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Dear Erik and Diane, Kenny and I just have to thank you from the bottom or our hearts for helping us adopt our new dog Roadie. Because he was set out, then tested positive for heartworm at the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, his fate would have been sure death had you not gotten involved. Because of you, he is now cured of the heartworm and is thriving as the newest member of our family. He is vibrant, happy and alert and alive, thanks to you and your foundation. Every morning when we look at his sweet face, we realize he was destined to meet you, and to be ours. Or are we his? Many, many, many heartfelt thanks for all the good you do, for dogs and us humans who share their lives. We'll be telling this story for years to come!

Most sincerely, Kelly and Ken


Dear Diane and Erik,

Just a note to thank you for finding the perfect home for Baron. Even though it is a win-win-win placement for Baron, his new family and me, it has also been a difficult and emotional time for me. Being able to meet and get to know his new family made it easier for me to give him up. Quite frankly, I don't know what I would have done if I had not found you. You took the time to understand my situation and to learn about Baron. You cared....and that was huge for me. I thank you both again and salute you for the wonderful work you do! Jill PS Thank you for forwarding Baron's picture and the note from John about how Baron has become part of their family. I do really like happy endings and happy beginnings!!


Hey Erik

I hope all is well. Baron has adjusted fantastically, he and Rusty are literally best buddies now. I couldn't have hoped for his placement to work out as good as it has. I have started some minor obedience work with him. I really have spent the bulk of my time with him socializing him on my walks. He does appear to be dog aggressive and slightly spooky with people but I will continue to work on that. I have had to assert dominance over him a few times at the house. These were usually minor issues in which he just seemed to act like a spoiled teenager...Tess and I were talking today and we truly have already fell in love with him and couldn't imagine not having him in our lives:-) I will send a picture I took recently (separate email). I know you are probably really busy but if you get a moment send me a couple of the pics you took of us.... Again I hope all is well. Talk to you soon.


John Just wanted you to know, Molly has made it to her new home and has met her new sisters. She is really happy and waggin her tail to see another dog in the house. Got hissed by one of the sassy cats but, she didn’t seem to care too much. She has even eaten all her supper and has been introduced to our “pee and poo” places. Her ride was uneventful and she slept the whole way here. Thank you again for Molly, we will take wonderful care of her. She is already part of the family and we absolutely love her so much. We will keep in touch. If you would like to stop in and check on her Saturday, just come anytime. Thank you again and we will send updates in the next day or so to include pictures.

Hugs, Kathy, Paul, Katelyn and Molly


Erik, We had a great day yesterday! We attended a big family get together for Easter in Arcadia and took Kai with us. He needs a lot of work socializing with other dogs so we had to leave him on lead but he had a great day as did all the rest of us. He had a big day and immediately went to sleep on the way home. I attached four pics for you to see. Some were taken with cell phone and some with other camera.

Rob


Hi Erik:

Just wanted to let you how well sadie is doing we renamed her on the way home just seemed to fit she is settling in very well no accidents in the house follows me every where could not ask for a better match thanks again for rescuing her for us i also sent a couple of pictures. Thanks again Marty & Sally Hello Erik, I just thought you’d like to know how well Macy is doing here in Palm Coast. She has completed 5 of the required 8 training classes and is the star of her group. She has put on about 10 pounds since we got her but is still in fabulous shape as you can see by the photo above. Yes, she is eating the same brand of dry dog food you gave us when I picked her up from you. The girl just loves to eat. She still has a touch of separation anxiety but she has come a long way in the last month or so. She no longer feels the need to follow me around to every room of the house anymore and she has become quite comfortable here. She is fantastic with our grand kids and very protective of them and us. Once she warms up to you, she’s a real sweetheart. I just wanted to say “Thanks” again and offer you some feedback. I’m sure it is hard for you sometimes taking these dogs in and getting attached to them while you try to find them “forever” homes, not knowing for sure if you found the right home. Well you scored “big time” here my friend. Please say hello to your wife for me and thank her as well for the great service you guys are providing to the community. Even when the community is 300 miles away…


Mark thanks so much for your great success in adopting out the German Shepherds. You know Jim and I love the breed and often it is very hard to adopt them out - because of the breed's reputation. I am the Web Guy, so yes please keep pictures and fliers coming, I will be more than happy to publish it on our web site. Monika Erik, Just a quick note to let you know, Titus is now one of the family...he swims in the pool at his leisure, chases the squirrels and birds out of the yard (or at least up the trees) and greets us like we have been gone for months when we don't take him to the mailbox to get the mail. Thank-you for keeping him until you found us. I will send pics soon, Tim, Maureen, Ashly, Levi and Titus


Hello Diane & Erik:

As promised, attached are some pictures of Buddy lounging around his new living room and playing around his new yard with Hanne; so far all is well and they are going through their "who's in charge" phase...

Thank you both again again for bringing the two of them together.

Sincerely,Dirk


Well it has been almost two weeks since I adopted Lyla and it feels as if we have been best friends for years.  After the death of our family German Shepherd a few years ago, I always knew that I wanted another loyal German Shepherd dog.  I recently began searching statewide for a dog to rescue.  I wasn't sure if I wanted a puppy or an adult dog.  Then I came across Erik and Diane's rescue agency online.  And there was my new best friend, Lyla.  Her "parents" had to give her up because of going into the military.  Our family has always been strong supporters of our service men and women, so I knew this was the right one for me.  The moment I met Lyla, I feel in love with her.  She now enjoys riding in my car, playing outside, going for walks and sleeping in my bed.  She is the perfect match for our family!

Brett


Hi Erik and Diane,

I took Penny to the vet on Tuesday and everyone there absolutely loved her!! She was pronounced to be in "excellent physical condition". The Doc wants her to gain about 10 more pounds-she weighs 71 now-and he's keeping her on the Ivermec until all of her hair grows back. He said otherwise there is a good chance of the mites returning.

She is licensed and legal in Lee county and is a happy girl! I must say, this dog is a delight to have around. She sleeps in the bed with me when Jim is gone and loves to be around Tucker-he even likes being around her as long as he doesn't have to exercise too much. She is coming along great with basic training stuff and starts the "good citizen" class in January. Jim and I are so happy that we adopted her.

Thanks again, Lynne

Do what you love. Love what you do.


Dear erik and Diane,

Rasta has become part of the family. He has adapted to his new home and has ingrained himself in our hearts. At first he was anxious and attempted to get back in the car. After we walked him and introduced him to the cats he settled down.

Pam read in his file that he was not interested in toys. Well, Pam had a large tennis ball that he began to play with. When the ball went in the pool he began to bark and attempted to reach the ball without getting wet. The attached picture shows just how far he would go in his attempt.

His only time of stress was when I left to go to the store. Pam said he whined and kept walking from the door to her and whining. He is now more comfortable and accepts that we will return.

Thanks again for thinking of us.

Bill & Pam


 Hi Erik and Diane!!

We just wanted to send you a note on Lacy!! We get so many comments on how beautiful and well mannered she is, and we'd like to think you guys had a hand in that! We walk her to the bus stop with our daughter and she's made lots of new friends! There is a woman with a son that is just in love with Lacy. She loves GS and wants your information! I'm going to pass it along!! I hope they can find a wonderful match for their family as we have!!

Thanks a bunch!!

Jared and Candice Carey.....and Lacy too!


Hello Erik,

I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how thankful we are for you and your lovely wife for bringing Macy into our family. As you can see she is quite happy, quite the Queen and quite wonderful to have as a family pet. She remains fantastic with our grandchildren and family and friends and we could not ask for a more loyal and better dog. She is a beauty!

We just wanted you to know how thankful we are for all of the good work that you do.

Mark & Ruth


Hi Erik,This is Peggy Aimaro, and I just wanted you to know that Titan is doing real good. He is a wonderful little boy. We are so blessed to have him. I can not tell you how GOOD he is.. He sure is a mommy's boy.. I can't wait till the end of next month so I can take him to his obedience classes. He is going to be very easy to learn.. We thank you so much for him.... Oh by the way... do you have his papers with his shots and his chip???   We will keep in touch...

Thanks Again......... Peggy


Hello Mr. and Mrs. Hoffer,

I just wanted to send you both a quick update on our sweet Keisha. She has settled in very nicely. She had been eating a bit "peckishly", but today ate with GUSTO. I started her on some Prilosec in case the Doxycycline was upsetting her stomach, and it seems to have helped. She also played with a kong throw toy for the first time today. She has done VERY well with my little girls. There were a few growls the first day, but everyone seems just fine now. She has slept on her big, new, comfy pillow the last 2 nights, right beside my bed. She gently woke me with a nudge each morning to go outside. I told her she could sleep on the bed, but she seemed to prefer the dog bed. I heard her bark for the first time today when a delivery man came to my door. She has a wonderful deep, throaty bark that she used at an approiprate time. She stopped as soon as I asked her to sit and answered the door.

I couldn't be happier with her as part of my family, and I am VERY grateful that you not only saved her, but also considered allowing me to be her forever home. THANK YOU!!

I will keep the updates coming. I plan to do her chest radiographs and the microfilaria test next week and will also update you both on those. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!

Sincerely, Amanda


Eric and DIane,

I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how wonderful Yoda and Sedona are doing!  Sedona is eating everything i give her!  Her coat is looking shiny and she will be at her ideal in no time.  She is enjoying the organic raw diet and also eating kibble and canned food and she is playing and running and seems so happy.  I know that will especially please you Diane.  She is a special girl.  Yoda just loves his big sister and they are getting along wonderfully.  We are taking long walks every day and teaching Yoda, as well as refreshing Sedonas leash skills-they are both so smart!  Thank you again for the gift of these beautiful dogs, we are blessed to have them with our family forever. I was unable to come to observe your class this evening as I had forgotten that i had a webinar to attend for work, but we will come by in the next week or two.  thank you.

The Sadler Family


I hope to have some pictures to send soon. I have been taking tons of them but I am unable to find my computer cable for the camera. It will turn up. I wanted to let you know lexi is an absolute joy in our home. She has even put some play back into our old lady bear. She plays outside with the boys all day and never runs off. The boys have taught her to swim as she was only going in up to her chest at first. She now swims all over the pond trying to catch up to our duck, donald. They also taught her to stand on the kayak and they paddle around with her in it with them. She sleeps very well at night!the very first night here she disappeared and we found her sleeping on the foot of aarons bed. She has made friends (sort of ) with the goats and is learning not to chase chickens. Last night she climbed up on the couch and stretched herself across me and cuddled for a while. I cannot imagine a more perfect dog than lexi for our family. Today the boys bought her a bed for christmas. It was quite a big deal for them to pick out just the right one but they decided and she is already using it. Thank you for sharing her with us, I know  the decision was not an easy one. Merry christmas and happy new year!

Keri


Hi Erik and Diane,

We are so happy with Maisy.  She is very sweet and playful.  Just the right temperament for us!  We are working with her on some basic training commands and will enroll her in some puppy basics in the new year.  Thank you so much for saving her and for letting us become her family.  She is very cuddly with all of us, especially Colin!  

We will keep you updated.

Thank you again.Michele, Brice, Colin and Maisy!


Erik,

I just wanted to take the time to thank both you and Diane for your help in placing Lucy in a new home. You were both very kind and compassionate and it was much needed. It was very important to me that Lucy find a loving home where she can receive all the attention she needs and I believe you found that for her. It helps to know that she will be happy and have a "doggy brother" to share her time with.

Thank you for all you did for Lucy and my family.

Best regards, Stephanie


Hi E &D , THis is A wonderful dog so far, she was sitting at my open kitchen ,her ears move like little radars and her profile is beautiful there  at my door!  you know tey move as soon as you get the camera! I am calling her LUCKEY / lucy . Dosn't seem to care as i am the resident chef, we are having home made chicken soup  tonight! Your devotion to the breed is incredible.

Donna


Hi Erik and Diane,

Everything is going so well with Maisy (ne: Missy).  She is an amazing family dog.  We are totally in love with her and she with us!  She is in a “Doggie Basics” class with our trainers (The Lucky Dog Company www.theluckydogco.com) every week and is doing very well.  She’s full of energy and loves her daily walks as well as playing in the yard.  Her new favorite toy is a squeaky chicken…it must be squeaked a thousand times a day!  She will go anywhere with us…LOVES the car!  We can’t thank you enough for helping us to find our dog!  It feels like she’s always been here!


Hello Erik & Diane!

Hope all is well with you, just wanted to give you an update on Thor's first week home. Overall he has adjusted very well! He is truly doing great. No more submissive pees- he only has had a few excited pees and those were within seconds of being in the grass usually. He just hasn't figured out how to hold its his excitement when his bladder is full. Haha but he'll get there! His training is going great, he is so smart (and of course a little stubborn at times) But really he is doing very well. We have been to the neighborhood dog park a couple times a day to play, but sadly despite the amount of dogs that live here, nobody is ever there at the same time haha so it's just one big backyard for Thor. He also had his first day coming to work with me and he did awesome! Right now the only major thing we are working on is the pulling on walks, but he is getting much better. We've also worked on a few tricks too just for fun (and mainly because he was already doing them haha) like "spin" and "roll over". He loooooveees his big nylabone we got him. It's huge & unfortunately very painful when he walks by with it and takes out your knee! But really I am so happy to report he is doing great. We are going to the vet on Saturday for a check-up and to talk about his growth. I'm almost 100% positive he's grown a lot in just this week (filling out in the legs and chest-not so gangly and lengthy haha) And thankfully, despite our walks & playtimes we haven't seen any limping. Just lots of stretching after nap time.

Hope all is well with the rescue, we wanted to thank you again for helping us find our new best friend! He's so great :)

Here are a few pictures from playtime in the yard the other day... Oh and his ears have been up for almost 2 days now (just a few flops here and there)

Katie, Pat & Thor :)


Erik; Just a quick note to let you know we are off to a great start just two small accidents Saturday night (wet floor) nothing since then. The fence is in so we have been playing in the yard and the Lanai, we have been for walks and we have started exploring the walk in area of the pool. Jan made an  appointment the vet in Punta Gorda for tomorrow morning so we will have Shadow (sorry he didn’t look like a Duncan) all checked out. Thank you for the opportunity to get a great companion the rest is up to us

Sincerely, Dave


Wow.....that makes us so happy for Rosi and so thankful for you and your wife for having such a caring and loving home for the dogs and finding them new owners....let us know if you are ever in Homestead and we would love to have you stop by for dinner or just to chat....and if they want to call they can try my cell but Jan's is probably better.....our home phone is 786-404-3625 and her cell is 512-413-8099....thanks again Erik....you guys are really special people and it is a pleasure to know you.....John and Jan


Hi Erik and Diane,

I just wanted to give you another update.  Maisy is now officially ours according to 24 Hour Pet Watch (her microchip company).  It took this long to get a letter confirming that her chip is now registered to us!  Thank you for all your help with the letter.  I’m glad the chip is now registered to us, in case of an emergency.

We are so grateful to you for helping us find Maisy.  She is an amazing family member.  It’s like she’s always been here in our home.  She’s done very well in her training classes.  Brice has taken her to 2 levels of Doggie Basics and to another class on loose leash walking.  She loves car rides and the dog park and really going anywhere with us.  We just love her!  When I am practicing (singing) she will sing along with me!  She is the perfect family dog for us.

Thanks again for everything.

Michele, Brice, Colin and Maisy


Hey!

That is funny I got an email from you today because I just recommended your rescue to a couple in our neighborhood admiring Thor! They just bought a house and have wanted a shepherd for a while.

Thor has been doing awesome. He really is fitting in great. He LOVES car rides! So rides to work are his favorite and anytime one of us is driving the other to/from work he rides along. He's a big chewer- luckily not our stuff (although he got to a pair of my flip flops while we weren't looking) we give him deer antlers and he loves them! Forget Kongs, Nylabones, Beef Femurs he's all about the antlers! His training has been going really well, we are just working on everything with distractions now (our goal is to do the CGC by mid summer and therapy certification by fall- but we will see!) He still gets really excited around other dogs he wants to play with, so we are working on that. He has been a great "demonstrator dog" for my puppy/beginner classes (and for a few intermediate commands- some he's not 100% on yet) and boy does he love it when they get their "socializing" time. Unfortunately he forgets his size with the smaller puppies but most hold their own! We try to go to the big dog park once a week minimum (I've attached some pictures from there) and he goes nuts with the water. He never fully gets in- he likes to lay down and roll around right at the edge! haha it's really funny and most people laugh at him :) But he loves it. His potty training is 100% now, he even slept out of the crate all night the other night with no getting into trouble! He will still occasionally do a submissive/excited pee if his bladder is full and someone try's to greet him (this only happens while at work on our way to go outside, I always tell ask them to wait but sometimes it's too late they riled him up too much) But it truly has gotten better. It should pass once he's no longer a "puppy" and we continue to work on the overly excited greetings. Oh and we've also found he has a sensitive stomach (as do most shepherds) so he doesn't get treats from strangers, only the natural stuff we get him (like duck jerky, yams, freeze dried chicken liver etc.) He does great with all that.

