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Blog Page Pic German Shepherd DogsWelcome to my website and blog about German Shepherds!

I love the German Shepherd breed as I am owned by two amazing German Shepherds myself. Their names are Stryker (Male – 8.5 years old) and Vegas (Female – 10.5 years old).  

(See their pictures at the top of my website, and all over this site for that matter.)

Stay tuned for I will be adding things regularly to this site and blog. 

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August 26th is National Dog Day. Let's all celebrate by making it a "spoil your German Shepherd" day! 

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High Kill Animal Shelters – Ignorance is Bliss.

Most people have heard of “no kill” animal shelters, but most people are ignorant to high kill shelters. The irony is that most people don’t realize that if the shelter does NOT specifically state they are a “no kill” shelter, then they DO kill animals for any reason they choose.

People in general seem to think if they take their unwanted pet to a shelter, it will have a wonderful life with a perfect new owner and will get to live to a ripe old age. The sad fact is, this rarely happens. Most shelters, unless they are specifically designated a “no kill” will kill most pets within a few days of entering the facility.

Kill Shelter Euthanize High Kill Animal Shelters – Ignorance is Bliss.This is the reality that people are just ignorant of. Most city, county, and state animal shelters are government funded and are not “no kill” and therefore a high kill facility. Most NON no kill shelters have kill rates of 60% and higher.

So why would anyone take their pet to a kill shelter? Simply put, they don’t know any better. That is why educating people about this is essential.

If a person honesty knew that their pet only had a one in four chance of making it out of the shelter alive, would they take their pet to a kill shelter? Some unfortunately would of course, however I expect that number of pets taken to kill shelters would drop considerably.

I hate the fact that kill shelters exist, I find the numbers of animals they murder, yes murder every year reprehensible.

However, just as much blame for the murder of millions of pets per year belongs to society and people in general. Why, because we let it happen.

Society hasn’t demanded change, and until it does these atrocities will continue. Also society doesn’t demand responsible pet ownership, such as, spay and neuter requirements to help control the pet population, strict breeding regulations, elimination of puppy mills, etc. If people are going to domesticate animals then it is also our responsibility to ensure the proper care of those animals.

I am very much an animal lover, and advocate. I don’t stick my head in the sand and ignore everything going on around me. I educate myself, and I try to help educate the public via articles like these, and talking to people. I also work with rescue organizations and volunteer my time, money, and home by fostering, transporting, and helping out rescues in any way I can.

I found the following posted on Craigslist by an anonymous shelter manager at a kill shelter. This post is shocking, but people need to realize the reality of what happens to the majority of abandoned and surrendered animals in the shelter system throughout the United States.

WARNING: This post is not for the faint of heart. It is difficult to read.

The post by an anonymous shelter manager:

“As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all, a view from the inside if you will.


So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.


They always tell me:

"We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her, we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog." Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off.


Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies.


Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps.


It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.


If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.


If your dog is big, black, or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door.


Those dogs just don't get adopted.


It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are. If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.  If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long. Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.


If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.


Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".


First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk – happy, wagging their tails. Until, they get to "The Room", every one of them freak out and put the brakes on when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff".


Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams.


They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.


Remember, you took on the responsibility for this pet. Their lives depend on YOU.”


I hope that was extremely difficult for you to read. I hope the thought of this makes you angry. I hope this makes you cry. But most importantly, I hope this inspires you to take action. Being angry, sad, and crying doesn’t correct the problem, but taking action will.

I take action by getting involved with the many small rescues out there that help pull animals from the high kill shelters and that are run entirely off volunteers and donations.

I take action by helping fundraise for dogs in need on my website and Facebook page; German Shepherd Dog Fans.

Kill rates High Kill Animal Shelters – Ignorance is Bliss.I take action by fostering animals in my home.

I take action by educating others, in person, and on my website, etc.

And just as important, I take action by contacting my state and federal government representative’s via phone calls and email regularly, to let the know my concerns on these issues. Our power of the people is in numbers; we can all affect change and make a difference.

