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Old 02-02-2014, 05:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, my name is Daniel, my wife; Ashley and I recently rescued a German Shepherd Mix who we renamed Stella, she is ~1 year and 2 months old.
I have always wanted a German Shepherd, they are easily my favorite dog breed.
My wife and I agreed that we were only going to rescue dogs, so when we found Stella, I was ecstatic, after playing with her in the "acquaintance room" I knew she was the one, energetic, playful, young, and just silly.
So we waited over the weekend until we got more moved into our new home, and we took a trip back to the animal shelter, and filled out the paperwork to take her home!
As I was bringing her out of the kennels, it was all I could do to keep my hands wrapped around the small cheap leash as she scraped across the laminated floor ready to leave!!
As we are standing there, all of the volunteer helpers are playing with her asking if she is going home and whatnot, she is going CRAZY licking them, running around, everything. All I'm thinking is, she is gunna be a HANDFUL.
As we get outside, she jumps right up in the car, oh and did I mention she recognized the commands sit, lay down, and stay?
So as she jumps up into my wifes xterra, I sit in the back seat with her, I tell her to sit, and she sits, right there.
Now besides the motions of driving around on the highways to get back home, she sat down the entire time, she is the PERFECT car companion.
Fast forward a few weeks now, I am hard at work doing all the research I can into making sure that we can take the best possible care of her and give her a life 10000000000x better than what she had before.
I am going to start her on a Raw food diet soon, just getting everything together and putting together a meal plan for her, for the time being, she is being fed Natural Choice lamb/brown rice dry dog food, she isn't showing any signs of discomfort or anything like that, however she is having pretty bad gas, every hour or so, if she is anywhere near my wife or I, we will smell her gas for a few minutes, and it is not pleasant AT ALL.
If anyone has any suggestions for ANYTHING, PLEASE throw them my way!


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Old 02-02-2014, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Congratulations to your family. for rescuing your beautiful Stella!
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Old 02-02-2014, 07:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey! Pretty girl! Welcome from Moore
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She's a cutie!
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Welcome from OKC/Moore. Congratulations on your new adoption. Check out Texas Tripe for raw food delivery from Texas.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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STELLA !!!!!

Congrats on the rescue....great looking gal!

Hopefully, when you implement the raw diet the gas will be a non-issue.

Gas issue might be the change in food since you got her...no idea how long you have had her although. Is she a "gulper" when she eats her food ? Maybe try some probiotics??


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Old 02-08-2014, 02:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Haha sorry for being so inactive everyone,thanks so much for the warm welcomes!
And Super G, that may be the issue, but we've had her well over 2 weeks and she's been having the gas, I've started feeding her dried dog food in the mornings and raw food for dinner(a variety of pork trimmings, chicken leg quarters, and turkey breast) she's been loving the raw food it seems! She's much more enthusiastic when eating than when she Is eating her dried food.
The gas seems to have subsided, although every once in awhile will still let out some horrid gas, hopefully that will go away completely once I switch her over to fully raw food.
Also, she does not gulp, she eats at a pretty steady pace, which is good!
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