Thanksgiving Story for 2013
Was the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house not a creature was stirring but one little long haired GSD!
Ever so quiet at the wee hour of 5:00 am chewing on her parent's 25 lb. Thanksgiving turkey in her crate was Belle.
Luckily mom Julia is up that early and noticed immediately that the turkey was gone off the counter and didn't miss a second to look to find Belle who was happily chomping away on the turkey. As Julia approached Belle's crate, Belle's tail was wagging a hundred miles an hour happy to share with mom her great 'hunting and foraging' skills. When the breath finally returned to Julia, she reached in and tugged the turkey away from Belle only to find that one wing was missing.
Julia immediately took the turkey to the sink for a deep cleansing, washing, scrubbing, de-hairing of the turkey. Needless to say, Belle spent most of Thanksgiving in her crate while the food was out on the tables.
When asked by the dinner guests, "What happened to the turkey?" because it was missing a wing, Julia immediately responded, "Something must have happened at the farm."
Way to go mom covering for your little beasty girl!!!
Needles to say, an unforgettable Thanksgiving 2013!
Belle's Mug Shot (Who could stay mad at that face???!!!)
Wishing everyone a wonderful, happy and healthy Holiday Season.
From all of us at Shepherds Hope Rescue
Jasmine (on the right) is a bit annoyed at her baby brother Ajax (left) because he kept getting up! Cyrus (center) was enjoying the event.
CYRUS and CREW
We are so thrilled to announce that Bear has found his forever home! He was being fostered by one of our adopters who is a dog trainer. Bear had become such a part of the pack that they decided they couldn't live without him. We are beside ourselves with happiness. And looks like his canine sister, Jeannie, kinda likes him, too. Don't you think?
We want to thank everyone for their huge outpouring of support for this amazing and brave little boy.
God bless you all!!
BEAR NEEDS YOUR HELP......
UPDATE: August 28th
We are so happy that Bear is improving every day! He is now allowed unlimited walks although he still won't be able play for another two months. This is very difficult for a puppy who wants nothing more than to run and play. Thankfully one of our adopters, our wonderful Joe of 212 Animal Crew in NYC has stepped forward YET AGAIN to help another dog in need. Joe has been fostering and training Bear to help him through his adolescent bad boy phase and to overcome the traumas of his past.. Bear has made huge progress and now walks well on leash and plays nicely when introduced to other dogs. He will soon be ready for his forever home.
Because of Bear's very rough start, we are seeking a very special home for him. The person or family needs to have German Shepherd experience. They will need patience, love, consistency and the right amount of firmness. Bear has been allowed to get away with alot because of all his medical problems so in order for him to become a well-behaved member of canine society, his owner will need to direct him and help him learn the difference between right and wrong, and what is considered acceptable behavior.
We are very grateful to all our wonderful supporters who came forward and helped with Bear's huge medical bills. We, and Bear, will always be grateful for your love and support.
Read the full story below.......
Bear is a 7 month old puppy seized by us from his owner because of a cruelty investigation. We rushed him to the emergency room for immediate care. Bear was bleeding internally and needed emergency surgery to save his life. The doctors gave him little chance to survive due to the extent of the injury and the extensive surgery, but we had to try to save him. A guardian angel must have been watching over our little boy because he pulled through and is recovering. We were so relieved for our sweet boy, but much to our dismay, it was discovered during diagnostic x-rays that his femur was fractured, too. So, under the knife our poor boy went again within the same week. Metal plates and pins had to be put in to repair the fracture so his leg will heal properly and he will not have to endure a life of pain. The doctors believe that Bear was kicked and beaten to sustain such horrible injuries. How could anyone do something so horrible to a sweet, beautiful boy like Bear?????
We are so happy we were able to save this adorable, sweet pup from a terrible situation that would have ended in his death had he stayed where he was. But sadly our hearts are bigger than our pocketbooks, and we are left with a $7,928.13 vet bill. We can't let the wonderful hospital down after their amazing care of our Bear. Will you please help us with Bear's care? Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Bear needs some angels, will you be one of them? PLEASE HELP!
Bear's Guardian Angels
'Uncle' Chris Arena
Ronald & Terriann Bish
J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation
United World Foundation, Inc.
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Denotes a minimum$500 donation
Denotes Multiple Donations
The Power of Love and Sharing
In 2012, Shepherds Hope was honored to receive a grant from Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation to help with heartworm prevention and treatment of HW+ dogs. There were two dogs that we were able to use this grant money for. Our Leika who who had a PERSISTENT RIGHT AORTIC ARCH which involved extensive testing to determine the best course of treatment for her. She is now very happy and loving her new home with her big brother Rocco. Our second candidate for this grant was Banjo, a shepherd mix who was rescued from a shelter down south. He has made a full recovery and is living happily in NYC.
