2005 Alumni

Ariel (renamed Gretta)  - Adopted December 2005
Ariel
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While in rescue: Ariel was a sweet, smaller, 10 month old, female, Sable German Shepherd Dog. She was just a happy go lucky girl. She was an owner give up due to the "we are too busy" excuse. Apparently her family was large and the mom admitted that the kids were mean to Ariel. Ariel was cautious of kids and moved to the back of her kennel, but she wasn't the least bit mean. She just wanted gentle love.

Ariel's sponsors: John Stein. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen and in honor of Dweezel & Heidi.

Shamus (renamed Punk) - Adopted October 2005
Shamus
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While in rescue: Shamus was a mild-mannered, 1.5 year old, neutered, male German Shepherd Dog. Although he loved to play fetch, he wasn't a hyper young dog and never jumped on people, even when excited. He knew commands such as sit, shake, lay down, get in crate, and would drop a ball upon request. Shamus was submissive with dominant dogs, but wasn't fearful or shy. He could not be in a home with cats (he liked them a little too much). Shamus played wonderfully with the 1 year old female dog in his foster home. (Wrestle mania all day long!). Shamus was also respectful of the 7 year old male and 12 year old female dog in his foster home. Shamus took treats gently from a 2 year old human child and loved to sleep in bed with his humans. He responded well on leash, but tended to pull when excited, so, like any new dog, he would need obedience training. Shamus was working on his potty training and was very ashamed when he had an accident in the house. He was starting to understand that eliminating outside in front of a person is okay (he apparently prefered a little privacy!). Shamus was looking for a doting home, preferably with at least one human that would be with him most of the day. He was a sweet, loving, gentle, gorgeous boy.

Shamus' sponsor: Steve Hitz in fond memory of Gretchen.

Sally - Adopted October 2005
Sally
While in rescue: Sally was a 2 year old black/cream, sable, spayed, female, German Shepherd Dog. This sweet female was seeking a family with lots of energy. She liked to play, go for walks, and get her belly rubbed. She was in a loving pound, but was going nuts when she was locked in her kennel for too long. If she had exercise play time in the big yard, she was content and happy. She liked regular play time and walks and chasing balls (bringing them back would take a while). She was good with some of the dogs and has regular playmates, but was somewhat dominant and needed friends with certain personalities. She had been very good with children.

Sally's sponsors: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah and Gretchen. John Stein. Amy Goode in memory of Mary Jane and George.

Damon (renamed Luke) - Adopted September 2005
Damon
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While in rescue: Damon was a 6 month old, neutered, male, black/tan German Shepherd Dog. This little guy was a bundle of pretty pup. He was a sweet little man who liked to cuddle and kiss and would love a home that can appreciate a German Shepherd pup. He wanted lots of toys and puppy food, an obedience class or two to be the best fuzzy best friend you could ask for.

Damon's sponsors: Nicolle & Mike White in memory of Taz, who we loved and adored. Amy Goode in memory of Nelke and Hannah.

Cisco (renamed Dash) - Adopted August 2005
Cisco
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While in rescue: Cisco was a 1-2 year old, neutered, male, black/tan, German Shepherd Dog. He was 77 pounds and extremely underweight. This big guy needed a home that had good home cooking. Cisco wasn't too interested in his photo session, though he was much perkier under playful circumstances. This giant boy would be an easy 100 pounds (probably larger) when he filled out his tall frame. Therefore, he needed a home with room and some brute strength. He was gentle and loving and very, very sweet and playful, but he was big.

Cisco's sponsor: S. Blaho

Thelma (renamed Ruby) - Adopted August 2005.
Thelma
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While in rescue: Thelma (renamed Ruby) was a 2-3 year old, black/tan female, German Shepherd Dog. Louise was a 2 year old, spayed, female sable German Shepherd Dog. Louise was a high energy puppy. Thelma was also playful, but more reserved. They did very well with small dogs (4lb yorkie) all the way up to the big kids. They were very sweet and loving and came to us via a very awful, but too common situation.

Louise, and her buddy Thelma, were brutally tossed out of a car in the country and left in a cloud of dust. Thelma suffered sprains and a nasty hematoma, but is otherwise is recovering very well. Louise was fortunate and wasn't terribly hurt. She was able to come to us and get her health care and spay right away. Thelma underwent medication treatment and rest before she received her spay.