Education is key, most people are blissfully ignorant of this issue. Please help spread the word, so we have an educated society, because an educated society will demand change. And when change is demanded by the public, the change will happen.

So if you want to see high kill shelters, puppy mills, and the murder of millions innocent pets killed every year become a thing of the past, then take action to help do something about it.

Here is a great car decal to show your support for "no kill" shelters. Buy "Support Your Local No Kill Shelter" car decal here. 

Here is a short informative video about high kill shelters.



Lovey the Foster Dog – Update

Lovey's Happy Ending

For all those that have followed Lovey's story and progress, and to all those who donated for her surgeries and care…THANK YOU! 

I have an excellent update to share with you. Lovey has found her forever home. She was adopted earlier this week.

Loveys forever family Lovey the Foster Dog   UpdateHere is a great pic of her with her new family. She is happy as can be there.

Lovey is the only dog in her new home so she will get to be the Queen of her new castle.

She also has two new cats to hang out with. 

Lovey life has come full circle. From being unwanted when she could no longer reproduce, and dumped at a shelter.

To going into a foster home. While in foster care she learned how to be a dog, got tons of affection and attention, learned basic obedience commands, as well as learned how to play fetch.

And now she has a forever home of her own.

This is what dog rescue and fostering is all about.

As Lovey's foster mom, it was worth all my time and hard work to get to this result. It was hard to say good-bye, but I am happy for Lovey to have the wonderful life she deserves with her new family.

Now I am ready to take on my next foster dog.

Here is a video of Lovey in her new home with her new family. I hope you enjoy it. 


Broken Hearted

The Loss of a Beloved Pet

It is time to share the devastatingly bad news. Vegas my beloved German Shepherd daughter passed away Wednesday March 12, 2014. It was very sudden and unexpected.

I posted previously about Vegas’s recent cancer (hemangiosarcoma) diagnosis. However, it has taken me a few days to be able to write about her death. If you are a true animal lover and see your pets as your children as I do, then you understand exactly what I mean.

This is a very difficult time, and although I have had many pets a.k.a. children throughout my life that have passed away, losing one never gets easier.

Rest In Peace Broken HeartedVegas had been doing amazing since her cancer diagnosis. As far as she was concerned everything was fine and she didn’t have cancer. My vets and I thought we would have a few more months at least before the cancer started to affect her.

On Tuesday March 11th, 2014 Vegas had a sudden bought of diarrhea. We were having some duct work redone and some furnace repairs made, and we think all the loud noise and banging stressed her and our other dog Stryker out because they both got diarrhea.

However, Vegas’s was severe. She also started vomiting but we think it was because she was drinking excessive amounts of water quickly due to the diarrhea. We took her to the vet the very next morning, and by then she was doing a bit better. She was no longer vomiting, and seemed to be feeling a little better.

The vet ran bloodwork and checked her over, and luckily her bloodwork had barely changed from the last time we had it checked. Everything was a great sign. Our vet thought that this was stress induced, and prescribed some anti-diarrhea and vomiting medication, and some prescription canned dog food that was easy to digest.

Once we got Vegas home from the vet she was chipper and doing great. We fed her one can of the prescription dog food so she could get some food in her stomach and feel better.

After eating Vegas seemed like she felt much better and she just relaxed on the floor next to me while I sat on the couch. Very suddenly about an hour and a half later Vegas got up walked across the room and tried to vomit. However she wasn’t successful, nothing was coming up, and I literally watched her bloat up right in front of me.

I realized immediately what was happening. She was bloating, a life threatening condition where the stomach twists and cuts off all blood flow to the stomach. This condition left untreated is fatal. I rushed her immediately to the vet and we were there within 10 minutes of her starting to bloat.

The veterinarians took her back and x-rayed her immediately and confirmed the diagnosis that she had bloated.   

They did everything they could but in the end they could not correct the condition without surgery, and unfortunately even though Vegas was doing really well since being diagnosed with cancer, she had still developed a bad heart murmur as a result of the cancer.