Well I think that is all! He's been such a good boy and has been fitting in perfectly. We love him to pieces and couldn't have asked for a goofier puppy to fit our personalities :) oh yeah and my favorite quirk about him... he like to sleep on his back, legs all sprawled out and ridiculous while snoring! So funny.

Well thanks again, I hope all is well with you guys!

Katie, Pat & Thor :)


Dear Diane and Erik.

I am  writing this letter because we want to thank you for bringing Buddy to our life; he is the most wonderful addition to our family.

The first night was the biggest night for the three of us because Buddy was nerves and couldn’t go to sleep, but as a good mom I make him laydown by the bed at my side and pad him on the back like a baby until he went to sleep.

The second night he just laydown by me and I only have to put my hand on his back and sleep all night

The third night he just came to the same spot by me and sleep like a baby.

Now, because he spend all day with Roberto the bonding is spectacular and the most important part  is that Buddy is the most obedient guy we ever saw, we are enjoying him very much.

This Saturday we have the first appointment with the Vet. to update the information and to get what ever medication he need so he stay healthy.

Once again, thank you very much and God Bless you both.

Trixi and Roberto


Erik:  

Thanks for emailings the records so quick.  We are so happy to have found you and your rescue.   I am so thankful that there are people in the world like you and your wife.  God must have a very special place in Heaven for you both.  We are all madly in love with Emily/Shelby.  As you said things happen for a reason and I know that this was meant to be. Please know that we will take very good care of our knew puppy and keep you up to date. Cj is out this afternoon, but I promise he will send you pictures!!!!  We will keep in touch.

God bless and Thank you for our very precious gift!!!

Dawn Lewis, the Lewis family and Lillie


Hi Erik,

I hope you and your wife are doing well!  I wanted to give you an update on Stella.  She's our little angel.  We are so in love with her it's crazy!  My husband and I could not have been happier with our sweet girl:)  And she's growing like a weed!  Ears pop up every now and then but nothing permanent yet.  We love her all the same regardless!

I've scheduled the appointment for her spaying this Saturday and wanted to know which fax number you wanted the conformation sent to.

Also, is there a form or is it just a document or receipt stating the date and time?

Thank you,Jennifer


Hi Erik and Diane,

I have some sad news to bring you......we had to put Bella to sleep yesterday.  She had been having problems with her balance.  We thought it was her ear infections again.  She did have that and was given very expensive antibiotics on Friday.  They helped for a couple of days.  Then starting on Monday, she got worse.  By Wednesday, she could no longer stand.  It turns out, she had a brain tumor interfering with her inner ears.  It broke my heart to lose her, especially so soon after losing Miss Sadie.  I'm just glad that Bella had a good life for her last year.  She was very spoiled.  We will miss her and her antics.

We're greatful to still have Piper.  Shes an amazing girl, very smart and shes very funny.  She keeps us laughing.  She loves to sleep with us in our bed even though she takes up most of it.  She lays on the couch and watches tv or out the front window for rabbits and turtles.  We hope to eventually get her a playmate again but need some time to heal for now.  We hope to find a white shephard one day but have room in our hearts for just about any shephard.  

I'm glad you were able to find my friend Dalia a puppy.  She came into my work to show me pictures of her.  Too cute.

Sally and Marty


Erik,

I will send some from home it works better.  I also have lots of pictures on facebook if you want to find me there.  Sheldon is popular with my friends on facebook.  He is doing great in puppy class he loves playing with the other puppies.  He has learned (come, sit, stand, lay down, and leave it-still a little rough on that one but does it most of the time.  He gets his last puppy shots next Tuesday so we can walk him around more.  Our homework has been to take him to restaurants and events and he is well behaved at those.  Mike takes him all over also during the day.  He loves the float in the pool and jumped from the side to the float the other night so now it has to come out every night.  He learns very quickly and is growing a lot.  Ears standing up more often now also.

Take care,Lorraine


Dear Eric and Diane,

Just read Paco's story, very nicely written and very touching.  As we are saddened by not seeing his sweet face here at home, I am ever so thankful and gracious to you both for all you do and your love for all these dogs.  I am so thankful to have met y'all and feel like Paco was sent our way for a reason, to get in your hands and direction.  Thank you again for accepting him and giving him a opportunity.

It was absolutely an honor to meet y'all!  I will be in touch to hear how things are going, Take care!

Shannon


Dear Erik and Diane

I'm not sure how I will ever thank you and Diane for the gift of Paco.  We had a great first night, and we walked this am.  Paco met my nephew and sister this am, and could not have been a better host.

I can't wait until you find me #3 :)

Thanks again.

Susan, Joe, Kilo and Paco!Day 4 with Paco.  He has settled in and likes to sleep in the bedroom on a comforter.  He tries to sit in my lap, really!   It's hysterical.  His personality is really coming through and he is just a big goofy ball of love.  He went to the vet yesterday and go all shots, and meds, and was very well behaved.  He enjoys scaring the fedex man with Kilo!!  

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE PACO.


Erik:

Kilo, Paco and Rasta have become fast friends.  Rasta loves Joe, and really could care less about me, unless I am feeding him... Although he did sit on my lap and knocked the wind out of me.  Rasta LOVES my nephew, they became fast friends.  Paco is my buddy and I adore him.  Paco had a very large tumor removed and is now recovering.  He is doing well.  Rasta and Kilo play like crazy dogs!  Rasta finally seems to be happier, I think he was a  bit depressed to leave you, believe it or not he would not eat that much for the first 2 days, but he now has his appetite back.  He has been walking every morning (he loves it), just a short distance for now, but I will add to it soon, and he will start swimming at doggie day care with the other two 3 mornings a week.  

I will never be able to thank you and Diane for the work you do and the wonderful dogs you have brought into my life.  Paco and I were certainly meant to be.  

I will keep you posted on thier progress, I know it will be all good news.

Yours, Sue and Joe


Dear Erik,

Shelby is doing really well .  She seems very happy and is very healthy.  She has already gotten two more sets of puppy shots and is due again at the end of July for her final series.   She is growing like a weed and she has really made a difference in the life of our other dog Lillie.    Lillie is happy and playful again.  We are so happy to see the two of them running and playing in the yard and around the house..  Shelby was frightened of the fire works last night and jumped up on the bed and got super close to Lillie and she was fine.  I emailed you that picture in the prior email.  

We are taking puppy classes ....she is very smart and seems to pick up the commands very quickly..  She is still  a little timid around other people, but seems to be coming around.

We can never thank you enough for allowing us the rescue this wonderful puppy and for letting us make her part of our family.

 I hope you enjoy the pictures we sent and I will continue to keep you up to date.  Please tell your wife Hello for us and let her know how happy we are to have Shelby and that she is well taken care of and has fit right in with our family.

Sincerely,Dawn

Proud and happy dog mom of Shelby


Hi Erik and Diane,

I just wanted to let you know that the introduction with Pearl and Caos has gone well. What a beautiful German Shepherd! I cannot believe that anyone could let any dog get in the condition that he is in without trying to seek help. He is such a sweet and loving dog and so happy to have a home.

We fed him his dinner tonight following the instructions that Diane gave to Doug and he ate it all like all German Shepherds eat at meal time. He is actually now sleeping next to Pearl and seems so content. I know that as each day passes he will get stronger and be the most faithful loving dog that anyone could ever want.

He is very intelligent and listens to commands. I know that as each day passes he will become stronger and will grow into the dog that he deserves to be.

It is obvious to me that all he ever wanted was a family to love him and I can also say that once he has become stronger he will be the best dog anyone could ever ask for.

We will never know where he has been or what he has been through. The only thing that we can control is where is goes from here.

I thank you both for all that you do because it is certain that if it were not for your foundation this beautiful german shepherd would have met his demise in a cold shelter in a strange place that he never belonged in. My only wish is that there were more people like yourself and Diane. I think the world would be a much better place.

Barbara


Eric and Diane,  We both wanted to thank you so much for all your time and help getting the three dogs into new homes.  While it is really sad to see my grandson loose his dogs, we are delighted that they now have wonderful homes to live out the rest of their life.  Lady's new owner is just delighted with her and she seems to be happy to have all the attention.

Thanks again for all that you do.

Cathy & Earl


Things are going VERY WELL , They are together 24/7 , he's getting settled in well, cats are him are fine, he is GREAT with my 5 yr old, you couldn't ask for a better dog, She is in love with him. She doesn't answer her phone much, she lost some of her hearing. Thank you and I'll tell her you were inquiring about him and her. Thank you  , Danelle


Hello Mr. Hoffer,

I finally found a great deal on a smartphone so I'm able to capture some pictures of Duke on something more than my computer webcam!

Duke has been absolutely amazing, there was an almost instantaneous bond the second I brought him home. We had the normal ups and downs as he adjusted to his new life in new surroundings, but he is now totally comfortable. His coat seemed a little washed out when I first brought him home, and per the Hoffer's excellent advice, I switched him to the Science Diet and his coat has come back in beautifully, his black saddle has come in more and the reds stand out perfectly. We have a huge dog park/fenced in area at my complex and he loves running around outside, unfortunately with the temperatures running in the high 90s we can't stay out for too long yet, but its a perfect situation. The biggest problem when I first brought Duke home was finding a toy he couldn't destroy, but luckily I found some nearly indestructible large rubber balls and he'll play fetch all day. Training has been a breeze, he's very obedient and learns quickly, he can be impatient on the leash when he knows he's going to the fenced in area, but its night and day from when I first got him. All he wants to do is be with people and please everyone around him, he's been amazing with my family and friends. There were some issues with other dogs at first, but slowly he's becoming better, one of my neighbors has a large Rottweiler and the two have gotten along wonderfully. I recently brought him home to meet my parents whom have two very small Shetland Sheepdogs...and they got along perfectly! There was no aggression on Dukes part and he even allowed them to play with his toys, there was no aggression or issues at any time. We had to be cautious however because while they all wanted to play, Duke was simply too big for them, but the fact they wanted to interact and there were no dominance issues was phenomenal. Both of my parents grew up with German Shepherds and instantly fell in love with Duke, my Dad couldn't get enough of the big guy whom he affectionately nicknamed "Moose", he wanted Duke to himself almost the entire time I was home! I'm a firm believer in adoption and rescuing as you'll always get back what you put in with these dogs, and Dukes a wonderful example of this, he's been an amazing addition to my life and I love him tremendously. Happiness is a spoiled rotten German Shepherd!

Thanks again for helping me find my best friend!

Michael


Eric and Diane,  We both wanted to thank you so much for all your time and help getting the three dogs into new homes.  While it is really sad to see my grandson loose his dogs, we are delighted that they now have wonderful homes to live out the rest of their life.  Lady's new owner is just delighted with her and she seems to be happy to have all the attention.

Thanks again for all that you do.

Cathy & Earl


Erik & Diane...

We wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you both for all of your help in finding a home for Gant.  We didn't think we would ever meet two people who love dogs as much as we do until we met you two.  The compassion you showed for Gant's situation and the persistence with which you worked to find him a suitable home was and is an inspiration to dog lovers everywhere.  We have 4 Bassett Hounds ourselves...all of which are rescues...so we share your passion.  Please keep up the good work and may God bless you both in all that you do for animals...you are a blessing to them.

Sincerely, Jodi & Bob


Hello Eric,

I just have to tell you how much my family and I love Angel (whom we renamed Kenzie).  She is a perfect fit.  She gets along well with the two little dogs and is very attentive to the cat much to the cat’s chagrin.  She is loving and happy and seems very content with us.  She spent some time at the beach with us this past Saturday and had a lot of fun playing with other dogs.  She even swam in the ocean with the kids.

She definitely knows who her “people” are and stays with us when we’re outside.  I am able to let her out without a leash to do her business.  She seems to know the boundaries of the yard and stays on our property.  She listens very well.

Thank you so very much for matching her to me.  I love her so very much.

Keep up the good work that you do and thank you again.

Melissa


Good Morning Eric,

Well it's been almost a full day and we couldn't be happier. "Little" Miss Katherine is such a wonderful dog. She has an amazing disposition and follows basic commands wonderfully. She is bonding well with our two legged pack members and is slowly winning Maxx over. There is no aggression between them and the interaction is slowly but surely increasing through out our walks and play time. They aren't best friends yet but the day is still young and they will have a life time to figure it out.

Iris, the kids and I are so very grateful for the work that you and Diane do.

I'll send some photos later this week. Have a very Happy Thanks Giving. We have a new blessing to be grateful for, thanks to you two.

Ingrid


Erik & Diane:

I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that the "boys" are all doing amazing.  Paco has done a complete turn around!  You wouldn't know him.  He loves to walk every morning and has the most beautiful coat and full tail now.  Rasta is an amazing boy, he LOVES kids and has never met a person he does not like.  He is down to 99.2 pounds and healthy as can be.  All 3 dogs get along great.  Kilo, Rasta and Paco usually play for about 10 minutes 3 - 4 times a day and then mostly sleep - the beauty of "older" dogs.  I hope all is well with you both and your pack!


Dear Erik:

Well we have had Sage for a full 5 days now and he is a terrific dog. Does not pull on the leash as i have taught him and we  walk every a.m. early and he looks forward to it. Knows all his commands and is friendly to all who visit us. Sarge is a good watch dog when a stranger comes to the door. He is very playful out in the yard and has finally begun to eat as i anticipated this . We could not have made a wiser choice. We thank you and the Mrs.for finding Sarge for us..He just gives so much love and is always looking for it.

Sincerely, Harry and Fran


Hello Mr. Hoffer,

Just thought I'd give you an update on how Dukes doing! He's such a great dog, he's adjusted really well to his new surroundings and loves the big fenced in area next to my townhouse. Honestly, he's just a giant goofball who wants to be with you at all times no matter what you're doing. All my neighbors, friends, and family have fallen in love with the big guy and my Dad can't get enough of him when I'm down visiting. I love his curiosity and inquisitiveness and he has such a strong play drive. He's getting along great with many of the other dogs in the neighborhood as well as my parents two small Shelties. I knew exactly what to expect from the breed and German Shepherds have proven to be the perfect match for me, I love this big guy, thank you so much for bringing Duke into my life!

Thanks again for everything, and Happy Holidays!

Michael


Thank you, Erik, for the pictures - the photos are very nice.  Randy is doing well.  He was exhausted last night and hardly moved - slept all night.  Today his leg seems much better.  He is so affectionate.  We had a couple of errands to do and he greeted us royally when we returned. ( We think he likes it here!)  Thanks for all your help and good advice.

We'll write more later.    Jack and Barb


HI just to let you know we love our dog.He is great. He wanted to get in bed with us but that was a no no,He has taken over the big chair in our living room ,he also has his bed right near his chair. Now he wants the love seat but Harry says know and puts a kitchen chair  on it so he can;t.He wakes Harry up in the morning to go the back yard.Harry takes him for a walk each day.He loves Mike we let him feed him ,he will eat some only Mike has to sit with him while he eats. He loves to have mike sit out with him and play , today he hopped in his lap to take him out  and barked at him.He gets along good with our dog plus our son has a pit bull with us alto and they get along  great. Thanks for a great dog we  love him, Have a great Christmas.God Bless You Both   Fran  

Merry Christmas Hoffer's!


I've had a great year! 2012 has been awesome to me. I was given a second chance by your wonderful family (P.S. Tell Rudi I said hi!) and found my forever family with the best "human" parents I could find. I've grown up a lot and Daddy says I still have more to go! I'm a big boy at about 100 pounds now so I'm growing into my name. I learned all sorts of "good boy" behaviors and of course got into a little trouble on the way... but Mommy says Santa has me on the nice list! I even learned some "tricks" that always gets me lots of belly rubs and ooo's and ahh's from people. I turned a year old and Daddy bought me a SPECIAL birthday bone that was very tasty. They brought me to the beach for the first time and I swam and swam and I'm pretty sure I saw a manatee! (But Mommy & Daddy wouldn't let me go that far to see) I've had the best year ever and I'm so happy I get to snuggle with my new family every night. Next year will be even better and I can't wait to see what is in store for us in 2013! Mommy says I'll be a certified therapy dog- but that doesn't matter to me. I just want to love and give kisses and hugs to everyone I meet! Oh and Mommy & Daddy said when we get our own house I will get a brother or sister! I can't wait to meet them one day.

But I just wanted to say thank you for all the happiness you've brought to me and all the other orphan dogs who needed a home. You really do save lives and bring happiness to both humans and dogs.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Love, Thor(but you called me Puppy Jack) oh and Katie & Pat too :)


Just wanted to give you a quick update on yoda and sedona.  They are doing well we are biking and walking every day, and have taken them camping and up to our home in NH, haven't seen the snow yet, but maybe next month.  Sedona is healthy and weighs 76 pounds, and Yoda is leveling off at 56 pounds of muscle!  We enjoy them every minute!  Looks like you have had a productive year as evidenced on your website-keep up the great work!  Sincerely Jay


Hello Erik and Diane

We just wanted to email you and Thankyou for the BEST MATCH for our family Theia has been such a blessing she is so fun, such a loving and gentle dog she terrific with all the kids and honestly has become bff with Jaxson (1.5 yrold) she has gained the weight that she needed and is very healthy. She loves giving kisses! We can't express enough the love and happiness she has brought us! I am going to attach some pictures!