As with all grant monies received, there are strict guidelines and time
deadlines that need to be adhered to and not having any other heart worm
cases to help in our group, we reached out to a wonderful German
Shepherd rescue organization in North Carolina called German
Shepherd Rescue and Adoption. Knowing the huge problem they
face with heart worm positive dogs, we wanted to help. Working
with Andrea, the president of the group, Shepherds Hope sponsored
5 German shepherds for heart worm treatment; Weber, Sadie,
Lincoln, Laska and Ellie. We are happy to report that all of these dogs
have been successfully treated for heart worm and recuperating and
will be looking for a home very soon.
SADDIE ELLIE LINCOLN
We were so blessed by Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation
for this grant and so happy that we could help German Shepherds in
need with a partnership with German Shepherd Rescue and Adoption
in North Carolina. Shepherds Hope's mission has always been and
will continue to be to help as many German Shepherds as we
can. With this grant and the help of all our wonderful
supporters, we will continue our mission with love and care for the
breed we love so much. Thank you all for your kindness and support.
God bless you all.
Please help Jazzy
JAZZY NEEDS A HOME!!
Many of you have been following the story of Jazzy, or Jazzelle, as her foster mom calls her. Jazzy has recovered so well from her extensive surgery and is now looking for a loving home. Lauren, Jazzy's mom, says that she is very loving and sweet. She craves attention and loves being pet. She is a calm girl although when she hears that leash she gets very excited. Jazzelle has become quite popular on her walks in the neighborhood and likes everyone she meets. She really is a wonderful girl, very gentle and extremely alert. All the things a great German shepherd should be.
As we mentioned before, her foster parents were affected by Sandy and will need to be moving to temporary quarters while the rehab is being done on their home. We don't want to have to put Jazzy in boarding, we don't think she would do well in a kennel after being in such a loving foster home. Jazzy had such a horrible life before we rescued her, we don't want her to experience any further sadness.
Won't you please open your hearts and your home to this wonderful girl? We didn't work so hard and Jazzy didn't fight to get well so that she could spend the rest of her life in a kennel. This amazing girl deserves better. Give Jazzy the loving home she has always wanted and deserves.
Jazzy also wants to thank all her wonderful supporters who sent their donations and good wishes. Without you, we could not have helped her. Your generosity and kindness for Jazzy was overwhelming. God bless you all!!! Please help us make the last step of her journey to a loving home a reality!
See Jazzy's story below...........
Jazzy was abandoned at an industrial site. Six days
passed while people watched her wander around. No one tried to help her. When
Peter and Lauren heard about her they went to the industrial site to find her.
She wasn't hard to find, she just stood there looking blankly at them, confused,
filthy and barely able to walk. They brought her home and at first she was too
scared or in pain to eat. But with a lot of coaxing and some very yummy food,
she began to eat a bit. Lauren called Shepherds Hope and asked us to help. How
could we say no? We brought her to our wonderful vets and they had very little
encouraging news except to say that she is very sweet and gentle but she needs a
lot of help.
Where to start? She is emaciated, half her coat is gone
and she is covered with scabs and sores which she scratches and chews on
non-stop. She is in a lot of pain. Every rib sticks out so that you can see her
rib cage. She is has several mammory tumors and will need to be
spayed. We are hoping the tumors are not cancerous. Her skin condition is so
bad and she is so frail, that the vets would like to hold off on the surgery and
get her in better shape. They are giving her IV fluids and small amounts of
food to get her stomach used to eating again. She is responding well and in
better spirits. We'll keep getting her stronger and hopefully her skin
condition will not be so painful. He back legs lack muscle tone and she is
walking a little better. We think she must have been confined in a very small
place and never allowed to exercise. And if she did want to walk, she wouldn't
get very far because her nails are so long that they are almost curled under so
her toes must be in a lot of pain. We did an emergency nail cutting today but
they will need more work when she is under anesthesia. In the meantime, we are
asking for donations to help pay for lab tests and her very extensive surgery to remove the tumors; not to mention the medications and medicated baths she will need.
She is such a beautiful and sweet girl. We are estimating
that she is around 7 years old. She has been in pain for a long time and we
can't let her suffer any longer. We are hoping we will be able to give her a
wonderful quality of life for years and to learn that not all people are bad...and to
show her what a loving and good home can be like.
Won't you please help us help Jazzy?....
Jazzy's Guardian Angels
In memory of their beloved dogs,Hilary and Adam
Mom and Dad
Jim Ellerton, Sefton Resources, Inc.
Francine & Leonard Goldstein
In Memory of Hillary & Adam
Karen & Richard Lanzetta
James & Leigh Ann Russo
Tracy Wolak & Bully Baby Rescue
Denotes a minimum$500 donation