Dogs Dont Live Forever Broken HeartedThe vets explained that due to the severity of the heart murmur Vegas had, she would not survive the surgery to correct the bloat.

This left us no option but to have Vegas euthanized. It was horrible to see her like that. She was in so much pain and kept trying to vomit. My company and touch was no comfort to her in her current state.

They took us into a private room and while holding Vegas and looking her in the eyes we said goodbye. I was with her the whole time and for about an hour after she had passed away.

It was so hard to leave her, knowing I would never see her again.

Now the grieving has begun, not just for my husband and I but also our other pets, especially Stryker our other GSD. I am glad that we are currently fostering “Lovey” a German Shepherd with the German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa, for it is helping Stryker deal with the loss of Vegas better because he still has a canine companion.

After much reflecting, research, and speaking with the vet I know that there was nothing that we could have done to prevent this tragedy. Since the removing of Vegas’s spleen, she had much more room in her stomach area than she had before. We followed every recommended preventative option to prevent bloat from ever happening, and unfortunately it still did.

Only time will heal my heart from this loss. RIP my darling Vegas. I will miss you every day, forever. I love you.

Why Do I Have Pets If It Is So Hard To Lose Them?

I am often asked “why do you even have pets if losing them is so difficult for you?” The answer is simple. I am not willing to go without the love and companionship of animals just because it will be painful for me when they pass away. That is selfish. There are so many animals out there that need homes, and animals provide unconditional love, laughter, joy, and comfort like no human being can.

The best most unselfish gift I can give to my pets is to promise them that when I have healed from their loss, that I will rescue another and provide its forever home.

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Please HELP By Donating for Lovey’s Surgery

Please HELP By Donating for Lovey’s Surgery

First of all, thank you to all that have donated for Lovey’s surgery so far. She appreciates it and so does German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa (GSDRI).

Lovey after surgery Please HELP By Donating for Lovey’s SurgeryLovey has had her surgery and is now recovering. However GSDRI still has not raised enough funds to cover the cost of her surgery and care thus far.

Click here to donate for Lovey's care –>

For those of you that do not know Lovey.  Lovey was rescued from being euthanized in a shelter by German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa (GSDRI) and needed some major surgery.

Lovey had many mammary tumors, so she had a full mastectomy. She also had another tumor near her butt removed. Plus she was spayed to keep the mammary tumors from coming back.

These surgeries were very expensive and GSDRI is funded entirely by donations. Will you please help by donating to help German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa pay for all her necessary care?

Click here to donate –>

All donations are processed through PayPal. Please help GSDRI. No donation is too small.

So far $835.00 has been donated for her care.

We need to raise between $1,650 to $2,000 to pay for everything that has been done so far and for the further care she still needs. 

Any help is greatly appreciated. If you can't donate then please help by spreading the word via the social sharing buttons below.

Cone of shame Please HELP By Donating for Lovey’s SurgeryFor more information regarding German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa please go to their website or Facebook page

Please note, that Lovey is not listed on the website, because she is not available for adoption yet.

Once she has healed from all of her surgeries she will be available for adoption.

For updates on Lovey's progress check back here at or German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa's Facebook page.

Please note, is receiving no compensation of any kind for any donations made.

All donations go straight to German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa and will be used for Lovey's care.

If more money is donated than what is needed for Lovey, then any additional funds raised will go towards the care of current and future dogs at GSDRI.

Thank you for any help you can give.

Below is a video from GSDRI about Lovey.


Please Donate to Help Me Get My Surgery

Update on Lovey the foster GSD from German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa (GSDRI).

Lovey 2 24 14 300x269 Please Donate to Help Me Get My SurgeryThank you to all who have donated so far. However…

Lovey still needs your help by way of donations for her surgery. We have scheduled her surgery for this Thursday (3/13/2014), but still need the funds to pay for it. 

Click this link to donate –>

So far we are only about half way to our goal. No donation is too small. Even a dollar helps.

Lovey was rescued from being euthanized in a shelter by German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa (GSDRI). To Read Lovey's full story Click Here.

