Double The Fun

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Would you look at that??

Hey, would you look at that??

 

 

It is a universally acknowledged fact that a DOG IS FUN.  So it follows that two dogs must be TWICE AS MUCH FUN.  Or perhaps in this case the ‘whole’ is greater than the sum of the parts, so——-.  Well, we have just that very situation in the Thulani Program with Bear T. and Dakota T.  They are longcoat German Shepherd mixes, they are brothers, they are characters, they are loveable, and they are FUN2.

They were both rescued from the Lancaster, CA shelter out in the Mojave Desert.  Both were filthy, matted, and covered with foxtails, so shaving them was the only option.  They are cleaner, cooler, and much happier today.

Bear T. before

Bear T. before

Dakota T (before)

Dakota T (before)

They get along great together, interacting at times, and doing their own thing at others.  They love people contact and to be snuggled.  When one has cornered a human and is getting attention, the other will run over immediately to push his way into the act.  They are leaners, and with as large as they are, you know it when you get leaned on.  I have not had one climb into my lap yet, thankfully.  They both follow me around the yard as I go about my chores.  They are absolutely wonderful companions.

Bear_Dakota_happy40345Bear_Dakota_cross40343Bear (the all black) loves to play ball—he will chase it, bring it to you, drop it in front of you , and step back, staring at it.  If you do not pick it up quickly enough, he will pick it up, drop it closer to you, and again step back.  He plays a very smart game of ball.  Dakota, on the other hand, could care less about balls—as if to say “if you want to have someone chase a ball, go talk to my brother”.  Both dogs love to go for walks, and to ride in cars.  They have been totally at ease with other dogs they have met, and both ignored the horses I walked them by.  But people, they will go up to immediately to see if they can extract some cuddles.  They are both healthy with just some old-age stiffness.

Bear and Dakota are in our Thulani Program because of their age (about 10 years old).  As such, we are looking for a forever home for them and we will pay all medical expenses for the rest of their lives.  They are a bonded pair and we really want to place them together.  However, if we cannot find a family who will take both, we will place them separately, although that is not our preferred outcome.  Please consider providing a home for these wonderful boys.  Contact Bob at  thulanidogs@gsrnc.org   .

Tito T.: Oh What A Wonderful New Life

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Tito looking back at his former life

Tito looking back at his former life

 

Tito's new life

Tito’s new life

Tito T. was dumped at the shelter by his owners because they said “he had a stroke two days ago” and requested he be PTS.  They better hope that when they get sick, whoever is looking out for them is more savvy than they were about Tito.

Because, as it turns out, he did not have a stroke, he had a bout of old dog vestibular disease–an episode that looks awful, with the dog unable to get up, rolling its eyes, head tilting, etc.  Typically, four days later, with no treatment except quiet, the dog is mostly back to normal–in Tito’s case, he was still a bit wobbly on his feet at first, and he has a slight head tilt.  Most dogs live a perfectly normal life following one of these episodes–one of ours lived for 2.5 more years even though she was already 12 when it happened.

Clear Lake camping

Clear Lake camping

So Tito lucked out because the Miracle GSD Network recognized his plight and came to his rescue.  They bailed him out of the shelter, tended to his medical needs, fostered him, and took care of him until he could be passed along to the Thulani Program of German Shepherd Recue of Northern California.

Being the terrific dog that he is, he was snapped up very quickly by Morris and Jackie, who brought him into their home and pack, and introduced him to a fantastic life, the likes of which I am sure he never before experienced.

Wow, this is great

Wow, this is great

 

Chillin

Chillin

 

Man, am I bushed

Man, am I bushed

He lives in the Sierran foothills with his two fur sibs, that is of course when he is not out exploring the wonders of the beautiful western US.  He now knows about camping (wahoo!!!), Clear Lake, the beach, long hikes in the woods, the companionship of his fur pack, and the loving attention of his human family.

Enjoy the pictures of his adventures.

Niurka T.: And Yet Another Desert Longcoat

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Niurka T.

Niurka T.

Niurka is happy, happy, happy.  She is also waggy, waggy waggy.  And because she weighs 107 lbs, when she is happy, it feels like a genuine California earthquake.  Niurka is Russian for mink, although I hope I never meet a mink her size.