Thank you again

Tira and Brad


Hello Eric and Diane,

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Koneg's status.  No worries - he has adapted to his new life with us extremely well, as if he's always been here.  Went through a rough patch initially, adjusting to Dave, but much better now.  Dave is the only one to feed him, including treats, realizes Dave is an alpha.  Not perfectly comfortable with men yet, but working on it. Plays fetch only briefly, burying the ball in leaves when he wants to switch gears and do something else.  Still can't find the frisbee!  Loves to ride anywhere, anytime - perfect car manners.  Yup, he's velcro to me! Just a big snuggle bunny at heart.  Will sit on the patio loveseat with us each evening and weekends for coat brushing and loving.  Such a player!  Loves to run with us and takes a flying dive-flop over onto his back for tummy tickles when done.  Just a goof!  Love, love, love this sweet big guy!  Wouldn't give him away for a million bucks!  

Thank you again for all your positive efforts to re-home such wonderful creatures.  No doubt, divine intervention played a role in this adoption!  

Still trying to find the perfect name for him. Koneg, pronounced Kuuneg, is tricky to pronounce.  Suggestions?

Have an excellent day!

Lisa and Dave


Erik,

Sheba is just a dream of a dog!  She and Gillespie have quickly become "buds" around the house and outside.  She is eating well, sleeping well and finding her favorite spots around our house.  She has 3 more days of her antibiotic then she will be done with that.  I am planning to start her on a heartworm preventative in April.  The picture is forthcoming...work has been crazy this week with the FGCU Eagles in the NCAA tournament so I haven't been home in the daylight to get a picture of her with us!

Todd


Hello Mr. Eric,

Hope all is well with you and Diane. I apologize for such a delayed update but time has gone by so quickly since we adopted Lucky. He is doing fantastic!  He has had two vet follow ups since he has been home and on the last appointment he was tested heartworm negative!

I can't even explain how much joy he has brought into our family.  We instantly fell in love with him and he has become like another child to us.  He is loving and intelligent, I swear he knows everything we say to him. We gradually started him on walks and short trips to the dog park which he loves both. He absolutely loves going in the car.  He goes with me every morning to take the boys to school and is my buddy throughout the day. We feel blessed to have connected with you and Diane and that you gave us the opportunity to have Lucky in our lives! Thank-you for everything you do for the GSD community. I wish everyone would consider rescuing vs buying from a breeder.

Take care!

Chris, Kelly, Erica, Spencer, Brayden & Lucky


Koneg is enjoying the good life!  He and Dave are best buds now!  Already had the groomer come out and he hopped right up in the van and hammed it up! Definitely likes being pampered. Has happy bone hour each evening on the patio. Loves to sit with us on the chaise chairs. Eats sweet potato fries with me. Take him everywhere with us - such a show off! Still working on the perfect name for him, as Koneg is difficult to pronounce. I call him "handsome" and hubby says he's going to get his own dog and call her "beautiful."The cat is not thrilled to share company just yet. The cat taught him cats don't play eat me! We LOVE this dog! Heaven sent!


Hi Erik!  I was just going through your website and had to stop and let you know that just over the past few weeks Bo has become even better than I ever expected.

He is with me (Tammi) most of the time, as Rick is working offshore now.  I cannot tell you the bond that Bo and I have now.  He minds so well, and responds to commands 98% of the time.  It's as if he wants my approval.  We have a cat (Brit) now and they are the same age.  Brit is very timid, but Bo is super gentle with him.  Of course Bo eats Brit's food more than his own most of the time.  Ha!

Also, I take Bo with me everywhere I can.  We even go to my little nephew's (who is 9 yrs old) baseball games.  He loves hanging out with all the kids and loves it when people come over and tell him how handsome he is.  (Which we all know he's regal anyways)  We are so thankful for having him in our lives.  He's like a fine wine.  He gets better with age.

Thanks Erik!!!!

Bo Regards...(LOL)

Tammi, Rick, and Bo


Dear Erik:

Hope this email finds you all well.  I could not let this day go by without a quick note to you and your wife.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of our adoption of Shelby.  We came to your home a year ago today and picked up this amazing little puppy.  She was named Emily at the time of her adoption.

She is  a light in our lives and is truly a Blessing to our family. We love her soooo very much and she has bonded with our other dog  Lillie so well.  From the very first day, they were fast friends and have not been apart since.  They LOVE to play ball in the yard all day  and they sleep together at night .

I just wanted to keep you up to date on her progress and have sent a few pictures as well.  Thank you for all you do in your efforts to rescue and find homes for these amazing dogs.  Please keep me in your files,and newsletter if one is available.  God Bless you and your family.

Sincerely, Dawn


Hi Erik and Diane:

Attached is a photo of Shatzi, how lucky we are to have her.  Thank you for bringing her into our lives, she just turned two years old and has become such a devoted companion not only to our family, but also our 5 year old Golden Retriever.  I owned a German Shepherd as a young girl and forgot how intelligent they are, she knows when we need her to give us a lift and is always on alert to protect us, but is loveable to all who enter our home - unless we tell her otherwise :)

John and I also thank you for all the wonderful work you do to rescue this beautiful German Shepherds.  The world is a better place because of you both.

Happy Tails to you,

John and Faye


Hello Mr. and Mrs. Hoffer!

Its been a full year since I adopted Duke, it feels like almost yesterday when I drove down and picked him up! Dukes such a fun dog, he minds really well, he's great with people, and is a total goofball. His socialization has gotten much better, he's very close with my parent's dogs and my neighbor's Rottweiler. My neighbors next door got two puppies and Duke is great with them!

I love the big guy so much, he's my buddy and right hand man, thank you so much for helping pair us up and bringing him into my life!

Sincerely, Michael


Erik,

Just wanted to give you an update on Roxy.  She is doing great.  Almost 75 pounds now and healthy.  She follows me everywhere and does not leave my side.  She is by far the best dog I have ever known.

Thanks again, Ian


Dear Erik and Diane,  Even though I love and miss her dearly this is really wonderful news! Thank you so much for helping us to find her a suitable home. She really is a special girl. I am grateful for the help you provided us in getting her into a loving home! Best wishes to you and thank you again for everything!

Kind regards, Becky


Erik and Diane.

Maddie is adjusting nicely. And has eaten some dry kibble.

She then took our other dogs for a run in the back yard in 4" of water.  They couldn't keep up and she ran laps around them.  In fact , their tongues are still hanging out of their mouths; not hers though.

She has used the doggy door twice and knows how to open the French door into the house if its not closed all the way.

Here is a picture of her relaxing and using our French door as a headrest.

Thank you for giving us this great opportunity to bring her into our family.

Warmest regards

Vinnie and Gail

By the way, we went to my parents and introduced her to my family; mom, dad, brother and his 3 kids.

They adore her and she was great!


Erik,

Attaching a photo of Shadow.  He really is a wonderful dog and much loved around here.  He had 2 weeks training with Mark and now has ongoing training in the home with Mark.  He is great on lead and heels beautifully.  He still is not sure of the neighborhood surroundings but willing to learn.

He is a needy dog and a bit of a big baby. Shadow is very vocal and talks to me when he wants something or if I don't fix his food quite fast enough. When we arrived home, he latched on to Don and had a severe case of separation anxiety if Don left the house or went into the garage, howling and climbing the doors.  That is over now and he has become closer to me, since I handle his training, walking and feeding.

In the photos the little Black and White Papillon, Barney is the one Shadow is very fond off, although he likes the other 2 as well.  The morning begins with Shadow bugging Barney and Barney shrieking at Shadow and  chasing Shadow around the room.  This goes on until breakfast and then they mellow out because Barney is old (14) and needs a lot of naps..

So, all is well here in the Hookom household. Shadow has settled in very nicely and we both love him...

Until next time...Sue


Duke[his new name]did great last night. No crate. He slept in our bedroom. Didn't even snore!! lol Very good dog! Thanks. Bill and Meng

Thank you for copying me.

It is inspiring to receive "Happy Ending & New Beginning" Reports that keep me moving forward :)

You and your wife are a breath of fresh air and a welcome pleasure in my life.

Bless you both, Jeanette


Dear Erik and Diane, there are not words to express how grateful we are with you for finding Forrest, or “Duke” A new home, when Forrest showed up to our house looking for help I did not know what to do  with such a big dog. After the event, I started calling different shelters without any result. Finally, I started calling shelters out of the Miami area, coming across with Erik and Diane who found a wonderful family for this great dog. Thank you again, and thank you to Awl, I wish there were more individuals like you in this world; this would be a much better place.

Patricia


Dear Erik,

We would love to come to your reunion…however, we work on Saturdays and can’t make the drive up from Naples.  We would LOVE to make a donation to the cause.  To whom should we write the check?  Where should we send it?

I’ve attached some pictures of Maisy and Colin.  They are really the best of friends.  She is the perfect dog for us.  Thank you for finding her and bringing us together.  We want to help another dog find it’s forever family.

All the best, Michele, Brice and Colin


Hi Erik and Diane,

We would like to start off by saying thank you for letting us bring Lilly to be part of our family. She has brought so much joy to all of us. The kids just adore her as she does the kids. She fit right in at our home. She is very happy here and we couldn't be anymore happier with her. She loves to play catch,  run around and play with all of us.  Thank you again for giving us the opportunity of allowing Lilly to join our family. She is loved by all of us..

Sincerely, Jabie, Michelle and Kids


Hi Erik and Diane,

Ive been wanting to give you an update on ESO.  We couldn't be more pleased with our new addition.  He makes me laugh from morning to night!  What a clown. And soooo smart!  Thank-you again and God Bless,  Ginger


 

Hi Erik & Daine, its me Zeus. I wanted to tell you how I am doing. I love my new home. My new family adores me, I go for walks and get to run in my big back yard all the time. I have a lot of toys, but my favorite is the ball. I impressed my family when I fetched the ball and brought it back to them and when I show them what basic obedience training I know, and that I can speak on command. My new mom and dad say that I am walking better and starting running like I should be. My parents got really happy to see me lift my leg to pee... but I don't understand what the big deal is. My parents were surprised to see that I can push open the doors too. I shocked my parents when I barked at the city lawn mower. He got close to my yard, so I told him to back off. My dad ran to me since that was the first time he heard me bark, then told me it was ok and that I was a good boy.  I love to spend my days watching the guinnea pigs, they make whistling noises when they get their treats. They get really happy when I lay next to them. I met my doctor because my ear was itchy and they loved me too. I was very nice to them. They made me feel better and gave me lots of love too. I get bathes one a week... I love it when I get to run outside after. My dad says I act like a horse running around and laughs all the time. I like to lay next to my parents and in my yard. Kaelyn really likes me laying next to her, sometimes I will craw into her bed and sleep next to her. Her bed is so comfy. She fell asleep on the floor with her ipad, so I slowly pulled it out of her hands so she could sleep. I love all the hugs and kisses that I get. Bugsy and I sleep next to each other, in our own beds, but I leave Bugsy's food and water alone. My vet, and my parents said I have gained 10 pounds so far and that I am looking healthier everyday. We have a pool here, but I am not sure if I want to go swimming yet.. it looks like a big bathtub. I found an armadillo in my yard.. i was chasing it until i ran into my fence. my dad was laughing a lot. I have met a lot of the neighbors and their dogs, everyone is really nice. I love it when my mom gives me massages. I wanted to say a special thank you for saving me. I didn't think that I would find my forever loving home. Well, I'm going to go for now, I want to go play outside. I will keep in touch.

I will have my mom & dad send pictures of me soon. Thank you for saving me and for my new family.

Zeus

MIKE


Hi Erik,

I would like to give you an update on our family member Bear. He IS the perfect match for us and our little dog, Angel. Thanks for not giving up on us when our first try just didn't work out with another beautiful German Shepherd. From the first day Bear came home he showed us that he truly made it home. I will send your name out to others that are in need of a perfect family pet. Attached are some pictures to show you what a happy soul he is. In these pictures you will see how he went from one extreme to the next.

Thank you, Jennifer


Mya is an absolute gem. We all adore her and she loves us too. We just got back from a 3-mile bike ride with her. She was great. We went trick-or-treating and we were so proud of her. Just ordered one of those walkydog dog leashes for bicycles. I am going to call the previous owner this weekend. I have been to every pet store in the area. She has new toys, ball, food, collar, leash, frisbee, door bells, and a hula hoop. We still need a crate. We sold ours for five dollars in sept at a yard sale.  It was identical to the one we r borrowing from u. That is the way it goes sometimes. We will sent u a family photo as soon as someone can take r picture. Thank u from the bottom of our heart for connecting us w mya and for all that u do.

Brad


A RECENT LETTER FROM A FAMILY THAT FOUND A DOG THAT WE RE-HOMED:

Erik,

I can't begin to express how thankful we are for your help in finding a loving family to become the new owners of Buddy/Sarge !!

It brought a sense of relief knowing that he will be safe and taken care of physically and emotionally.You are an angel sent from heaven and I am so moved by your dedication and love for dogs.

I  will definitely write a review on your website and donate money to your rescue. If you receive any updates and pictures of him please let me know.

Thank you and have a great night!

Mariana

OUR REPLY

Thank you for your kind words. Life's meaning, in my belief, is a legacy that many people overlook. It is not just that people are born, work hard, live their lives and die, but what we do daily during our lives that provides help, love and support for our fellow man and for creatures of all types that creates the legacy we leave behind.   All interested people should know we existed and who we were while here on earth.  This does not in any way have a religious basis but a moral one.  Diane and I feel as if we are contributors to life and we are proud we have found a calling that is not only enjoyable to us but important to these dogs and cats we save.

Any financial help you can be to the AWL would be greatly appreciated.  Again thank you both for being caring humanitarians.

Sincerely, Erik


This us Eugene and Sheila, thank you so much for the photo! Although we miss Coco it is great to are that she is with a new owner and both Vivian and Coco look Very happy. We are Very thankful that we found you Erik. Merry Christmas!!


Dear Erik and Diane,

I’m taking more pictures of Alastair and Gypsy tomorrow. I had one that was pretty good, but not good enough, and I can’t find it anyway. She is such a beautiful animal, I must show her off at her best. She turned out to be everything we could hope for and then some. Finally this week she has shown more life than I thought she had in her. She’s a joy, and I realize now that she was going through depression prior to becoming at ease again. We make sure she has the best of everything and I’m so happy to do that for her.

I’m taking her last caretaker; that would be Bob and JoAnne Hacking, out to lunch in a few days.

Owe an awful lot to you and Diane as well.

Sincerely, Vivian C


I was going to reach out to you tonight. He is such a love and honestly I can't understand how anyone could "throw" him away. I promised him this morning in those beautiful eyes of his that we will love him forever and give him the best life. He follows us everywhere and this morning was licking juneys face.

I'm just so in love with him. He slept on Drews bed last night by the way.

Thanks so much and we will keep sending you updates.

Kim


 Hello Eric. I just wanted to take a minute and thank you for all you have done for me and Laicee. I am so grateful to you guys for working so hard at what you do and for finding Laicee such a good home. People like you make the world a better place knowing that your love for animals is a top priority in your life. If you would please forward my message to Laicee's new Mom. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, Deborah.

Thank you so very much for rescuing Schultzy!  I am so grateful, and I know the family is, as well!

Warmly, Kelly


Erik,

I thought I would take the opportunity to give you some feedback.We decided to keep his name as Mueller. It has been challenging but rewarding as well.He is beginning to become a member of the pack.

He still has some separation anxiety issues but it gets better every day. I was reticent to let him exercise in the back yard until today. He appears to be healing well. He clearly is a very smart fellow as I left him in the back yard, while monitoring him from behind the blinds. He was trying to lift the latch on the fence. I will secure the fence gate before leaving him by himself.

We downloaded the application for the Venice Dog Club training and will send it in.

We started out with letting him sleep in the bed with us but it was just too much mass in too small a place. We took an old blanket and put it on the floor as a bed and he has taken to that. Today I was taking a shower and he was curious and trying to get into the shower but responded to my correction to stay outside. In response, he dragged his bed into the shower area and laid down on it there.

Thank you very much for allowing us to assume the responsibility of raising this fine young man. Please feel free to contact us at any time for an update. I will do my best to keep you apprised of his progress.

Thank you for your dedication to GSD's  We will do our best to exceed your expectations of us as leaders of Mueller's pack.

Mark


Erik:

Attached are a few more photgraphs of Maddie.

I was on your website and looked up success stories and found her original pitcures. She is doing great, is very healthy and is having tons of fun!  I included a picture of Kaylee and Logan our other shepherd and rottweiler.

Vinnie & Gail


Dear Eric and Diane,

I just wanted to thank you again for finding Nala a home and saving Alex.

I go in every day to Manatee County Animal Services and walk the dogs. At any given time, there are 50+ dogs on the floor who need help. Thank goodness there are several of us dedicated dog walkers. (I've even gotten my husband, Frank, walking once a week.) I love all the dogs, but some just grab at your heart. That's how I felt about the mix, Alex, and wanted to let you know how grateful I am that you didn't send him back to Manatee County.

Please note that I posted a thank you naming your Rescue on the Support Manatee County Face Book page and also sent a message re Sue Kolze's comments to my friend, Joanne Sampson, who is on the Board of Animal Network.

