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Miya was born in a shelter as her mother was part
of a GSD confiscation in a neglect case. She lived in the shelter for her first
3 months, then was transferred to another shelter who contacted GSRNE for help
with her and her 4 siblings. Miya has found her forever home with Bruschi (also
2 yrs old) and me! Miya is still very active. Her nose is into every package
or bag brought into the house. She’s a prankster and loves to steal anything
she can. She takes “her people’s” objects, like the phone, the computer mouse,
shoes, nail polish, make-up etc. She usually doesn’t destroy it, just moves
it! Last spring she and brother Bruschi were enrolled in a tracking class.
She had fun eating the hot dogs! She has become a seasoned traveler. Last
year she made 5 trips to Pennsylvania. We stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn
each way of the trip. It’s a long ride, but both dogs stretch out in the back
of my SUV. I often hear “snoring” during the ride. She’s very affectionate and
wags her tail at any person she sees. She is great with my 91 yr old Dad also!
She’s doing much better on leash walks. She was very reactive to every noise,
squirrel, and dog she saw or heard. Mostly, she will ignore them now.
and Bruschi got a “doggie door” for Christmas! I can see the opening and I
watch them use it when the weather is nice. (I keep it closed in rain as they
want to bring all the mud into the house.) They love being able to go into my
backyard at will. She is always willing to go out and chase the ball. She can
catch, but prefers running along with Bruschi. Then she steals the ball from
him so he will chase her!!
looking forward to spending many more great years with Miya (and Bruschi) as
they grow from the now” terrible two’s) into the stunning adults they will
be! She is a wonderful little pipsqueak!
GSRNE # 174
adopted Diamond when she was approximately 2- 2 ½ years old. She came from an
abuse situation, where the husband was abusing the wife and terrorizing Diamond.
When she first arrived at our house, she would not let her new Dad (me) pet her,
although her Mom could. She ducked in terror at the whirring of the ceiling fan,
when she heard tree branches stirring in the wind, or even if I opened up a
newspaper too quickly. Thankfully, the one thing she always permitted me to do
was to take her for a walk. Three weeks into the adoption, she still would not
allow me to pet her. But one day, when working in my (home) office, I noticed
that she was laying down quietly right behind my chair…and she did not run away
when I got up out of my chair.
Soon, she began following me all around the house. Now, she is a constant
companion. When we take her to the park now, we can let her run free to chase
her little animal friends, as we know she will come running back to us (at full
speed) without even having to call her. She is, for the most part, courteous to
other dogs, and is very friendly to humans. My wife and I often say about our
German Shepherds (and we have owned several over the years), that “so and so” is
our favorite Shepherd ever, but we truly believe Diamond is the best dog we have
ever owned. She is an absolute joy and we love her to death. Thanks to GSRNE for
saving this wonderful creature.
Buddy is generally doing well. He is slowing down
a bit (he’s 11-12 yrs. old), and has some arthritis in his hips. We are giving
him Glyco-flex III (glucosamine) and it seems to help. We also take him for at
least 4 walks a day.. Buddy loves his toys and will play for hours with us. We
don’t toss things as far as we used to, but he will chase his “squeaky” toys and
bring them back to us to throw again.
Buddy sleeps with us on our queen-sized bed and
doesn’t leave much room for Dave and me. We love this dog dearly and are so
happy that he is a member of our family.
lived her first 10 years with her former mom, who adored her. But she became
ill and kept Heidi kenneled outside for the last couple of years. That evidently
included some time out in the bitter cold - her ear tips looked like they were
recovering from some frostbite when we first saw her.
Heidi was the only dog
we interviewed through GSRNE and it was clear to us at our first visit that she
was an exact fit for us. We sought a dog with a calm, sensitive personality that
we could make a deep connection to. After just a short time at home with us, we
knew that’s what we had.
Heidi has big, honest
eyes that communicate exactly what she’s feeling. She has a shiny, silky coat
with coloring that draws praise from a passers-by. Despite her years, she is
spry and fit with only some gray on her muzzle to betray her age.
Early on, we took her
to obedience class. She was the oldest student there. She was clueless at first,
quite rusty with most obedience concepts. But her memory was quickly refreshed
and by the final session, was the star pupil.
thing is food. She has a keen appetite and scarfs down her meals as fast as we
put the kibble in her bowl. She obeys any sequence of commands to get a treat,
She enjoys playing
with her toys. She keeps them all in a basket. When the mood strikes, she goes
to the basket and rummages around for the right one. She loves to entertain
herself with her squeaky plush toy, tossing it into the air and across the room.
Her tennis ball is also one of her favorites, which she likes to bounce on the
floor or bring over for a toss - or trade for a nice belly or butt rub.
Heidi has a tender,
sweet soul. We are deeply in love with her.
