Although all the dogs are loved who come into our rescue, Wayde is special
in all that he has endured in the time he has been with us. Wayde needs a
buddy and after reading this story, perhaps you will want it to be you.
ago, GSRNE was called about a dog being held at a vet's office. This boy had
been there for some time, and he had no chance of being adopted out from
there as they are a holding facility and not a shelter. The white Shepherd,
who was known as Stray 06-22 had been there for weeks and was not doing well
mentally or physically. They called us for help, and we sent out evaluators
to check him out.
Wayde has EPI and needs special enzymes
to digest his food correctly.
found him to be a really nice boy, so brought him into GSRNE and boarded him while
looking for a foster home. Though we usually put our dogs directly into
foster homes, in Wayde's case, he needed to get out of the shelter sooner
rather than later.
When we rename our foster dogs that we get from
shelters, we try to use the next letter of the alphabet, and we were up to
the letter W., so he became Wayde.
Wayde was extremely emaciated, had a very dry coat. Though he was a white
male GSD, he was yellow in appearance. Wayde had an odor to him that almost
knocked you out. He was very thin and continued to have diarrhea and loose
weight at the boarding facility. We worked with the kennel owner (herself a
rescuer who loves GSDs) and found that he has EPI, which is an all too
common problem with GSDs’ digestion. They can't digest the food correctly,
hence the starvation and soft poops. This disorder is for life and he must
have special food and enzymes to be able to help him gain weight. He also
had a bacterial infection, which is common with EPI dogs.
Wayde continued to lose weight though, even with the enzymes he was being
given and the excellent care he was receiving from the owner of Sage Dawg
Kennels. He was sad at the kennel and
he has separation anxiety, so it was really tough for him. We tried
for many months to find someone to foster him, but were unable to find the
right fit. Wayde continued to loose weight, and was down to 54 lbs!
Finally, we contacted one of our adopters whose dog is also an EPI dog and
fortunately, they agreed to foster for us! We were thrilled!! They were
familiar with how to mix the enzymes/food for EPI dogs, and Wayde
was so much happier to be in a
home. He put on 2.3 lbs in his first week there! We all did a
happy dance when that news came in.
only did he put on weight but his coat became a beautiful white and the
black spots on his elbows slowly disappeared. He became very handsome.
There was hope for this dog and he showed us that he wanted to get better.
Snoozing in his
new beds in his foster home
Wayde's life has changed drastically from the
shelter life he was in. He loves to hike in the snow!
soon settled into his new life. He currently resides with a white female
GSD, and they have learned how to get along together. They go for long
walks and hikes together, lay side-by-side sleeping or enjoying a rubber
bone. They have become fast friends.
is such a nice dog: he has a lovable, huggable, sweet temperament. He loves
his foster home very much and has undergone a huge change in his health and
emotions in the time he has been with them. Wayde is a Velcro dog who loves
to be with his people. He especially loves having his foster dad toss the
ball for him. It’s the number one thing he likes to do, though he thought
hiking in the nearby mountains was pretty cool, too!
doesn’t like to be away from his people for long and howls when they leave.
He also needs to be fed throughout the day due to his EPI. Since Wayde’s
foster mom and dad work all day, we decided to enroll Wayde in the same
daycare his foster sister goes to and he currently attends 5 days a week.
The people who work there have fallen in love with this gentle soul. He
loves going to daycare and playing with the other dogs, especially the
females. The staff has dubbed him Casanova, since he woos all the female
Wayde is such a happy, loving boy
Wayde is fighting EPI, Lyme &
Lymphosarcoma cancer, yet still loves life (and his toys and balls).
Shortly after going to foster care, Wayde was diagnosed with Lyme disease.
This is very common in New England, and can cause loss of appetite, fever
and lethargy, so this confused health matters.
A few weeks later, Wayde’s foster mom noticed he had hard lumps on his
armpits and clavicle, back legs and throat. During his time with his
wonderful foster family, he was still gaining energy, putting on weight and
looking better all the time, but these lumps were a concern so we had a needle biopsy
done. They were unable to determine the stage because there were so many
broken cells in the tissue, which didn’t bode well for Wayde so we did a
more conclusive type of biopsy. The results showed “highly metastatic”
Lymphosarcoma. In this type of cancer, after being diagnosed, dogs usually
only live for about 2 months. Even with aggressive treatment, the life span
is very short. Treatment is not available for Wayde since his diagnosis
shows he is in late stage cancer. He will slowly deteriorate, become weaker
and will eventually go off his food.
with this heartbreaking diagnosis, Wayde’s foster parents tell us, “He's got
plenty of energy for chasing balls, playing at day care, and going for
walks. His weight is stable or slowly gaining, poop is looking better
(important in EPI dogs!). His appetite is voracious and ears are
staying fairly clean. Elbows are growing new fur. Coat is a bit dry but
thick and full. He's friendly with strange people and dogs. Everyone
at day care loves him. He'll wait quietly in the car. He's
getting better about settling quietly in the crate. He's doing well in
obedience class. He can hold a sit-stay with a full food bowl on the
ground in front of him! He's a love sponge.”
again Wayde proved to us that he may be sick and doesn’t have long to live
but he is still doing everything he enjoys.