Carrol


I’m trying to leave feedback on your website not sure if this is the procedure but maybe you can get it to the right place! First I want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart to give me the opportunity that allowed me and my family to have this wonderful loving dog in our lives! I feel as if you listened to all our needs and sent us an ANGEL. You took the time to speak with us ( as we were wanting a German Shepard playmate for our baby, a 16 month male German Shepard Carlo) and made a perfect match! I have nothing but love and gratitude knowing that because of your rescue this baby ( we named her Margo) was taken off living in the streets and saved from a kill shelter.Nothing was forced, hours were spent introducing the pups. Carlo and Margo are now best friends and spend hours a day playing!!! I would also like to Thank You for making sure this puppy in need was taken care of (spayed,shots,chipped,medication that was needed).

Please know that she is a love and part of our family ,we are so happy,this is like adopting a baby! Please feel free to call on my company when you are doing fundraisers as we would like to help out if possible.This is our first rescue and we couldn’t be happier!

Regards,

Scott


Hi Erik and Diane,

Thanks for sending the photo of Gaia, but especially for making it possible for us to adopt her.  We absolutely love her and could not be more pleased with her than we are!  Thank you both so much for the wonderful work you are doing with placing these beautiful shepherds in loving homes.  Again we can not thank you enough!

Best regards,

Bill


We adopted a rescue German Shepherd a little more than a month ago. He is 1 yr old and full of energy.    He had a few trust issues but has adapted to us really well. He is fun and a joy to have around.  What would we do without him? We have always had dogs and I feel a home is not a home without one.

Already Dakota has shown us so much love which makes this more of a happy home. These dogs deserve to be loved and live a long healthy happy life.

Our Dakota has a forever home.

Harry and Jan


Erik and Diane,

I want to share with you our celebration of Satchmo’s 1st birthday!  If you recall Satchmo was dropped off at the Sarasota Animal Services last July and thought to be blind and potentially positive for distemper. Here's the original link:

http://www.swflgsdrescue.com/article.php/20130722144424393

Amy and I were immediately drawn to him and we were able to adopt him from you in August.

Today is Satchmo’s 1st birthday and we wanted to let you know that he has been the most loving, wonderful and smart dog we’ve ever had.  We, along with our vet, believe that he has some if not most of his vision intact and shows no outward signs of any health issues of any kind. We are so happy we were able to add little Satchmo to our family!  He and our Golden Retriever, Gillespie and Cacia, our other Shepherd from you have become one tight pack in the last 9 months!

Thank you for your wonderful services!

With warmest regards,

Todd & Amy


Hello Eric, i wanted to update you on benji. He is doing really good ,getting along fine with our little dog&cat.He plays with his toys and loves the yard &trees.His eating is getting better,he eats a nice size bowl through out the day.Thank you, he will have a special place in our family .i will send pics soon.:-)

She's come so far in such a short time.  Thank you for all you do for GSD's!  We bought the squirrel for her right after we left your house, it took her a couple of weeks but now it's her baby. And she loves her cat and he puts up with her ;)


Hello eric&diane,I wanted to thank and update you on benji.He is doing awesome Eating Great ,loves royal canine dry/innova wet.He is responding to all commands consistently now.we take him on walks through beautiful forest trails behind our house daily , he runs and Jumps like a deer as fast as he can ,back and forth to us playing catch its hillarius. I have yet to see him bounce or carry his one leg either.An absolute playful Sweetheart with our cat and family.I love him with all my heart   and you too for helping him and us enjoy life to the fullest.I will text pictures

Thank you.  Joe&family


Eric,

They are settling in very nicely.  They are really good dogs, very smart and quick to learn.  Sara sleeps curled up next to me at night and Burgo sleeps on the rug next to my bed.  They are glued to my hip non stop, When I sit down they lay down at my feet, if I get up they are two steps behind me (sometimes less, and I get a cold wet nose on my butt!!)  I have never had dogs like this before.   If anyone tires to hurt me or break in, I think the dogs will eat them!!!

They love to go for rides in the Smartie,  Sara hops in and sits in the back with her head on my shoulder and Burgo sits in the front seat.  In the next couple of days I will get a pic and send it to you, it is quite a sight!  When I get back home I let them out at the front gate (after it closes) and they chase the car back to the house (about 1/3 mile)...  I was doing 17mph and they were catching up!!  I try to do this a couple of times a day to burn off some excess energy.  Tonight I went to pick up take out for dinner and took the dogs with me...  you should have heard the comments, needless to say, no one went real close to the car. They were good, I was watching though the glass doors, no barking or ugly behavior when people walked by, the window were part open and they could have stuck their heads out if they wanted to, they just sat in the front seats intently staring at the door waiting for me to come back out.

Sara is a very picky eater....  vet said to give her wet puppy food, Nurta Max Puppy Large Breed in a can, till she has put on a few more pounds.  Burgo will eat what ever you put in front of him.

They both want to eat the cat, but are afraid of her...  lol

Sara is the more dominate and aggressive of the two, but when I get after her she backs off right away.

I went to Yoga class in Clermont a few days ago, the wire cages were latched and secured.  They both succeeded in bending the panels such that they escaped.  I wasn't gone long so they did not do any damage to the house,  I took the pliers and straitened out the panels, I then took a dozen heavy tie wraps and secured the edges were the panels meet.  I was impressed!!!!

We have had some fun play/wrestling sessions on the floor, Burgo got a little carried away and put teeth on my arm...  as soon as I raised my voice in displeasure he cringed and laid down right next to me, he didn't roll over but I had no doubt that if I had continued scolding him he would have.  I pet him and we were good.  These are big powerful dogs!

A little note of concern, Burgo cannot jump up on the bed or very the low stone wall.  I wonder if he doesn't have enough muscle mass in his back end or maybe residual pain from being neutered??  What every it is, it doesn't effect his ability run!!!!

Speaking of running, these dogs are beautiful when they are moving at speed.

I am very pleased. And thank you for your help in arranging the adoptions.

Louise


Hello,

Just a quick update for you.  Buddy Boy and his mom moved from North Port, Florida to Nashville, Tennessee, last month.  He now has a huge half-acre fenced yard with plenty of mature trees to run around and - most importantly - Squirrels to chase after (his favorite past-time!!).

Can't thank you enough for having been there at the right time and place for Buddy to have found his home.

Best,

Dirk


Eric,

Great news, the family that is now fostering Princess has decided to adopt her, the whole family fell in love with Princess for being such a lovable and great dog, thanks for all your efforts Eric, if it wasn't for you, I would've taken her to the shelter the day after I spoke to you, so God meant for me to contact you instead. We are very happy for Princess, she is such a great dog who just found a great family to be with,

Sincerely,

Nino


I’m trying to leave feedback on your website not sure if this is the procedure but maybe you can get it to the right place! First I want to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart to give me the opportunity that allowed me and my family to have this wonderful loving dog in our lives! I feel as if you listened to all our needs and sent us an ANGEL. You took the time to speak with us ( as we were wanting a German Shepard playmate for our baby, a 16 month male German Shepard Carlo) and made a perfect match! I have nothing but love and gratitude knowing that because of your rescue this baby ( we named her Margo) was taken off living in the streets and saved from a kill shelter.Nothing was forced, hours were spent introducing the pups. Carlo and Margo are now best friends and spend hours a day playing!!! I would also like to Thank You for making sure this puppy in need was taken care of (spayed,shots,chipped,medication that was needed).Please know that she is a love and part of our family ,we are so happy,this is like adopting a baby! Please feel free to call on my company when you are doing fundraisers as we would like to help out if possible.This is our first rescue and we couldn’t be happier!

Regards,

Scott


Dear Erik,

First of all – Happy 4th Of July! I hope it is a safe and fun one for you and your family.

I have great news! It looks as though we are going to be able to take Cooper with us. We found a similar rental property near the one we were originally looking at that is managed by the same property management company but that allows pets. He technically exceeds their accepted weight limit, but we were able to work around that.

I cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts to help us find a home for our boy. I sincerely appreciate it and I know he does too.

Best wishes for continued success with all you do for these wonderful dogs!

Mary AnnYes. I'd be glad to. Give me his number and I will give him a quick call. I wanted to let you know what's going on with Chance. They kept him for two nights. Removed his stitches, treated him for hook worms, and liver and kidney issues. He is continuing to take the meds you gave me for heart worms. He will be getting his first shot for them in a few more weeks. The techs were all watching him when I picked him up. He ran over jumped and hugged me and was crying!! I am totally in love with this sweet dog. He is doing so much better. I taught him some basic commands like sit, stay, stop, and heel. He is eager to please. Thank you for this precious baby. :)


Dear erik and Diane,

Rasta has become part of the family. He has adapted to his new home and has ingrained himself in our hearts. At first he was anxious and attempted to get back in the car. After we walked him and introduced him to the cats he settled down.

Pam read in his file that he was not interested in toys. Well, Pam had a large tennis ball that he began to play with. When the ball went in the pool he began to bark and attempted to reach the ball without getting wet. The attached picture shows just how far he would go in his attempt.

His only time of stress was when I left to go to the store. Pam said he whined and kept walking from the door to her and whinning. He is now more comfortable and accepts that we will return.

Thanks again for thinking of us.

Bill & Pam


Hi Erik and Diane!!

We just wanted to send you a note on Lacy!! We get so many comments on how beautiful and well mannered she is, and we'd like to think you guys had a hand in that! We walk her to the bus stop with our daughter and she's made lots of new friends! There is a woman with a son that is just in love with Lacy. She loves GS and wants your information! I'm going to pass it along!! I hope they can find a wonderful match for their family as we have!!

Thanks a bunch!!

Jared and Candice Carey.....and Lacy too!


Hello Erik,

I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how thankful we are for you and your lovely wife for bringing Macy into our family. As you can see she is quite happy, quite the Queen and quite wonderful to have as a family pet. She remains fantastic with our grandchildren and family and friends and we could not ask for a more loyal and better dog. She is a beauty!

We just wanted you to know how thankful we are for all of the good work that you do.

Mark & Ruth


Hi Erik,

This is Peggy Aimaro, and I just wanted you to know that Titan is doing real good. He is a wonderful little boy. We are so blessed to have him. I can not tell you how GOOD he is.. He sure is a mommy's boy.. I can't wait till the end of next month so I can take him to his obedience classes. He is going to be very easy to learn.. We thank you so much for him.... Oh by the way... do you have his papers with his shots and his chip???   We will keep in touch...

Thanks Again......... Peggy


Hello Mr. and Mrs. Hoffer,

I just wanted to send you both a quick update on our sweet Keisha. She has settled in very nicely. She had been eating a bit "peckishly", but today ate with GUSTO. I started her on some Prilosec in case the Doxycycline was upsetting her stomach, and it seems to have helped. She also played with a kong throw toy for the first time today. She has done VERY well with my little girls. There were a few growls the first day, but everyone seems just fine now. She has slept on her big, new, comfy pillow the last 2 nights, right beside my bed. She gently woke me with a nudge each morning to go outside. I told her she could sleep on the bed, but she seemed to prefer the dog bed. I heard her bark for the first time today when a delivery man came to my door. She has a wonderful deep, throaty bark that she used at an approiprate time. She stopped as soon as I asked her to sit and answered the door.

I couldn't be happier with her as part of my family, and I am VERY grateful that you not only saved her, but also considered allowing me to be her forever home. THANK YOU!!

I will keep the updates coming. I plan to do her chest radiographs and the microfilaria test next week and will also update you both on those. THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!

Sincerely, Amanda


 Just wanted to let you know Precious has been doing very well. She is pretty well adjusted to her new home now. Precious has been a wonderful little baby who just wants attention. She seems to love women more the guys but she is still an attention hog despite who is around. Occasionally she can still be a little snot as some young dogs can be but nothing too crazy. I take her to work once or twice every week and everyone loves her and always comments how she is the nicest dog they have ever met. I stepped her food down to normal after her initial weight gain and believe it not she has gotten a little picky with the food now. But with a little encouragement and a touch of can food, she eats all her food. Now she is nice and lean with her regular exercise...dog parks are her favorite too. Her one thing is she loves to be chased through the park but she is so fast, no dog can ever catch her. Its always fun to see that....anyways, just wanted to know how she is turning out. Attached are some recent pics of her at the house and soaking in some love from my girlfriend

All the best,Chris


Erik,

They are doing wonderful!!!  I am very glad to have them in my life.

Sara is eating very well, Burgo is glued to my side.  Yesterday morning and last night I was out bushing hogging (mowing with the tractor) and they follow me every where and explore all the critters...  they are not sure what to do with the armadillos...  cows well they bark at them but aren't interested in up close and personal.;

Sara sleeps with me on the bed at night...  real close, likes to be touching me (good thing I have a kings size bed!!!) and Burgo sleeps on the floor right in front of the bedroom door....  looking out..  it is kinda interesting...

I have a big water trough from the horses and keep it filled right next to the house, Burgo loves to lay in it.....  what a mess.... rolling eyes

I took them for a well visit at the vet at the CARES center, every one loved them.

I will send you pics soon.

Louise

Oh we do love him and Khaleesi absolutely loves him. He fits into our family perfectly. I started him on glucosamine and vitamin C for his hips too. He slips a bit on our laminate floors so I am picking up some runners to put down throughout the house so he can get his grip. He's so awesome. Can't thank you enough.


Hello Erik & Diane

We feel very Blessed to have Nala (we are calling her Kaluha). She is so loving. Lucy and her have had 2 "discussions" and Kaluha is very respectful.

As far as the cats, when 2 of them saw her, they both arched their backs. Kali whined and did not attempt to go near them. For now the kitties are hiding.

We have registered for Michelle's course online. So we look forward to hearing from her to get started on classes.

We have the crate out and both Kaluha and Lucy have gone in it. Separately of course.

She has been for a walk around her new neighborhood. And walks so well. Right now she is out like a light on the couch next to her Dad.

She has also been invited to dinner at her new grandparents house in Ft Myers next week. They are looking forward to meeting this sweet girl.

I have written the check and will mail it Monday to you.

Thank you for all you give to these dogs. Surely you two are Angels. Pet Guardians Definitely!!

Tracy & Geoff


Dear Eric and Diane,

I just want you to know that everyday I thank God that I met you both with your infinite wisdom on German Shepherds.  You are truly wonderful and caring people.  You couldn't have done any better in matching me with Remmington ( formerly Max).  Yes we changed his name when we got home, because there were so many Maxs in our neighborhood.  He adapted to his name immediately like he had always been named Remy.  We have developed this super solid bond and he is the most loving, sweet tempered, needy friend.  Each day we spend time meeting new people and experiencing new things. He seems to be socializing quite well and has made many dog and people friends. We have finally conquered Remy's fear of the cage.  He eats in it twice a day and quite often I will catch him snoozing in it. The cage door is always open so he is free to be travel in and out at his leisure.

I am so glad you had me bring JJ, my daughter's pomeranian to meet with Remy because they have developed an unbreakable bond.  When JJ goes to visit his other grandmother in Orlando, Remy goes into a deep depression until the little guy comes home. It's funny to watch this huge horse of a dog playing with this little 7 pound ball of fluff. JJ jumps on Remy and chews on his huge paws, and Remy swats him and takes his head in his mouth,but he makes sure he doesn't hurt JJ.  Remy is a gentle giant!  Through his bond with JJ, he is able to accept the foster pups that come through our house and then leave to go with their adoptive parents.  I just hope that it won't affect him too much when JJ and his family leave to move into their new home.  I might have to have you find me a companion for Remy!!!!!!

Thank Heaven you put me in touch with Michelle.  She is terrific; and you were right, she and I hit it off fantastically!  Remy and I have learned so much from her and she said he seems to be a natural at tracking.  He really seems to enjoy it.

It was so good to see both of you this past Saturday, had a lot of fun at the Pet Day Event.  Remy enjoyed meeting the new dogs and all the new people.  He also had a ton of fun.  I will try to send you an email every now and then if this is successful.

Sincerely, Cinnie


Hi Erik,

I was going to email you this weekend after having them for a full week.

They are doing great. My wife and family absolutely love them.

We can certainly see why they need to be together. Everything they do the other is right by the others side.

We wouldn't trade them for any other pet.

They have taken to inside the house very well and listen to commands.

Also, when we arrived home that night we walked them around the property several times and repeated the second night. So far, when not on the leash with one of us there, the remain right on the property....very smart dogs.

The only thing "one of them" has done and we don't know which, is went poo on my daughters floor three times now.

Her door has been closed but these two figured out how to open our doors that have handle type levers. Wow!

We are going to a local pet run tonight not to far from where we live and they'll be able to run and play with other dogs.

On Saturday they have an appointment with their vet to get their scheduled dose of heartworm and flea treatment.

Being new, the vet will give them a good exam so we have a starting point for their health.

I could go on but have probably said too much already. All I can say is they are a wonderful addition to our family and loved by all.

Thanks for the time you spent with us Monday and the expertise you shared which has helped us alot.

We plan on getting further education and attending obedience classes as time permits us to do so.

Thanks again,

Mike, Rose, and family.


