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Tyson - Adopted July 2008
Tyson
While in rescue: Tyson is a pound puppy that hoped for a better life when he was pulled from a shelter. However, he was discovered to be heartworm positive on his first exam. He now looks forward to two painful spinal injections and weeks of confinement to undergo heartworm treatment. He is unaltered, so he will have to wait months until he is medically cleared for surgery before he can move into a new loving family and home.

Update February 23, 2008
Tyson's heartworm microfilaria test was negative!! He is now on standard heartworm preventative tablets. The earliest we can test him again for antigen would be the beginning of April. If he is negative that early, he could be ready by mid April to go home. If he is still positive, we will have to retest each month until we finally get a negative result, prior to having his neuter surgery.

Tyson's sponsors: Jennifer Jacobs. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of Elsa & Oscar the GSD. Michelle Hartnagel. Susie Crawford. Rachel. Mary Schmack in memory of Madchen. Jonathan Eye. Koleen Starkey. John & Marla Ewers continue to sponsor Tyson in honor of Kaiser. Lois Hall in memory of Harley & Dusty. Rick & Nicole Ramos. The Murray Family in memory of Max. Philip Starr. Debra Cicchella in honor of Samantha. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Kircher family in honor of Henry. Arnold/Horn family in honor of their foster doggies. Tricia, Chris and their GSD Kylie. Mark & Janet Koonce in honor of Bodie and Gracie. John & Marla Ewers in honor of Kaiser. Patti Feldy in honor of Thelma & Louise. Jinna Bensley in honor of Stormy. Rachel Clark.

Trey - Adopted July 2008
Trey
While in rescue: This big guy has been through a lot. He was owned by a twenty something that left him chained outside. Trey had broken off the chain several times and was eventually in an accident that cost him his front leg. He was then dumped on the owner's mother and stepdad, and, after they could not care for him (due to their own bunch of dogs and the stepdad leaving the home), Trey wound up at the pound as a stray. He is an impressive 98 lbs without a leg and gets around very well. He is very sweet and loves to cuddle, but still needs an owner with some muscle to walk him. He is a very strong and healthy boy! If you'd like to give Trey a home, fill out an application. Keep in mind that all dogs are born with three legs and a spare!

Trey's sponsors: Robert Leben. Kelly Vitton. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of Elsa & Oscar the GSD. Joannie Vriner in honor of Milo & Reni. Mary Schmack in memory of Scraps, Skeeter & Shadow. Arnold /Horn family in honor of their foster doggies. Tricia, Chris and their GSD Kylie. John & Marla Ewers in honor of Kaiser. Aileen O'Dea in in honor of Nakita and in memory of dear Kobi. Cheryl Smith in honor of King. Maria Noack. Donna Frederick. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Mark & Janet Koonce in loving memory of Sammie.

Sassy- Adopted in 2008
Sassy

While in rescue: Two days before a bank foreclosure we were contacted by the property caretaker about a famiy of GSD's left inside this very large auction barn. The mom had been bred on purpose for sale of the puppies. Two of the pups sold when they were young, the remaining 4 were left to this fate. Mom at one time had been a loved house dog as she adapted readily to home life again. The puppies have known no one but the caretaker who would bring them food when he could, and their mommy. Their home was a barn area about the size of a football field with concrete, dust, and dirt. There was at least every bit if feces over their entire lifetime in that area, some shoveled into piles. The size of the area was their saving grace to be clean. They had no medical care in their life, no socialization, and no training or human love. Their dad apparently went with the spouse after a divorce. Mom and the pups were banished to the warehouse.

Sassy is a little more of a thinker than her sister and needs time to adjust to changes. Slow, steady changes and movements have allowed her to gain a bit more confidence. Still not quite ready to go to a new home, this little girl is working hard to trust and work through her anxiety. A beautiful and very, very sweet dog. Steady and consistent work is the prescription for adaptation. Without a mean bone in her body, our big concern is to relieve her fear and anxiety and teach her that humans can be nice too. We can pet and hug her, but she still isn't sure if humans are worth loving back yet and she is often shaking and very scared, but has offered no more than paralyzed, shaking fear as a response and has never even offered a curled lip. She has just been a sweetheart and we hold great hope for a recovery into a confident and loving dog.

Sassy's sponsors: Jennifer Moeller in loving memory of Harley and Cheyenne who are both deeply missed. Kelly Vitton. Chris & Tricia Miller in honor of Kylie. Joannie Vriner in honor of Milo & Reni. Karla Kreklow in memory of dear Anja. Debra Cicchella in honor of Samantha. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD.

Tarzan - Adopted March 1, 2008
Tarzan
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While in rescue: Tarzan is a crazy wild, but very intelligent puppy. He has a lot of pent up energy and not a lot of training. He has enjoyed romping around the yard wrestling with other doggie friends and learns quickly. As a puppy, he seems to forget just as quickly. A patient home with areas to exercise and willing to train will be his ideal.