Thelma's sponsor: Sandra James W

Louise - Adopted August 2005
Louise
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While in rescue: Louise was a 2 year old, spayed, female sable German Shepherd Dog. Thelma was a 2-3 year old, black/tan female, German Shepherd Dog. Louise was a high energy puppy. Thelma was also playful, but more reserved. They did very well with small dogs (4lb yorkie) all the way up to the big kids. They were very sweet and loving and came to us via a very awful, but too common situation.

Louise, and her buddy Thelma, were brutally tossed out of a car in the country and left in a cloud of dust. Thelma suffered sprains and a nasty hematoma, but is otherwise is recovering very well. Louise was fortunate and wasn't terribly hurt. She was able to come to us and get her health care and spay right away. Thelma underwent medication treatment and rest before she received her spay.

Louise's sponsor:
Sandra James

Dash - Adopted July 22, 2005
Dash
While in rescue: Dash was a 1-2 year old, neutered, male German Shepherd Dog. He was very happy to graciously take biscuits from anyone who offered. This big , beautiful boy was very food motivated and had been loved by someone at some point. Dash was taken by animal control after having been abandoned and was a bit thin, but no worse for wear. He was seeking a German Shepherd experienced home. He knew Sit and Down and had a puppy attention span, but was willing to learn.

Dash's sponsors: 2007 sponsors: The Arnold/Horn family in honor of Doc. John & Marla Ewers in honor of canine rescue transporters, sisters Jean & Mary Loyd. Tricia, Chris and their GSD Kylie. Cheryl Smith in honor of King. Suzanne Miclot in memory of Lexi. Mark & Janet Koonce in honor of Bodie.
2005 sponsors: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah. Eric Fidler

Rose - Adopted July 17, 2005
Rose
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While in rescue: This little girl was dumped by a man who backyard breeds and is well known in the area for his apathy towards the proper care of animals. He dumped Betsy and Rose without any explanation. They are both intact and currently in season. This means they are on lock down for several weeks until the vet can spay them safely.

Rose is a 1 1/2-2 yr old fawn/black sable and is extremely intelligent. She has been treated poorly so far in life and knows it . She wasn't going to tolerate being mistreated and neglected, and we believe she was dumped due to her general suspiciousness and non compliance to being forced or beat up. She is as sweet as honey, and we hope she will blossom into the puppy she should be--carefree. She has no aggression, but is very suspicious and shy at first. Once she knows you are a nice person, she rolls right over for a full belly rub and snuggle. She isn't asking for much, just a reliable, safe home, someone to love, feed and keep her dry and warm. She wants a patient quiet home with lots of love and a nice comfy couch. She loves her friend, but may be better off being an only dog and not having to reestablish and go through the complexities of a multi-pet household. Her old dad was a jerk and she needs the simple, reliable, life that everyone deserves.

Rose's sponsors: Larry Wilson in memory of Hruska. Michael and Sherry Eckert in memory of Ezekial and Lechariah. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah.

Simon - Adopted July 18, 2005
Simon
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While in rescue: Simon is a 2 yr old, male-neutered, black/tan German Shepherd/Malamute mix,. He is a reserved and a laid back gentleman. Simon just likes to hang out. He is a people and dog watcher and seems to soak up all the information of his surroundings. He will stand on his back legs, nose to nose with you and stare into your eyes. You just get the feeling he understands everything that is going on. The shelter he was at had a volunteer that really loved Simon very much, and Simon was running out of time. He wasn't a pure bred Shepherd, but to save someone's friend, he was Shepherd enough for us.

Simon's sponsors: Linda and James Wilson. Michael and Sherry Eckert in memory of Ezekial and Lechariah. Michael Wang. Sonia Ravin in honor of Sabrina. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Thank you Rebecca Kuk for your continued contribution to Simon's care.

Magic Noir - Adopted June 18, 2005
Noir
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While in rescue: Magic Noir was about 1 year old. He was a black, neutered, male, German Shepherd Dog. This sweetheart came out of a pound. He was very gentle and just a doll. He had behaved very well, though his happy energy has bumped a few things in his excitement (including small children!). He liked to give kisses and loved to play ball. He liked to play and loved his meals! Our veterinarian seemed to think that he was still a little puppy and has some growing left to do. He weighed in at 51 lbs at the vet. Magic Noir loved to play fetch and chase.

Magic Noir's sponsors: Michael and Sherry Eckert in memory of Ezekial and Lechariah.