Wayde charms his foster grandma
into playing ball with him.
Wayde & Tess keep a close eye on the yard
Wayde’s story is one of heartbreak for all this dog has had to endure in his
short 5 years of life. His past hardships were finally coming to an end and
now he is not going to be able to live that wonderful life that he loves so
much. For all his health issues Wayde continually surprises us with his
will to live life to the fullest. Wayde still attends daycare, because he
loves it, and we want to continue to make him happy for whatever time he has
left with his foster family, who love him and want to do what is right by
him. But he’s been in daycare for 2 months already and it’s time to renew
for the 3rd. Each month costs us $300, which is adding up. We’d
really like him to continue going instead of having him upset because of his
separation anxiety (which we would be working on if he were healthy).
is looking for those special people who want to become Wayde’s buddy for the
time he has left with us. He still needs to attend daycare which is
expensive. He needs special enzymes to help digest his food, which are also
costly and his vet bills will continue. If you can find it in your heart to
help this wonderful dog who has shown us the capacity for appreciation,
warmth and enjoyment, please let us know. Your contributions are greatly
Even though he's sick himself, Wayde takes
care of his foster dad who's down with the flu.
Wayde is slowly
continue to update you on how Wayde is doing. If we’re lucky, he’ll have a
few more good months with us. His story is not what we thought it would be
when we first took him in. It’s been a roller coaster ride of joy and
sorrow, and more is sure to come.
Nov. 14 -- 54.3
Nov. 18 -- 55.7 lbs
Nov. 21 -- 56.6
Nov. 25 -- 57.6 lbs (He had big wags for everyone at the vet's)
Dec. 26 -- 60.5lbs
Jan. 7--64.4 pounds! He's gained 10 pounds
total while he's been with his foster parents ( we had a little
drop at one point)! He's currently wearing out his foster dad playing ball.
Feb. 3 - 67.1 lbs
If you'd like to help Wayde, we accept all financial
donations. GSRNE is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit group. All donations are tax deductible! Please make out checks
to GSRNE, Inc. and send donations to:
P.O. Box 299
Wayland, MA 01778
or use this button to pay through Paypal by credit card.
Please let us know what name to list below.
Thanks to the following people who have donated to Wayde's
to insure his remaining time with us is the best it can possibly be. In the
spirit of the Widow's Mite, we realize that you all give what you can, and
therefore will not list the amount of the donations.
Pam & Peter Burghardt
Milou & Paul Grelle
Chris & Tomas Harriman
Preston and Kellie Costa
Robert and Paula Howell, VA
George & Delma Schoeppler
Mark Heffron-Happy Valentine's Day
Ken & Becky Porter
Leslie A Marinucci
Paula, Gardiner & Jager Conley
David & Amy Dumais
Cathy & Neil Herrick
Mary, Ed & Cowboy Martin
JoAnn and Jasper Piscitelli
Dolly Demarest & Holling Holdner
Briganti Family in Memory of Toby
The Magic Mirror Hair Salon
Penny K Glass
Cathy A Mosher
Tim & Tara Boucher
Rocky and Dublin
Sage Dawg Boarding Services
Dog Star Canine
Nora H Candelario
Robert & Pamela Tewes
Sue & Doug Cudmore
Lore Lutz, Rescue Me, Inc.
Sarah Gwozdz and BruNO
Kathy & Deno Rubera
Terri & James Parker
James & Kelley Spears
Alana and Fiona Cullen
Joan & Paul Doucette
Brian Mc Cullough
Thanks to everyone who's read Wayde's story, and to those who
He's still got energy, but the lymph node tumors are slowly growing. The
ones on his back legs are almost walnut-sized, and the two in his chest are
even larger. Several small growths form a lumpy mass under his chin
and he's got small lumps in his armpits. He doesn't appear to be in
any pain, but some positions are obviously not comfortable. When the
discomfort starts to overshadow the good times we'll know it's time to
release him from this body.
We've cut his walks short on the coldest days. Even with the weight
gain he's still got almost no visible body fat for insulation.
Judging from the size of his front paws he should be an 80+ pound dog. He
did enjoy the warm weather this weekend and had a fine time romping in the
What makes this especially sad for me is that Wayde has the
personality to be a great therapy dog. As a volunteer EMT I'd love to have a
dog I could bring into the hospital. He's wagged at everyone he's met
since we've had him, and delights in washing the face of the vet's
3-year-old daughter when we go in to use the scale. But I'm afraid we're
going to run out of time...