Niurka T. is another longcoat German Shepherd rescued from the same Lancaster shelter that longcoats Bear T. and Dakota T. came from.  The three of them coming out of the shelter looked like a stampeding herd of wooly mammoths—not something you might expect to see in the Mojave Desert.  But there they were.  Fortunately, Niurka was well groomed and had been well taken care of (except for being over-fed which I’m sure was done out of love), unlike the other two mammoths.

Dakota T. and Niurka T.

Dakota T. and Niurka T.

Niurka loves to go for walks, and loves to be with her people.  She has been great with every person she has met and she is fine with some dogs (see pic of her and Dakota T) but can be snarky with some other dogs.  Although she is 10.5 years old, she will make someone a wonderful walking companion.

Dakota T.: The Other Desert Longcoat

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Dakota T. before

Dakota T. before

 

Dakota T. and Niurka T.

Dakota T. and Niurka T.

Dakota T. is a large bicolor, longcoat German Shepherd and one of the softest GSDs I have ever met.  He patiently waits to find out what you want him to do, unlike his brother Bear T. who will push to get by you and do what he wants to do.  He walks well on the lead, although he will often lean up against you or stick his head between your legs, and just stand there.  Dakota badly needed a bath when I got him so I stripped down and took him into the shower with me.  For most dogs, this maneuver usually ends up as a WWF  heavyweight match, but Dakota simply walked into the shower with me and stood quietly while I wetted him down.  He continued to stand quietly with his head in my lap as I lathered him all over, touching and manipulating ever part of his anatomy.  For the rinse, he eventually just lay down on the floor of the shower.  At the end, he strolled in a stately manner out of the shower to the front yard, where he proceeded to drench everything within 50 feet of him.  Then he came up and leaned on me for attention.

Dakota T. and his likely littermate Bear T. (another longcoat) came from the Lancaster Shelter out in the Mojave Desert.  Two weeks ago, they were longcoats, but today they look like newly shorn sheep.  Both dogs looked like they had never been brushed or groomed, and had deeply and pervasively matted coats filled with unbelievable loads of foxtails.  The groomers gave up trying to groom them and just ended up shaving them almost completely.  Since both have droopy ears, they now look more like Afghans than GSDs.

But through it all, Dakota has been an absolute love, one that will make someone a fantastic gentle companion—a very large fantastic gentle companion.

Bear T.: The Desert Longcoat

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Bear T.

Bear T.

Bear T. loves to play ball—and he does it in a very smart fashion.  If you throw a ball for him, he will chase after it, pick it up, run back to you, and drop it just in front of you.  He then backs up a step or two and stares at the ball, waiting for something good to happen (like when you pick up the ball and throw it again).

Bear T. before

Bear T. before

Bear T. and his likely littermate Dakota T. (another longcoat) came from the Lancaster Shelter out in the Mojave Desert.  Two weeks ago, they were longcoats, but today they look like newly shorn sheep.  Both dogs looked like they had never been brushed or groomed, and had deeply and pervasively matted coats filled with unbelievable loads of foxtails.  The groomers gave up trying to groom them and just ended up shaving them almost completely.  Since both have droopy ears, they now look more like Afghans than GSDs.

Bear ProfileBut through it all, Bear is an absolute love, one that will make someone a fantastic companion—a very large fantastic companion.

Eulogy For Nate T.

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My Natey

My Natey

IMGP6442Turning one's dog in to the shelter because "it got too old" is appalling
enough but letting your senior dog wander the streets to fend for himself,
to not even look for him at the pound is repulsive.  Nate, a frail older
dog, was found by Animal Control stumbling down the streets of Los Angeles,
alone, hungry, and with many medical problems.  The shelter did what they
could.  Thulani stepped in, a nurturing foster mom opened her home to him
where he was given home cooked meals, trips to the doggie park, stuffed
animals, and, of course, more love than he had ever known.  He relished the
attention and faced his obstacles with courage and determination in true
German Shepherd fashion.  Sadly, Nate, our beautiful hero, passed, cradled
in the loving arms of his foster mom.  He made his journey over the Rainbow
Bridge where he is undoubtedly running fast and free.
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Toys were his favorites

Toys were his favorites

Really favorites

Really favorites

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Jack T. Has Definitely Found His Home

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Where's that boiled chicken?

