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GUS AD 09-18-10


ADOPTED 09-18-10 – Gus is surely turning into one beautiful young German Shepherd, and it’s been a long haul for this amazing dog as he was rescued from a high kill shelter where he was not even put on the adoption block and was slated to be euthanized because of an intensely horrid skin condition. Fortunately, we were able to secure his release and he was initially fostered with our wonderfully compassionate and dedicated veterinarian on the Gulf Coast who took great loving care with her family to tend to his most basic needs. Heartworm positive and virtually hairless due to the extreme flea infestation, sweet little GUS was in poor physical shape and was exceedingly timid and basically a bag of skin and bones. Upon rescue, Gus had EVERY parasite known, and has been successfully treated and recovered from them — and that includes the dastardly heartworms that due to lack of monthly prevention (like this dog had any attention) GUS also had to contend with ridding his precious body.

GUS is now with our trainer and four other German Shepherds, spending his days gaining confidence and is “coming into his own quite nicely.” Our trainer is impressed with how much GUS is blossoming around the steadfast and certain attitudes of the other German Shepherds in our care, and it’s great to see this formerly shy dog initiate play and learn to trust. In our rescue, we’re blessed to have the expertise of a wise and devoted trainer who has endless experience with this breed. When he saw this gunmetal gray guy, he knew he was more than workable, and he was surely right! GUS is just a GREAT PUPPY who was malnourished severely and is now gaining weight and becoming a typical ROMEO like most young male German Shepherds. Gus likes nothing more than to crawl in your lap, touch your hand with his BIG HUGE PAWS and gently nuzzle your face! Gus has learned that LOVE is a good thing, and he’s just not that concerned about much other than interacting with the other dogs and enjoying life — FINALLY!

GUS will still have to gain about 30 more pounds — or more even as he was so anemic from his severe flea allergy, parasitic burden and positive heartworm diagnosis that his recovery in the weeks we’ve had him have been remarkable. His young age allows him to transcend the lack of socialization as we’ve witnessed his transformation and enjoy seeing him blossom more and more each day. Just like a German Shepherd, GUS has a willingness to learn and is walking great on lead and following all the commands our trainer, Randy is teaching him. There’s this eagerness for a purpose that busting at the seams for GUS, and that’s really nice to see because he’s also quite typically aloof as the breed is known to be to strangers. This indiscriminate behavior is probably what kept him alive. After all, he also has the intelligence of a German Shepherd and will eventually be one of the MOST HANDSOME German Shepherds we’ve seen. Gus demonstrates a faithful and sweet disposition and is a joy to have around. He will make the right family a GREAT COMPANION and will continue to come into his own more each day. THIS IS ONE SPECIAL DOG WHO REMINDS US TO GO BACK TO OURSELVES AND BE WHO WE ARE . . . .true to the courageous spirit of the German Shepherd, GUS does this every day! What an intelligent teacher, indeed!


ABOUT OUR RESCUEThese dogs deserve all of our attention, and in Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc., we are committed to our adopters and our dogs equally. We offer full disclosure and hope to make the best matches possible. Please know our adoption fees never cover our expenses. We rely on the generosity of our adopters and supporters to help us help the dogs.

Our rescue is ONLY in the business of offering FULL DISCLOSURE to adopters, and expects and hopes to engage your questions and concerns fully. We owe it to the dogs we rescue and all the wonderful families/adopters who might consider welcoming our charges into their hearts and home. Our dogs are waiting for that ideal forever home where they will be cherished as deserving family members. Its sad these second chances are even necessary for these dogs, but we are committed to them and will devote the time and energy to their rehoming, and not just MOVE them to save more dogs. We diligently and responsibly seek good matches as we dont want to re-home the dog again. These animals have already endured more than they should have, and through no fault of their own. It behooves us to be honest and forthright, and we appreciate the same in return from applicants. Its that winning combination of reciprocal trust and respect that allows for successful placements to be made. Happy adopters translate to happy dogs, and thats our goal!

Our rescue volunteers will be more than honored to be in touch with you directly and promptly, after receiving your application and conducting a mandatory a veterinarian check. If you have never owned a dog before, please submit your application regardless, and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. TAKE NOTE YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR SPAM AS SOME RESPONSES FROM US WIND UP THERE WEVE DISCOVERED. Also, take care to contact your veterinarian to let them know a member of rescue will be inquiring about your pet history!

Thank you for respecting that we all donate our time to saving these animals, and understand we value your philanthropic and compassionate desire to help be part of the rescue team. That said, youll understand why we are committed to the well-being of our charges and consider this veterinarian check mandatory. If you are a first-time dog owner, we will work with you every step of the way! ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION ARE AS MUCH A PART OF RESPONSIBLE RESCUE AS ADOPTION! And it takes a RESCUE VILLAGE to help the most dogs possible in a thorough manner to ensure success on all fronts, and then some! It is an awful feeling to fail a dog, and we cant continue rescue if we dont do everything we can to ensure good matches for the dogs and tender families who might adopt them. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.

Application instructions: click the link below to apply for adoption of this dog.

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It is important to point out that in addition to the breed, there is an enormous variety in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world around him. In the end, your dog’s preferences and personality are as individual as you are–and if you can accept that– then you’re bound to enjoy each other.

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Many children, especially very young ones, do not realize that pets are living animals and not toys. Failing to teach a child how to handle pets properly can result in suffering on the part of the pet and, in some cases, injury to the child. Taking introductions slowly will allow you to introduce family dogs and your children safely

Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development

Each stage of Puppy Growth and development is fascinating; by the time it reaches its first birthday a puppy is considered a mature, adult dog. Puppy Growth rate is fast compared to humans, just compare a puppy of 8 weeks to a baby of the same age.

One of the most common questions asked about a puppy’s growth and development rate refers to the eventual size of the puppy. How big will the puppy grow? How can you determine the adult size of a puppy? A young puppy is tiny and cute – everyone loves puppies! But will the puppy be suited to your environment? How much exercise will be required for a full grown dog? Will the puppy be a suitable pet for children? The breed of the puppy will determine the answers to these questions. A general response to the size and growth rate of a puppy and the adult size of a puppy is therefore not possible – it needs to be specific to the puppy’s breed.

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Age 14 Months
Life Average
Sex Male
Weight 51-60lbs
Location West Monroe LA
Breed PB German Shepherd
Altered Yes
Fee All Shots + Transport – 500
Dogs Yes
House Yes
Energy High
Fence Unknown
Crate Unknown
Leash Unknown
Car Unknow
Location Lower Alabama
Email rescuedogvillage@yahoo.com
Rescue Dog Village Guardian, Inc.