2006 Alumni

Jake - Adopted December 2006
Jake
While in rescue: Jake is a senior rescue at the request of another loving rescue who hates to see good, loving, loyal seniors killed because their owners dispose of their old dog. Jake has been such a doll since the very first day, he knew he had it good the second he stepped outside of the pound. A couple baths later and his beautiful, shiny coat glows and he is soaking up the lovin'. Currently set for a retirement of cuddles and snuggles, Jake thanks all those who believed in him, kept him longer that policy states, and loved on him daily until he could make his great escape to home life. Although, he wonders about the "big surgery" at 10 years old, the wandering the streets ladies days are over. His ears have required treatment also. He has been a real trooper. We value all life, especially the lives that have provided endless loyalty, only to be discarded in their golden years. Thank you to the shelter workers that saw past his cloudy eyes and soft gray muzzle, and knew he deserved a quiet, safe, warm spot on the floor in a loving home for however many blessed years we may have with him.

Jake's sponsor: Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD.

Nikki - Adopted December 10, 2006
Nikki
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While in rescue: Nikki is 6 years old and 104 pounds of sweet. This girl is a great house dog. Nikki is loving, protective, easy going and an easy keeper. She is very German Shepherd in that she is reserved when meeting new people initially, but she warms quickly. She has been a pleasure to share a home with and seeks her very own home for the holidays.

Nikki's sponsors: Randall Lauterbach. The Feinberg family.

Alex - Adopted October 2006
Alex
While in rescue: Alex turned 10 weeks old on June 26, 2006. She was a lighter black/tan female. This is a all-happy, all-active puppy that wants to play and squeak her toys. She would run circles around someone who would rub her tummy and give her lovin's.

Alex's sponsors: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir. Cheryl Smith.

Willie - Adopted October 2006
Willie
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While in rescue: Willie, June, and Johnny were owner give ups to a shelter. Owners had a registered un-neutered male and a mostly German Shepherd unspayed female. This is the result of an "unwanted" litter. They gave the pups to a shelter, who only agreed after having the mom and dad spayed and neutered so there would never be more "accidental" litters. These bundles of fluff now seek a loving home that understands that they will grow up. They will need obedience training and consistency and there is an expectation that these pups will be going to forever homes. These pups are not supposed to be adored while they are cute and then dumped at 9 months old when they are rambunctious, big puppies. If you are serious about wanting a loyal German Shepherd in your home and will return a lifetime of loyalty to them, please apply for one of our sweet puppies.

Willie's sponsor: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Veronica Scott in memory of her perfect GSD Dylan.

Molly (renamed Maggie) - Adopted October 2006
Molly
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While in rescue: Molly (renamed Maggie) was a 3 year old black/tan, spayed, female, German Shepherd Dog. This high-drive, playful, toy-driven, loyal girl looked for an adventurous home that would provide many sniffing activities and lots and lots of playtime. Molly lived well with kitties and small dogs, but may have been better with big dogs. Her play drive caused her to smoosh small members of the family with her paws, and they didn't like it. She would never hurt them, just the size difference for play wasn't fair to the little guys.

Molly's sponsors: John and Marla Ewers in honor of Kaiser. Ron & Sheri Jones in memory of their two Shepherds. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Mark & Janet Koonce in honor of Bodie. Kali and Jason McDowell. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Stella Briggs. Joe Moreno

Shelby - Adopted October 2006
Shelby
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While in rescue: Shelby made friends with everyone who met her. At the pound she came from, the volunteers and staff would take her out, play with her, and spend extra special time with her because she was such a special spirit. Her transporter mentioned that the staff cried when she left, because they were so happy she would be safe and not lose her life. They had taught her shake, sit, and other tricks. She was so very loving and playful.

Shelby's sponsors: Gregg and Jane McManus. Paul and Stephanie Tarrant in memory of Katie.

Lexi (renamed Greta) - Adopted September 2006
Lexi
Update February 17, 2007: Greta is a wonderful dog and is doing great.

While in rescue: Lexi is a beautiful and sweet puppy. She wants to play so badly and will hop around excitedly for attention. She has been a wonderful house dog and has done well at night sleeping in the bedroom. We do leave her crated during the day. She will hang out and lay around the house after play and fun when you are working on other things. She loves her humans and is a doll. She has been cowering when you have a firm voice, so we don't know if her previous home was mean to her or not. She may just be a sensitive spirit. She is an active, lovable good puppy who would like to have a stable and permanent home with people who will love her.
Lexi's sponsor: Marveleen James. Would you like to be a sponsor?

