Archive for November, 2014

SCORE: Frank T 1; Grim Reaper 0: In Overtime


It was that close.  Here is what happened.

Frank T. brought to the LA City East Valley Shelter as a stray
Scanned for microchip—none found
Frank could not stand or walk without collapsing

No owner came forward during stray hold 
Frank T. still in bad shape, left rear leg non-weight-bearing. 
***DECISION—Euthanize for medical-nonmanageable***

Hold put on euthanization while owner contacted

No owner BUT Frank T. much better
Alert and moving around well.  Left rear leg now weight-bearing.

Karen Barnes of the Thulani Program pulls Frank into the program.

Frank_T_standA close shave but Frank T. is safely in the Thulani Program.  He is 10 years old, alert, social, affectionate, and quite mobile.  In fact, we are now working on him not pulling me all over the place when out on walks.  He takes a ‘good’ walk, lots of sniffing and exploring, with an occasional check-back with me to make sure I am OK.  He is very handsome, well proportioned, and nearly a show-quality German Shepherd.  He is a bit aloof with people at the very beginning, but after just a few minutes, he shows his abundant social skills.  He is fine with other dogs, but pretty much ignores them once he has met them.  He has not shown much prey-drive, and actually may be cat workable.  He is everything a well-balanced German Shepherd should be.

Suspected testicular cancer must have been a scrotal infection. He is fine—no cancer

Frank_sit_partial40531Frank T. is part of the Thulani 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 Frank T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home in which to spend his retirement, please contact Bob at Frank T. is a level 2 dog.

Donating To The Thulani Program


Donating by check:
Make check payable to GSRNC/Thulani and send to:

PO Box 1930
Cupertino, CA 95015
Donating through PayPal

If one already has a PayPal account, there are 3 ways you can send money to GSRNC:


You can use the “Send Money” tab when you first log in to PayPal.

  1. Enter the email address to send money to as This will insure the money is earmarked for the Thulani fund.
  2. Check the box that says “I am sending money to family or friends.” If the money is coming directly from your PayPal account, there are no fees deducted.  The dogs get more money 
  3. Note: Unfortunately there is no way to “Send Money” on an automatically recurring monthly basis.

You can go to the Donations Page of our website and select the “Make a One Time Donation” button.   Here you can make your donation either using your Pay account, or use a credit card.  After you’ve entered the donation amount and account information, click the “Review Donation & Continue” button, then click on “Enter Tribute or Special Instructions”. In the text box that opens, enter the name of the dog you wish to sponsor or any other instructions to GSRNC, such as “for Thulani Fund.”


You can go to the Donations Page of our website and select the “Monthly Recurring Donation” button and follow the instructions.  To set up a recurring donation you must have or set up a PayPal account.  With this option, there is no opportunity to add notes to GSRNC.  So if you wish to designate where these funds are to be used, such as Thulani Fund, you will need to send us a separate email to that effect and I will add the notation to the report I send to our Donations Team with the periodic PayPal reports.

I hope this information helps you and I we thank you profusely for your continued and generous support of GSRNC and specifically the Thulani Program.

We are a 501 (c) 3 charity and all donations are tax deductible.

Sammy T. Is Ready For His Forever Home–He Told Us So

Is this a great smile, or what

Is this a great smile, or what

Sammy is a loveable, very slow-moving senior GSD who still has plenty of love and companionship to offer the right person or family.  He clearly enjoys human company and will follow his person from place to place – if he is awake.  Like most seniors, Sammy sleeps a lot, and he does have some special needs :

  • Sammy_Oct 30Sammy requires pain medication (pill form) throughout the day, accompanied by small meals to help keep his stomach calm.  Someone would need to be home to give him his mid-day meds/meal.
  • With his very low activity level Sammy does not need, nor consume, a large amount of food.  Generally 3 to 3-1/2 cups spread across the day with his meds is sufficient.  Because his teeth are worn and aged, chewing hard kibble is not easy for this old boy.  He should be fed a good quality (mild formula, such as: turkey, lamb, etc.) soft canned food (about 2 to 2-1/2 cans per day), or something like The Honest Kitchen’s KEEN formula, with the occasional addition of some cooked white rice or boiled ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken).
  • Carpeted flooring is a must, as he cannot walk on slick surfaces without falling.  He will try but too easily slips and falls, and then needs help to get back on his feet –  none of it good for his arthritic joints.   He currently walks across sections of laminate flooring by stepping on a pathway of non-skid rugs, and is blocked from accessing a larger room that has slick flooring.
  • Steps and ramps are too much for him to navigate without assistance.  He would do best in a home that has a direct across-the-threshold access to a patio or yard area where he can do his potty business or snooze in the shady grass.
  • Sammy gets along fine with cats – he notices them but is not interested.  His 17-year-old foster cat frequently approaches and rubs noses with him, and there has been no negative reaction at all.
  • Older and/or calm dogs are also fine.  Sammy is too old and arthritic to play with other dogs, but he is comfortable in their presence.   But he does not like to be jostled or cornered – he is clearly not comfortable in close confines with other dogs – that may be due to his mobility issues and pain.  Sammy will tell the other dogs they are too close, firmly but not aggressively.   If the other dog(s) respects that and gives Sammy space there will be no problems.
  • Sammy loves car rides (calm rides, not Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride), but needs to be lifted in and out of the vehicle; he does not use a crate (in the car or in the house), as it would be too difficult to get him in/out of one.