Riley is a grand
guy....He settled in quite fast, met friends and a few of their dogs without any
real problems. He has his bed in our bedroom and a blanket in the living
room...seems he loves the warmth from the wood stove last winter.
Riley stays with me in the yard, but does sneak
off now and then through the wood about 150 feet to the neighbors house to play
with Jack their black lab, then they both come back ....wanting cookies!
His first camping trip was interesting. The first
day it was a lot of looking and smelling around, meeting people and other dogs
on the walking tour. However, he didn't like the idea of other dogs walking by
HIS campsite. By the next day he would only bark if the dogs walked next to his
site and not on the roads further away, but on the third day it was just too
much work (he was on vacation after all) and just forgot about the barking and
enjoyed the grass and the sun.
We had both our dogs out on our old Chris craft
"yachting" on the lake. He was a bit nervous the first 10 minutes or so, then he
settled down, laid out on the forward seat with me and watched everything going
on--happy as a clam.
My family (husband, 12 y.o. son and 9 ½ y.o. daughter) and
I, adopted Eli one year ago. During this time he has become
an integral part of our family. But let me back up and tell
you a bit of our story. At the time we first met Eli he was
nearly 7 months old. We were all struck with his beauty and
size of his enormous ears. After spending some time with
him, it was clear how intelligent he was and how eager to play and to please his
foster mom. But he is so much more. When
Eli came to live with us, he had a number of fears and was rather un-socialized.
Although his foster family made great strides with him and helped him
heal from his broken rear leg, he still had much to learn and experience.
He was afraid of the dark, cars, trucks, motorcycles, horns,
baby strollers, bicycles, scooters, joggers, skateboards, trash barrels,
recycling containers, flags and outdoor decorations of any sort.
He was very wary of adults, especially bearded men.
He pulled like a freight train on leash and barked like a deranged animal at
other dogs on our walks. But the one thing that was clear
from the beginning was his love for children. Not only is
Eli terrific with my two children, who love him to pieces, but he is loving and
patient with all the children who come to our house, who we meet at the little
league baseball field, who we meet walking to school and into town.
Now that he has learned some very nice manners, he is able to sit calmly
while they pet him all over and he accepts treats very gently.
It always makes me chuckle when the very little ones, who are face to
face with him get a big slurp up the side of the cheek or right smack dab in the
center of the nose! My children play with him in every
capacity; of course all three love to play ball, chase (with both human and
canine getting a turn to be the chaser and the chased party), search & rescue,
“rabies”, swimming in the pool, beginning agility competition training, tug,
obedience training, teaching tricks, dress-up, lots of snuggles and animal vet.
This latest game involves my daughter (who has wanted to be a
veterinarian since she was 3) giving Eli a check-up. And let
me tell you, she is very thorough. She checks his ears,
inside his mouth-touches teeth and wiggles the tip of his tongue, she moves his
jiggley jowls, she checks his legs, in-between his toes and the little hiding
place in the bottom of his paw between the big pad and toes.
She handles his tail and rolls him onto his belly, feels his pointy chest bone.
He takes this all in stride, being very patient with her …all this with
him being a young, energetic dog himself! When he’s had
enough, he gets up gives a little energetic bark, goes into play bow position
and then is off running, often with a stolen stethoscope or shoe.
So, during the situations when he has been a challenge, I
have always thought to myself, if he can be so patient with the kids, he can
conquer this fear, this problem, this issue. He has grown so
much in a year. He has graduated through two obedience
classes, passed his CGC at 16 months and worked hard through two 6 week sessions
with GSRNE’s Mary Farren. He has learned most of his
commands with ease. “Come”, presented the biggest challenge,
although when rewarded with a piece of deli meat, not only did he “come”, he
came at top speed! He knows some fun tricks; speak, spin,
kayak (hopping into our kayaks), arm (he stands on his hind legs and places his
front paws on your outstretched arm), and crawl. The kids
have taught him to run through a basic agility course, with jumps, weave polls,
tunnel and pause box. Eli has been going to a wonderful doggie daycare facility
two days a week for dog socialization. At the beginning, he was very
uncomfortable with all those dogs but after a couple weeks he began to relax and
now loves going. He seems to know which days he goes and is
waiting for my husband to take him in the morning. Eli now
walks by our side very nicely on our daily walks. He is
still tempted by the squirrels and chipmunks, but a firm “leave it” is all he
needs to be back on track. He is no longer afraid of all
those things/ situations I mentioned above. Eli is still
wary of some adults and continues to be dog reactive when on leash but we will
continue to work hard with Eli and I know next year at this time, he will have
overcome these issues as well. Eli is the most affectionate
dog I’ve ever owned and he has captured all four of our hearts.
We cannot imagine our home without him and will be forever grateful to
GSRNE for bringing this lovely, furry boy into our lives and allowing us to