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4paws 01-29-2014 09:15 AM

New guy from the Midwest
I thought I would check-in and say hello to everyone on the forum. I just signed up, but I've been following the forum for some time now. I've owned GSD's for many years, and I recently rescued a little GSD from a shelter last week. My last 2 guys I had to put down due to cancer, so instead of spending thousands on another dog from a breeder, I decided to try a Rescue dog for the first time. It's only been a week since I've adopted her, and of course I've already encountered a few issues. I thought it would be helpful to sign up on the forum, so I can be a better dad to Abby and help her grow into the wonderful GSD I know she can be.

A Few Quick pics of My girl Abby...

LaRen616 01-29-2014 09:29 AM

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Thank you for rescuing Abby and sorry for your losses.

She's a pretty girl but she looks a little overweight in that top photo. How old is she?

MaggieRoseLee 01-29-2014 09:32 AM

Wow, great job for rescuing such a stunning looking dog!

There is a 'honeymoon' period generally for the first month or so of a rescue while the dog tries to figure out yet another huge life change and their place in it. REALLY good time to get into those dog classes to get the instant feedback from an expert while gaining the leadership role in your dogs eyes...


4paws 01-29-2014 10:02 AM

Abby is between 2 & 4 years old. The shelter thought she was about 4 but my Vet thought she was about 2. I just had her weighed and she was at 71 lbs. The 2 pictures I posted of her were from the shelter and most likely taken a few months apart.

Abby has had a terrible life thus far. She has been re-homed several times, and then back to the shelter. She has been staked out 24/7 during some of our coldest days this year and then returned because all she did was bark and whine... well no kidding!

My vet also gave me some more news I didn't expect. First, she thinks she has had a litter of puppies. Second they did a real crappy job of spaying her and it was not a real clean procedure at stitching her up. And then we find out she has been shot with bird shot. The vet and I found at least 8 bb's in her from front to back on her right side, so I'm thinking she was loose and not welcome on some farmers land and she was shot with bird-shot. Abby has had a tough life so far and had no clue how to play with toys, or even what to do with a rawhide (Yes I know not the best thing to give her).

GSKnight 01-29-2014 10:18 AM

Thank you for rescuing this beautiful girl!!!

JanaeUlva 01-29-2014 10:23 AM

A happy ending. She looks like a great dog and it's wonderful that you now have her!

mego 01-29-2014 01:51 PM

she's gorgeous. Thank you for saving her

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