Where’s that boiled chicken?

We wanted to let you know that Jack is doing superbly. He maneuvers around the house and now also the yard with the greatest of ease. Because of his severe arthritis, Robert put up a 6-foot ramp (with a minimal grade) on the brick walk going to the wooden deck, so now Jack doesn't have to use the two front steps. This gives him a more relaxed ability to come and go from the house to the outside. And because of his blindness, we draped quilts around the coffee tables and the pool table, so if and when he does bump his nose or head, it's not going to hurt as much now that it's padded. 

The other day while we were sitting in the living room with the windows open, he heard our next door neighbor making noise near the fence so he lifted his head and woofed at her. It was a quiet, non-threatening subdued woof, but both Robert and I looked at each other to see the other's reaction, because this was the first time we'd heard him and we started to laugh just like new parents hearing their baby saying "Dada" or "Mama" for the first time. Yes, we are being silly, but we are having so much fun with Jack and proud of his efforts to acclimate into our home. He sleeps thru the night, he's eating well, he shows us he is happy and has been no trouble at all.
Life is good!

Life is good!

We took Jack to our daughter's home in Martinez last weekend to visit and meet the family. They have an 11 year old dog too, and her name is Daisy. The two dogs truly enjoyed each other's company, and it was at their house that we discovered just how much Jack preferred the Nutro Diet Dogfood for Seniors, because he was eating Daisy's dogfood. At first we thought he was doing it to piss off Daisy, so when we got home we served him some of the Nutro Diet Dogfood that we had leftover from our previous dog, and Jack really does like it. He likes it so much so he eats this brand of dogfood without it requiring doctoring up with chicken broth. He's still getting his special chicken bits that I cook up for him, and we still give him the broth mixed with the Kirkland Dry Dogfood for breakfast. Yes, we are spoiling him, but he gives us so much love and joy, we can't help ourselves.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE LOVING OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN OUR HOME TO ANOTHER SPECIAL DOG.

Barb & Robert McLeod

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How To Spend A Summer’s Day

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Cal

Cal

A warm day, my buddy Cole, and a squirt gun–it just can’t get any better than that.  Check out the video of Cal and Cole.

 

http://youtu.be/gddZWgZFzQY

Caleb T: A Thulani Dog That Doesn’t Know It

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Cal

Cal

Caleb T. is a senior German Shepherd rescued by the Thulani Program from the Downey Shelter in southern California. The shelter estimated his age at 10 years but we think he probably is a few years younger than that.

Caleb is an energetic and active dog who gets very excited about meals, walks, and human interactions. When he first arrived, he was shy yet warmed up quickly.  He has done very well with the male and female GSDs at my house, very interested in playing but respectful. During the day, he plays with the two other GSD he has been living with and will then sleep on his dog bed. He is a happy, but excitable dog, although he does calm down after you give him some much desired attention. Caleb wants to be loved and wants attention from people.  He enjoys having his neck scratched and will wait by the door for you to give him attention. We have found that he LOVES to bite the water coming out of a hose or out of a water gun.  If you allow him, he will chase the water coming out of sprinkler too.  He is quite entertaining.  At night, Caleb sleeps in a crate without any problems.

Caleb is a healthy dog (well he does have ear infections but what GSD doesn’t) with a strong heart and lungs, and no obvious problems with his skin or his digestive system. He eats well and enthusiastically. He will take a dog biscuit from your hand gently and enjoys chewing on a good bone.  Caleb will not chew on shoes on or other things left out.

But Caleb T. has Degenerative Myelopathy, probably intermediate stage (although he is so ready to run around at full speed that it is difficult to tell how advanced he is.) When he does play with our two GSD’s, he does the bunny hop.  When he calms down, he can walk reasonably well yet he is in no way immobile at this point.

Caleb T. is part of the Thulni Program, and as such we are looking for a forever home that will care for him for the rest of his life, in warmth and love. He will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. His medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Caleb T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact Bob at thulanidogs@gsrnc.org

CALEB IS READY FOR HIS NEW HOME AND LOVE!!!

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