Sargeant is a German Shepherd with story.
So, we know some of his story but not much of it and maybe this is a good thing because what we do know is not pretty.
Sargeant came to us, like most of the animals in our program, from a local shelter. A plea went out for a rescue to take another dog in his shelter, Nash. We said yes, we would take Nash. Once at the shelter, the volunteer noticed a German Shepherd in the kennel next to Nash. While Nash leaped at the door, was energetic, excited and ready to bust out of the shelter, the shepherd sat in the corner looking trodden and worn. It is so sad to see a shepherd look so opposite of the magnificent breed they truly are.
So, first, hand to the kennel. Nothing.
Next, slip quietly into the kennel – after struggling with the door.
Then stand there, still and whisper softly.
The shepherd came close and sniffed, then sat at my feet.
I touched his head. He leaned.
And that was that. I lay claim on him.
That is how it happens at times. This boned: you are here, you are coming home with me to start a new life.
I asked about the shepherd and learned that he was taken from a person who was cruelly beating him about the head.
He was probably severely choked as well.
His eyes were blood shot with a bit of bleeding. He had a couple bumps on his head.
He was thin and had some imbalance.
We stopped at our vet ~ who is awesome ~ for a once look over to be sure there was nothing serious that needed to be tended too.
The first couple days were rough. We set him up in a walk in kennel but he pooped and peed in it constantly.
Lots of clean up.
We put him out in the large kennel outside by himself and watched.
In a few days we started letting him go out with another dog, Cali. She is soft and easy going and smaller then him.
They go along so well. So, for the week he and Cali went out together.
He started walking better, and going potty more outside and less in his kennel.
Just went I thought all was well, he started showing signs of lethargy, loss of appetite and his walking became zig zag.
We put him on an antibiotic and rimadyl.
Usually I don’t worry about dogs but he came to us in such horrid shape that I was worried big time.
Two days later he had a snotty nose but was back walking fine and eating!
So, this is April 3 and he is doing well but not neutered yet so not ready for adoption.
It will be a bit but eventually he will be ready for his fur ever home and it will be the best one we can find for him.
He deserves no less then that.
Sargeant appears to be about a year old or less.
Please note that adopters will be expected to participate in a dog obedience class.
There are many reasons why taking your new puppy to a dog class is a good thing: encourage bonding, increase pups self-esteem, learn new things or new ways of teaching those old things, meet new people who love dogs too, have resources to help solve those doggy behaviors we don’t want, and maybe, just maybe, get involved in the world of doggy sports because today, there is a multitude of doggy sports for everyone!
Here are a few: Rally obedience, agility, musical freestyle, lure coursing, barn hunt, hose work, conformation, herding. Your wallet may be lighter when you go out and compete but your life will be fuller!
Let us know if you need help finding a dog obedience class in your area.
Local dog obedience clubs are a good place to look!
When Sargeant is ready for adoption he will be neutered, up to date on vaccinations, micro chipped, and on heartworm preventative.
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