Rudy - Adopted May 2005
Rudy
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While in rescue: Rudy was an owner give-up. His family discovered that they really couldn't handle a German Shepherd. Rudy had AKC papers, although his pedigree wasn't impressive unless you are moved by fancy-sounding names. When purchasing a puppy, one must learn how to read pedigrees for health and titles. When the "breeder" (puppy producer) was contacted about their own dog potentially going to a pound, their comment was that they were full and couldn't take him back. A reputable breeder will always take their dog back because they consider them family.

Even Rudy's adoption paperwork was illegal in Illinois, stating a 24 hours health guarantee and no refund of money (only a puppy exchange). In the state of Illinois, a breeder must provide a 7 day health guarantee and either refund the cost of the dog OR exchange the puppy. A refund of money is required by law, so their paperwork is not legal.

Despite his beginnings, Rudy was an exceptional dog. He had been very clean, friendly, and well behaved. He won over his caretakers early on and had continued to be a good dog. He was an awkward teenager with gangly legs and was very thin. We don't know why his previous owners didn't feed him well, but he had enjoyed regular meal times and attention while in rescue.

People who breed without bettering the breed are not reputable breeders. They are "backyard breeders" or "puppy millers." They sometimes refer to themselves as "small breeders" or "family breeders." They are no more than people making a buck. Reputable breeders better the breed by showing their dogs and gaining titles that prove the fitness of their dog's breeding lines. Please read What constitutes a good breeder?

Rudy's sponsors: Michael and Sherry Eckert in memory of Ezekial and Lechariah.

Lucy - Adopted September 2005
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While in rescue: Mama Lucy was a 2-3 year old female. She was a small, beautiful, baby girl. This poor thing has seen it all and didn't even attempt to do anything but get more cuddles. We weren't sure about her story, but her alleged history was that she showed up very skinny at a rural household who tied her up and fed her. That household was then moving into town and couldn't take her with them. In this same amount of time she managed to become pregnant and deliver a very large litter of puppies.

Still excruciatingly thin, this mama was now free of her kids and looking to have a happy ending to her sad story. However, once again, her bad luck only gets worse. Too often we have recited these words: this dog is heartworm positive. She weighed only 51 lbs, but the veterinarian ruled that she didn't have enough muscle to safely treat her for the heartworms. We went ahead with the treatment with the help of a lot of loving sponsors and one loving forever home.

Mama Lucy's sponsors: April W. in honor of Morgan—another former "mama". Kristin Delfino. Lucinda Kinlow in honor of Shadow. Jeanette Andrews. Larry Wilson in memory of Hruska. Maria Noack. Stephanie Johnson. Chris Miller in honor of Kylie. Kristin and Robert Gary. Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir. April W. in honor of Morgan. Larry Wilson in memory of Hruska. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Aileen O'Dea in memory of Kobi and in honor of Nakita. April W. in honor of Morgan. Steve Hitz in honor of Dweezel.

Spike - Adopted May 7, 2005
Spike
While in rescue: Spike was a 2-3 year old neutered, black/tan, male German Shepherd Dog. He was a poor little skinny man looking forward to some home cooking and time on the couch. Spike was super-sweet. He was a gem, and made quick friends with the house cat and the other dogs. He only weighed about 55 pounds, but really should have been around 70 pounds or more. He was picked up by the police and kept behind bars for loitering. He was then held for his neuter surgery. He was then compliant and promised to seek out a family to keep him so he had been parolled. He looked forward to a lifetime of love and freedom in a new loving family where he could be a carefree puppy.

Spike's sponsor: Julianna Rohde .

Buster - Adopted April 9, 2005
Buster
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While in rescue: Buster was an 8 month old, male (neutered), black/tan, fluffy coat (technical term), German Shepherd mix. Buster was a very sweet, very well mannered puppy. This doll just hung out with you. He was very well mannered and had gotten along with our young son, cats, and dogs (large and small) beautifully. He loved the new tennis balls and playing with his doggie friends. He and Belle made fast friends and had been playing quite a bit between their naps.

Buster Update (March 30, 2005): Buster urgently needs a home. We know that he is not a purebred, but he is a puppy. He is a beautiful and loving dog who has been around children and other dogs. He is sweet, housetrained, and a doll. Mixed breeds do not get placed through purebred rescue often and wind up spending months, if not years, in rescue. He has already been here 3 months and will be having his one year birthday in April. He is a puppy and deserves a home of his own. Hanging out with dog friends is fun, but sharing humans with several other dogs just isn't the same as having a family of his own. Please be that family for Buster.

