To Quote the King, "Let me shoot a seven with every shot". GSDRGA and our new additions have been singing along since last weekend.
Life can change with a roll of the dice. GSDRGA Foster dogs Ballon, Rocco, Itty, Chelsea, Hannah, Bliss, Sadie, Xena and Aashka got lucky and were rescued on 4/23/16. They were used for breeding their whole lives. The breeder had been in business over 10 years, so that means thousands of puppies were produced. At least one litter, maybe 2, was produced each year, by each female.
Before rescue, our " Operation Lucky Seven" dogs lived in 10x10 kennels on a concrete slab, with a dog house in each enclosure. The policy of the kennel was that dogs were not taken out of the kennels for any reason, except to take them to the female kennel for breeding. That meant no playtime, going for walks or cuddle time, like our pet dogs do. Once a dog became too old for breeding, they were never taken out of their kennel for any reason, life was solitary confinement. There was no social play area for them to run around, and they received no exercise or training. To be clear, these dogs lived their entire lives in that 10x10 without any way to get the daily exercise or stimulation they need to thrive. With the exception of Ballon, none of them had any toys to play with; Ballon had one Kong that he was heavily dependent on to stay calm. Their diets were low grade dog food, and were not fed enough to stay at ideal weights. They were underweight and some had developed skin problems. Our volunteers saw them eat their own feces due to hunger.
GSDRGA volunteers immediately took the dogs to Bartow Animal Hospital for vetting after we rescued them. Overall, they were fairly healthy, considering they were not well cared over for the past several months. They are all underweight. The females all have extra skin and room in their bellies, and their uteruses were fatty and misshaped from continuous breeding. One dog has Pannus (dry eyes) and may eventually go blind since it was not treated for so long. Another had a problem putting weight on her back leg, which could be due to an old injury. One long haired dog was not groomed, so her fur is matted, and will need to be shaved. Another has flea dermatitis and hair loss. During spay surgery, we discovered Bliss had a mammary tumor, and it was removed. We also discovered Aashka was bleeding, and had a very bad infection in her uterus, Had we waited a few more days, the infection would have spread, and she may not have survived. Aashka truly rolled a 7!
Big thanks to our volunteers Katie & Walter, who got up at the crack of dawn to start these dogs on their journey!
Meet Nadja! This adorable, energetic 15 month old shepherd is ready to join your family Nadja would do best in an active and energetic family, as she loves to play and go for long walks or hikes. Nadja came to her foster family already crate trained and is working on her house training now. She is very intelligent and is in the process of learning much more.
Nadja loves dogs of all sizes and plays very well with toys and will even fetch a ball. Because she is so loving and will occasionally jump in her excitement, she would be best in a house without very small children. A family with a fenced in yard or another dog to tire her out would be preferred, as she loves to run and chase.
Nadia was found wondering in the North Georgia woods dragging a cinder block that was tied to her neck by a steel cable. She had an ear infection in both ears that led to both of her ear drums being damaged, as well as an open wound to her right ear. Due to her condition she had to spend several weeks at our vet to recover.
Are you an active household that is looking for a very intelligent and high energy best friend? Get your application in below.
Meet Rex, our newest addition to the GSDRGA family. Rex came to us from a North Georgia shelter where he was found as a stray so we don't know much about his past. What we do know is that he is one handsome boy who has the personality to match. Rex is approximately 1.5 years old and still has a lot of puppy energy left in him. He loves toys of any kind but his favorite by far is a ball. He loves to play fetch and if you think you can wear him out, think again. He loves to be with people and will let you have the honor of rubbing his belly until your arm wears out.
Rex is highly intelligent and learns commands very fast. He was able to learn sit & down in less than five minutes. He loves learning new things and would be able to learn as much as you want to teach him. He does great with other dogs and is learning how to live with cats. He met a cat for the first time in his foster home and was very curious to figure out what they were. After spending a couple days investigating them he was satisfied that they were part of the family.
Rex would do best in an active home where he will get plenty of daily exercise. He will need someone that will continue his training and allow him to practice it often. Since he thinks that he is a teddy bear, Rex will need a home that will show him lots of love and will spoil him rotten. If that's you, click the button under his picture to complete your application.
Meet Rosie, our cuddle bug baby. Rosie is a 12 week old playful and frisky sweetie who will melt your heart. A smart quick learner, she is already crate trained and house broken. She loves squeaky toys, playing with other fur kids whether feline or canine and taking many naps throughout the day.
She was found on a country road all by herself. We are not sure of her background, or if/what she is mixed with.Rosie would make a great little sister to a home with a current family pet. Her current size leads us to believe she will be a smaller framed dog.
Get your application in quick for this little girl because she won't be available for long.
Meet our newest rescue family member, Squire. A shelter near the coast found him abandoned and wandering in a creek bed. These are the after-grooming pictures, his beautiful long coat was very mussed and tattered when we first saw him. He came to us severely underweight (hard to tell with that fluffy coat!), with a swollen abdomen. After being evaluated by one of our vets, he is being treated for a prostate infection and heartworms. His treatment is expected to cost around $1,200. Please consider donating toward his care - every little bit helps! You could also sponsor part or all of his treatment in honor of your pup, or a GSD-loving friend or family member. Squire has the sweetest temperament in the world, and he's great with other dogs and kids. He can't wait to get healthy and find his forever family!! Thanks for considering a donation to our rescue.