Dear Eric and Diane

Mike and I can't thank you enough for rescuing these amazing dogs! I didn't think I could love another dog after losing our beloved max. These two dogs are so much fun. What a special blessing  for us. We brought them home and walked them around our property just as you suggested and I was amazed they do not leave the yard. We have a really nice dog park 5 minutes from our home, and are looking forward to taking them there,  we haven't gone yet do to weather . Hopefully today!

Well this is just a humongous thank you for the sacrifices you both made to save these dogs and others like them!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mike and Rose


Hi,

Just a little update. I renamed him Marley. He is walking, heeling great with a loose lead. We are using a backpack and he loves his job of carrying my water. He has a good command of basic obedience.

All the neighbors have loved on him and he loves it.

We have a lot of cat work to do. If he is crated and sees a cat he goes berserk.

I am holding the cats now and " owning them" and that is helping.

He is a dream dog. Amazing. We can't wait for 10/30 to start obedience classes. I have my name on their list. There is no registration yet.

You both are very special people to help others on their journey to find a life's companion. We cannot thank you enough.

Below is a pic from night one with all dogs on place for over an hour! Exercised dogs are happy dogs!


Dear Erik and zach's previous parents,

His first day went well. He has been accepted into my pack without a single problem. He did not give the cats a second glance.  He has been groomed and bathed. We have gone for a walk, went swimming together(thrilled), played with his favorite ball. He has been playful and ran in the yard. He found a comfy dog bed and chewed a big bone. He also charmed me into sharing my apple with him. He is now sound asleep and it's only 4 pm! Lol. It's like he has always been here. Thanks Erik we love this guy!


Hi Erik!

My boyfriend, Christian, and I adopted a beautiful shepherd from your organization this past July.  We are so happy with her integration into our lives.  Cacia proved to be quite the escape artist at first, managing to unlock a deadbolt and open the entry door to our condo in the middle of the night.  She and our veteran shepherd, Jasper, were roaming the neighborhood (together, to our surprise, as they had only been in the same household for under two weeks) for up to an hour before a friendly, sleepless neighbor brought them home.

Admittedly, there were a couple of territorial scuffles in the first few weeks, but we've found that Cacia and Jasper truly love one another's company and continue to work on their relationship.  Cacia still suffers from thunderstorm anxiety, but we've managed to keep her unmedicated and mostly comforted during the storms.

Cacia has been to the beach once (very early on - maybe ten days after we adopted her) and needed to be kept on the leash to ensure that she didn't run off as a wanderer.  I have not yet decided if we were pronouncing her name wrong, or if she didn't really respond well to her name, but after a few months, Cacia has become a very good listener and responds whenever called.  She did extremely well at the dog park a couple of weeks ago.

Cacia clearly has some good moves when it comes to facing off with a dog she views as a threat to her family (she has proven her loyalty to Jasper, the kids and the two of us). Given her temperament, I can only attribute her assertiveness to her unfortunate early experiences of abuse.  Cacia backs down to no dog.  She does not hurt them but she is not afraid to stand up for herself and defend herself when provoked.

She listens to us and never shows a hint of aggression, even annoyance with our kids.  In fact, Cacia chooses and asks to sleep in the kids'room in between their beds.

Thank you for all that you do - we never thought that we'd meet other amazing dogs like the ones we'd known from puppyhood.  Cacia has been such a wonderful addition to our unit and we're so grateful for altruistic people such as yourselves who dedicate your energy to the world's deserving creatures.

With gratitude,

Tracy and Chris


Dear Erik,

  I just wanted to say thank you for being patient with our family and finding us a dog that was a perfect fit for us. We absolutely love Shiekra. She has quickly made herself at home and become part of our family. We love her! McKayla has come out of her shell and loves taking Shiekra for a walk, it's her favorite part of the day. Mckayla also loves playing ball with her. Thank you for all that you do for these dogs and the families that adopt them.

Thank you,


Eric,

I know, wrong name. He has been called William, not Michael. I worked all day today, and when I got home the atmosphere in the house was more relaxed. Lexi  (the cat who was not eating) Is inside the house, more relaxed, and starting to eat a little. (Yesterday she stayed in the lanai and cried). Also, the dog is giving the cats their space, although he still wants to follow them around,  he listens and backs off. He enjoys walks and meeting people,  kids, and other dogs. He will be an awesome Buddy. As long as we continue to see improvements in the cats, we will be more relaxed too.Bill took him to our local vet Dr. Bowen in Punta Gorda yesterday and got his hearworm/flea meds. He weighed in at 64#. He also signed up for classes starting this Saturday with Rusty. Rex is learning to sit or lie down when the cats are eating instead of hovering over them. (I wish the cats would eat off of a high surface, but they prefer the floor) Rex is great with the crate, training collar, and loves to ride in the truck. We need to learn the correct way to teach him not to jump on people and not to pull on the leash when walking. He is well behaved at Bayshore park and in our neighborhood when we walk him on the leash, excited to meet other dogs but not aggressive toward them. He likes people and children, very calm with them. We are all getting into a routine. It has been a long time since either of us had a dog. - Debbi


Eric and Diane,

My family and I would like to send a huge thank you for placing Remi with us. After a short few days she has become a best friend and protector to all of us. She even lets the cats think they rule, haha. Vivian has begun bonding and now takes Remi on her morning walk, while I man the late shift. She’s eating well and loving life. I feel sorry for the Brown’s as they are surely feeling the loss of their pet.

Thank you both so much, Steve, Vivian and Michael


Hi Erik,

I can't believe that we're coming up on a year, March 1st, since I adopted Rickey, and he has become my best friend.  Following the adoption, I purchased a house with a view of Lemon Bay from my front porch and kitchen window.  Rickey loves to lay on the front porch and, being a German Shepherd, keeps a very close eye on the comings and goings in the neighborhood.  I also installed a doggie door on the back of the house giving him direct access to a fenced backyard.  The downside to that is sometimes he goes out patrolling late at night, creates a ruckus when he finds a critter out there, and I have to go out in my pj's to drag him back in.  As you may remember, he has serious elbow and hip displasia which severely limits his mobility...but I'm not sure that he notices that or cares. And I'm also not sure that I would be able to handle him if he were 100%.   He was not neutered until last January, and he is definitely an alpha dog.

Thanks again for your tireless efforts and wonderful work with these dogs.  They are precious.

Wishing you the best in 2015!

Sincerely, Kim


Dear Erik,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you from my heart for finding a good home for Shadow.  I would have written sooner but I have been extremely upset over having to loose her.  She had my heart and I am sure you could see the bond between her and I yesterday.  I was so upset that I had to leave when I did or I would have just broken down.  I sit here with a broken heart and missing Shadow so very much.  When we were driving away I saw her sitting there looking at us (me) and she just looked so sad.  I swear she knew she would never see me again.  If you don't mind I would like to stay in touch with you to see how our girl is doing.  I didn't sleep all last night thinking about her.

Shadow is a very special girl and I know in time she is going to be such a wonderful dog and companion to that young man.  He seemed very happy and as I watched how he was with Shadow I had no doubts what so ever that he would be a better choice for Shadow.  He is young, has lots of energy and is going to treat her like his best buddy.  The questions I asked him helped me decide that he would be a good fit.  Had I not felt that, then I would not have agreed to give her to him.  It did my heart good to see how he was with her and how excited he became over telling us all how he is going to include  Shadow in to every aspect of his life.  I hope she never forgets me as I will never forget her.

When I am in a better place emotionally I will absolutely write up a stellar review on your website.  Thank you again Eric and I wish you and your lovely wife a wonderful time on your trip abroad.

Most sincerely,

Marilyn


Hi Erik,

Jax adores his new playmate! He is having a little bit of a hard time understanding the situation, of course, but he likes having a "big, BIG dog!"

We came home and I gave Marley a good, fluffy, blueberry & vanilla bubble shower. What a GOOD DOG!!! She stood like a champ and let me scrub her sparkly clean, tip to tail. She finally loosened up enough to fetch her ball a couple times, but then decided all we were gonna do was keep throwing it, so she hung on to it lol ;)

The cat has barely come off the bed, and swatted at Marley once when she was sniffing too close, which set off a string of yelping barks (poor dog!). She is panting a lot, whimpers and paces if I am not sitting down, and has bonded to me like superglue. She follows me everywhere I go, which is fine with all of us. I absolutely LOVE HER!!! Jax is a little jealous at times (being an only child, he is used to getting 100% of my attention), but I will continue explaining her predicament... how she misses her family and that she needs us to make her feel welcome and loved to become part of our family now. When he hears how sad she must be feeling he walks over to her and softly pets her and gives her a hug, sometimes a kiss.

She ate just fine and is drinking a TON of water... only one little puddle, but mostly lets us know she's gotta go by giving us "that look" and extra whimpering. She is currently cuddled up on her new, fluffy bed, with her 3 blankies and tennis ball splayed under her. I know this must be devastatingly difficult for her former family, but they can rest assured, Marley is in a very happy home and we will take VERY GOOD care of her!!! Things happen for a reason... she needed us and we needed her!!!

She just sighed a big, relaxing breath and is finally resting. :)

Thank you for bringing Marley into our lives!!! :)

I will call my vet tomorrow to see about having her chipped down here, if only to avoid the stress of another long, confusing drive so soon. I am looking at my schedule now to send Michelle so we can find days to get together next week. More updates and pics later :)

~Tanya

Thanks for the info.  Yes, he went to vet and all shots done.  I also started the heart worm, and flea and tick medicine.  I also already called Michelle and made appt for meet and greet for Tues and 12pm.  I got her card from the vet I switched to.  Golden Gate Animal Clinic.  They told me that they work a lot with her.  Just what are the chances that I e-mailed Michelle prior to adopting Bruno, and I'm using the Vet Clinic she works with ?  It was just meant to be !  Bruno is so wonderful.  He brings so much joy to both of our lives, and that boy so makes me laugh !  What a personality !!!  Thanks again Eric !  Have a blessed, wonderful day !  Sherri


Thank you Erik. Jax is a gift from god!!!!!!!!!!!!and you. We love him sooooooo much!!!!

Charlotte


Hi Erik,

I wanted to thank you for the time you spent with my wife and I today telling us about your German Shepherd Rescue and offering your suggestions and recommendations for our rescue. You have a wonderful organization! You said that you would be willing to share your rescue templates with us. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and I look forward to reviewing them and getting our paper work completed and in workable fashion.

We stopped by the Animal Welfare League building on the way home. It must be a great feeling to see the reconstruction start and know that your new facility will be up and running soon. I wish you a smooth construction process. We will be calling to see if we can be of service as volunteers for the short time we have left here in Florida this winter. We will be leaving Florida April 1 st. and planning on returning next winter. We look forward to seeing your new completed facility.

I want to thank you, Diane and and all the people you work with for helping German Shepherds find loving forever homes in this area. You have and are doing a wonderful service for such a magnificent dog. German Shepherd dogs have been near and dear to my heart for over 40 years and I am excited to get our rescue up and going.

Sincerely,

John R.


Hi Erik,

I just wanted to thank you again for everything you’ve done for my mother and I, we are beyond grateful and so happy to hear that Marley is with a loving family now.  The message near brought me to tears but I’m so glad you sent it.  It truly warms my heart to know Marley is doing so well and her new family loves her so much.

I’m sorry I haven't been in touch since I left and didn’t respond initially to your last message, I’ve been sick since we got to Arkansas and have been out of touch with everyone but wanted to make sure I thanked you for everything.  Also I wanted to apologize for not sending anymore checks yet, we have every intention to pay everything back in full and we will be sending another payment very soon.  I hope the weather is alright down there, it got a little cold here for a few days (it snowed the first week! couldn’t believe it) but it’s warming up right now.  In the mid 70s with a nice breeze today.

Anyway, thank you so much again, Erik.  I hope you’re doing well and I’ll be in touch with you again soon.  Let the new family now how tremendously grateful and happy my mother and I are that Marley is getting so much love  : )

All the best,

Jacob


Dear Erik,

I apologize for not being in touch with you and updating you on Jager's progress, no excuse for it, but I just kept putting it off.

Jager is doing fantastic, he will be 6 years old on April 1st.  When I first brought him home he was a bit of a handful, but with a little patience and discipline he stopped jumping up on people when they came over.  Leslie Lake still contacts me about him and still seems to miss him terribly, but also knows that she could not handle him.  I believe she suffers from guilt at giving him up, it's somewhat sad for her.

Shortly after I had Jager with me I noticed he was losing a lot of weight, after much research I concluded that he had EPI, I took him to a fantastic Internist (Dr. Heidi Ward) in S. Sarasota where she diagnosed him.  He's been on Epizyme powder and gained back his weight, he had gone down to 60#'s from 120#'s before I found the right Vet.  Jager is a very nice 90#'s and pretty much maintains that weight.

Jager is a high energy dog, as you know so I started to bring him to daycare once a week (Bayside Pet Resort).  He runs with about 25 dogs and plays in a small pool that they have.  He's been going there for about one and a half years now and it has been a blessing for him.  They have competitions and parties for the dogs, it is so good for all the dogs, most especially Jager.  You cannot imagine how he carries on when Wednesday mornings come around and he knows he's going to the Spa, he can hardly contain himself and barks all the way there.  

I'm attaching a few pictures of the handsome guy, they had a Soccer Ball competition and well, Mr. Jager won MVP, it seems once he had control of the ball he hung on and never let go....he scored 7 points overall....

I absolutely love Jager, I think he is the greatest and thank you for fixing us up.

Dorothy


Eric,

I just wanted to drop you a few lines about how Gracie is doing with us. She is a wonderful dog that has already made tremendous strides in learning to live a " normal" life. When we picked her up at your house 3 weeks ago, I had never seen such a basket case of an animal. Even the noise of stirring a drink at home sent her into a nervous funk. Here in the North Carolina mountains she loves to run free and explore the fields, and her appetite has gotten to what one would expect of a healthy young dog to be. I hope you can see from the attached photos how she is doing.

Thank You, Jim


Hi Erik, we adopted Zeus, on Sept 2013.

I am writing you to let you know that last Sunday, March 29, Zeus was laid to rest. He had a wonderful life, filled with unconditional love. He enjoyed his final days with us to the fullest,  playing with us, playing with our other little dog (Bugsy),sitting outside feeling the sun and the breeze on his face and listening to the wildlife, Chasing birds and lizards, car rides, give kisses and hugs, loved christmas and loved to sing.  Zeus and Bugsy became the best of friends and spent hours playing together and loved being in our back yard; they were inseparable. Although we only had him for a short time he will be forever in our hearts. With Zeus' story, we and he were glad to get some borrowed time and we enjoyed every minute we had with each other, thanks to you and your wife. From the time we got him to the end, Zeus made sure that he showed us how much he loved us. I want to say thank you for what you do, if it wasn't for you, we would have never had the chance to share our love with Zeus, and he wouldn't have experienced the love he deserved.  With the exception of his hips/legs, he made a full recovery. He had gained weight and showed his personality. Even in the end, it could be seen that he wanted to hold on because of us, but as a parent, we had to make the decision to let him go as it wasn't fair to have him suffer. When we told him what needed to be done and that it was ok to go, you could see the relief in his eyes. (If you want to know the details, I will tell you, upon request). Zeus loved everyone he met. And everyone loved him.

Thank you for saving him,and giving him another chance. He is the only dog I know that had more lives than a cat.

He will be greatly missed.

Sincerely, Jen, Mike, Kaelyn and Bugsy Lahn


Everything is going great!  He  is crated at night in my youngest daughter's room. My other dog was actually licking him this morning. He is everything as reported. We went up to Cosco and opened a membership yesterday so we could purchase the food he is use to and appears to be working for Duke.

I made an appointment with my vet the end of this month.. my favorite vet..the owner and long time vet of 30 years is now only working Wednesdays. I discussed it with my husband, and as the drive to DeSoto Animal Clinic is long it was always for the sole purpose of having Dr. Kanzler as we trust him so much! But now with him retiring and only working Wed., my husband and I discussed  that with his limited availability, the writing is on the wall to now switch vets. I believe we are going to go with Dr. Mcinnich on Toledo blade. I will stop by this week to get paperwork for my other two pets switched to him and I am sure we can then get Duke in earlier than April 29th appointment we had in Bradenton.

I will definately keep you posted!!

Thank you. When we are ready to rescue another we will let you know. We really enjoyed rescuing a senior dog who need a loving home. Thank you for saving him and allowing us to be a part of his life. Without you and what you do, he would have never had such a great retirement. Jen


Hey Erik,

My wife and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you and your wife have done for us! You've allowed us the opportunity to have THE MOST AMAZING pet in the world! And considering the changes we have had in our life you have been so kind to understand our situation and to help us find an amazing family that is sure to give Kobe the life he deserves!

Knowing you and your wife has been an honor and a blessing and I pray that God continues to give you the strength and ability to help other pets and families.

Thanks a million for everything, although we are heart broken we feel we did the right thing and we couldn't have done it without you!

Best Regards,

Ed and Laila


Erik, you provide such a valuable service to the misplaced GSDs of Florida. You have created a legacy that will live on in memory of your lost pals. Ebo and Bud. They were so lucky to have YOU in their lives!