June - Adopted September 2006
June
While in rescue: June, Willie, and Johnny were owner give ups to a shelter. Owners had a registered un-neutered male and a mostly German Shepherd unspayed female. This is the result of an "unwanted" litter. They gave the pups to a shelter, who only agreed after having the mom and dad spayed and neutered so there would never be more "accidental" litters. These bundles of fluff now seek a loving home that understands that they will grow up. They will need obedience training and consistency and there is an expectation that these pups will be going to forever homes. These pups are not supposed to be adored while they are cute and then dumped at 9 months old when they are rambunctious, big puppies.

June's sponsors: Nicolle White in loving memory of Princess. Elizabeth McKenna

Johnny - Adopted September 14, 2006
Johnny
While in rescue: Johnny, June and Willie were owner give ups to a shelter. Owners had a registered unneutered male and a mostly German Shepherd unspayed female. This is the result of an "unwanted" litter. They gave the pups to a shelter, who only agreed after having the mom and dad spayed and neutered so there would never be more "accidental" litters. These bundles of fluff now seek a loving home that understands that they will grow up. They will need obedience training and consistency and there is an expectation that these pups will be going to forever homes. These pups are not supposed to be adored while they are cute and then dumped at 9 months old when they are rambunctious, big puppies.

Johnny's sponsor: Nicolle White in honor of Jimmy.

Buddy - adopted by God, August 2006
Buddy
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Buddy's sponsor:
John Stein who generously covered all of Buddy's medical costs.

Hank - Adopted August 5, 2006
Hank
While in rescue: Hank was over 60 lbs and still was a young puppy. His forever home would be prepared for training and caring for the needs and handling of a very large German Shepherd puppy.

Hank's sponsor: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen.

Natalie (renamed Sophie) - Adopted July 29, 2006
Natalie
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While in rescue: Natalie turned 10 weeks old on June 26, 2006. She is a mostly black/tan female. This little angel is a gentle spirit and loves her humans. All she wants is hugs and cuddles. If you are looking for a shadow for a best friend, this little girl will never wander far from her loved ones and cuddles.

Natalie's sponsors: Cheryl Smith. Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir

Dylan (renamed Foxy) - Adopted July 23, 2006
Dylan
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While in rescue: Dylan turned 10 weeks old on June 26, 2006. She was a darker black/tan female. This girl was very smart and protective of her siblings. She loved to play and chew on her squeaky toys.

Dylan's sponsors: Cheryl Smith. Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir

Raven - Adopted December 2005
Raven
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While in rescue: Raven was one of five puppies that were 12-16 weeks old. Applications were collected and screened through Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue and our adoption requirements and protocols as well as the adoption fee was the same. However, this was a collaborative effort with another rescue group and the adoption contracts and requirements for continued care and review was through the private rescue organization. 

Annie  - Adopted January 2006
Annie
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While in rescue: Annie was a stray picked up by animal control. She had a dirty collar with a number on it (possible puppymill dog).  She is a beautiful and very sweet dog that just was looking for a better life, and boy did she find it! Now she has two furry siblings and two very spoiling parents. Thanks to their patience and devotion to rescue, they had successfully completed the pre-approval process and Match-A-Pet application. When a good canidate came up, they came to visit and adopted her. Thank you to her new owners for their patience and thank you to the shelter that respects rescue and aided in a better life for this fuzzy soul.

Shania - Adopted January 7, 2006
Shania
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While in rescue: Shania was a 6 year old, white, spayed, female German Shepherd Dog. Shania had a rough go of it. She was an owner give up at the age of two and came in to rescue small, skinny, and terrified. She was adopted to a single man's home and spoiled rotten for several years. Recently, Shania was brought back to rescue due to changes in her family's dynamics. She was overweight and had to lose several pounds. Her thyroid was not stable, and we had to work on that. She was on thyroid medication, which was very affordable, and was doing well. However, now she was considered a senior and homeless, which meant her adoptability had decreased a lot.

She didn't want to live her life in rescue and had lost her homes twice through no fault of her own. She didn't really like to share her home with other dogs, but was devoted to her owner with her entire heart. She was clean and sweet and would love to spend evenings going for walks and hanging out in the living room. She didn't like to be ignored or left alone for long periods in the backyard. She needed a loving human friend/playmate who wouldn't cast her aside, or ignore her.

