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Old 03-23-2014, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all! So it seems I've accidentally become a new shepherd owner. After having several bad experiences with the breed, I NEVER thought I'd own a GSD that wasn't from a responsible breeder who does health testing. Then, my roommate and I fostered a 5 week old white shepherd pup who had been left to freeze to death in a dumpster, and I swear, it was love at first sight.

I'm a student and really not in a position in my life right now to raise a pup, but my family ended up meeting, falling in love, and adopting puppy. He ended up being diagnosed with megaesophagus, which is not a surprise as I tend to attract all the sick, messed up animals, but he does great with management and has very few issues beyond being upset that he can't have all the fun chew treats my lab mix gets! That said, I'm very aware of the reality and seriousness of ME, and am so thankful he has done so well so far.

Anyway, his name is Polar Bear, and he's just great. He's super willing to please, has confidence for days, and generally has all the makings for a great dog, if we ever survive this silly oversized puppy phase. We're hoping to get him into puppy classes soon, and I have all sorts of plans for doggie competitions for him in the future. He is in love with my lab mix, but really can't understand why the cats don't want to be friends!

Since I'm inexperienced with the breed, I figured a GSD forum full of shep owners would be a good resource to have. I've been reading threads and doing research for the past few months I've had Polar, but I hope you all don't mind me popping to ask a few questions now and then!

Sorry for the novel, to make up for it here's a few pics I took of the silly boy a few weeks ago (4 months old, ~40lbs).



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Welcome to the forum! Your dog is gorgeous! Thank you for taking him in and finding him a loving home with your parents. My dog is also a "foster failure".

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he is stunning !!!!
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from what you have written, you sound fairly versed in the breed and I think Polar Bear came into your life for a reason! He's a lucky pup to have you as his person.
He is really handsome.

I look forward to reading about his progress! Thanks for taking on a megaE pup....I hope his case isn't severe and he can live a normal life.
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Gosh, he reminds me of someone, but I just can't think of who at the moment...

He sure is cute and very lucky to have someone willing to take on a ME dog. I've never had a dog with ME, but once had a cat with both ME and mega colon. Not a great deal of fun, but manageable with the right meds and diet. He lived to be 13 y/o.

Sounds like he's really going to be a lot of fun to work with since he is very confident!

Congrats & Welcome!


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He's beautiful
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum!
You kinda sound like me. I always some how end up with the sick ones lol.
My pup also has ME and is 6 months old.
Looking forward to seeing your pup grow up
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He's so handsome!!!

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Polarpup looks great. You will be rewarded for giving him a good home. I to have GSDs with health issues, they are all rescues and found their way to me. It looks like you are gifted in the same way. There is reason behind the turns of life, keep up the good work.
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