Although Sammy has special needs, they are not difficult to fulfill.  His person just needs to be attentive to him, have a plan to give him is meds/meals on a reasonable schedule, be aware when he is moving about to assist him if he stumbles, and be willing to scratch his neck  – frequently.


Sammy T. is part of the Thulani Hospice Program of German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California.  As such, all of his medical expenses will be covered by the Thulani Program for the rest of his life.  For more information about Sammy T. or if you might consider providing him a home in which to live out his natural life, please contact Bob at

Sammy T. Will Steal Your Heart Before You Know It

Sammy T.

Sammy T.

Sammy will steal your heart before you know it.  He is a kind and sweet senior gentleman whose keenest desire is to be within sight of or near his person.  Friendly and loving with people, he ignores his foster home cat and is accepting of the dogs so long as they do not get in his face or get pushy with him.  His arthritis and physical vulnerability may result in a mild vocal reaction if dogs run past and jostle him, but he’s just saying, “Hey, slow down – you almost knocked me over!”.    Sammy has been in the company of older children (ages 9 to 15) who have grown up with small and large dogs and know how to behave around them, especially older and physically vulnerable dogs.  While untested, Sammy may be fine around younger children but should be supervised at all times to avoid a being grabbed and hurt, potentially resulting in an undesirable response from Sammy.



Once acclimated to his environment, Sammy is trustworthy on his own in the house and has had free run of his temporary foster home to sleep where he chooses,  day and night.  He has also been left inside unsupervised up to 3 or 4 hours and behaved like an angel.   Although he will follow you from room-to-room, or outdoors and back inside, he does not exhibit separation anxiety – he just wants to be near you.  Sammy is fully housetrained and has had no potty accidents;  given free access to go outside he will take care of his business on his own.  However, if the outdoors is inaccessible and if he needs to go outside, he will stand by the door or, at night, he will come into your bedroom and give you a gentle nudge to let you know he needs to go out – one just needs to be attentive.  He is not able to navigate through a dog door, and he currently comes and goes via a split screen in place of a patio screen door.

When up and moving, Sammy ambles along outside, exploring the yard, stopping for a rest break or to nap in a preferred spot

He has been able to slowly navigate up/down 2 to 3 steps from the house to the patio and back inside, but he needs the full width of the open door with nothing blocking his access.  Inside, he will investigate other rooms, probably looking for that next perfect nap spot.  Most of his days are spent napping in the shady grass or inside on the carpet.  He has an orthopedic bed that is seldom used; because he is arthritic and mobility challenged it may be easier for him to push himself up from the carpet rather than from a dog bed.  His physical stamina is very low, most likely because he has experienced pain for so long that he didn’t move unless he had to.  Now, with pain medication and feeling better, Sammy is more inclined to get up and investigate his environment, but he does so in small spurts of energy with stops to rest or nap in between.  He is not a dog that needs to be walked – but he does need opportunities to walk at his own pace and duration when he is able to.

Sammy_Oct 30Sammy has responded well to his pain management regimen, but must take his medication on schedule or he will suffer for the lack of it.  He easily takes his pills stuffed in small meatballs of canned food, or in pieces of turkey hot dog.  When giving Sammy his meatball meds, treats or any food by hand it should be offered on an open palm, as he is very food motivated and can be a bit grabby.  His current weight is good: not fat and not skinny – just right, and he eats an amount of food appropriate to his activity level and weight maintenance.  He has the usual set of other senior dog troubles, but is really in remarkably good health given his age.  He loves to have his neck and ears rubbed, and calmly accepts gentle grooming.  And he smiles a lot.  Be ready to open your heart to him because he will steal it regardless…

Sammy T. is part of the Thulani 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 Sammy T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact Bob at      Sammy T. is a level 1 dog, and he is fine with cats.

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