Buster's sponsors: Amanda Wood & Chris Bland. Nancy Kurpaitis.

Delilah - Adopted April 9, 2005
Delilah
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While in rescue: Delilah was a young, black/tan female-spayed. She was very playful and sweet. She was under 2 years old, if not under 1 year old. Delilah was found to be heartworm positive and was treated.

Delilah Rescue Update (March 30, 2005): Delilah is as happy as ever. She sailed through her treatment without any signs of complications. Her bloodwork has been negative and we await one more return check for her to be entirely cleared. This young pup is the life of the party, and we are happy we could make sure her health would be good to keep up with her personality! She is a bundle of hugs and kisses and can't wait for a home to keep up with her. Heartworm treatment isn't cheap and if you would like to help clear her veterinary bill so that when she finds a home, we aren't still paying on her treatment, please consider a donation towards her veterinary bills. Thank you to all of her supporters and friends. Heartworm positive dogs often do not stand a chance in shelters and pounds due to the expense and length of their treatment. We are happy that these two dogs have a second chance at life, even though the expense is a real barrier, it is because of good hearted contributors and friends that we are able to save these dogs and not kill them due to monetary concerns when the treatment is totally effective and they have a prognosis of a normal life. Delilah and Stormy thank you for saving their hearts and their lives. Now they just await clearance and a new life in loving homes.

Delilah Rescue Update (March 2, 2005): Delilah has completed her series of two heartworm treatment injections and is resting at home. Its hard to be sick with heartworm when you are just a puppy, because she will now require a month of crate rest and leashed potty time only. Not much room for burning energy! ight now she is tired and feeling a little down from her treatment, but at the end of the week, she should be feeling much better. She had a negative antigen test at the Humane Society from which she came, when we tested her a second time for a different program, we were extremely surprised at a positive result. t takes at least 6 months from inoculation (from a mosquito) for the dog's body to build up enough antigen to produce a positive heartworm test. Since she is still very young, she had to have contracted the heartworm at a very young age. So, her previous owners must have never provided her with the needed heartworm prevention. t is so easy and not expensive to prevent such a horrible disease. Her chest X-ray shows minimal vessel swelling, so she will hopefully recover fully without scar tissue to the heart and have a totally normal prognosis for life. Her blood work was also normal. er expenses now exceed $350 for something that could have been prevented with an $8-10 pill. elilah hopes for a loving home at the completion of her treatment and put this unfortunate start to her life in the past. Please consider helping with some of her expenses and we thank you for your continued support of homeless pets.

Delilah's sponsors: Steve Hitz in honor of Dweezel. Arthur & Joyce Schunk in memory of their beloved female GSD. Nancy Bennert. Christina Givins in memory of their first GSD, Cody. April W. in honor of Morgan. Cheryl Smith. Kirstin Gilbertson in memory of Bosco. Sonia Ravin in honor of Sabrina and Shadow. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah.

Sable - Adopted March 19, 2005
Sable
While in rescue: Sable was a 9 month old, sable, spayed female German Shepherd Dog. This sweet pup was just too much to handle in her family of a busy mom and multiple little humans. Sable was a baby herself and entertained herself by stealing food and chewing stuff up while mom was taking care of the human babies. Sable needed a home where she could get attention herself. And, like any dog, also needed to go to obedience class and have playmates. She was excellent with her young human friends at home and seemed to like her new dog friends.

Clyde (renamed Zues) - Adopted March 12, 2004
Clyde
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While in rescue: Clyde (renamed Zues) was a red sable, 12 week old, male, German Shepherd Dog puppy. Bred by a backyard breeder these pups (Bonnie and Clyde) were not sold out of the litter in time and were deemed "too old" and turned out to run the streets of their small town. These two little ones were out all by themselves and caught by a good rescuer who could get them into the safety of a rescue to find a new home, even at the elderly age of 12 weeks! Located in Illinois' puppy-mill-central, these little ones were given a chance at a good life thanks to the hard work of a dedicated rescue volunteer working in the heart of canine terror.