Debbi


Thank YOU! He is a wonderful dog! He is not showing the excessive hyperness that others said he did, he listens, and is a complete Velcro dog! He is going to be a perfect dog!

Carrie


Dear Erik,

I needed to drop you a line to update you and your wife as to the status of Charlie (how you knew him)/Sarge (what we called him because of the ancient pug named "Charlie" that lived right behind us).  

There have been and will continue to be some difficult transitions ahead for my family. My husband left about 2 months ago.  

I want you to know that Sarge is fine. I want you to know what a remarkable dog he is.  That boy stood up to my husband to prevent me from being harmed.  He went for him.  Bless that dog.  Then it was my turn to protect Sarge and no harm came to that puppy.  

That Sarge dog has been the best at guarding myself and these children.  He lays down in front of the entry door when we leave and monitors it when we are home. At night, he has adjusted to Bella being gone and instead of sleeping at my bedside -he sleeps in the hallway between my room and the children's room.

I am so very grateful to you and your wife for allowing us to have this wonderful, silly, and brave boy in our lives.  Please know that where ever life leads my family -Sarge/Charlie is a member of that family.  He stays with us.

Sincerely,

A


Hi Erik,

I thought I’d give you a progress report on Chance (aka Toby). We’ve been in Vermont for 12 days and he is adjusting well—much spunkier, and now plays with stuffed toys which he ignored when we got him from you.

He did great on the ride up, and loves to go in the car. As you recall, when we got him, he was slightly emaciated. He has put on 6 pounds and the vet thinks he’s at a good weight.

He has had a number of amusing experiences——saw a couple of deer in the back yard and quickly retreated to the garage; our back yard has a very steep hill which puzzled him for several days. We are now trying to train him to the invisible fence and our biggest problem is that he won’t go far enough from the house to encounter the fence.

He’s friendly with everyone he meets and is also friendly with dogs. He is getting over his depression, but seems to be totally lacking in protective instinct—he is oblivious to people driving down the driveway, knocking at the door, or coming in to the house. The biggest risk to a burglar would be tripping over him! But, that’s ok. We were not looking for a guard dog.

All in all, we’re happy and I think he is as well.

Burt


Hi Erik,

I hope this email finds you both well. Lou Anne, Joe and I just wanted to thank you again for traveling to Georgia to get Max for us. Erik, thank you for bring Max and us together. He is great and we love him so much. We took him to the vet just to see how his staples were holding up as he was dropping blood still on Weds. The vet put in a few more staples and put him an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic as a precaution. He is so full of energy and 80 lbs! It is hard to keep him from romping around but he does love his bean bag chairs and going for calm walks around our property.

Today was gardening day so Joe hooked up a line between two trees and hooked his leash on the line so that he could run back an forth but not get away from us. It worked well and while we were pulling up my spent Brussels sprouts, he was laying in the grass and/or on his mat watching us work. He loves to pick up sticks and pine cones and carry them around the yard so I am sure he would have been in the dirt with us had we let him.

The first few nights he wanted to play all night and most he would sleep would be 2 hours and then it was play time. (did I hear "that's when the crate comes in handy???") He is getting much more acclimated to our routine now and is even learning some commands like sit, stay, wait, ok and his favorite... NO! Joe is starting some of the training now but we will enrolling a class as soon as his staples are out. We can leave him by himself in the house without too much mischief although he did chew up the pizza box this morning when we went out for breakfast. He is totally house broken and has yet to have an accident.  He loves to be brushed and get a grooming every day.

Thanks again for your dedication to saving such wonderful animals such as Max. You both have helped make our family complete. Please feel free to stop by for a visit if you are ever in Naples.

Karen and Joe


Hi Erik

Just a note, In just two days Marley has gone from total detachment no tail wagging no interest in anything not following either one of us around to pleasantly today he has stuck to my side all day.  His tail is starting to wag and he has a little pep in his step and was playing a little bit today.   He has gotten some really good rest last nite and today. I am taking him back to see your vet tomorrow for her to hopefully pack his ears.  I have an appointment with my vet for him on Friday for a once over and a good bath.   I will keep you posted on his progress and send some progress pictures thru.  The little bit of pep I saw in him today made me cry.  So happy to see him like that.  He's in there and I know it will take time but I can see in his eyes that he is very grateful.  Thank you again for bringing him into our lives.  I can assure you he will get the best care and love.  Can't wait to see him in a few months

Linda

Happy Memorial Day!


Well, Max is free from all the staples and is doing very well. The incision was less than optimal as the vet who did the neutering had overlapped the skin instead of butted the two cut ends together so there this a little skin flap but Max does not care nor do we as long as it is healed. He is a bundle of energy and loves the yard. He does great with fetch the ball and he is getting lots of exercise early morning and after 7 PM when it is cooler. He understands "Wait" "OK" "Sit" and we are working on "Down", "Settle" and "Stay". We met with Michelle on Saturday evening and we are in the process of setting up the training days. She is great and we are excised to get started. We got a collar that sits around Max's nose and he is getting used to that and we also got the Martingale collar as well. I was working in my garden on Saturday and Max jumped in and started to dig in the freshly turned soil. He was just trying to help and he got himself pretty dirty. Well, I thought how about a bath? So I single handedly shampooed him and he just loved it! No pulling or running away - he's a  real water dog!  He is so happy to be wherever we are and we love him to be with us too. He is very good when we are both away and has not chewed up anything since the pizza box incident. He does like to move shoes around however so now we are putting our shoes out of reach.  We are doing to introduce him to the dremel trimmer tonight. His nails are so nice and short and we want to keep them that way.  Max is intrigued with the lizards that we have around here and he loves chasing the birds that we feed. So far he hasn't caught anything yet. Time will tell......

It is hard to believe that we have only had him for two weeks and he has adapted so well to our household. Thanks again for giving us the opportunity to adopt Max. Our hearts are full.

Best Wishes

Karen, Joe and Max


Hi Erik and Lou Anne,

I hope this email finds you both well. Lou Anne, Joe and I just wanted to thank you again for traveling to Georgia to get Max for us. Erik, thank you for bring Max and us together. He is great and we love him so much. We took him to the vet just to see how his staples were holding up as he was dropping blood still on Weds. The vet put in a few more staples and put him an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic as a precaution. He is so full of energy and 80 lbs! It is hard to keep him from romping around but he does love his bean bag chairs and going for calm walks around our property.

Today was gardening day so Joe hooked up a line between two trees and hooked his leash on the line so that he could run back an forth but not get away from us. It worked well and while we were pulling up my spent Brussels sprouts, he was laying in the grass and/or on his mat watching us work. He loves to pick up sticks and pine cones and carry them around the yard so I am sure he would have been in the dirt with us had we let him.

The first few nights he wanted to play all night and most he would sleep would be 2 hours and then it was play time. (did I hear "that's when the crate comes in handy???") He is getting much more acclimated to our routine now and is even learning some commands like sit, stay, wait, ok and his favorite... NO! Joe is starting some of the training now but we will enrolling a class as soon as his staples are out. We can leave him by himself in the house without too much mischief although he did chew up the pizza box this morning when we went out for breakfast. He is totally house broken and has yet to have an accident.  He loves to be brushed and get a grooming every day.

Thanks again for your dedication to saving such wonderful animals such as Max. You both have helped make our family complete. Please feel free to stop by for a visit if you are ever in Naples.

Karen and Joe


Hello Erik.  Hope all is well.  I just wanted to let you know that Nero is doing great.  He is our best friend!  Thank you for all your help in the past.  

Best regards,

David


.     Hi Eric,

Just a little update on my Loki.

I've had some health issues so I did not get back to you as promised (broke hip in February and major surgery in July).    However I did have a complete health check with bloodwork done by new vet before I went for my surgery, everything came back good except for a uti. Which we treated.   So now all I have to say is that Loki is the BEST dog ever,  still can't believe that his owners gave him up.

Thank You for all that you do for the dogs.     Peggy


Hi Eric,

I just wanted to update you on Kathrine’s (Katniss) progress since she came into our lives.  We moved to Myakka City, from Bradenton about a year and a half ago.  Katniss and Maxx her big brother now had 10 acres to call home, they were free to run and roam as they choose.  

Unfortunately Maxx passed last year but not before we rescued a very young GSD mix.  Brutus was weaned too early and in need of a good home with a loving/ nurturing mother figure.  Katniss turned out to be the perfect mom.  She raised him as if he were her own pup and they have been inseparable ever since.  

We are so grateful to you and Diane for the services you provide for these amazing creatures.  I often joke that I love all my children (which includes the four legged ones) but I actually like the furry ones!  Katniss, Maxx and Brutus have brought us joy every day and we can’t imagine our lives without them.

Thank you!

Ingrid


Erik and Diane

I just want to thank you so much for what you have done for me!! You filled a hole or void whatever it may be called in my life and my heart that has been empty for over 20 years.  I have been checking your website almost every day for about a year and a half now, looking for that one dog that hits me. Yes there have been dogs that I would see and think huummm maybe I should call about this one? But never did. Then Saturday night when I got home from work and checked the web site and there she was… Tara, I knew right then I could see she was that one dog I had been waiting for to come into my life. I called to Cecile (my wife) and said this is her, this is the one!!  I then said we have to email them and see what we have to do to get her. (did not want to call you and wake you up at 12:30 at night)

Well it all worked out, you made it happen for us and we are so thankful.  As for Ms. Tara she is doing fantastic!! She is all and so much more then we could have ever hoped she would be. We do not know if it is possible to give a dog too much love but we are testing the limits and trying to see if we can, and she is doing the same giving that love back to us.

 I know you both know you are doing a great thing and touching so many lives and saving so many great dogs in the process.  I don’t think you will ever understand how many human lives you are changing for the better too and how deeply. I am sure with all the dog lives you have saved there are probably more than a few human lives you have saved also.  As Cecile said to me tonight “Ever since Tara came into your live you are a much happier person”, and I must agree!!!

Thank you for enriching and making our lives so much better and happier.

 God bless

Doug and Cecile

And little tiny sis Bandit

Yes the funny thing is Bandit is like a new dog, she is happier and more loving than she has ever been as she leads Tara around and they play.


Thank you Eric, I will call tomorrow didn't want to call this late.

Thanks again they are both getting along so greatly.

Can hardly wait to see how they progress with some training behind them.

Cecile


Hi Eric!

This is Laurie Crowell. I adopted Chance (aka Taco, Talladro) from from you almost 2 yrs ago. He was so messed up when I got him,stitches, heart worms, hookworms, and under weight. Anyways this is him now. The best walking buddy ever! Thanks so much for this beauty????

Yes, Erik, that's a great thought, regarding writing up a story, and I'll absolutely do that.  I'm hoping that we'll have a report soon as to the status of his injury.  Before and after pix would round out the story nicely.  Too bad we can't add "scratch-n-sniff" to his story/pictures.  That poor soul had been sitting/laying in his urine and feces, and the smell was so strong that my eyes were watering.  Can you imagine the effect it has on those pups with their keen senses of smell!!!!  My sorrow for him was overwhelming.

CONGRATULATIONS!  I'm marking my calendar for November 4, and short of feast, famine, family death (God forbid), or zombies (Ha!), I'll be there.  I'd be honored to support your, and Diane's, wonderful cause and accomplishments, and will posting the event on my page,  and on that of Daytona German Shepherd Rescue (formerly known as Team German Shepherd Rescue), and sharing with friends.  Thank you so much for the invitation, and I very much look forward to meeting you both, as well as, all affiliated with this great event.

Beside thanking you profusely for all that you've done for this pup, and all that you've done for countless others, I ask that you kindly tuck my name and phone numbers away in the event that you have need in my area (central FL).  I'd be happy to follow up with pix on any dogs in my area, transport, or pull them out of AC on your behalf.  And, now that the red tape of acquiring pulling privileges is done in Polk County, if you find a pup in need that you feel you can provide for, please don't hesitate to call on me.  I will also be putting a donation in the mail this week for your rescue.

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Glynis


On a positive note, Izzy has had a great summer.  She has been in 12 weeks of obedience and tracking classes.  She loves tracking.  She has done some agility, some rally, and a bit of herding.  She loves kids and is enjoying playing with other dogs.  She is a great swimmer and keeps the ducks off our beach. She needs lots of exercise, and is enjoying lots of new things. She is much better in the car, and is much better with men, including my husband.  We are very proud of the strides that she has made.  She sends hugs and dog kisses to all!

Hope we will be in town for the ribbon cutting.

Deb


Dear Mr Hoffer

Words cannot express my gratitude to you and your organization for allowing me to adopt Lexy. She fulfills my needs perfectly and responds to me without hesitation. She is very intelligent and often seems to know what i want before i do.  She has three balls in my house, one in the living room, one in my bedroom and a full size bed in my second bedroom. She gives all three of them equal time when she wants to nap. She gets along great with my cat and my 3.5 pound Pomeranian and i find I can leave her alone in the house with them and not worry about any accidents. Lexy is a joy to live with and she has become my best friend and my constant companion. She is friendly to everyone and only barks when someone comes to the door. She filled a large void in my life and has truly enhanced the quality of my life and for that I cannot thank you enough.

Sincerely,

Reyna


Hi Eric

I just watched your video and that reminded me that I haven't talked to you in a while I just wanted to let you know that piper and molly are doing great piper has turned out to be a very loving girl she must have been really mentally abused from the previous owner it took a long time to build her trust but they both have turned out to be fantastic girls thanks again for letting us share in your cause to rehabilitate these wonderful pets they deserve the best.

Thanks again

Marty and Sally


Erik

Wanted to apologize for not making it today for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the AWL. I have been battling pnemonia for the past month and can't seem to shake it   Chip and I are so grateful we have met you and Diane and we have great admiration for all you two do to save so many pups.   We are so grateful for Marley he has enriched our lives tremendously    As soon as I can get back on my feet we will take a ride up and see the new facilities as my Mom had also requested I purchase a couple more of your books.  She wants to make sure all the grand kids have one.  Also Lola is doing very well and she seems to be the perfect fit for them.

Sincerely

Chip & Linda, Tucker  & Marley


Hey Erik,

I was just thinking about Gunner the other day and wanted to thank you and your family for helping him find a great home. You saved his life!

Thanks,

David


Hi Erik and Diane!

This is Sandra Cruz.  We adopted Sadie (white GSD) back in Feb 2015.  Just wanted to update you that we moved back to Miami as of June due to work and family circumstances.  Sadie is doing amazing!! She is the sweetest and definitely by best friend; I say, she rescued me!!

I hope you are all doing well!!! I simply wanted to give you an update on Sadie and how she is.  Again, we couldn't thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to adopt her.  I attached some recent pictures of her; enjoy!  

Sincerely,

The Cruz


Just wanted to let you know that Annie is doing fantastic! We love her so much and so thankful that you chose us to adopt her!  Hope all is well with you guys! Craig started a new business! We are on Linkenin as well as Facebook. Seabreeze Odor Removal, Inc! Please feel free to follow us, like us on Facebook and share!  Have a great rest of your week! Becca


Good Morning and we hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyed with thankfulness, good food and friendship. And, PS: Your fine 4 legged friends

Achilles is a fine dog bringing us much pleasure. We extend our thanks to you for your dedication and fine work with German Shepherds in need.

The attached  letter is offered as thanks, and as an expression of appreciation, for the work you do.

Achilles coat is growing in and in short order I will send a picture of her. Our best for the holidays,

Peggy and Jim


To: Erik Hoffer, SWFGSDRESCUE

November 22, 2015

A month has passed since (with your help) we adopted the playful three year old German Shepherd Achilles. She is bringing much joy to our home.

As I reflect back on the day before Achilles came home with us I was recovering for eye surgery and very aware of our desire to have another German Shepherd. So, I sat at the computer and perused the dogs on the   South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue website (swflgsdrescue) . One of the dogs spoke to me and I emailed Erik Hoffer to inquire about a 3 year old female Shepherd. Jim and I had thought about another GS for some time and it was only recently that we were talking more seriously about a rescue.

Within an hour after my email was sent off the Erik Hoffer at the (swflgsdrescue) I received more information on Achilles. Now I was even more intrigued and my husband and I were getting excited about the possibility of again having a dog in our life. The following day we met with Erik and he prepared us to have our first, and forever, meeting with Achilles. Erik walked us through how Achilles would initially respond to us. During our introduction to Achilles Erik coached us on how to allow Achilles to approach us. He shared what we could expect as Achilles was adjusting to her new home, community and routine. And, as we have traveled the last four weeks Erik words have rang true and we are fortunate to have this great dog as a part of our family. Achilles offers much affection and she is a very well trained lovable dog.

We want to thank South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue (swflgsdrescue) for uniting us with this lively addition to our home.  We were, and are, delighted with the guidance and supportive process that we received when we reached out to swflgsdrescue. One day we were reaching out looking for a GS and, the next day with the help of Erik Hoffer, Achilles was on her way home with us.

Achilles has been with us a month now and to our delight she well trained, loves walks and car rides and is fitting into our home. She is affectionate and yes, protective.

 Jim and I, and this wonderful dog, thank you Erik for your passion and commitment to the adoption and rescue process.  We would like to let Derek and Kate English know that Achilles is loved and she is a gift that has brought a spirit of liveliness and fun into our home. We also appreciate their ongoing information about Achilles health, food, favorite toys and habits.

