||10-02-2013 09:15 PM
My 1st Shepherd Loss
I have recently lost my 1st German Shepherd. Before I go on I have to tell his story. I live in Blanco, Tx. Rural area on about 25 acres of land. I was outside and one night on my birthday and found a lump in the pasture (we don't have cows). I went over to investigate and it was my new dog, Deuce. I had no idea about his breed, where he came from, or why. He had a broken rear toe that was purple. He was dehydrated and full of fleas. I, along with my mother and vet clinic, nursed this guys back to health. Believing that he was possibly dropped by a hawk or owl? The vet said he was only about 4-5 weeks when we found him. As he grew we began to notice right away what kind of dog he was. He was our "Big Guy" and every time my daughter would come over I would loose him to her. He never left her side and was her dearest friend. She is 12 now. Its also ironic for her to have had a facination with GSD since she was born. Deuce was about a year old when I left for work, to come home to find my rubber hose for the front yard had been violated to the point of shreds. Unfortunatly, this proved near fatal for him because it caused an internal blockage which we had to do surgury on him. He was so stoic that we could harldy tell anything was wrong with him until it was almost too late. 2 weeks later we had to re-enter due to the fact that there had to still be some more hose in the intestine somewhere. He survived. But at this point Deuce was down from almost 73 lbs to 50 lbs. He was so skinny and had gone through so much. He made a full recovery and made it to his 2nd birthday. 2 days ago we had a standard day. Went out on the property, played ball ect. about midnight he was asking to go out and just laid down outside. I had a bad feeling like he had "done it again" and took him to the vet 1st thing n the morning. He died at noon due to a kidney failure because his intestines had flipped and spiraled. Even if the vet had never removed the intestine from the previous surgury it would have still been very bad news. We have been beside ourselves here. It's really all I can do to type this up. He made such an impact on our lives and to loose him so quick has been overwhelming. My daughter especially. So now we have come to a family decision that we need to have another German Shepherd in our lives again. Nothing will replace Deuce, nothing. We know that, but again, we need 1. I was in the horse breeding business (palomino). I'm shure bloodlines in dogs are just as, if not more, than horses. We live in Blanco, Tx and I'm in need of a quality, responsible breeder. Lord knows, as much money as I put into Deuce I could have had a world champion 2x over. I would do it again. We have a nice cleared out spot in the hill country surrounded by game fence and a large front yard fenced in. We want to have a companion dog, does not have to be grand champion quality. I'm wanting to believe I'm paying for quality HEALTH, along with the quality. Any links on responsible, quality breeders or information would be a great help to us. Thank you guys in advance, sorry for the long post.