German Shepherds

Koda, the intuitive German Shepherd (part 5)

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“After a few months we noticed that Koda started playing with Winston.

He stopped being on guard and included Winston in our pack.

A dog is truly man’s best friend.

We go everywhere together.

I really believe that he has enhanced my relationship with my boyfriend.

He has given something of a common bond to our relationship.

He has given us something we can both care about.”

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 4)

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“About eight years ago both my sister and veterinarian noticed that Zimmy’s head shape was changing.

Instead of being round it was caved in looking.

We went to a dog neurologist and he was diagnosed with a rare German Shepherd disease, called Muscular Myelitis.

It wears away the muscle mass in the dog’s head.”

 

 

Zimmy, short for Zimmerman, the German Shepherd mix rescue named after Bob Dylan (part 1)

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“I was living in Los Angeles and bought a beautiful old gem of a house that had a doggy door leading to a backyard.

As soon as I saw the doggy door I started thinking it was time to get a dog.

Before I could act on it, a stray cat had a litter of eight kittens in my backyard.

I called the local rescue shelter and they told me people don’t adopt feral kittens, so I should trap them, get them neutered and re-release them into the neighborhood.

As a result, I was going to the shelter once a week, and looking at dogs up for adoption.”

Smoky, the Shepherd Mix Rescue Found wandering in the Smokey Mountains (part 2)

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“We brought him to the vet the next morning and he cut the prong collar off of his neck with bolt cutters.

We gave him antibiotics and took him back to our cabin rental, where we weren’t supposed to have dogs.

He slept for the next three days.

While we were still in Tennessee, we saw a flyer for a lost dog with a picture of Smoky.

The vet said, absolutely, do not give him back.”

Smoky, The Shepherd Mix Rescue Found Wandering the Smokey Mountains (part 1)

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“I actually found Smoky in the Smoky Mountains.

He was walking at dusk on a road with a mountain on one side and a cliff on the other, so there was nowhere for him to walk but on the road.

I thought he was a dog who was lost, but he didn’t have any tags.

He had a pinch collar that had grown into his neck.

It was night time so we brought him back to our cabin and he slept the whole night.”

Luna, the rescue from Bide-A-Wee

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“I had a dog growing up and he was a similar looking dog to Luna–a Shepherd mix.

She’s a rescue from Bide-a-Wee on the east side.  I actually met her sister first, but she was less engaged.  Luna was sweeter, more playful and seemed to connect with people, and that’s what mattered to me.

I visited her several times before making the decision to take her home.  I brought my mother with me on the final visit and she loved her just the same as I did.

I work for myself now, so I have time during the day to spend with her.

We take cabs to different dog parks during the day on weekdays and weekends.  Her favorite dog park is Washington Square Dog Run.  She has made a lot of friends there.

I’ve only had Luna for a month, but she’s very sweet in the house.  She’s very affectionate.  She wants to be near me all the time.  She’s a puppy, so house training is challenging, especially because she spent four months peeing inside every day at a shelter.

I travel a lot for work, so when I’ve boarded her that breaks our routine. It’s not like starting over, but her housebreaking becomes inconsistent.

I think having her is a positive energy to have around.  I am a filmmaker and I spend a lot of time on my own doing research, writing and editing.  Luna is a great companion.

What makes her unique is her level of engaging with people.  She is all about making contact, whether it is with human or dog.”