Shania's sponsors: Michelle Liberton in honor of Heidi. Kylie (and her mom and dad, Chris and Tricia Miller). Jeanette Andrews. Christina Givins in honor of Reno. April W. in honor of Morgan. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah.

Glory - Retired in 2006
Glory
While in rescue: Glory is an older sable female German Shepherd Dog. She has retired to our rescue home to sleep away the days in comfort and spoiling rather than spending the remainder of her days in a pound. She still has a lot to go through though. Glory doesn't just have just homelessness against her-- the old girl arrived at the shelter being heartworm positive, having hip dysplasia, and is an epileptic. Quite possibly, her family dumped her due to her illnesses.

Many folks choose to dump their pet when serious illness is found rather than treating them or choosing the difficult option of euthanasia.

Right now, our top priority is stabilizing her epilepsy and getting her phenobarb levels stabilized. Once that is done, our vet will consider treating her for her heartworm, and we are setting her up for treatments for her hip pain. Currnently, she is perfectly happy to lay around the house our outside in the screened in porch.

She has made friends with all of the household pets and the household child. Our little boy likes to tickle the pets and hug them to make them all better. He is very happy to sit and watch TV with them also. Glory was quite interested in VeggieTales! It was the first time she perked up in days! She has settled in well and we hope that her medical treatment continues in a positive direction.

Glory is alive today due to a couple very caring volunteers at a humane society and a very understanding veterinarian who let her camp out until she could be adopted or taken in by rescue. Glory is not the only dog to retire to rescue. Shadow, who is now 15, was retired when she was eight. Sabrina who came in at 10yrs old, was with us until she was 13 yrs old and taken by cancer. Rebel passed away in rescue of old age. When it is possible, we are dedicated to seniors spending their golden years in safety and love.

Being killed by some stranger after spending your last days in concrete and chain link just has no justice. We will continue to help where we can, we thank those at the shelters who share the value of all life.

December 14, 2005A big thank you for everyone who donated to Glory's heartworm treatment. She is now spayed and ready for a new home.

Details: Glory completed her heartworm treatment and has been cleared through multiple blood tests. She was spayed finally and is finally the household medically stable pet she should've been able to be her whole life rather than undergoing all of these procedures and treatments in her golden years. The good news is the veterinarian has been unable to find any indication of hip dysplasia as previously thought, the unstable walk and laying around was more likely due to painful infection and exhaustion due to heartworm and pain.

December 22, 2005
Glory now has had seizures after being off her phenobarb which means she does need medication the rest of her life, which will hopefully be long and happy.

Glory's sponsors: Dolores Hughes in honor of Bailee and Mikey. Betty, Edward, & Ashli Chapman in memory of Molli-Girl. Eden Roy. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir. Cheryl Smith in memory of Rommel and in honor of Big John. Lonny & Mary Hymes in loving memory of their German Shepherd Dusty who is running & playing in Heaven. Penny & Mike Hart in honor of their beloved Sheeba who passed away in 2003. Eric Blum in honor of Harley (a football fan). Kylie (and her mom and dad, Chris and Tricia Miller). John Stein's generous support of Glory's heartworm treatment. Jeanette Andrews' continued support of Glory. Christina Givins in honor of Reno. Sharon Brown's continued support of Glory in memory of Burl. Anjali Purkayastha. Mike & Nicolle White in memory of their beloved, sable Shepherd named Princess. Maureen Berk. Patricia Thomas in memory of Kelly who survived heartworm treatment at the age of 9 (when Patricia adopted her) and lived for four more glorious years. Judith Trego in memory of Beckett. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah. Eric Andrews. Caryn Andrews in memory of Rocky

Charlie (renamed Skyler) - Adopted July 12, 2006
Charlie
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While in rescue: Charlie turned 10 weeks old on June 26, 2006. He was a fawn/black male This little guy was an extroverted little smart critter.

Charlie's sponsors: Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir. Cheryl Smith.

Kato - Adopted July 7, 2006
Kato
While in rescue: Kato was a neutered, male, 2-3 year old sable German Shepherd Dog. He was a gorgeous, huge, well behaved, boy. This was a handsome hunk you'd be proud to walk down the street. Kato being a sizable dog, needed the muscle involved in holding and training a large German Shepherd. He knew many of his commands and was a generally fantastic dog. Kato had to go to a home willing to train, exercise, and care for the physical and mental needs of an intelligent and large male German Shepherd. Home requirements: cuddles, training, good food and lots of it, exercise, TLC, good vacuum, good brush, large couch.