Mama Jade - Adopted March 2008
Mama Jade 
While in rescue: Two days before a bank foreclosure we were contacted by the property caretaker about a famiy of GSD's left inside this very large auction barn. The mom had been bred on purpose for sale of the puppies. Two of the pups sold when they were young, the remaining 4 were left to this fate. Mom at one time had been a loved house dog as she adapted readily to home life again. The puppies have known no one but the caretaker who would bring them food when he could, and their mommy. Their home was a barn area about the size of a football field with concrete, dust, and dirt. There was at least every bit if feces over their entire lifetime in that area, some shoveled into piles. The size of the area was their saving grace to be clean. They had no medical care in their life, no socialization, and no training or human love. Their dad apparently went with the spouse after a divorce. Mom and the pups were banished to the warehouse.

Mama Jade had to have been a very loved house dog at one time, because she fit right in on arrival home. She is outgoing and friendly and playful and just a bundle of joy. She has had 4 of her 6 children with her since their birth for 13 months now! I think she is ready for her own time now to be a spoiled and loved dog again. Her banishment to an abandoned warehouse has not spoiled her great personality and she can't wait for fun and love in a new forever, loving home. If you are looking for a fun-loving bundle of happy dog, apply for Mama Jade.

Mama Jade's sponsors: Shawn Ryan. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Karla Kreklow in memory of dear Anja. Debra Cicchella in honor of Samantha.

Lizzie - Adopted February 23, 2008
Lizzie
While in rescue: Lizzie (previously Gala) was our little radar puppy. She was adopted at 5 months old and everything seemed to go fine. We received a call a few months later from a girlfriend. We returned the call twice without a return call. Then, we received a call from an animal control that Lizzie was in the pound. We called the owner and he said she got out after an ice storm knocked down part of his fence. Then he said he had given her away to two farms, and she didn't work out (breech of contract).

We REQUIRE that our dogs be returned to us if for any reason the adopter can no longer keep their pet. This is for the life of the dog.

So, we made arrangements to return her to us. She is finally home with a suspicious medical history involving a poorly documented broken leg. She is a bit sore in her hind end, so she is receiving a complete workup to determine if she will require surgery. We have no idea what happened in 1 year and 2 months. We are getting vague answers and facing a very reluctant veterinarian who still has not released the previous medical records (highly unusual).

We take this very seriously as we try to promise our babies that they will get a good home after living through hell to wind up in rescue to begin with. Our fury is unexplainable when an adopter screws up. We will do everything we can to fix whatever they have done, and we will have updates as her condition information becomes more clera. Lizzie will need a loving home of her very own (that will not be stupid) following this new ordeal.

If you love dogs and have a soft caring soul and think you could love Lizzie (Gala) please let us know.

Update April 2, 2007
Lizzie was positive for Ehrlichiosis on her exam. It is a tick borne disease usually found in the south and Lizzie had been living in Southern Missouri.

Lizzie must take several weeks of antibiotics to try to rid her body of the illness. She is not showing any signs or symptoms, but it was caught with a routine heartworm antigen screening test that also screens for this condition.

She runs and plays and dances around without any pain or problems. We also did receive the x-rays from the former veterinarian and she has confirmed the beginning of hip dysplasia. Again, Lizzie is showing no signs or symptoms. She runs and plays and dances around without any pain or problems.

Our veterinarian gave us a packet to be sent home with Lizzie's new family (whomever that may be) explaining management and care. Most likely Lizzie will have some arthritis in the future, but with proper diet, exercise and her weight staying very lean, we all hope she can live a fairly normal life.

Surgery is a final option, not a first line therapy and she is no where near needing any types of intervention at this time except, of course, her need for a loving home.

Update January 12, 2008
Lizzie had her re-check at the veterinarian and was Erlichia Negative!!!! Finally, some good news.

Lizzie's sponsors: Kathie Enserin in honor of Lady Kate. Ivan Manley. John & Marla Ewers in honor of Kaiser. Tony & Rebecca Rose. Tricia, Chris and their GSD Kylie. Caryn Andrews in memory of Rocky. Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Ruth Garrett. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Cheryl Smith in honor of King. Mark & Janet Koonce in honor of Bodie & Sammie. The Arnold/Horn family in honor of their foster fur-babies.

Luke - Adopted January 2008
Luke

While in rescue: Two days before a bank foreclosure we were contacted by the property caretaker about a famiy of GSD's left inside this very large auction barn. The mom had been bred on purpose for sale of the puppies. Two of the pups sold when they were young, the remaining 4 were left to this fate. Mom at one time had been a loved house dog as she adapted readily to home life again. The puppies have known no one but the caretaker who would bring them food when he could, and their mommy. Their home was a barn area about the size of a football field with concrete, dust, and dirt. There was at least every bit if feces over their entire lifetime in that area, some shoveled into piles. The size of the area was their saving grace to be clean. They had no medical care in their life, no socialization, and no training or human love. Their dad apparently went with the spouse after a divorce. Mom and the pups were banished to the warehouse.

