Welcome to Southwest Florida German Shepherd Rescue Inc. Tuesday, September 22 2020 @ 06:44 pm EDT


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SWEET BEAR25 HAS A NEW HOME AND FAMILY BEAR25 (which is what I called him since I have sooo many dogs named bear I can't keep track) arrived from Alabama today., Some super kind folks saved him from a rough situation with an AH who had Bear. He is HW POS and will begin treatment immediately next week. He also has some basic skin issues oriented around food and really bad nutrition and care.
Bear25 is a handsome black and tan neutered male GSD. He is about 15 pounds underweight but other than that and the skin and HW he is in pretty good shape. he jumps well, is active and engaged and affectionate and curious. His hips look really good and his gate and ability to walk and jump are excellent. We assess him as about 7 years old. His teeth are excellent and his temperament is one of the best we have had in a while.
Bear is going into foster where we can further assess him; but from what we do kn ow from the family that saved him is that he is fine with people and kids and dogs.
If you are looking for a great companion please consider Bear25 as a candidate.

The pack accepted Bear. Scout had his knickers in a twist for the last 12 hours. He has given up. Bear didn’t challenge him.

Bear is sweet. He is a cuddler. He will sleep on the floor. If invited, he will lay on the couch. He asked to cuddle with me in the bed twice last night. I allowed it because my dogs sleep in bed, on the hassock, the floor, their crates, wherever they please and Bear seemed to need the comfort and attention cuddled up under the covers against me. He didn’t stay all night. Bear is calm and alert. He enjoyed a pack walk yesterday and met my neighbor and her retired service dog. Bear did well. He needs to learn to heel. The pinch collar was unpleasant for him. He yelped even with a gentle correction. I am going to try his regular collar today. I don’t want him to hurt while training.

He eats like he has never been fed. The bowl the rescue owners provided was neat but didn’t really slow him down a lot. He got a second helping of kibble in a regular bowl with canned mackerel and the packing juice. He loved that. Later today, he will get canned tuna and egg with his cup of kibble. I am considering feeding him 3x a day for a bit.

Bear drinks like he has never had enough water. I have to stop him.

He likes stuffed animals. He will play tug with me. He likes large, long, empty marrow bones. I have a graveyard around here. Scout took it from him last night, and Bear did not argue.

Bear got a bath when we got home. He walked into the shower and was easy to bathe. No fighting it. He felt so much better physically and mentally. I used a colloidal oatmeal shampoo for dogs with skin infections and itching.

He will not let me clean or medicate his ears. He yelps if I even try to access the inside of his ears. He won’t let me put the cleaner or the meds in. May I ask GCHSA if they would put the thick gooey antibiotic medication in his ears. It melts slowly over the course of 2 weeks. My male Bloodhound had horrible ear issues, and we used that to make sure all the antibiotics reached every crevice in the bad ears. The medication is a little bit more money than wash and drops but not terrible and it is so much better.

That is all for now. I will update you later.

Bear does not care about a lawnmower. I cranked up my push mower while he was beside me. No reaction. He hung around me while I mowed the lawn a bit. Then he went to lay down on the back porch.

I am thinking he would be happy being an only dog or with one other older dog. He seeks no attention from the pack but shares the space with them.

He met my granddaughter today (Sunday). She was gentle. He kissed her. He was tired and had been laying with me on the couch for hours. He didn’t get up. She will be with me all day all week. Good test run with a 4 year old.

Bear shouldn’t have cheap squeaky toys. He destroys them to get the squeaker out. Scout does the same. Bear found one that Scout hadn’t gotten to.

Fair warning, Bear will lift the toilet seat to get water.

He ate 3 meals today. He loves to eat.

That is all for Sunday.