She needs some major surgery. Lovey has many mammary tumors, so she needs a full mastectomy. She also needs a tumor near her butt removed. Plus she needs spayed to keep the mammary tumors from coming back. 

This surgery is very expensive and GSDRI is funded entirely by donations. Will you please help Lovey get the surgery she needs by making a donation so she can get all better, and be able to find a forever home of her own? 

Click this link to donate –>

I am posting this here because I the ADMIN am fostering Lovey in my home for GSDRI.

If you would like to see more pictures and video of Lovey please go to GSDRI’s Facebook page at

For more information regarding German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa please go to their website.


Below is a video where Lovey is learning to play fetch for the first time.

Will You Donate to Help Me Get the Surgery I Need?

HELP DONATE LOVEY PIC Will You Donate to Help Me Get the Surgery I Need?PLEASE HELP! I need donations to help pay for my surgery.

Here is the link to donate:

Hi, my name is Lovey, and I was rescued from being euthanized in a shelter by German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa (GSDRI). However I still need help.

The rescue and my foster mom tell me I need some major surgery. I have many mammary tumors, so I need a full mastectomy. I also need a tumor near my butt removed. Plus they say they need to spay me to keep me healthy and to stop the mammary tumors from coming back.

This surgery is very expensive and GSDRI is funded entirely by donations. Will you please help me get the surgery I need by making a donation so I can get all better, and be able to find a forever home of my own?

Here is the link to donate:

All donations are processed through PayPal. Please help GSDRI get Lovey the surgery she needs. No donation is too small. Here is a link to their website for more information about GSDRI. German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa Website

A Plea for Help

The German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa needs funds to help pay for Lovey's surgery. These surgeries are very expensive, especially the full mastectomy. Lovey is a sweetie pie. All she wants is love and affection. They don’t know her exact history, but they suspect that she was used for breeding and then when she developed the mammary tumors was thrown away like trash. The vet has estimated Lovey's age between 7 – 8 years old. Please help, Lovey deserves a happy ending.

Any donation you can give would be wonderful. No donation is too small. Please note, Lovey will not be available for adoption until after she has healed from all of her surgeries. Once she is available for adoption, she will be on the GSDRI website under the Adoptable Dogs section. If you would like to see the current GSD’s available for adoption you can visit GSDRI’s website at or their Facebook page at

Please note, is receiving no compensation of any kind for any donations made. All donations go straight to German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa and will be used for Lovey's care. If more money is donated that what is needed for Lovey, then any additional funds raised will go towards the care of current and future dogs at GSDRI.

A Note From Lovey's Foster Mom

Lovey Laying Down Will You Donate to Help Me Get the Surgery I Need?I the admin and owner of this website am the one fostering Lovey. 

When GSDRI contacted me about needing a foster for Lovey I wanted to say no, because we had just gotten the cancer diagnosis of our GSD Vegas, and I wanted every moment I had to be spent spoiling her.

However, after seeing Lovey's picture and knowing that saying "no" may be a death sentence for her, I knew I had foster her, and that Vegas would be fine with it, which she is.

What most people don't realize is that the different "breed specific" rescues out there are completely run by volunteers and they don't have "shelter" facilities. The dogs they rescue are placed into volunteer foster homes, and evaluated and worked with so that when they get their forever home they are placed with a family that is the right match to the dog. 

I have fostered many dogs in my life and it is very rewarding. Lovey has made so much progress in the short time that I have had her. When I got her she was a mess, literally. I don't think she had ever been groomed, or bathed which was the first thing I did because she stunk. During the grooming session was when I found she had tumor near her butt.

Next I introduced her to my GSD's Stryker and Vegas. She had no dog manners at all. It made me wonder if she had any interactions with other dogs other than the times she was bred in the past. She didn't even know how to "sit", the most basic of all dog commands. She was also unsure about affection from people.

Now she loves affection from people, and is giving her belly for belly rubs, and is starting to give kisses. She has learned sit, wait, and look, and is doing well on leash. She is now kennel trained and completely ignores my cats. 