Kato's sponsor: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen.

Daisy - Adopted July 6, 2006
Daisy
While in rescue: Daisy was a 16 week old, spayed, female, mostly black with tan, German Shepherd Dog. Daisy was a sweet and smart female. She was outgoing and likes to play and check things out. She was found with Lily as a stray.

Daisy's sponsors: Michael & Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir.

Lily - Adopted July 3, 2006
Lily
While in rescue: Lily was a 16 week old, spayed, female, black/tan German Shepherd Dog. Lily was a loving and snugly female that liked to play and cuddle. She was found with Daisy as a stray.

Lily's sponsors: Michael & Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir.

Gus - Adopted June 21, 2006
Gus
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While in rescue: Gus was a 1 1/2 to 2 year old, large, neutered, black/tan, male, German Shepherd Dog. He was very, very skinny, but was eating like a piggy. He would probably top out around 115 pounds when he filled out. He had a sunny and fun personality and liked to play catch. He was very puppy though and would take a strong arm to hold him and a patient and committed person to take him to training classes. This size of German Shepherd is not for the faint of heart when it comes to training. He would have to be well behaved to have a pleasant life. He was such a doll.

Gus's sponsors: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Mark & Janet Koonce in honor of Bodie.

King - Adopted June 4, 2006
King
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While in rescue: King was a sable, neutered, male, German Shepherd Dog that was around 5-6 years old. He was found as a stray and incarcerated in doggie jail. He gained a reprieve due to his excellent personality. He got along with everyone, rods well in a car, and was a generally passive and easy going guy.

King's sponsors: Eric Andrews. Larry Wilson in memory of Hruska. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah. Shaila Simmons in memory of her beloved Donner. Michael and Sherry Eckert in memory of Ezekial and Lechariah. Shari Meserve. Laurie Jenssen.

Autumn (renamed Max) - Adopted March 16, 2006
Autumn
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While in rescue: Autumn was a 14 month old, black/tan, spayed, female German Shepherd Dog. At 71 pounds, this girl was big. She was quite stunning and very sweet. Autumn had gotten along with everyone and did really fantastic at the vet's office (she made lots of friends). Autumn was an owner give up. Apparently her owner wanted to get a different dog. Autumn wanted it known that she is not disposable. She was an absolute doll and deserved a good family that would value her as an individual life that deserved love and dignity.

Autumn's sponsors: Steve Hitz in memory of Marah and Gretchen. Mark & Janet Koonce in honor of Bodie.

Jesse (renamed Dallas) - Adoped March 11, 2006
Jesse
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While in rescue: Jesse was a 2 year old, black/tan, neutered, male German Shepherd Dog. This sweetheart of a boy just got along with everybody and everything. He had been through a lot. He was picked up as a stray and put into the animal control's "general population pen" (Many dogs together). He was jumped by the other dogs and injured pretty badly. He was taken to an animal hospital where it was discovered that he was heartworm positive. Lucky for him, there was a local foundation that helped pay for health care in strays. Because of this, he was able to stay at the animal hospital rather than go back to the pound.

Jesse's sponsors: Valerie Twombly. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD.

Kahlua - Adopted March 5, 2006
Kahlua
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While in rescue: Kahlua was a 2 year old, spayed female, German Shepherd Dog with AKC papers. Kahlua was mostly black with tan.

With love of many purebred dogs and the general passion of the AKC for "those with the love of purebred dogs," we do believe in and support the responsible devotion to the breed. This means the showing and breeding of top quality purebred animals. Most of these animals live lives that are better than our own. However, this dog is another disappointment of a renowned "breeder" in the United States. This "breeder" gave us no response after finding out Kahlua was spayed. This is irresponsible and proves that this "breeder" believes their dogs are disposable.

As president of this rescue, I have heard the old, "if we took all our dogs back, we would have to have room for hundreds or thousands". I feel this is just stupid. Rescues like this one are expected to take any of our own adopted dogs back if ever a need arises. Why should these irresponsible breeders expect us to take back their dogs too? Why should we have to pay for their irresponsible behavior?

This little girl was sold for over $2000. Multiply that times several litters and I'd say they should create room for one of their discarded dogs.

The name of the kennel will not be named on the chance there is an error, but the CIGSDR President is happy to share the kennel and breeder names with AKC or other show breeders should they be concerned with this practice and may want to question their colleague about such irresponsible behavior. This was a particular disappointment, because over the years this name has produced many quality lines in the show world.

