Happy Day! Celebrating six pups finding their forever homes this month! Let's hear it for Zazu, Rocky, Jordy, Maya, Princess Di, and Juno.
Thank you so much for letting us adopt Maya. She is such a joy. She is learning her way around the house and spends much of her day in Dave's office resting on her bed and asking for lots of attention.
Last night she even hopped up on the hassock in front of the chair I was sitting in and camped out. Otherwise, she lays on the floor between us absorbing lots of attention.
She is eating and drinking nicely and warming up to us faster than we had hoped. She is still skittish towards Dave when we get up in the morning, but he took her for her first walk this morning so that should change.
She will be going to the vet today to be weighed and have her nails trimmed. So that will be another adventure for her.
I have included a couple of pictures of her settling in to her new home.
Thanks again. We couldn't ask for a better pup.
This beautiful 7-yr old German Shepherd, lovingly called “HoneyBear” by her foster mother, has chosen her FOREVER Family! Since this family is Greek, HoneyBear has agreed to change her name to something more Greek-ish…. Like “OUZO.”
So what does she have to say about all of this???
“OPA!” (of course!)
We (the Greeks), are so happy that Ouzo has chosen us! She is sweet, calm, snuggly….and GORGEOUS! (not that that matters, but look at her!) She has a bit of arthritis on one of her front legs, has a callous on her left leg from her stray-days, has been treated for heartworms, and moves a bit slow. None of those things matter to us. We are hoping that with daily exercise and supplements, she will continue the progress her foster Mom started.
We want to thank the German Shepherd Rescue Association of Central Texas for rescuing Ouzo, taking good care of her until she could find us AND for continuing to rescue other German Shepherds.
The Happy Greeks!
Turns out one of our previous pups, Hank, is famous! One of our volunteers spotted him in a local magazine.
The article says:
"The first year of Hank's life may have been rough, but his luck changed after ending up at German Shepherd Rescue of Central Texas. During the past two years, Hank has gone from zero training to becoming certified as a therapy dog with Divine Canines. His handler, Brenda Walk, is a physical therapist, and patients have come to expect Hank at the clinic, ready to help them with exercises. In addition to Hank's busy schedule as a therapy dog, he enjoys a good game of catch. He has seen marked improvement in his coordination and sometimes can catch the ball in the air the first time before it bounces! He has also been known to climb on to a paddle board on Lady Bird Lake, and once even made an appearance in an eight person rowing boat, but that is a story for another day....."
I can't believe it's been 6 months already, and we are so glad to have Cricket in our lives! We took our first vacation with her over Memorial Day weekend and she did great. We went on lots of hikes and she didn't have any issues in the car or the cabin.
Cricket loves chasing the squirrels and birds in our back yard and she loves chasing balls when there aren't any critters (squeaky balls are her favorite).
We take her out with us frequently to restaurants and on errands, but we're still learning that people can be ok. She's pretty suspicious of new people. She's going to be starting agility training in the fall, so I hope the new experiences will help her overcome some of her anxiety. And she has an amazing sniffer, so I'm thinking about doing some nosework training with her in the spring. She's a fast learner, and I think more training will give her more confidence.
People stop us frequently and say how beautiful they think she is.
Hank is now a therapy dog! People often only want to come in for their therapy when Hank is working. So proud of you sweet boy.
Here are some picture of Jessie enjoying all of the rain (mud!) we've had recently! I hope you had a happy thanksgiving and that your rescue is doing well! Thanks for all you do.
I just wanted to drop a note along with some pictures. So far so good. Gypsy is doing ok; I made sure to spend some "alone time" together early on. She's very comfortable at home; she eats well, chews treats at ease and is she stuck to me like glue. She's like a shadow and doesn't drift very far at all. As far as people are concerned, she as to be one the friendliest dogs I've ever seen, she approaches everyone with tail wagging and doesn't mind youngsters either. She's a handful on walks, an absolute bundle of energy.
As far as Jackson goes, things are improving. He's an independent, high energy, playful dog and she just seems much more mature and a little indifferent. There has been a lot of agitation-gypsy has gone after him a couple of times and really bullied him- if you can believe that- a bit at first. She has really bonded with me and has been a little aggressive in a protective sense. She can also be very pushy but We've been working on that. I've gotten into the habit of tossing one ball far and simultaneously, another close in so everyone has a chance to play. She did get after him once or twice and bit him, but nothing too serious as they were sharing the same space in the kitchen enjoying chews just a little while later. They Both do well on long walks together as long as I keep the pace up. I'm still a little concerned about the adjustment but I think it's just going to take some more time and effort. I'm really hoping that they will bond with time.
I have attached a couple of photos: one is just after our first trip to the Salon for a little treat. She did great. The second is when I brought her out to the airport and toured the flight line while the rest of the volunteers completed preparations for our air show. She treated everyone as if they were her long lost best friend and really didn't get excited about much, not even with airplanes.