Morning All, I have with me a nearly 2 year old German Shepherd that I rescued from a chain last summer. He was being given away, unaltered and with an intense dislike of men. I felt I had to intervene, no telling where he would have ended up. My intention was to find a GSD rescue to take him, but that did not pan out due to many problems ranging from fear aggression to EPI. He was extremely thin when I brought him home and had SIBO and EPI. With that taken care of, I worked for months trying to build his confidence, to no avail. When it comes to strangers approaching, he is in his own world and impossible to get under control. I decided to keep him, although I fear I many not outlive him, my death will be his, as well. He has now broken with demodex. He cannot take Ivomec, due to a reaction (possible MDR1?) With his inability to digest food and my having spent a fortune to get his system on track, I am hesitant to treat with antibiotics and blow the good out of the water. I truly love this dog, but am nearing the end of my rope. He is beautifully obedience trained and would do anything for me, with the exception of not eating strangers. My 23 year old son, who just moved out 2 months ago, could not even approach this dog. Simon offered to bite him on several occasions, resulting in him wearing a basket muzzle when my son was home. He wears it when we are out, as well, leading to some pretty nasty comments from passersby, better than a lawsuit, I say. Simon freaks out at the sight of a broom, flyswatter and prong collar, but chases the lawnmower, does not flinch when the neighbors are shooting guns or fireworks and has zero reaction to thunder. He won't even move for the vacuum, I have to go around him, silly pup. Anywho, this is Simon in a very large nutshell. Looking for advice and kinship, as I feel very alone in this, he just has soooo many problems.
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