Peggy and Jim


Hope all is well with you and Diane, Tana is a Great dog with great personality and still does her job as a protector. She loves people and other dogs! Glad I found you guys to bring happiness  back to me and family after the loss off another great shepherd. Thanks again. Bob


Hi Erik,

You may not remember me.  My name is Kim and I adopted a beautiful senior german shepherd from your organization in March 2014.  He had several health problems when he came to you, including severe elbow and hip displasia.  He also had a malignant tumor on his side, and your organization graciously covered the cost of the surgery to remove it.

Rickey is now 9 years old, and we have had a wonderful 2 years together.  However this weekend he stopped eating.  The vet did some x-rays yesterday and it seems that all of his internal organs have been pushed to one side and to the top of his internal cavity. The vet speculated that it is probably due to a mass that is growing and pushing the organs out. He offered additional tests including an ultrasound and some blood work to gather more information, but  I declined----it seems like kind of a moot point, given the x-ray, his age and other health problems.  I wasn't ready to put him down yesterday and he didn't seem ready to give up. So he is home with me now drinking lots of water and he's eating for me, particularly if it's chix or hot dogs and I hand feed him. ????I'm not sure how much time he has left, but I will cherish the remaining time.  My main concern is that he doesn't suffer.

I want to thank you for giving me such a wonderful dog, and I hope that I am doing right by him .  I will adopt another german shepherd down the road and I hope I can work with you again to find just the right dog for me.

Best wishes to you and your wife for the holiday season.

Kind regards,

Kim


Hi Erik,

Just some info on Molly.  The flea dermatitis is 100% gone, hair is very soft and wavy.  Some undercoat starting to reappear.  She is doing very well ... a true pleasure to have as a member of the family.  Loves her treats, meals are a celebration for her.  Very happy girl, but the resident squirrels are not happy !  We love her a lot!!

We are planning on having the umbilical hernia repaired in February.  At the same time we will have her spayed.  She was an intact female and came into heat about 21/2 weeks ago.

So that is the update on the Star of your video.  We will keep you posted the happenings in the Molly World.

We wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

Dennis, JoAnne, Rocky the rottenweiler, and Little Miss Molly


Eric,

Thank you so very much for taking the time with my son, Brian. Listening to him and responding.  Of course we are all devastated for Brian. I cried, his gramma cried. We all love JD as he is a part of our family and a grandpuppy.  We would have loved to have been able to help if we had been in a position to, would not have hesitated for a second. As much as it hurts and trust me, Brian is broken hearted over this, he knows he had no choice. JD's bio is awesome. We all had a cry over that as well.  He will do well in another house.  He loves to be the center of attention an when he lived out with me in Lehigh for a time he loved to be trained. It only took a few times to show him a command and he had it. He is very intelligent.  He would sit and I'd point at him and say BANG and he'd flop over on his side lol. But, as I was saying, we are so thankful to you and your rescue place. Without it I don't know what Brian would have done. It's so scary out there anymore with having to rehome a pet. All the horror stories you hear and read about.  I know you will find a great family for JD to become a part of.  I hope they allow Brian to keep in touch.  If not, I understand though.  Once again my gratitude to you and what you are doing.  I'm basically poor however if I can assist with time and volunteer work please let me know. I live in Cape Coral.

Beth


Hi Erik:

I adopted "Baby Ava" last September when she was 8 months old.. She is a wonderful dog. As you know she was pretty much without manners and any obedience training. She has always had an abundance of affection. You can't teach that. After obedience school and constant reinforcement she now responds well to most hand/voice commands (still working on "leave it"). She sits in front of her food until I give her the ok to eat. She lays down by the dinner table while I eat. (no begging). She trots by my bike for a 2 mile ride every morning at 7:00 with the gentle leader .  I barely have to hold the leash. The bike run is followed everyday with 20 minutes of Frisbee. (she is obsessed with Frisbee). I drop her off every Wednesday at Country Inn Pet Resort (owned in part by Cesar Milan) where she socializes all day with 10 other dogs in her group and swims in the pool.

In the beginning she was a real handful. She is still progressing and not where we ultimately want to be. It took several weeks for her to understand that I am the  Alpha and she is Beta. All positive reinforcement. Gently correct bad behavior and praise and reward good behavior. She responded. Like most things in life... the rewards are proportionate to the investment. The more quality time put in one on one yields a happy obedient dog.

Thank you again for the "Match" with Baby Ava.

Jack


Steve and Joanie  are delighted to welcome Ranger to the family! Tho' we have only had Ranger in our lives for a few days, he has won our hearts completely!

We want to thank Eric Hoffer for finding us the perfect German Shepherd, and for former mom Melissa for raising him so lovingly up to this point. He has obviously been cherished, and he will continue to be so...

Today is Ranger's first birthday... He has had toys presented, songs sung ,kisses and hugs given from 2 adults and 3 grandchildren.. And we are just getting started!????????????

Steve and I have always loved German Shepherds... We had our last one about 15 years ago. We weren't able to keep a Shepherd in a condo on Ft Myers Beach, but we have recently purchased a home in Cape Coral.... With a fenced yard and doggie door; we think God was sending us a message!

We interviewed with Eric, and he promised he would find the perfect match..thank you, Eric, you certainly did!

Ranger does SO many things perfectly! He has the greatest kiss, loves his kennel for sleeping, adores people.... Both big and small, runs like a Gazelle, is totally house broken , and craves snuggle time!

Area for improvement: becoming socialized with dogs.....woof... We are going for obedience training!! ????????

He is just a pup with in-bounding energy, but he is going for long walks every day and chases the ball at least four times a day.

He eats well, sleeps through the night , kisses on command .. And basically fills our hearts with joy!

Thank you, Eric!

Most Sincerely,

Joan and Stephen


Good Morning Eric,

I hope your day has started out well.

First we wanted to say think you again for everything you did to help find Addison for us. Last night was a very good first night in the house. She ate right when we got home and she took her meds really well. She spent the night in bed with us and just relaxed. The kids woke up this morning and were doing everything they could to get her attention and play with her. Thus far she has been very calm and relaxed.

She has only gone pee so far but we know it will take a little time for her to relax enough to be comfortable. She has had a lot of changes in a very short period of time.

When you find out what food she eats can you please find out about snacks as well. We have milk bones but she has no interest in them.

The only other thing we would like is the information to start training classes this weekend. Again when you can please let us know who to contact and where to go.

Thank you very much for everything you have done. If the next two weeks goes anything like the last 12 hours Addison will have a great home and will be a wonderful addition to our family,

Warm Regards,

Chad

Next, Addison is doing great. She is starting to adjust to her new surroundings and trust us. For the first couple days she was very timid but she is now running around the house, playing, and following us around to see what is going on. Everyone that meets her just adores her and falls in love with right away. She is a great addition to our family.

With that being said we see no reason why we would not keep her. So here is our thoughts on getting your cage, lead, a copy of her records, and the two checks to you. After class next Sunday can we come and drop everything off at your house. I assuming it will only take 10 minutes or so to get to your house from the training field so we will be there around 1145am.

Please let me know if that works for you.

Again thank you for everything you have done. It is amazing on what having a pet does for the family.

Thanks,

Chad


Hi just thought I would update  on Dutch Cannon he is doing great. His activities  are watching the farm at night keeping 12 hogs inline which he does well and most of the time he goes with me or one of the crew members to work during the day.  On the weekend  he is really busy playing with my cousins kids that live down the street helping me with the nursery ( alerting me when costumers  come in)  He has proven to be a great friend and asset  to our family and business thanks again John


We can't believe you have been with us for 4 years. If not for the German Shepherd Rescue of Southwest Florida and Eric and Diane we never would have found you. You were an emaciated pup in a shelter about to be euthanized. If it were not for the German Shepherd Rescue and the efforts of Eric and Diane to give these beautiful dogs a second chance you would not be here with us today Look at the handsome man you have become. We love you and can't imagine life without you.


Hi Erik and Di,

Just saw Diesel on you website and was wondering his age.

Also wanted to send some pix of Loki. We are doing our community training now for service dog and he is doing tremendously well. We are so in tune I swear sometimes we read each others minds. It hasn't always been an easy road but we have succeeded. He's turning into a wonderful service dog for my anxiety issues and I will forever be greatful to you both for him. Hope all is well with you two. Love and Loki hugs, Linda and Loki

We couldn't be happier with Theo! And I hope he feels the same about us. He's a bit shy still, but he is warming up as he is getting acclimated. He is still so sweet with our daughter - we know we made the right choice. And despite finding the one hole in our fence (it has been closed)  he loves being outside and running around.

I re-registered the chip so that we are now associate with the tag.

One thing we have noticed is that he tends to get a bit skiddish at times, like he may not have been treated all that well at one point, poor guy. Yesterday I moved quickly to get something from evie and Theo acted like I was going after him.  We'll keep giving him rubs and love and hopefully he'll learn that we are a safe place.

Thank you so much for your help in bringing us our new family addition.

-Danni


Hi Erik,  just wanted to let you know that Bella is adjusting really well.  She is such a good, obedient, sweet dog.  She and Yeager get along great and she has begun to really show affection to me also.

We are going to Edgewater the end of this month to visit my sister.  Her son has a photography business and he is going to do some pics of the dogs while we're there.  I will email you a copy.

Thanx for allowing me to be the lucky person who got to adopt Bella.

Sandee


Hi Erik,

Just wanted to keep you updated on our progress with Clewy, now Jasmine. She has really made herself at home here, which is fantastic. We had a few potty accidents at the beginning, but we are trying to keep her on a regulated schedule and that seems to be helping a lot. She is making great progress. We have also signed her up for obedience training through the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She and I actually begin classes this evening (we were supposed to start last week but the trainer came down with the flu and postponed for this week).

I also had a question on her medical records. I've been looking through them because I need to email them to the trainer, and I noticed that under name it says Dotty and under breed it says German Shepherd/Mix. Was just wondering if she is a mix because we believed her to be purebred. Not that we will love her any less, she's already a member of the family, but just wanted to make sure in terms of healthcare, etc. She looks so purebred.

Also, we are still waiting with bated breath for her ears to come up. We literally look every single day for any signs that they are going to stand up. They've twitched up a few times but still nothing yet. We are still hoping they will come up by her first birthday. Or we are wondering if we may have to prop them up, which we know is a bit tricky.

Anyway, just wanted to say that we love our Jasmine and are so happy she is in our lives. I also have some pictures here because I remember you did say that since you deal with so many dogs and families, it's impossible to keep track - understandable!

And if you can let me know again about her medical history, that would be great. Thanks!

Tanya


Hi Erik,

I have been keeping a close eye on your website since December, and I was particularly touched by your reflections on your two recent dilemmas with GSD rescue.   You run your organization with amazing integrity.  While that  isn't the same as perfection, in my opinion it is a more demanding standard, because it's actually achievable.  Maintaining one's integrity is an ongoing exercise in honesty and modesty--behaviors that can sometimes be a big struggle for us humans to master. Don't beat yourself up over these two exceptional situations. In the end it comes down to intention--you had the best of intentions for all parties involved, and you did your best.  And your best is pretty darn good, since each dog is getting another chance with a new pack.   It would probably be a healthy exercise for all of the adults involved to closely examine the integrity that characterized their decisions and behavior in each unfortunate episode.  As for the dogs and the kids affected...they are resilient and will find a way to thrive going forward. ????

I look forward to working with you to find me a new companion soon!  I have a couple of trips scheduled in May and June...and then I'll be ready to commit to staying put again in Englewood, and to having a new GSD join me.  

Sincerely,

Kim


Hi Erik;

I just thought I'd check in and give you a Rosa update and pic.  Rosa is through all her ailments. The vet still wants her on prednisone for a while yet. She's 20lbs. heavier than the day we picked her up and we couldn't ask for a more grateful and loving shepherd.

Thank you for your rescue and all you do for German Shepherds.

Joe & Paula


Erik, I want to encourage you in your adoptions! We adopted a very large black and brown long haired Gsd from you. Heart worm positive and with fistulas. Underweight and quite unhealthy. You got the call from ft Myers kill shelter. I had asked about a dog named Max, but evidently you remembered I asked about a long haired GSD. We met at your place and what we named Vader came out of back of your suv and about shocked me with his size! Shocked my wife also when I got home! She wanted me to bring him back!

We spent a large amount of money on this dog, he is amazing! Beautiful, loves my grandchildren, and very protective. Erik, you did an amazing job matching us up! Thank you!

Jim and Quincy


Dear Erik and Diane,

One year ago today we met Max (aka Knox) at your Punta Gorda home and it was love at first sight. He is such a joy for us and growing into a fine GSD. He is so smart and a constant companion for Joe (who he thinks makes the sun rise and set every day) and myself (who bakes him his special peanut butter pumpkin cookies and brushes him every night). He has become so helpful around the yard as we garden and loves to carry limbs "from" the pile to various parts around the property, thinking that is the best way to "get organized". We are working on teaching him to fetch the limbs and bring them "to the pile" and maybe even the garbage can, but maybe we are expecting too much!   

We have gotten him re-micro chipped with second chip since all of our efforts to get the breeder to transfer the chip registration to us failed. That is the only thing that keep us up at night....the rare case that he might be taken from us if he ever got outside the fence. We have a fully fenced in 1.5 acres and along with that there also is an invisible fence around the perimeter which Max religiously observes but with two chips in him what would be the chances that the original chip was detected first and then the breeder would be notified before us???   

Maybe we are too obsessive but he is such a big part of our family and we love him so. We want to thank you for choosing us for his new family and if you are ever in the Naples area, please give us a ring so we can show him off to you. We are just a few short blocks from the I 75 interstate and easy to find.

Well he's officially Max the Bear and we usually just call him Bear because when he came to us between the way he lumbered around and his fuzzy look he truly looked like a bear.  This picture was taken with Athena back in March and I am just so thrilled with how he smiles all the time now.  I thought you would like to see his smile too.

He spends a lot of time on the couch ( of which he takes up a bug portion of).  He took to the raw diet wonderfully and it has done wonders for his coat and teeth.

We've recently learned that he appears to be very protective of small children.  He is very gentle with them and doesn't mind them being around him but a neighbor dog came running up to the fence to bark at one little guy and he wasn't having any part of that.

Renee


I wanted to let you know that Koshi has settled into his new home extremely well. He is an awesome dog. He does his business in same spot back of the yard and he is walking very well on the leash. It took about 4 days and now he walks right by my side. He seems  to handle new introductions to people very well.

I took him to the dog park yesterday and he did well. He met 2 other dogs and for the most part checked them out and wasn't too alarmed. He's eating well and his coat is doing very well with no issues. He loves his daily brushing.

I haven't started obedience classes just yet. I want him to be introduced to new things slowly over time.

Also he stayed home with full access to the house While I was at work with no issues what so ever.

He is an amazing dog.

ThankYou

Kaaren

 Ps

I forwarded your information to friends who recently lost one of their shepherds and are considering another.


