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Greensboro, NC Extremely emaciated GSD Male found

Hi. I am a former sheltie rescuer. I am currently heavily involved in parrot rescue. But once a rescuer always a rescuer, and the animals know.

Yesterday afternoon my teens (15) were at a park. Out of the woods came the HUGEST, thinnest, weakest GSD. He beelined it to my son and calmly asked to be petted. My son called and begged us to come.

The guy is so starved that his hind end barely works. His head and front body are huge, then you look past his shoulder and realize you can see every bone. I would put him at a 1.5 (barely).

He is covered in pressure sores and fleas and hot spots.

We brought him home last night and gave him a bath. Throughout the lathering and bloody towels from all the fleas, and ear cleaning he never made a peep. He was so far past hunger that I had to actually feed him a number of kibbles before his hunger hit.

I took him to my vet this morning. He is heartworm NEGATIVE! He weighs 80lbs, but should weigh 110-120. He is BIG!!! The vet estimates him to be about 5.

I know NOTHING about GSD's. He slept in 2 Xpens hooked together last night but he howled so much my husband slept on the floor with him. I think I found him a home, but if I didn't I am going to need help finding one.

My biggest concern is my parrots. One wayward flight into danger and *BAM* they are done for. He has likely been on his own for awhile, perhaps eating animals (if he could).

Any advice to help me get his weight up?








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hey there - send me an email at [email protected] I'm with German Shepherd Rescue of NC and can help. Andrea
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Wow, thanks for trying to help him out. That's so kind of you.

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Re: Greensboro, NC Extremely emaciated GSD Male found

thanks for taking him in; he sure in a dog in great need

if you keep him, you can try feeding him a mix of ground beef, eggs, oatmeal, oil and molasses (can be fed raw) and add to it some powdered puppy formula; give him small amounts frequently and be aware that he may get some diarrhea

i've done this a few times before w/really thin dogs and it's amazing how quickly they'll put on wt.; you can use this alone, or to supplement a good kibble
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Thank you so much for helping him
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Re: Greensboro, NC Extremely emaciated GSD Male found

Thank you so much for taking this beautiful boy in. He knew exactly what he was doing when he came to your son! He's going to be beautiful and HW-???? Unheard of!!!

Andrea - thanks so much for your offer to help.

Yesterday was this boy's very lucky day!

P.S. - I LOVE shelties also. I have a sheltie mix who is going to be 18 on Halloween. My prior sheltie mix lived to be nearly 17. They are awesome dogs!

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That dog was so lucky to find you.
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Re: Greensboro, NC Extremely emaciated GSD Male found

Wanted to update with pics from tonight.

This is after a bath, a good night's sleep and 5 or 6 meals. (small meals all day)

He's enjoying the new bed I bought him





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Re: Greensboro, NC Extremely emaciated GSD Male found

Wow - he looks so much better already! I'll bet it's the first soft place he's laid in a while and probably the first time in a long, long time that he's had a full tummy.

What a wonderful thing you and your family did - thank you for saving this dear boy's life. It's hard telling where he would have ended up.

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