He's been a gift. Every day he finds a way to make us smile despite
the tears. Thank you all for helping us give him a good life for the
time he has left.
foster Mom and Dad
Wayde finished his
and received this fabulous certificate!
What a smart boy!
A warm house, soft
rug and a new chew bone! Life is good...
Feb. 25, 2007 update: We've had a few signs that we
may be reaching a turning point with Wayde. A couple of nights this week it
seemed he couldn't get comfortable, and kept getting up and changing beds.
At daycare, he still enjoys playing but he's choosing to rest more. And
we've seen a slight weight loss with no change in diet in the last two
Feb. 17 66.9 lbs. Feb 24 66.5 lbs.
On the plus side, he's still a ball-chasing, bone-chewing fool! We went for
an hour hike today and after a slow start he bounced down the last hill with
his tail flying. It might have just been because we were heading home for
lunch, as he does love his food, but it was nice to see.
Did I hear you say we're going for a hike?
Come on, you guys keep up! It's a gorgeous
day, almost feels like Spring.
Okay...I need a rest. Get out the camera
for a few good shots,
then let's head back. It's almost lunchtime!
Boy, you sure are a good cook! That is
smelling pretty good.
Is lunch ready yet? My tummy's rumbling.
Finally a full belly! Boy, did that hike
tire me out. Wake me up for dinner...
March 4, 2007. Wayde had a few bad nights but then
bounced back, and even put on weight. We are all very happy!
March 12, 2007 Wayde relaxes on his bed by his foster
March 18, 2007 Wayde
gained .4 - so he's 68.8 pounds. Total weight gain is 14.5 pounds!
He's grown all the fur back onto his elbow pads and they're turning white
He's holding steady and, in the vet's words, "living harmoniously with his
cancer." What a dog!
I can't believe there's snow
out there again!
Snow's not so bad with my handsome new bandana...
but I do wish dad would be a little quicker with tossing
Ready...set....jump!! You can't get
it by me...I'm King of the tennis balls
One's getting away! Don't worry, I'll get it.
March 20, 2007
We have some sad news to share
with you all. After a fun filled weekend of hiking and ball playing, we
heard from Wayde's foster mom and dad on Monday that he had some unusual
swelling starting. We hoped it was just something temporary, as Wayde had
dealt with occasional set backs before. He had a restless night, and
Tuesday morning his body began to shut down and the fluid began to build up
in his body. After they talked with their vet, and with us, we knew it was
I can not thank Pam and Peter enough for the love that they showed this dog
during his last months. They truly are amazing people, and went above and
beyond to give Wayde a happy ending to his life. I am in awe of the strength
they both showed throughout the ups and downs of Wayde's struggle with
cancer. They took him in, knowing he had EPI and that they could help him.
He was a starved, sick boy that needed their knowledge to help him get
better. And he did get better...even after he was diagnosed with and
fighting his cancer...he was putting on weight.
It was difficult to grow to love a dog knowing his time was short, but they
wanted to insure that Wayde's life was as good as it could be. Even
yesterday, as they were both heartbroken at the thought of loosing him, they
were still putting him first. Peter took out hamburg and made Wayde warm
meatballs. Quite a treat for an EPI dog that couldn't have treats at all for
fear of upsetting the digestive system.
GSRNE owes them a huge thank you. And to the owner of Sage Dawg kennels, who
took care of him while we searched for a foster home; to Dogstar Canine,
Wayde's daycare, who went the extra mile to help care for him during the day
and who fell in love with him, too.
I'm glad that we got to know Wayde, and to let you all get to know him, too.
He caught many people's hearts, as we all followed along with his story.
Wayde was such a strong boy....it was his body that gave out, not his
spirit. And his spirit will live on in the hearts of all of us that grew to
Pam and Peter wrote us a goodbye to Wayde:
"Well, the diseased lymphatic system just overwhelmed him. He was
alert and happy to ride in the car to the vet's, but walking wobbly with the
fluid that had collected in his lower body. He was only going to get
He played a nice, if limited, game of fetch this morning and even fetched
the ball once for the vet. He got to see little Kristen, the vet's
daughter, one more time. However, he really only had eyes for the bag
of meatballs Peter heated up for him this morning that we took with us.
In fact, he "fell asleep" gnawing on a meatball .
We promised him love, clear direction, games of ball, new adventures, social
time with other dogs and humans, and as little pain and discomfort as we
could, as well as a meal of hamburger at the end. I think we did
German Shepherd Rescue, Dogstar Canine, and Kearsarge Valley Vet Clinic all
gave this boy a fantastic 4+ months. He was lonely and skinny when he
came to us and he left knowing he was loved with a full belly. We
couldn't have done it without the support of everyone. I feel like we
were so lucky to have the chance to know and love him."
Our hearts are broken. Karen McCall, GSRNE's President said of him, "he had
so much heart....the heart of a true German Shepherd." And he really did.
We're glad we got to know you Wayde....
Wayde is now a poster boy for EPI.
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