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Happy Holidays and a
Healthy New Year
As we share our best Holiday wishes with you,
we invite you to share Holiday photos of your beloved pets with us. We thank you for opening your hearts and homes to those warm paws and cold noses that add so much love to our lives.
Star, mom Nancy and brother Captain
Hank and sister Sophie
Sophie is telling us how good they were this year.
Sophie dreaming of what Santa will bring for her.
Here's cutie pie Reign cuddling w/Santa this eve. Hard to catch the great moments!
Chance is trying to decide how to steal back his early Christmas present from his sister Honey. Hmmm……
Our sweet girl Hope enjoying her first real Christmas in her new home. We are so happy Hope is doing so well and want to thank the Maldonado family for their love, patience and care of our beautiful girl. May your New Year be happy and bright.
TANGO IS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Tango story is not a unique one. His owners bought him for a companion for their disabled child. Not having owned a dog before, much less a German shepherd, they had no idea the training and exercise requirement that was involved. At 6 months old Tango was untrained, not socialized very well and was jumping and overpowering their son. Their solution was to keep him outside all day and bring him in at night and crate him. Tango soon learned to become a champion digger of holes and could compete and probably win in an all day barking contest. This went on for 2 months and the owners decided that at 8 months and 90 lbs. they had to find a place for Tango. It wasn't that they didn't love him, it was that they were not giving him the life he deserved.
So they called us, told us his story and we told them we would take him. During the evaluation, Tango was like a cross between the Energizer Bunny and a jumping bean. He had been allowed to jump up on people's shoulders and give kisses. Not a good idea for any dog much less a German shepherd. We saw a lot of potential and a great temperament but a lot of work. In less than a month Tango had become a really wonderful dog, now we had to find him a wonderful owner.
We had so many applications for him but needed to find the right fit. With Tango's power and energy he needed a very experienced handler with a lot of time and energy to devote to this great guy. When we got Jason's application we thought this might be it. Jason drove over 2 hours to come and meet Tango and he wasn't disappointed. Tango seemed happy to meet Jason too. We are so thrilled for our Tango who has come so far in such a short time and will have a great home for the holidays. And we want to thank Jason for making the drive and falling in love with Tango and giving him the home he always wanted. A very Merry Christmas to you both. Thank you for making one of our Christmas wishes come true. And thank you for the first of many photos of Tango in his new home!
We would like to send a huge "thank-you" to Aunt Linda and Uncle Phil for their generosity in sponsoring Hugo, our latest rescue boy. Hugo was confiscated from a breeder who had him in his basement for the first 4 months of his life. He was living in filth and crammed into a tiny crate; such a terrible beginning. When we got him he was traumatized and afraid.
We are so happy to be able to help this wonderful, beautiful boy and our deepest gratitude to Linda and Phil Okun for helping us make this happen.
Dogs don't have to be perfect to be WONDERFUL
People often come to us to adopt the 'perfect' German Shepherd.
They want them young, trained, and good with kids, cats
and dogs. Most dogs who come to us have been neglected and unwanted and need training, love and patience.
Older and special needs dogs are usually not considered for adoption.
But every once in a while we get a surprise, and we'd like to share
these stories of some wonderful dogs and the
incredible adopters who saved them. Jodi's Story A friend in Cape Cod asked us to keep an eye out for a German Shepherd for her friend who was not experienced in owning a Shepherd but was willing to learn and would provide a fantastic home. We thought a nice, easy Shepherd mix would be a good match. That very night a rescue friend in NC sent a Craig's List posting of the most pathetic Shepherdy-looking girl who was 9 years old. Her owner was moving and couldn't take her along. If a home was not found in 2 days, she would go to the shelter. As most of us know, a 9 year old dog in a southern shelter would never make it to the adoption floor. Our friend Veronica went to meet Jodi and found her to be a bit shy and scared but warmed up after a bit. Veronica said she was too adorable and sweet to deserve the fate coming her way. Veronica brought her home, and within a day, Jodi was running with the pack having a grand old time. No trace of the scared and reserved dog of days ago. I thought she would be a great fit for the adopter in Cape Cod. I contacted her, sent pictures and videos and she fell in love immediately. Before Jodi could be transported she needed a full medical checkup and we prayed that she would be heartworm negative. To our happy surprise she was, but her teeth were a complete disaster. So after extensive dental surgery, shots and spay, Jodi was ready to embark on her transport adventure to Cape Cod. The moment Margaret met Jodi, it was love at first sight. Now these two are inseparable and Jodi even gets to accompany Margaret, who is a real estate agent, on house showings riding happily in the back seat. They enjoy early morning walks with the local pack to watch the sunrise - what more can a girl want! We are thrilled we were able to help a wonderful dog like Jodi. It was a group effort, working with a sister organization to find a home for a senior girl. We can't thank Margaret enough for opening her heart and home and giving Jodi an amazing life. Jodi has added so much joy to Margaret's home and the lovefest goes both ways! Jodi has so much love to give her mom, and her kitty brother and sister now share her brand new pink bed. Jodi is a little bit of a thing at 40 pounds, and Margaret laughs saying she is so glad she got the extra large dog bed. Life is good!
