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"Gus" from Decatur, GA~Our first week update!

I just wanted to post an update on Gus, who we rescued with much help from Southern Cross GSD Rescue and Katieliz. Gus arrived last Monday (12/7) after a 12 hour ride from GA to MI. Let's recap the past week, shall we? First the challenges...he's peed in the house almost every day in the same spot, he snatched a roast off the counter, he almost ate the cats (I'm exaggerating, but he seemed very tempted by them and lunged at them more than once), I now know what the inside of my comforter on our bed looks like, because he shredded it today! But there is more good than bad and he is trying so hard, that we can't help but love him and continue to work with him. The good...he was very frightened and very much a loner when he arrived, and he is now part of our pack. He sleeps in our room at night with the others, after sleeping alone in the kitchen (his choice) the first few nights. He and our female Greta have become fast friends, playing, sleeping next to each other and sharing their toys. Our feisty Shih Tsu has easily accepted him as well. The cats are no longer sent to the basement for safety all day (just at night), and he is, for the most part, not intrigued with them any more. It's after 8:00 now, and he hasn't peed in the house today! He's eating very well and has put on a few pounds. He was obviously abused in his former life, but we are taking extra care with him so that when he is verbally reprimanded, it is done so in a way that he knows he was in the wrong, but we also let him know that we still love him and we're never going to physically hurt him for misbehaving. He is certainly more of a challenge than any of my others, but he is his own dog and we don't want to compare them. They all had their own set of issues when they arrived, and they've all turned into wonderful pets/family members over time. We have no doubt that he will also. Every day he shows improvement, he just needs to refine his manners. His socialization skills have really improved and it warms my heart to see them all fitting together so well. Thanks to all who helped in bringing Gus home!





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He sure did land in a nice home!! Your patience with his issues will be well rewarded. I love the captions, Greta gets him into trouble just like any little sister would, haha!
Gus is really handsome, his coloring is so rich.
Thanks for the update!!!!

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This is wonderful!!
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Re: "Gus" from Decatur, GA~Our first week update!

He looks pretty content! Thank you for taking him in!
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Re: "Gus" from Decatur, GA~Our first week update!

Have a pillow (well why not he already had a comforter)
Great update he looks so happy and so does Greta.
Will look forward to more updates on the charades of Gus and Greta and Gizmo!

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love his colors!!

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Re: "Gus" from Decatur, GA~Our first week update!

What a wonderful update!! I think his eyes say it all in the second picture----I love my new home and family!! Thank you!!!

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Re: "Gus" from Decatur, GA~Our first week update!

Thank you for giving this sweet boy such a nice home--and right before the holidays too!

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Re: "Gus" from Decatur, GA~Our first week update!

Thanks for the update, I had been wondering how it was going!

Looks like he is going to be part of the family!

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Re: "Gus" from Decatur, GA~Our first week update!

just a short post to ask everyone to think the good thoughts for gus...he has some serious health issues (will either let mary post details herself, or will ask permission next time we speak). he is receiving the very best of care.

bless your heart dear boy.

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