Archive for October, 2013

Tatum T.: Puppy Love, Thulani Style

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Puppy Love

Puppy Love

 

Tatum T. is a beautiful 11 mo old German Shepherd female that is alert and playful, a little bit assertive at times, toy focused, and generally a typical puppy. She loves to carry toys around, steal shoes, and counter surf (sound familiar?). Having refocused my sensors to having a puppy around, when things go quiet, my instinct is to yell “Whatever you are doing, don’t”.  She is sweet and snuggly in an impish sort of way.

Tatum and the talking toy

Tatum and the talking toy

Take a look at these pictures.  If these don’t melt your heart, then you must be a robot.  Given the right opportunity, she is all slurps, cuddles, and tail wags.

Tatum T.

Tatum T.

Tatum T. has serious medical issues that include serious aortic stenosis, mitral insufficiency, tricuspid insufficiency, and is recovering from pneumonia. Her long term prognosis is guarded.  There are no medical solutions to cure her condition. But there are heart medicines that will help take some of the load off her heart, and with a life of mildly restricted activity we plan to give Tatum the best life possible.

Tatum_hat_sizeTatum T. is part of our Thulani Program because of her cardiac and associated conditions. As such, we will find her a permanent foster home in which to live out her life. The Thulani Program will cover all the expenses for Tatum in her foster home. If you would like to consider providing Tatum with her forever home, please contact Bob at thulanidogs@gsrnc.org.

Shaggy’s Photo OP: Home Sweet Home

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shag_102313_8_1000shag_102313_2_1000shag_102313_6_1000Shaggy got his picture taken doing his favorite things.  Few words needed.  Enjoy. .shag_102313_4_1000shag_102313_5_1000.shag_102313_7_1000_smallshag_102313_3_1000

Nicko: FREE!!

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Nicko Free

Nicko Free

Karen got to the shelter with 9 minutes to spare, but that was enough to break Nicko out of the slammer.  Nicko is now Nicko T. and safely in the Thulani Program.

Not the greatest picture because it was dark and Karen’s I-Pad does not have a flash.  So she improvised with a flashlight.

We will get better pictures and more of Nicko’s story over the weekend.

THULANI DOG, LADY T., IS HELPING OTHERS

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Lady T.

Lady T.

Lady T. is a wonderful senior German Shepherd who was left at the Carson Shelter in Los Angeles because she has mammary tumors.  She is a happy, energetic dog that has a lot of life left to her even though her cancer has spread widely enough that surgery is not an option.

Lady, Milo, and Eros

Lady, Milo, and Eros

But Lady hit the jackpot through the Thulani Program when Eve and her husband said they would adopt her and give her a great final chapter.  Eve is a breast cancer survivor, and so was particularly interested in Lady.  Lady now lives in the Sierran foothills east of Chico, along with a fur-brother GSD, three little pooches, some cats and lots of forest wildlife.

Lady and family at the cancer walk

Lady and family at the cancer walk

Eve, her husband, her granddaughter, and Lady T. recently participated in th Making Strides Breast Cancer walk and here is what she reports:

Lady spreading the word

Lady spreading the word

“Bob, here are some photos of us going to the Making Strides Breast Cancer walk.  Lady’s T shirt says “LIVING WITH BREAST CANCER” and she was the hit of the walk.  I was the 2nd to the last group and as we came into the finish line, the announcer stated ” see the German Sherpherd, she has breast cancer too” and after that everyone wanted their picture taken with her.  She was great with all the people.  Hope you like the pictures – take care – Eve”.

Thank you Eve and thank you Lady T—you have done us proud.

Frances T.: Olympic High Jumper

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Frances T.

Frances T.

Frances T. was picked up as a stray by San Jose Animal Care in south San Jose. She is an energetic, bouncy, happy, friendly lady who likes to tell you at great length about everything. She loves to go for walks, but pulls on the lead. She rides well in the car, in an active sort of way. She spent a lot of time in the shelter meeting a whole lot of other dogs, and her doggie skills are excellent.

Frances was not particularly well cared for, and shows signs of having spent a lot of ‘neglected’ time in the back yard. But her coat is in good shape, and her ears have healed from some very serious fly-strike.

Frances_T_10391Frances T. is a Thulani Program dog, which means that we predict that she has a limited life expectancy. She had a series of mammary tumors, at least one of which was malignant. They have been removed, but not before the cancer had metastasized to her lymph system and to her lungs. For now, she is a happy dog that is showing no obvious signs of the disease. And we have had dogs in similar states that are still with their fosterers after more than a year and a half.

Frances now is living with an athletic foster mom in San Francisco, getting her full measure of exposure and exercise.  She is one happy girl.

June T.

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June T.

June T.

June T. is a senior female who is very calm and very gentle. She came to us from the Los Angeles Co Baldwin Park Shelter, where she had been surrendered by her owners.

June rides well in the car (she will try to ride ‘shotgun’ if you let her, but also will ride quietly in the back), and loves to go for short walks. She has a good appetite, and likes her treats. She gets along beautifully with other dogs.

June is quite skinny, and needs to put on both weight and muscle mass. She has some difficulty walking–her rear end is quite stiff. We will know more about her after her vet visit.

