Billings' Wet Nose Wednesday featured pet is a sweetie.

My family has owned larger dogs (RIP Hershey and Cash) and currently, we have two smaller dogs, a miniature schnauzer and a bulldog schitzu. Lately, my spouse has been hinting around about getting another large-breed dog. When she and the kids are home alone, having a large dog in the house can help with security concerns. If you're in the same situation, our featured pet this week from Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter might fit your needs perfectly.

Credit Jaci Bjorne
Credit Jaci Bjorne

Groot is a six-year-old German Shepherd mix.

German Shepherds are regarded for their intelligence and loyalty. They're excellent family dogs and companions. The American Kennel Club describes the breed perfectly,

Generally considered dogkind's finest all-purpose worker, the German Shepherd Dog is a large, agile, muscular dog of noble character and high intelligence. Loyal, confident, courageous, and steady, the German Shepherd is truly a dog lover's delight.

Groot is not a purebred, but he's got the markings. He's a big dog, easily topping 100 pounds and close to 3 feet tall at the shoulder. Don't let his size intimidate you though, he's super sweet and playful, choosing toys over treats during his visit to our studios today.

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Keep your pet's microchip updated.

Billings Animal Control brought Groot to the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter about 10 days ago, when he was picked up as a stray. Sadly, his microchip information was not up to date and the shelter was unable to contact his former human(s). A reminder for pet owners to update their chip info anytime they move or change phone numbers.

Great news! Draco, our featured pet last week got adopted. See all the pets currently available at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter HERE. Thank you, Shipton's Big R for supporting animal adoption in the Billings area.

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