.  She does not destroy things she shouldn't though.

    Zelda has been doing very well in the yard, and hasn't tried jumping any fences.  She will jump ON them to try to scare the squirrels out of hibernation though, so a sturdy 6 foot fence will be needed for her.  She loves to play fetch with a ball in the backyard!

    Zelda would do wonderfully in an active family that can give her both a good deal of exercise, and also a quiet place to chill at the end of the day.  She needs solid rules and structure, or she will become too pushy.  She is an absolute lover that really wants a furever family to give her the affection she deserves!

    December 9, 2014 Update:

    Zelda has moved into her new foster home and has been adjusting well.  She is a dog that needs time to adjust to her new surroundings, but once she does she is a loyal and loving dog.  She is a very happy go lucky girl who has a lot of energy to burn.  We are starting to work on basic obedience - she knows sit and down, and we are working on her staying in position until she's released.  Zelda would make a great running partner or would also do well in agility, rally or nose work as she is very smart and picks things up quickly.  She also loves to retrieve tennis balls, which is a nice way to get some quick exercise in.

    Zelda gets along with other dogs and cats, but would do better with older kids because of her energy.  She can also jump fences, so a 6 foot fence is required.


    If you’d like to adopt Zelda, you can visit our Adopt page where you can find information on our adoption policies, and fill out an application.