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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 TitusHello 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 [image1_left] 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! KERIHi 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. IngridErik & 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 Hi Erik, here is my testimony, take care 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 From: Brad Sent: Saturday, November 02, 2013 4:22 PM To: goingtothedogs Subject: Re: German Shepherd Puppy 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
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