June is healthy except for a weak rear-end. She is doing very well on Rimadyl.

June had found her forever foster home, but it turned out that the rambunctious young male was just too much for her in her golden years. But June continues to be a very lucky girl.  She found a second home and is happily living in Aptos, getting her share of beach time and warm house time.

Lady T: She Could be a Shakesperean Lady

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Lady T

Lady T

Lady T. is a friendly, outgoing 13 yr old female (although she looks younger than that) that was rescued from the LA Co Carson Shelter. She had been picked up as a stray in the LA basin.

She is a happy, animated girl who loves to go for walks and rides well in the car, especially in the passenger seat. She is great with other dogs, riding quietly all the way from LA to San Jose loose in the car with June T.

Lady_T_sitLady T. has some stiffness in her rear end, has some hair lose (likely flea allergy dermititis) and has a chain of mammary tumors. We will examine those with an eye toward removing them, for the comfort of Lady T.

Lady, Milo, Eros

Lady, Milo, Eros

Lady hit the jackpot when she was adopted by Steve and Eve of Forest Ranch, in the Sierran foothills.  She now enjoys her days with her fur brother, a couple of cats, and all sorts of wildlife.

Shiloh LA: The Great Imposter

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Shiloh LA

Shiloh LA

Shiloh LA is a 6-7 year old female German Shepherd that was rescued from a Los Angeles area shelter at the last moment. She has some grey around her muzzle and grey eyebrows, which led us to believe she was a senior dog. But her attitude, energy level, really good health all point to her being much younger than we thought, a belief confirmed by the veterinarian who just examined her.

Shiloh

Shiloh

Shiloh has lots of excellent qualities. She is very good with people. She loves to go for walks, and walks politely on lead if you have her on the right collar. She is comfortable in the house, but is very curious, with her nose checking out everything—even counter tops. She is comfortable going outside to explore, but then comes in and wants to be with her people. She can get a bit anxious when her people are not with her, and was seen easily clearing a 6’ fence to follow her person to the house. She currently is living free with four other dogs, three males and a female. She met them in a very relaxed way and is easy around them, but doesn’t engage much with them—her focus being on her people. She is crate trained, sleeps quietly in a crate when asked to, and is quiet in a crate for periods of time during the day.

Shiloh has good energy, but does not require a lot of exercise. A couple of half hour walks a day are probably sufficient for her, as long as she has room to move around at home. We have not tested her with cats.

Sipote T.: A Suave Old Gentleman

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Sipote happy

Sipote happy

 

Watch out–Sipote is a lover, and he has had a long time to perfect his skills.  He also has a waggy tail and an expression that will melt your heart.  Sipote is a 12 yr old red sable male German Shepherd who was dumped at the Downey Shelter in Los Angeles because he was too old and didn’t play like a young dog any more.  There should be a mandatory IQ test for dog ownership—anyone with an IQ lower than that of a string bean should be prohibited from having a companion animal.  Sipote’s owners would not have passed that test.

Sipote_patio_00613Sipote apparently means ‘significant’ in Colombian, and significant he is.  He is the most wonderful companion. He is only demanding for skritches and pets.  He rides well in the car, and loves to go for short walks.  He is completely at ease with dogs of all sizes and he tested fine with cats.  He has a very accomplished tongue that he uses to show he loves you.

Sipote and Mia

Sipote and Mia

He and his cat buddy now have complex games they play.  They also have an erly morning ritual where they both go out onto the deck, sit side by side, and survey their domain.

 

Sipote Ambassadog

Sipote Ambassadog

Sipote just recently put his social skills on full display at the German Shepherd Rescue fundraiser Wags to Riches.  He was a Thulani Program Ambassadog.  And what a hit he made.  He had people fawning all over him.  He took it all in stride, just as if he had prepared for that sort of role all his life.

Sipote is now living in his forever home in Fremont with foster mom Carol.  Live well, Sipote.

Caesar T.: Enough to Make Your Blood Boil

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Caesar T. October 2013

Caesar T. October 2013

 

Caesar T. October 2013

Caesar T. October 2013

Caesar T. is (was) an AKC Champion
Caesar T. was a breeder stud
Caesar T. got old
Caesar T.’s owner got pancreatic cancer and died
Caesar T.’s owners son didn’t give a damn
Caesar was left to rot.

I’m sure you can write the rest of the Caesar’s story as well as I can.  But only that part leading up to today.

 

Caesar T. has been rescued by the Thulani Program. He is about 12 years old. He is emaciated, has serious skin conditions, infected ears, infected eyes, a weak rear end, and god only knows what else.

  He is desperately in need of medical rehabilitation and tons of TLC.  Which we are more than prepared to give him.

In fact, in typical German Shepherd fashion, he already is making progress.  He was completely shut down mentally when Karen Barnes rescued him a couple of weeks ago, but he now gives tail-wags and seeks petting. He is making progress.

  We will keep you informed how he is doing.

Caesar_T_00638You can help by keeping Caesar T. in your thoughts and sharing his story.  He needs moral support from everyone.  But we know he will pull through and return to the handsome, noble German Shepherd he should be

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