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Moose entered my life on December 28, 2009 and it was love at first sight. He was a very large, handsome, gentle GSD who had a warm, sweet soul that matched his outer beauty. Along with his big body, Moose had these large, pendulous jowls that gave him such character, and he drooled like a St. Bernard or Mastiff. When he would come up to me to be petted, his big face and drooly jowls would put the biggest smile on my face. I even bought a large supply of hand towels to have in every room just to wipe his face. And, when I’d wipe off the slobber, Moose would look up at me with his big, gentle, soulful eyes and I couldn’t help but give him the biggest bear hugs my arms could muster.Moose was one of those dogs who had a magnetic personality; wherever he went people were drawn to him. I count myself very blessed to have had him in my life, even though his stay was all too brief.
Moose found his way into Austin GSD Rescue via a shelter in mid-December, 2009. He had been terribly neglected by his previous owner as was evidenced in his body condition as well as his health. He was turned in to a shelter weighing a mere 80 pounds which was thin for a boy who should have weighed 100-110 pounds. Suffering the same fate as so many other dogs who go unvaccinated and receive no heartworm preventative, Moose’s health was tenuous. For, you see, Moose was not only heavy heartworm positive, but he also contracted distemper. It took a few short weeks for Moose to start showing signs he was sick, and by that time his prognosis was grim.
Even with the odds stacked against him, however, there was a strong outpouring of hopeful volunteers and a Houston veterinarian who worked diligently to try to save his life. The prayers for our sweet ”big lug” were relentless. Moose was treated very aggressively with medications but, sadly, his fate was sealed the day he was brought to that shelter by his owner. It was heart-wrenching to see him deteriorate so quickly and so senselessly. Unfortunately, the distemper virus was too strong and Moose lost his battle on Saturday, January 15, 2010. As Moose crossed over, he was held in the loving arms of his mom and dad, and his devoted foster mom, Anne. In the last month of his short year and a half of life, Moose knew unconditional love.
Moose’s passing has invigorated the volunteers of Austin GSD Rescue; it reinforces our mission to save as many German Shepherds as we possibly can. I will miss him immensely, but his death has renewed my passion and given me more confidence in my abilities to step out of my comfort zone to continue saving more of these beautiful, intelligent companions.
I will always love you, Moose.
Your mom, Laurie
A donation was made by Robin Skruhak in memory of Wylie Stutz-Monk.
A donation of endless hours of time and energy is made daily by Ms. Anne Stutz, in loving memory of Wylie and Hopper, two wonderful dogs whose lives were changed by rescue, and who each changed the lives of the people around them. A special thanks to the Otto Family, whose extremely generous donations provided safety and comfort for Hopper and continue to be instrumental in saving many other German Shepherd Dogs. Hopper, and Wylie, will be missed by Ms. Stutz, the Otto Family, and the Austin German Shepherd Rescue community.
You were not just a foster, you were part of our "pack" and family. I had planned to adopt you when I knew the end was near, but time did not allow it. We all loved you. You were special. Wish I could have seen you in your prime; bet you were something! So smart and regal, even though the years had taken their toll. No more pain now. You are loved and missed. I know you and Wylie are chasing rabbits together. See you both at the Bridge.
Maybe you didn't want your friend Hopper to cross the Rainbow Bridge alone when it was his time. You were always there for me, and for all the rescued dogs that came through our home. You welcomed them and shared my time and affection with them. Everyone, two legged and four, loved you. You were special and you knew it. Forever in my heart, I love you.
A generous donation was received from Jim and Linda Lester in memory of their beloved Bear.
The Bear Dog
12/9/01 to 12/1/09
He was such a great pup
Raised with Golden Retrievers as he grew up
He had a good life even though he was half blind
With a very warm heart and so very kind
He was never mean but would protect his domain
Barked at strangers but caused them no pain
His huge black body was enough of a scare
But the double warning was when he gave them that stare
We called him Bear because the name fit
Big, black, and hairy, like black bear cubs get
He would shed black hair all over the place
And if you let him he would have licked your face
He knew how to communicate just like a child
But he would never let his emotions run wild
Cause he had passed all his obedient training
Receiving his halo and wings is all that’s remaining
He was our last dog, not sure we’ll have others
At least he’ll be happy being with his big brothers
Bear was our big black German Shepherd that we’re gonna miss
As we say good-bye now, sealed with a kiss
By Jim Lester 12/9/09
AGSDR would like to send a SINCERE THANKS to Jeff Sims for his generous donation to save our dogs.
A big THANKS to Margaret Lehmann for her generous donation to AGSDR! It will help us to save more dogs in 2010!
A very generous donation was made by Mac and Carol McIntyre in honor of Dakota and TexAnna McIntyre. Both dogs were rescued by AGSDR after Hurricane Katrina. Thank you, Carol and Mac!
Our Sincere THANKS to Heidi Restivo for her generous donation to help our dogs!
A generous donation was received from Michelle Uretsky in memory of Amy Danna’s Lilah.