Cool hand Luke has been the friendliest and most outgoing, like his mother. He still needs lots of leash training and basic training. He jumps up for snuggles and wants to play every day, just full of happy energy. He still needs more socialization and training and is a very smart (and thinking) German Shepherd. He really needs a family with extensive German Shepherd experience to get the needed training done appropriately to avoid accidental training mistakes that new pet owners often make. He needs to be respected as he has had the same background as the other pups and has missed some of the socialization and skill training of a normal puppy. His personality may make you forget that and try training that he wouldn't be ready for yet. He is still being worked with, but his positive outlook on life, could allow him to go to the right new home at this time, as the one on one work may allow him to prosper faster than he might with the shared attentions he gets while in rescue. If you would like a super handsome, very intelligent German Shepherd and have the time, energy, experience and skills to spend with this young dog. Please apply for Luke.

Luke's sponsors: Joannie Vriner in honor of Milo & Reni. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Susan Klein. Margaret Campo.

Malachi - Adopted January 2008
Malachi 
While in rescue:
June 2007
The hardest thing that rescuers have to do is pass their kids onto other human beings to care for after rehabilitating them from previous situations. The worst nightmare is when the dog returns home in worse condition.

Malachi was a huge and strong boy that was full of life when he was adopted over 3 yrs ago. Despite 2 veterinary letters of recommendation, and very positive follow up communication, we received a phone call from a pound.

We drove over an hour to pick up our furkid that was spared from death only because his AVID microchip linked him back to us. If we had seen him on a random visit to the pound, we never would have guessed who he was. Dirty, skinny, and hairless, our poor guy was pathetic after being picked up at a large retailer's dumpster.

The good news is that after 2 weeks of TLC from his friendly primary care veterinarian and home snuggles, he has healthy skin, peach fuzz growing back all over him, and weight gain. He is in great spirits and still very snuggly and loving. We are all just glad he is home. He still has several baths and a lot of home cooking needed until he gets back to the bushy fuzzball that he once was.

October 2007:
Malachi is doing wonderfully and has his massive tail back!!! He even had to have his food cut back to normal rations due to his weight being back to normal and headed towards comfortably well nourished! He is a loving, sweet boy and can't wait to have a home of his own who will love him the rest of his life. He runs out every morning and gets his snuggle in first before he potties. He generally keeps to himself, even with the other dogs about. He has done very well. As a younger man he got a little ornery with the young males, but just ignores them now.

We think he'd love a home of his own or maybe another calm female, just because we think he and another young dog would get frustrated with each other. The young dog would want to play and he would want to be left alone. He doesn't mind them, he just doesn't engage. He used to chase kitties, but we haven't seen too much interest here now, but we do keep it in mind, so we are unsure as to how to mark him for kitty cats. A lot changes in 4 years from young male dog to older male! If you have a soft place in the living room and cuddles to spare, consider a sweetheart gentleman for your new companion and apply for Malachi.

Malachi's sponsors: Mary Schmack in memory of Brandy & Beamer. Vickey Hollingsworth in memory of Scout. Michelle Crowther. John & Marla Ewers continue to sponsor Malachi in honor of Kaiser. Brandi, Cody, & Kaden. Diane Walsh. Tricia, Chris and their GSD Kylie. Sarah Greene. Elizabeth Caldwell in honor of Thunder. Steve Hitz in memory of Marah & Gretchen. Joannie Vriner. Ashley Bowermaster. Cheryl Smith in honor of King. John & Marla Ewers in honor of Kaiser. Aileen O'Dea in in honor of Nakita and in memory of dear Kobi. Mike & Nicolle White in honor of Jimmy.

Sweet Pea - Adopted January 18, 2008
Sweet Pea
While in rescue: Two days before a bank foreclosure we were contacted by the property caretaker about a famiy of GSD's left inside this very large auction barn. The mom had been bred on purpose for sale of the puppies. Two of the pups sold when they were young, the remaining 4 were left to this fate. Mom at one time had been a loved house dog as she adapted readily to home life again. The puppies have known no one but the caretaker who would bring them food when he could, and their mommy. Their home was a barn area about the size of a football field with concrete, dust, and dirt. There was at least every bit if feces over their entire lifetime in that area, some shoveled into piles. The size of the area was their saving grace to be clean. They had no medical care in their life, no socialization, and no training or human love. Their dad apparently went with the spouse after a divorce. Mom and the pups were banished to the warehouse.

Sweet Pea is the sweetest of the bunch. She is very scared and still working (but improving rapidly) on her leash walking. She readily accepts pets and cuddles and does really well with children. She has been fine around the other animals. She just needs a patient, quiet, gentle, loving home that can introduce her to the kinder, more loving side of humans. We have no doubt she will return your love ten fold once she learns trust and safety. While she far from being complete"rehabilitated", she is eating well, spayed, clean, and would probably flourish better in her very own home now, rather than have the shared attentions of many other dogs.

Sweet Pea's sponsors: Rebecca Kuk in loving memory of her beloved Oscar the GSD. Susan Klein. Debra Cicchella in honor of Samantha.

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