You have a decent career job, friends who are good enough to throw back a few beers with on the weekends, and a nice home in a state you love. You may or may not be single, but it’s fine either way because there’s always Tinder. Yet, despite your apparent success, there’s something missing. Ah! Yes, a dog. We’ve done our due diligence and found the perfect rescue dog for residents of all 50 states. This week, we’ve found the perfect dog for the strong, confident, and tenacious North Carolinian.

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…German Shepherd
Did you know that North Carolina has had more American Idol finalists than any other state? Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, and Chris Daughtry each had life-changing runs on the popular reality series. Did you also know that the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill insists that it is the oldest public university in the country, having opened its doors in 1795? And were you aware that the famed pirate Blackbeard hung around the North Carolina coast to plunder ships and capture sailors for ransom? North Carolina is no stranger to the strong, confident, and tenacious, which is why we suggest the North Carolina dog lover adopt a German Shepherd—a dog that embodies all three traits.

This year’s Best in Show winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show—basically American Idol for canines—was a German Shepherd named Rumor. German Shepherds historically perform well in competitions, something they have in common with North Carolinians. They are a vocal breed. Your German Shepherd might just accompany you while you practice for a singing competition of your own. Don’t believe us? Check out the pipes on singing Shepherd Maximum.

North Carolina is home to three prominent universities and prides itself on being a scholarly state. German Shepherds are one of the smartest dog breeds on earth with a large capacity for knowledge. Due to their extreme intelligence, obedience, devotion, and physical agility, they make not only great show dogs, but great service and working dogs as well. Like the adventurous North Carolinians mentioned above, German Shepherds need a lot of activity. They get bored easily and want to experience the world.

If a German Shepherd seems like the right dog for you, here are some resources for you to start your adoption process.

North Carolina German Shepherd Rescue Resources
German Shepherd Rescue & Adoptions
North Carolina German Shepherd Rescue
Southeast German Shepherd Rescue


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