Hope's Story Hope and her daughter Jenna were abandoned at a local animal hospital and we were contacted for help placing them. Upon meeting Hope, it was clear she was used as a breeder dog because of her physical condition. But even sadder was her mental state. As with most breeding dogs, they are locked in crates and have little physical or emotional contact. Hope was painfully shy and preferred to stay in her kennel rather than than venturing out. Seeing and feeling grass for the first time was almost a painful experience. She also had been yelled at and was hand shy. We knew Hope would need a very special family to help her learn what love and kindness was. As luck would have it, there was a wonderful family waiting for Hope who really wanted to RESCUE a dog. They were not looking for a perfect dog - they wanted to save a life. So mom, dad and kids came to meet Hope, who at the time was called 'Mommy dog.' With the help of some hot dog treats, 'mommy dog' warmed up, but was still painfully shy. She had that 'deer in the head lights' look, not understanding what was happening with all this touching and petting. Mommy dog didn't understand what affection was and that it was good. She allowed handling but seemed to be waiting for something bad, like being hit. It brought tears to my eyes to see this beautiful, sweet girl, try to trust and love but almost afraid. After a few minutes, it was quickly decided that Mommy dog would become the new family addition. Since additional medical care was needed, she could be brought home the following week. Family negotiations began to chose a name. Everyone had ideas but could not agree until the name 'Hope' was suggested, and then it was unanimous. We were told later that part of the reason for her name was to honor our rescue. As it turns out Hope was perfectly named. After her first week, she accompanied the family to pick up her human sister at camp, where she is a counselor for autistic children. Hope greeted the children in her calm, gentle manner. There's been talk that maybe she will become a therapy dog. A few weeks after getting Hope, the family was scheduled to take a trip to Florida to visit their grandmother. Initially they were going to fly but didn't want to leave Hope so soon, especially because she was making some progress learning to trust and love. So the family drove down together and had a wonderful visit with grandma. Hope even made some new friends! Thank you to Vic, Lori and family for opening your hearts to a very special girl and for truly wanting to rescue a lost soul and make her love and trust again.
Hope's first bed.
King Cody's Story:
Our rescue friend Veronica in North Carolina contacted us about King, a very sweet Shepherd boy with seizures. His mom was losing her home and could no longer afford to care for King, and he needed to find a home quickly or he would be left at the local shelter. It's a well known fact that southern shelters are high kill and a dog like King with special needs would never stand a chance and would be euthanized right away.
Veronica was desperate to save him. We reached out to a friend with a soft spot for older and special needs dogs. We sent a few pictures of King and asked if she was interested. She was so touched by King's story and his sweet face that she said she would take him.
First task to was get King's seizures stable enough to be able to make the trip from North Carolina to Maryland. A few days before he was ready to go he was limping badly and required x-rays. The x-rays revealed he twisted his ACL and needed rest to heal so his trip was delayed. Finally, after much waiting and hoping, King was transported to his new home and his new mom, Vanessa. After a few days of being introduced to his new pack, King settled in very well. Vanessa decided to change his name to Cody and she lovingly calls him "King Cody" because, as she states, he is 'gynormous!'
Our heartfelt thanks to Vanessa for opening her heart and home to a great boy like King Cody with special needs. He is an incredibly sweet and gentle boy and didn't deserve to die because of his condition. It takes a very loving and caring person to give a home to a boy like Cody. Vanessa, we will be forever grateful for your huge heart. Thank you!