She has gone to the vet and had a basic exam, her vaccinations, heartworm test, bloodwork, and x-rays so far. Now all Lovey needs is her surgery. Due to the complexity and everything that needs to be done, the cost is very expensive. Since Lovey needs a full mastectomy (all breast tissue and nipples removed, which for a dog is extensive), her surgery can not be done by just any veterinarian. This has to be done by someone that has extensive experience in these types of surgeries, which translates to more costly.

Lovey is turning into such a sweetie pie, and she is going to be a wonderful dog for someone. She deserves a happy ending, but order for that to happen she needs to have her surgery. German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Iowa needs your help by way of donations to pay for the surgery to be able to give her that happy ending.

If you are unable to donate then please share this via the sharing buttons below to help spread the word. 

Thank you.

Hemangiosarcoma Diagnosis

The Only Thing Wrong With Dogs Is That They Don’t Live Forever.

Dogs Dont Live Forever 248x300 Hemangiosarcoma DiagnosisIt’s time to share the news. My beautiful German Shepherd daughter Vegas has been diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive incurable cancer of the blood vessels.

She just turned 11 years old on March 1st, 2014. Due to her diagnosis this will more than likely be the last birthday she celebrates with us.

Like most dogs with this horrible cancer there was virtually no warning. One day Vegas simply refused to eat, but other than that she was acting normal in every other way.

We took her to our vet and they found she had a cracked tooth and recommended a dental cleaning, and extraction of that tooth. They proceeded to do bloodwork which came back completely normal.

We scheduled her dental cleaning, and the morning of her dental her vet called me and asked if she could do some x-rays because of Vegas’s age, and she just wanted to be sure that nothing else was wrong before putting her under anesthesia. I agreed to the radiographs and the results came back questionable.

The vet then recommended and ultrasound. The ultrasound showed us that our German Shepherd Vegas had two very large tumors on her spleen. Due to these findings the dental cleaning was cancelled and we scheduled a splenectomy or removal of the spleen, so the tumors could be biopsied.

Happy Birthday Vegas 300x281 Hemangiosarcoma DiagnosisThe surgery went great, and we waited four days for the results. The results were the worst possible diagnosis as far as I was concerned; terminal incurable cancer called hemangiosarcoma.

Since the diagnosis my goal has been to every day spoil my sweet Vegas rotten, and make every day she has left as great as possible.

The time she has left is up to her, however the vet expects somewhere between 1 to 3 months. I just want whatever time she has left to be quality time.

The hardest part about animals is there life spans. It is so hard to say goodbye. Luckily I will always have the hundreds of pictures and videos taken throughout her life to look back on, when her time does come.

Here is the video of her 11th birthday party, where she gets a dog safe peanut butter cake.  I hope you enjoy it. I know she definitely enjoyed her cake.


Happy New Year From German Shepherd Dogs Blog!

May you and your German Shepherds have an amazing 2014!

Happy New Year to all the German Shepherd Dog Fans out there. May the year 2014 be the best year yet for you and your GSD. And remember if you are considering adding a German Shepherd to your family this year, then ADOPT, don't shop. Here is links to all the German Shepherd Rescues throughout the United States. 

For more great and fun information regarding GSD's check out the rest of my German Shepherd Blog.

Happy New Year Happy New Year From German Shepherd Dogs Blog!

Dog at the Vet

Is your German Shepherd Dog good at their veterinary appointments? 

Here is my German Shepherd Dog "Stryker" at his veterinary clinic appointment for his vaccinations and heartworm test. Does he behave good or bad? I should note that my GSD's get a plain hamburger if they are good at their appointment at the veterinary hospital. It is the only time they ever get a hamburger, and they love them. 

So, does Stryker behave well enough to get a hamburger? Watch the video below all the way to end to find out!

For more great and fun information regarding GSD's check out the rest of my German Shepherd Blog.  And remember to "LIKE" our Facebook Page German Shepherd Dog Fans where you can share pictures of your German Shepherd children.

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