Clyde's sponsor: Laura Staisiunas in honor of her two rescued German Shepherds, Feather and Sage

Bonnie - Adopted March 12, 2004
Bonnie
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While in rescue: Bonnie was a black/tan, 12 week old, female, German Shepherd Dog puppy. Bred by a backyard breeder, these pups (Bonnie and Clyde) were not sold out of the litter in time and were deemed "too old" and turned out to run the streets of their small town. These two little ones were out all by themselves and caught by a good rescuer who could get them into the safety of a rescue to find a new home, even at the elderly age of 12 weeks! Located in Illinois' puppy-mill-central, these little ones were given a chance at a good life thanks to the hard work of a dedicated rescue volunteer working in the heart of canine terror.

Bonnie's sponsor: Laura Staisiunas in honor of her two rescued German Shepherds, Feather and Sage

Rocky  (renamed Wolfee) - Adopted February 25, 2005
Rocky
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While in rescue: Rocky was a huge boy. He was found as a stray by a Good Samaritan animal rescuer. She contacted purebred rescue for help in finding him a home. Rocky was a very tall male with a thick, beautiful, very dark, sable coat coat. He came in a little scared, but just blossomed into a big puppy. He appeared to be between a year and a year and half old. He was slightly thin, and seemed to have been an outdoor dog, but had behaved beautifully inside (keeping in mind he was a very boisterous puppy).He was seeking an experienced German Shepherd home that would do obedience training and engage in a lot of puppy play.
Cute feature: Rocky's left ear sets a bit to the side of his head. This is not a result of any injury or defect. It is just genetics. He has a lot of character, inside and out!

Rocky's sponsor: Rebecca Kuk in memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD

China - Adopted January 23, 2005
China
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While in rescue: China was a 2 yr old black/tan, long-haired, mostly German Shepherd. China had been transferred a couple times from shelters and had spent a lot of time in kennels. She was a very active and energetic female with a lot of love. She didn't care much for cats, however, kids and other dogs and people were all fine with her! She smiled and bounced. Jogging, agility, and lots of love would turn around her rough beginnings. She was gorgeous and the pictures just could not do her justice. She was petite and weighed around 40lbs

China's sponsor: 2007 sponsors: Mark & Janet Koonce in honor of Bodie.
2005 sponsors: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah

Fiona - Adopted January 22, 2005
Fiona
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While in rescue: Fiona was a 2-3 yr old black/tan, spayed, female German Shepherd Dog. She was used as a puppy mill breeding bitch for many years. Fiona was happy to now be spayed! Her tortured years are over. Fiona was untethered at a very rural farm and never ran away, showing the home-sense that we appreciate so much from German Shepherds. Her farm was kitty free, which was explained the first time she met our cats. She had a very high prey drive, and was a dedicated cat attacker. She needed a small animal free home. She was very particular about her canine company. After years of sharing, she was friends with a select few, but liked her space as a single dog. Fiona was very much a cuddly snuggle pup to humans. She loved attention and hopped around like a carefree puppy with a few snuggles from a beloved human.

Fiona's sponsor: Cheryl Smith in memory of Rommel

Belle - Adopted January 15, 2005
Belle
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While in rescue: Belle had been estimated to be 2 years old by our veterinarian. She, unfortunately had been in season when they went to spay her, so she came home to wait it out and then would be spayed. She had her exam, vaccines, and AVID chip. 

Shelly (renamed Peyton) - Adopted January 15, 2005
Shelly
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While in rescue: Shelly was a 2-3 yr old female (spayed), black/red, German Shepherd Dog. She was a beautiful, very sweet, and well mannered dog. She had also made fast friends with her doggie pals and had done very well with children of all ages. She had some double dew claws on her rear legs, that we suggested having removed at some point to prevent tearing of the skin, but the rescue just didn't have the resources to spend on cosmetic surgery. This very well mannered, crate trained, housetrained girl was just waiting for a home. No really dramatic story to her life. She was just given up because her owners claimed to not have time for her.

Shelly's sponsor: Aileen O'Dea in memory of her beloved Kobi

Ashlie (renamed Tess) - Adopted January 1, 2005
Ashlie
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While in rescue: Ashlie was a Black /Tan, 6 month old, female-spayed German Shepherd. Ashlie's story is a surprising new one to rescue. Humans never cease to amaze us.Some previous owner wrote Ashlie's birthday and her puppy vaccine dates on an envelope and attached it to her collar and then let her loose to dump her. Lucky for her she avoided being hit by cars and trucks and happened to find a wonderful human in rescue who contacted purebred rescue.