Anyway, this young girl fell victim to a generally German Shepherd ignorant home and family illness. She was a beautiful dog and very sweet. She was nice to all the animals and had done very well in her foster home.

Kahlua's sponsors:
Kali and Jason McDowell.

Fonzie - Adopted February 2006
Fonzie
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While in rescue: Fonzie was a 10 month old, neutered male, sable German Shepherd Dog. He was 70 pounds of puppy. Fonzie had his AKC papers and breeder information. Unfortunately his parents were not overly impressive and the breeder offered no help or interest in the fact that Fonzie was dumped at a pound and made his way into rescue. The breeder never contacted us again after our initial call to her, so we must assume that she isn't a quality German Shepherd breeder. However, Fonzie, despite being dumped by his owner and forgotten by the person who brought him into this world, was very sweet.

Fonzie's sponsors: John Stein. Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir. Eden Roy. Cheryl Smith in memory of Rommel and in honor of Big John. Susann Laird in loving memory of Jake. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen and in honor of Dweezel & Heidi.

Lil Princess - Adopted February 2006
Princess
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While in rescue: Lil' Princess was a spayed, female, 4 year old White American Eskimo Dog. She was saved as a puppy by our group out of a shelter. She was transported to American Eskimo Rescue where she was adopted out. We were called recently by a pound where she had been picked up as a stray. We had her paperwork from Eskimo Rescue and we were able to figure out that she had been adopted out, given away 2 years later to an unknown party, and apparently they dumped her. Thank goodness for the AVID microchip which was able to trace her back to us where we could put a hold on her. We droves hours to pick her up after she had already run out of time! Now, she is resting comfortably at home, very happy, extremely sweet and pretty much a perfect companion.

Lil' Princess was housetrained, well-behaved, and an absolute love. You can understand why rescue gets jaded about humans occasionally. We want to make sure this never happens to her again, otherwise, she's welcome on our couch the rest of her life to make sure she is never put through this ridiculous situation again.

Lil' Princess's sponsors: Nicolle White in memory of our Princess that passed on in June 2005. Michael and Sherry Eckert in honor of Noir.

Betsy - Adopted January 2006
Betsy
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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. Betsy is 2-3 years old with heavy scarring to her teats (lots of babies). She is very outgoing and so far hasn't met anyone (since she's been away from her bad owner) that she doesn't like. She gives hugs and kisses and wags her tail constantly. She seeks a loving home where she will never have babies again and she will be the center of attention.

Betsy's sponsors: Eden Roy. Cheryl Smith in memory of Rommel and in honor of Big John. Lonny & Mary Hymes in honor of their loving Shepherd Bucky who has them wrapped around her paws! Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah and Gretchen. Jeanette Andrews continued support of Betsy. John Stein. Knight, from one Shepherd to another. Michael and Sherry Eckert in memory of Ezekial and Lechariah. Kooper & Leiah in memory of Bridgett & Boner

Cubby - Adopted January 2006
Cubby
While in rescue: Cubby was a black/red, shorter hair, neutered, male German Shepherd Dog. He was about 1 year old and a real sweetheart. He made friends with all of the vet clinic girls. He just wagged his tail at the sound of our 2 year old human. He was dumped at a shelter by his owner without explanation. He had gotten along with pretty much all the fur kids he had met and was very easy going. He let the vet do practically anything to him without protest, and he snuggled anyone who was willing.

Cubby's sponsors: The Fergusons in memory of Sam. Eden Roy. Cheryl Smith in memory of Rommel and in honor of Big John. Lonny & Mary Hymes in loving memory of their German Shepherd Dusty who is running & playing in Heaven. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen and in honor of Dweezel & Heidi. Continued support from Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. The Hyett family.

Puppies - All adopted as of January 2006
Puppies
While in rescue: There are five puppies that were 12-16 weeks old. Applications were collected and screened through Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue and our adoption requirements and protocols as well as the adoption fee was the same. However, this was a collaborative effort with another rescue group and the adoption contracts and requirements for continued care and review was through the private rescue organization.

Bodie (1 of the 5 pups!) - Adopted December 2005
Bodie
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While in rescue: Bodie was one of five puppies that were 12-16 weeks old. Applications were collected and screened through Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue and our adoption requirements and protocols as well as the adoption fee was the same. However, this was a collaborative effort with another rescue group and the adoption contracts and requirements for continued care and review was through the private rescue organization. 

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