 

Thor is doing great and is such a wonderful part of our family! He goes running with me at least 3 mornings a week now, only up to 4 miles. I take longer runs on my own so I don't overdo him with this heat. Having him as my running partner actually probably saved me last week. See, I have to run before the sun even thinks about coming up and we were going down the sidewalk and came upon an overturned trash can (it was trash day). Low and behold, about 3 feet away I just made out this shoulder-high black figure when Thor turned and woofed... a huge bear got up and lumbered back into the woods we had just run past!!! Needless to say, I am so thankful to have had my running partner with me!!! Not to mention, Thor is the BEST thing that could have happened for Marley!!! She runs around like a pup again and is in great shape too! :) I wanted to write and tell you about coco and the things that she is doing and that she has done in the last 2 years that I have had her. She is a real couch potato I let her sleep anywhere that she wants to she had some issues when I got her but she has adapted well and has become so attached to us that when I leave the house Judy says that she sits by the door that I went out of and cries for a little while but eventually she will settle down. Our daughter and her two boys came to visit 2 years ago after we got her and the youngest boy is type 1 diabetic and she knew it the minute he came in the house. She attached herself to him and kept watch on him the whole time that he was here. When they were in the pool she was right there watching and making sure that they were safe she would bark at them if they were splashing around in the pool she does not like that. When I am in the pool she is right there watching me if I go under water she is barking at me before I get to the other end of the pool I have to let her know that I am ok. Our oldest granddaughter came home with the wife last year and coco just like the time before with the 2 boys was very protective when she was in the pool. Amber would try to run and jump in the pool and coco would block her Amber would try to side step her and coco would move right along with her. We walk twice a day in the morning and at night I have gotten her in the habit of walking without me holding onto her leash and she stays with me sometimes she will get stubborn and will stop walking and lay down so I just keep on walking I get about 20 feet from her and she gets up and runs to catch up. If I stop and talk to someone she lies down and is very patiently waiting to continue our walk. One time not to long ago I was talking with one of the other guys that I know that was walking his dog and then another couple came along with 2 little Yorkies and one of them was barking at coco and she never said anything when we started to walk the yorkie was snarling and barking at here and baring its teeth at here and she decided that enough was enough and she let loose that little dog couldn't get away fast enough and we all had a good laugh about that and praised her for giving that little dog the dickens. I want to thank you for letting me give her a forever home that she so richly deserved she has given us so much joy. We went to Conn. this year and took her with us and she was a hit one of our friends daughter is moving to Ariz. and she wanted to take her with her and you know that I would not let that happen. Another of our friends was having an in house tag sale and she just lied down on the living room floor and everybody that came in asked if the dog was for sale I guess they were impressed by how well behaved she was. We stayed in a hotel while we were there and they commented how well behaved she was and did not even bark if anyone walked by the room. Well I guess that I have said all that I can about her but I wanted to write this to let you know how well she is doing. Again thank you. Bruce Hi Erik, There’s not a lot of exciting stuff to say. She has never really recovered from heartworm because she’s very sedentary and gets winded quickly. I am not sure what terrible environment she grew up in but to this day, she is still scared of people. She is very gentile and has been great with the kids. She is also very well behaved and smart. She knows what you want from her: she can ‘read’ your thoughts (or maybe your body language) and she does what you ask willingly. I am very happy to have her, she has been awesome. She is so noble that she actually will step aside and let my smaller dog in to eat from her food bowl. I have never seen that before! If there’s a dog heaver she’s certainly a shoe in. Cheers, Miguel Just wanted to thank you again for an amazing dog. Heidi has lived up to the breed qualities you told us about at her adoption. It has been wonderful to see her progress from the scared anxious dog to the assured service dog she has become. She continues to work hard to train us into better people. Hopefully she is as happy with our progress as we are with hers. Dear Eric & Diane, This is Cecile Gelb Tara's mom. I am not sure if you had received my message about a couple of months ago. I wanted to let you know how thankful I am to have Tara in my life, we lost Doug on the 15th of June. It was unexpected and I was left reeling, my whole world off kilter. Tara has been my rock and I thank God every day that I have her here with me. Sincerely, -- Cecile "CC" Greetings, Erik, We just wanted to let you know that our first week with Sugar has gone well and we’re so glad we’ve made her a part of our family! She did wonderfully on the ride to her new home, and we think she’s really taken to her new pack. We’re settling well into our routines together. She’s doing much better with her commands and obedience, she’s less anxious when any or all of us leave, and enjoys playing with all of us. It took a few days, like we talked about, for her to really begin to settle, but she seems content, and we think she’ll only continue to settle in. We’ve been working with her not to jump when one of us first comes home, and she’s doing much better. Though still excitable when we come in, and definitely playful, she is a sweetheart and we can’t imagine how anyone would give her up. We remembered the posting about her that she responded better to men, but Diane has made a lot of efforts to build a relationship with Sugar, brushing her, playing, taking walks, etc and Sugar is doing well with her. When she plays with her ball or the other couple of toys we have, she’ll wrestle with each of us one by one or take turns bringing the ball to each of us. She is truly fantastic with our daughter, Myra, and we’ve enjoyed watching how much Myra is growing in learning about and taking care of her dog. Sugar is the first one she looks for in the morning, and Sugar knows where Myra is at all times! :) We have one of those rope toys and it’s neat to watch how well Sugar does tugging Myra on the other end, or how Sugar responds when something has happened and Myra is upset. We’ve been working with Myra on giving commands to Sugar and both she and Sugar have done well, they’ll be a pair! We visited one of the vets we’d been recommended to, and really like her and the office. Sugar did well at her visit, and she is officially confirmed as a healthy dog. They also recommended a good trainer, and we plan to call her Monday so we can continue to refresh Sugar’s basics and strengthen her ties with us. We really couldn’t be happier. We’re so glad we found SWFLGSD Rescue and a special dog like Sugar! Thank you again! David & Diane Erik Hope this email finds you doing well. Atlas is doing great and his manners are getting better all the time. However, I don't think he will ever realize how big he is. He thinks he is a lap dog and loves to snuggle with the kids. His relationship with the kids is finally to a point where I can trust him and them to make good choices around each other and he herds them like his little flock. :) All that to say that the girls especially have bonded with him and recently did a lemonade stand to earn money for some things they wanted. They decided they wanted to send half the money to you and the rescue to help take care of other dogs who don't have a home yet. Where would you like me to send the check? It isn't much but I know every little bit helps. Thanks for what you do Julie story of a foster failure: Hi Erik, We are excited about keeping Jody too. Thanks for saving her and covering the HW treatment. I will call Gulf Coast on Monday. Jody just fits right into our family. Unfortunately for you, we will have to stop fostering for a while as we get her fixed up. We still want to remain part of the dog group so please keep us up to speed on any dog events you and the group will be attending. We are so glad you had a good time at your party and we are honored to be friends with you and Diane. I only wish we could have stayed later, but a prior commitment to get the grandkids to St. Petersburg early Saturday made it prudent for us to leave early. So...we will keep you posted on what's happening with Jody and the vet. Is there any paperwork we need to fill out with you in order to keep her? I will also contact Ida from Caloosa to let her know the outcome, I think she'll be happy. Whoohoo! Guess we can't use "Jody Foster " anymore...lol. Thanks a gazillion Erik! Sue Erik, Wanted to let you know about Ginger. She is thriving and happy. She has gained her weight and her coat is beautiful. She is wonderful with the kids and has started getting protective of them. She gets along great with people and dogs. Before, I could not get her into the car, now, every time I grab my keys she is waiting at the door to go for a ride. Ginger has come a long way and we are thrilled with this sweet new addition to our family. Thanks again, George Hi Erik, Thought you would like some of these pictures. Lola is doing great! Fitting in well. She is playing so nice with Ellie and Candi. Our vet checked her out and other than having to gain a little weight she is doing good. Our vet just loved her. Lola is very active outside with us but really just relaxes when she's inside. I don't ever think we had a 2 y/o dog that was this calm inside. Lol She is eating good. Maybe when she gains some weight she will become a little more energetic inside. I have to take her in two weeks to weigh her again to make sure she is gaining weight. They cut her nails and she was a very good girl. Everyone in Petco couldn't believe how well behaved she was for her age. I did get the paperwork in the mail....Thank You. I see the chip number on the paperwork but how do I go online and change the address for it? Is there a website or a phone number I should call? Once Lola settles in more I will be calling to schedule the 6 week training. Thanks again. We love her! Dawn Hi. Eric Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that we lost are beloved molly yesterday afternoon to cancer she will be truly missed. She didn't make it long enough to see the new house as we will be moving in the next two weeks. Piper is still doing well fat and sassy and really turned into a great dog it just goes to show that with patience and love you can turn an animals life around for the good regardless of how some people have treated them before you get them. Hope you have a great thanksgiving. Marty and Sally Erik - My thanks to you and your wife for the great work you do with the German Shepherd Rescue. I just found your website. My wife and I have had two GSDs, one we adopted from an animal shelter and another from the Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue (MAGSR) when we live in the Wash DC area. We live in St Pete Beach now. Sadly, both have passed on (both from old age). The second one, Lady, just a few weeks ago. While we are not yet ready for another GSD, I do want to make a donation to your organization. I was touched by your write-up on Ford. I see he needs a tripod. Happy to fund it or help fund it. How much is something such as that for one that is very good and very effective? Also, is there anything else he needs that we could help fund to make him more adoptable or to make his life easier? Tx Tom Attached is our Christmas letter and photos (which include Major). He traveled well (in the crate that John, the trainer highly recommended). He is eating well (the better dog food that John recommended and which we get from Animal Luvrs). He is HANDSOME and we love him. There was not room in the crate for his Fl. bed.... so we put towels in the crate bottom for the trip. But once we got to Virginia, we went out and bought him a bed for here!!! He LOVES running in the field up front and I wish I could 'clock his speed'...... Merry Christmas to you and Diane and our 'hat is off to the two of you for the good work you do and the blessing you are to the dogs and their new owners/companions! Mary Frances and Robin Here she is . in the group photo she was more interested in me and the ball . Nolen feel asleep on her and she just let him sleep for about 5 min. I can't say thank you enough for placing her with us . I'm telling all my vet. Friends about you and how great you are with the dogs and that your a vet. Too. Hopefully you can place more with good vets that need help like this . God bless my friend . Hi Erik! I just wanted to give you an update on Lola. I know I called you a while back asking you questions about Lola trying to dominate over our older dog Candi. Your help and advice was really appreciated. As you expected, things have leveled out and they have all found their place in the pack. They all get along great now and play and even sleep and eat together. Lola has done so well fitting into our family. She is such a joy! Ellie Mae and her have really bonded and play so well together. I will send some pictures. Lola and I are almost finished with the obedience class K9 Korral. They are wonderful there and Lola is doing great! I had no doubt...she is very smart and already knew so many commands when we got her. The instructor is so impressed at how bonded Lola is to me in the short amount of time that we have had her. She literally stares at me and wants to be right by my side. Lola has gained a little weight (she is not food driven at all...she doesn't even care about the treats at training...just giving her positive praise) but it's a slow progress with that. I want to Thank You again! We are very blessed to have Lola as part of our family. Dawn Erik, Thank you and Diane so much. Winston is a great addition to our family. Your making him familiar with us and our 2 little dust mops began a wonderful path for our future. We are so thankful to you. Lisa Dear Diane and Erik, We are eternally grateful for your judgement in pairing our gorgeous and most loving Winston with our family. Winston is an extraordinary addition in our household. Your keen understanding of both human and dog nature made it possible for us and our two dogs to immediately bond . We so love and cherish Winston. He is extremely affectionate and well behaved . You could not have been more exacting when you called, telling us of this truly magnificent dog. You were fantastic in our initial meeting . Guiding us through each critical phase you enabled us and our dogs to get acquainted and play in your most safe and caring environment. Your guidance enabled all of us to feel comfortable and secure, leading us to take Winston home with his tail wagging all the way. You were indeed meant do exactly what you are doing. There is no one better than you. There is no better a team than you. Your working together, in sync with extreme respect for each other indeed translates in your mastery in handling and in so well knowing this greatest of dog breeds. We would so like to volunteer with you and spread the word on the work which you do. We are so very happy. Most Respectfully, Drs. Lisa and Scott Thank you again Southwest Florida German Shepherd Rescue!! Harley is flourishing, she is eating really well and has fit right in to our home, we adore her!! Sandy our Golden and she are absolutely best buddies, constantly side by side ~ they run and play and wear each other out... We caption this picture as Grayson saying...come on now and eat Harley, we need to put some weight on you ;-) Hi Erik- We're hanging out in the backyard and thought about how grateful I am that we met. Roxie is a blessing and the reason why I smile inside all the time. She is so happy and so am I. Thank you so much, Jac Hi Erik, You are welcome to come over Wyatt's home any day and any time. Wyatt Goes Every where I go. We are never apart. He goes food shopping at Publix, goes to the doctor located in Sarasota. He goes with the family out to dinner to several restaurants we like. He does like us being separated and I feel the same way. Wyatt gets groomed just about every day of the week. There are times that he is groomed 2X in a day. He loves it. Unless I am standing next to him he will not eat. He loves to play hard and long. Wyatt also comes running with me. I cut down my run to accommodate his current physical fitness. I typically going running for about 5 miles. I have to keep an eye on him to make sure he does not over heat. We have water available to us whIle running. John and I are working on the disability stuff. When I went to K-9 training school that was not on the course material. This was 20 years ago. So John and I have a custom training course for Wyatt. I love Wyatt very much, he will get all the training he needs. His train will never end. Like me, an IT Architect and Systems Engineer retired from IBM, I will never stop learning and Wyatt will never stop learning. He takes care of me and I take care of him. Thank You again for Wyatt, my mom thanks you too. After the loss of my Garrett and Molly on December 7 my mom told me I changed and not for the better. She was afraid for me. She wanted me to get another GSD K-9. I could not channels that fast. Then you came into my life. I canceled my trip back to Los Angeles. You know the rest. Mom said after I got Wyatt I was healed and back to normal. She was afraid that this was a loss to me was so great the stress would cause a heart attack. I have heart disease so this was very plausible. Thank you again for my Wyatt Sent from Ricky's Dear Erik and Dianne, I want to update you on Gretchen in her new home. All is wonderful. I write this with a cat asleep in my lap and Gretchen sleeping beside me on a new bed. There are multiple dog beds …and cat beds. They all share and move from bed to bed. Gretchen has numerous toys, but her favorite is the blue troll doll by her nose. Her favorite outdoor toy is a ball on a rope that she holds by the rope making the ball swing wildly as she runs. She also loves soft frisbees. For treats, she loves dental chew sticks, bill jack treats or cheese. Actually, she just discovered barbecue chicken, too. She knows sit, down, come, stay, heel, back up…all in German. Well, "back up” is actually in english, but I have always found it to be a necessary part of the vocabulary. Gretchen has 3 close dog friends. She walks with two different dogs several times a week each, in different sections of my neighborhood This is a very large neighborhood with miles of walking trails. The third dog friend is a big, boisterous, male doberman who has a big field to run and play in. They have a doggie date once a week. It looks like they are in love. She has been to the dog spa twice and to the vet’s twice…just to visit. She has filled out and built muscle and her coat is glossy and full. She is a perfect guard dog. If anyone even gets to the porch, she barks loudly about 4 times. When I let them in, she is fine. Gretchen and the cats groom each other. Gretchen plays with the cats and tries to herd them, with mixed results. She certainly seems to consider them her sheep. We go to the Farmer’s Market, Petsmart and Home Depot frequently so that she continues to meet new dogs and people. She has changed from the quiet reserved girl she was a few months ago when I picked her up. She is still very sweet and loving, but she is also bouncy and playful (trotting around with her blue troll doll in her mouth), intelligent and interested in learning, and with great instincts. All of my friends love her and all who see her, admire her. I check your Facebook page and know all is well with your rescue and that your work continues. I thank you for all that you do. Sincerely, Martha Thank you so much for such a great dog! He is perfect for us, we love him all ready and he knows this is home. He is very good with our grand baby. He is learning his new name and loves cheese. April 16, 2017 Dear Erik and Diane: Camber is such a wonderful addition to our family! She adjusted to us as if she knew us forever and we certainly love her as well. She is so loving and gives us kisses freely and often. We are grateful she came to us crate trained and “potty” trained. We appreciate the personalized training you, Diane and John provided us with upon bringing Camber home. We enrolled her in formal dog training at My Buddies and John and Tom have been wonderful as well. She even had an admirer; Tom’s dog took an immediate liking to Camber; he too sensed her gentle nature. She is a fast learner and was introduced to all the doggies in her class and Camber responded well. After only a week of bringing Camber home, she not only adjusted to us but to our out-of-state friends who stayed with us for the week. Camber makes us laugh at some of the cute things she does; mischievous yet gentle at the same time. She always greets us with lots of kisses! Of course, there are a few things we need to work on; after all she is still a one and a half year old puppy. With consistent and constant reinforcement and lots of love on our part and hers; she will be well-trained soon enough. We plan on taking her wherever we go; to places that are “dog friendly”. We love Camber dearly and can’t imagine life without her; so much loving and living to do! It’s a dog’s life after all!! Thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to welcome Camber into our lives. With much gratitude and love, Josephine and Steve Hi Erik - We got one of the puppies you adopted out last year - Cash. He just turned 1 year old last Tuesday and thought I would share a few pictures with you. Thank you for all you do for these dogs - we are so happy with him. He's been through 4 obedience classes - we are taking a break now. By no means is he the best in the class, hahaha, but he is good. He LOVES other dogs - sometimes I think more than us. He has gone to doggie 'day care' 1-3 days a week since shortly after we got him for dog socialization. They always tell me how good he is with all of the dogs - he will lay down to play with the smaller dogs, but loves running with the big dogs too. His favorite activity is swimming. He loves playing fetch with any of his toys. He weighs about 75 pounds. He could eat a little more but vet is happy with his weight. We are trying a daily pepcid to see if that helps with some acid reflux he seems to have - per vet. I have attached 3 pictures. 1 swimming, 1 on the couch and 1 in what I call his 'kangaroo' pose. He has recently learned that, while waiting on us to throw his ball, he can touch the bottom with his back legs and 'stand' in the pool. He will walk back and forth like that - it just cracks me up! Thanks again! We got a great puppy / handsome boy! And now a 1 year old! Time flies! Tammy Here is a current picture of Timber. He is a happy boy since he had his ear surgery but unfortunately his ears will never stand up again and he cannot hear. His hearing was going before surgery because of his condition. I want to get with Breezy to learn sign language, Linda We are loving Zoe Athena... she is a wonderful girl. She is sleeping with me now! She did have a few excitable pee moments, but less and less as the day progressed. She is quite obedient and I'm sure we will do really well at doggie training! She has not barked as yet... but she gives lots of kisses! She runs "full out" and has a cute, puppy-like way of playing. She met the family and really loved her time with the children?? She enjoys all her toys and is very trustworthy with the run of the house. Steve and I took naps and she stayed in the living room with checks in each of us every once in a while. I texted Tiffany to reassure her that she was in a loving home, and she appreciated that. Steve wondered if the Beneful with chicken rather than beef would be ok is Sams Club only has that. Thank you again! She is precious; we feel very blessed! Sincerely, Joan and Steve

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