Kermit - Adopted February 15, 2005
Kermit
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While in rescue: Kermit was a neutered fawn/black Boxer/German Shepherd mix that was born (7/29/03). He was the highest energy of the four pups born to Zoe. He loved his doggy toys and running around. He liked to play "keep away" with his toys, but could always be enticed back for a doggy treat. He was looking for an active family that will keep him interested and involved. He could entertain himself, but had to be supervised indoors since he liked dish towels and slippers when you weren't looking! He would be an outstanding agility dog with his three foot vertical! He would do well in a family with younger kids that are used to larger dogs or with a single adult that loves to play and spoil. Kermit needed a home without cats.

Kermit's sponsors: Maria Noack. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Diane Walsh in honor of Mahina. Judy Hardin, in memory of Stella, a faithful companion and friend. Tammi Keenan in memory of her fur-child, Sadie. Diana Breakville, in honor of Shadow, a best friend and queen of the house. Aileen O'Dea, in honor of Kobi and Nakita. Carrie McCarthy in memory of Roy and Madison Jarvis-Schmidt.

Stormy - Adopted April 9, 2005
Stormy
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While in rescue: Stormy was a 2 year old, German Shepherd Dog that was black with tan boots . He was found to be heartworm positive when he went for his exam and neuter. The local veterinarian was fantastic about coordinating his care between the shelter he came from and this rescue. Thanks to the vet's special care and kindness, we were able to get Stormy heartworm treated.

Update (March 30, 2005): Stormy is plugging along in his treatment, but he woke up last Saturday (3/26/05) very painful again. He has been on weeks of expensive and powerful antibiotics, but was obviously troubled by his pain. We took him to see Dr. Mary and he had a pain injection and is now on happy pain medication to get him through the next couple weeks until he can have surgery. His breathing is fine and he overall seems to be feeling much better and his neuter will solve all of his pain problems. Dr. Mary just wants to make sure he completes his course of antibiotics and is as healthy as possible prior to surgery. If you would like to help this now priceless and precious dog, please consider a donation towards his veterinary bills. We can't wait to meet the puppy we know is trapped inside this hurting body, and we look forward to a few short weeks from now when he will be recovered.

Update (March 12, 2005): Its been a hectic several days here for Mr. Stormy. Stormy was just hanging out Saturday evening and threw up his dinner. We didn't think much of it, because he had had a busy day and gets nervous. He slept all through the night next to our bed without incident. The next morning he wouldn't touch breakfast and threw up again, so I took his temperature. He had a fever, so we wound up taking him to the emergency vet.

He had several x-rays of his lungs and abdomen and lots of bloodwork. He had some pneumonia related to the heartworms coming out of his system and though his heart had some mild enlargement, it is normal for his condition. His abdomen looked fine, but he still acted very painful. His bloodwork had elevated white blood cells consistent for the pneumonia and/or infection, but no problems with his kidneys, liver, or pancreas. We asked about him being an intact male (he's not yet been neutered because of his heartworm treatment) and his prostate, but the vet thought it was up by his stomach.

We followed up with Dr. Mary Welle yesterday and she did a urine sample and a rectal exam and (as we suspected) he has an enlarged and very painful prostate. Bad news, he was in pain, and has to be on antibiotics for at least 4-6 weeks until he can have his neuter surgery. He is now on pain medicine and happy again. Good news is, his body is normal for post heartworm treatment, he will be neutered which will solve the prostate problem eventually, and he is feeling and acting much better now with 4 days of antibiotic and pain medicine on board. Bad news, he is an even more precious dog now, cashing in at around $500-600 dollars pre-neuter. We all get sick, Stormy just doesn't have a health care HMO. We've been lucky with past dogs to avoid complications of intact animals and heartworm treatment, Stormy just happened to have trouble with both. This is why even professional show breeders eventually neuter their beloved dogs. Being intact is a bad thing and can lead to a lot of health problems. We'll be much happier when he is back to being 100% and neutered, so this can't bother him ever again.

Stormy's sponsors: Aileen O'Dea in honor of Nakita and in memory of dear Kobi. Steve Hitz in honor of Dweezel. Lisa Lepic. The Hehns family, in honor of Buddy, a fellow heartworm survivor. Sonia Ravin's continued support in honor of Sabrina and Shadow. Arthur & Joyce Schunk in memory of their beloved female GSD. Christina Givins in memory of their first GSD, Cody. Christopher Miller in honor of Kylie. Rebecca Kuk in memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah. Diane Walsh in honor of Mahi. Jessica B. in memory of Thor. April W. in honor of Morgan. Eden Schuemann

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