A VERY generous donation was made by Mary K. Walker Chyle in memory of her Beloved Zeus Walker Chyle; he is loved dearly and missed daily.
Chloe lost her brave fight with Degenerative Myelopathy, but not before she left her loving paw on everybody she met. In an unselfish act, her Mom Roslyn donated Chloe's wheelchair and other health aides to our rescue so that Chloe's gift will continue to live on with another needy dog. Thank You Roslyn......we know Chloe will be waiting for you over the Rainbow Bridge, running up to meet you with no need for a wheelchair.
A Hound Dog in a House-full of German Shepherds. She never could understand what all the fuss over stand-up ears was. We miss you, Miss P.
In Loving Memory of Zeus
A very generous donation was made by Connie Lewis Reynolds in Loving Memory of Zeus, beloved companion of Mary and Valerian Chyle. Read Zeus' story...
Marilyn and David Mc Glamery donated in memory of their long time friend Leslie Lively. This donation is being made by Leslie’s many lady friends of Sunset Canyon in her Bunco and Domino groups who miss her greatly.
AGSDR would like to extend a Big Thank You to Rob and Anne Otto, our Canadian friends in the Great White North, who donate very generously every month for Hopper's care.
A big THANK YOU to Lisa Hewitt for her generous donation for Radley's care! We couldn't do the work we do without caring people like you! Thanks Lisa!!
"Are there dogs in Heaven?" I must believe that there are, because you are supposed to be surrounded in Heaven by all of the things that you love, that bring you joy...both of which describe Mutt. Noble and proud till the end, his greatest joy was to ride in the truck with his Mom, or just lay at her feet while she worked. All of the other dogs knew he was special too; everybody deferred to him, because he was definitely in charge. Everyone that met him loved him, and the feeling was reciprocated. Never a more faithful dog walked the face of the earth.....he was his Mom's "heart dog", her once-in-a-lifetime soul-mate dog.........we all have one. And while she will love other dogs in her lifetime, she will never love one like she loved him....wholeheartedly, unashamedly, completely. We miss you Big Mutt, but we will see you again one day.....
My Name was Mutt
My name was Mutt,
I was a loveable guy
By my bark you'd have thought I was 10 feet high
I'd like to tell you how this Rescue got started
It was because of me a dog loyal and good hearted
My Mom rescued me from a dingy old place
She just couldn't leave me when she saw my face
With her I trucked many a mile
And believe you me we did in in style!
I loved to ride with the wind in my face
Just sittin next to her in my usual place
I sometimes got to go to work with her
Where I'd lay by her chair while she petted my fur
Now for many a year I've had it real good
And loyal to her I've always stood
But after 13 years it was time to go
I hated to leave, I loved her so
But she looked at me and said "Mutt you can go"
As she stroked my soft fur to and fro
When I left I came upon the Rainbow Bridge
Where I ran to sit upon a far off ridge
It's there I'll wait till old she's grown
Because then she'll come to take me home
We will cross Rainbow Bridge paw and hand
With her I'll walk - She's my BEST FRIEND.
In loving memory of Mutt Burkett 1996 - August 19, 2009 from Jeannie
A generous donation in memory of Genevra Leslie Lively was received from Roberta Reeme Young.
A generous donation in memory of Mira was received from her friends Sona and Michael.
To know her was to love her. Lacy was a stray and came to us a very shy dog afraid of everything and everyone. As most rescue dogs come to us with problems, Lacy came to us covered in ticks, underweight and abused. Lacy cowered if you threw a ball her way and at the sound of guns or even shaking a towel. She quickly claimed the backyard as her own and she would trot the fence line several times a day. Lacy made it very clear that she did not want to be crate trained and would somehow get out of a wire crate every time we put her in it. She was our little Houdini. She also jumped a 6 ft wood fence and spent several hours in the large field behind the house that we lived in at the time. She was always so proud of her accomplishments! Lacy quickly felt secure enough to bark when the door bell rang, but as she barked you would find her running into the kitchen. She loved to go for rides, walks and she could run all day! On our trips to Albuquerque we found that Lacy loved the snow. We loved Lacy’s fears out of her and we were fortunate to see her personality blossom. Lacy brought so much humor to our home. Music to her ears was the phrase “do you want to go?” Lacy would cock her head to a different side each time you said it and get so excited even though she didn’t know where she was going.
You didn’t need to tell Lacy to do anything for a treat – she would give you her paw automatically, sit up, sit down, lay down – whatever it took for that treat. We all know German Shepherds are smart dogs. Lacy taught herself and Titan (9) how to open doors in the house. Lacy and Titan were on the cover of the 2006 AGSDR Calendar and they were very proud of their fame. They were inseparable. Lacy would steal and hide Titan’s bones and toys. Lacy was always happy even in the last few days of her life. Sadly she was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma (cancer) of the mouth September 11, 2008 and she fought a hard fight, but in the end the cancer won. We were blessed to have Lacy for 7 years and in that time she taught us to be happy no matter what the circumstance. The paw prints our beloved pets leave on our hearts is indescribable. A donation was made to AGSDR in Lacy’s honor. To our sweet Lacy, you are forever in our hearts and are missed every day.
Jim, Jeanine, and Titan
A memorial fund has been established by Abbie and Brian Fitzpatrick in honor of Mira who unexpectedly crossed the rainbow bridge.
As I lay in the hot sun, tied to a tree all I could think about was how horrible my first 6 months of life has been. My little body was covered in bloody, infected sores. I wonder why my owner left me there to die. Was I really that bad of a puppy? For a moment I thought my life was over, when a nice man untied the rope, put me in the truck and drove me to a place where I was put in a kennel. Even though it was small and the floor was hard, at least it was dry, cool and I was able to have some food and water which I had not gotten in a long time. There was a nice lady there that stopped by my kennel to take a look at me. She couldn’t believe her eyes. She said to me “don’t worry hun I’m going to get you out of here.” She knew that my time there would be very short and soon I would be taken to the back where other dogs go and don’t return. I didn’t have much energy to get up but I knew I had to eat something because it may be my last meal. I didn’t want to give up hope that someone would find it in their heart to save me. As the kennel grew quiet and the sun began to fall I could hear footsteps and faint voices coming toward my kennel. When I looked up I saw my angel looking over me, she had two tiny tears in her eyes, she patted me on the head and told me that it was going to be okay. It took all the energy I had to stand up, wag my tail and put my nose on her knee. As she put a leash around my neck I knew I was being saved. Away we went; I took one look at the nice lady at the kennel and wagged my tail to thank her.
I was taken to a nice place where I got a bath for the first time. My new foster mom couldn’t believe what kind of condition I was in. I then went to see the doctor where I got shots and medicine to help the itching and pain. I even got to wear a shirt to help me from not licking my skin. That night I went “home” to a soft bed to sleep on and another bowl of food. The next day another nice lady took care of me while my mom was gone to work. She helped feed me because I didn’t even have enough energy to bend down and eat. After the first few days I finally got to meet the other dogs in the house. This is when I met my sister, Jade. She led me around the house to show me where I would be living. She let me lay on her when it was nap time, she licked my wounds to make them feel better and she played with me. After many months of these awful baths, lots of medications and gaining weight I was finally growing my hair back and able to play with the other dogs.
This is the life every dog should live. I can go in and out of a doggy door, when it gets hot I can go inside where it’s cool, I have my own bed and have plenty of food. Now it was time for me to go up for adoption but my foster mom knew she couldn’t let me go so she adopted me and became my mom. Weeks later my dad came home from a place called Afghanistan and now we are a happy family where I can enjoy life as a spoiled German Shepherd. I couldn’t thank my family enough for saving my life. I feel bad because I know there are so many dogs out there like me. My mom and dad do as much as they can to save one dog at a time but it takes the help of many people so if you are reading this all I ask is that you make a difference in one dogs life, volunteer, donate or pass the word along that dogs like me deserve a second chance at life. If you are thinking about getting a dog, adopt one from your local shelter or go through a rescue. There are so many pure bred dogs like me that need a forever home. Thank you for reading my story.
A very generous donation was received from Howard Fishman. Howard is the proud "Dad" of Jack, a beautiful, LARGE, German Shepherd he adopted from AGSDR in 2007! Thanks for your continued support Howard!
A generous donation was made by Chuck and Leigh Williams.
A generous donation was received from Pam Webb in honor of her collegue Laura Leve.
Linda Bartlett (for Gabriella)
AGSDR would like to THANK the following people for their VERY generous donations to help Kovar. This sweet boy is getting a second chance at a great life because of you!!
Pets' 10 Commandments
A special Thank You to Matt and Jackie Brown for their very generous donation to AGSDR. Nemo has found a loving home with them, and they wanted to "give back".
Crickett joined our family back in April of 2001. Two days before our adoption, Crickett developed elbow dysphasia and needed surgery immediately. I was devastated by the news, but I had already fallen in love with her and still went through with the adoption. Maria, her foster Mom, named her Cricket because the way she used to pounce on things when she was little. I kept her name because it still suited her because after the surgery, she developed a “crick” when she walked.
She lived a wonderful life with us for 8 years and became great friends with Celine (our other rescue). She always had a smile on her face. She was such a comedian. When she would do something silly, she would look at me, like she was saying, “see what I can do, Mommy”. All you could do is just laugh. If you didn’t stop her, she would keep it up; we would laugh so hard we were falling out of the chair.
The hardest thing is when you lose your closest companion, who you have loved for so many years. She will be truly missed.
Thank you AGSDR for allowing our family to adopt her.
The Glick family.
She opted to collect donations for the needy dogs of Austin German Shepherd Rescue in lieu of Birthday presents for her 8th birthday party. We need more caring, giving people in the world like Marina! Good Job Marina!!
A special Thank You to Ms. Jeannice Cain for her generous donation for the care of Gabriella.