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Topaz is Looking for a Home, a Family, a Forever...
Have you ever felt like you were in the fight of your life but you had no idea who the enemy was? No matter what you do, you cannot conquer the roadblock that is standing in your way. Topaz is a bright shining example of a dog who wakes up every morning ready to face adversity and never give up. She isn't fighting a horrible disease or even a small medical issue. She is fighting for a home, a home that will be forever and she's hoping that this will be her lucky year and 10 will be her lucky number. Yes, 10. We've managed to piece together what we know of her history, eight homes, eight families who didn't understand what she needed, eight families who, for whatever reason, gave up on her, and then there was number nine, a wonderful couple who stepped up to foster Topaz when it seemed she had no other chance. They were determined to understand her, work with her and not give her up, until she had a family.
With home number nine, Topaz was no longer fighting the battle alone. Within a short time, her foster family was able to help identify Topaz's problems. For such a long time she had been misunderstood. She was a dog who was afraid. Imagine “8” homes since you were born, all with different rules, boundaries and limitations. Topaz lacked confidence; she was full of insecurity, and she had no one to help her overcome those challenges. Each time she was left alone, wondering what she had done wrong. When she joined her foster home, they could see how confused she was. With so many different homes, it was no wonder that her brain was in a spin. Her foster home had some things, though, that the other homes had not had. It had structure. It had clear boundaries and rules, and, as equally important, it had three other dogs, a big goofy German Shepherd, a big not so goofy German Shepherd, and a female, definitely not goofy, Belgian Malinois who realized the importance of Topaz having a pack but knew how to work with her slowly until she became comfortable. It has taken her sometime to become comfortable with her living arrangements, but with the help of her human leaders and her pack, she finally has begun relaxing, and, well, showing what some like to call her "true colors." As with humans, all dogs are different and some adapt well to new surroundings and some take a little more time. Topaz definitely likes to take her time.
Topaz's fosters realized that if they were going to help her find her forever home, they needed to help her in every way they could. They sought the help of a trainer. Topaz has been working with a trainer and doing very well. It is extremely important that her forever home be able to continue her training. For a dog like Topaz who has lived in fear for most of her life, this is how she will ultimately form that unbreakable bond, a bond that is based on mutual respect, clear guidelines, and a feeling of being safe. There is still a long way to go for Topaz to completely trust her humans. At some point during her journey through those “8” homes , when there was no one to provide the structure that she needed, Topaz definitely felt the need to take control and like all GSDs, that means setting her own boundaries and being the one to control the situation. Here is a comment from her current foster dad ...she definitely wanted to be the alpha at the beginning. It was clear that she was confused, and I would go as far to say that she displays one of the worst portrayals of an alpha dog I have ever seen. She doesn’t WANT to be the alpha dog and nor should she be, it has taken patience and time, but now she looks to my wife and I for direction and reassurance. Still to this day we have to be the ones looking out for her, and we suspect it will be like that for sometime.
Topaz has been fighting alone for seven years, fighting to feel safe in a world where no one recognized that she was afraid. Finally, she has found that safety in her foster home, with her humans and her pack. In that home she has finally been able to relax and show her really true colors. Topaz is seven years young. She promises not to discriminate against age and hopes that she can be given the same consideration. At seven years young, Topaz is very happy to please. She loves her baths. She loves going for walks; she loves swimming, and she really really loves her ball. But, above all else, she loves being loved.
Her foster family loves her dearly and will work closely with her new family. Some fosters fall in love and end up adopting their fosters. There are those who take on the special cases, cases like Topaz, knowing that they will give her their all, their hearts and their souls, only to say goodbye. It is a bittersweet goodbye when they watch as the dog they have worked so hard to help walks into the arms of a family who understands them the way they have, knowing they will provide for them the way they have, and then they turn to welcome the next foster into their home, another, like Topaz, who would not have a chance without them. We know that Topaz's home is out there. Number "9" has been wonderful. Number "10" will be forever.
Please watch her slide show to enjoy some of Topaz's favorite pictures
Hi Everyone: Here’s an update on Rainier. He currently is taking four medications for his pemphigus, the auto-immune disease. The medications have made a major difference in Rainier’s health. The tip of his nose is still a little raw, but certainly without blood. Soaking his kibble longer makes his food very soft which has given the inside of his mouth time to heal. He still bumps into things, but he is learning to keep his nose pointed down so that he bumps his forehead and not his nose. It hasn’t been easy dealing with his issues, but he always seems to be smiling and when he wags that huge fluffy tail your heart just melts. So, how can I resist? He’s always in a good mood.
Like all of my shepherds, Rainier likes to follow me around the yard. This is good exercise for him and he certainly needs that. The prednisone has made weight loss difficult. Any new exercise for the big fluffy dog is welcome! Well, maybe. His latest thing is chasing the peacocks. I had heard that he used to chase chickens, but because he is blind, I wasn’t very concerned about my birds. The first time Rainier was distracted by the peacocks I stopped dead in my tracks. How awful it would be if he actually caught a peacock or one of the chicks! But after watching Rainier on several occasions, it seems unlikely that he’ll ever catch one. The birds cluck, cluck, cluck when frightened as warning to the rest of the flock. Apparently Rainier focuses on that sound because I see him following the birds, weaving between vehicles and around the walls without bumping into anything. The peacocks look like roadrunners as they trot ahead of the fluffy dog. When Rainier gets too close, the birds fly up and away. They don’t fly far, only about twenty feet, but definitely out of reach. Rainier stops and turns his head. When he hears the clucking of another bird, his tail flies up as if a flag at a NASCAR Race and he trots off after the new sound. Around and around the driveway they go until Rainier becomes winded. Then he has to come into the house to rest and catch his breath. That old adage about exercise is true for Rainier: he does it longer and with more enthusiasm when it’s fun.
We want to thank everyone who participated in the charity event August 23. Rainier’s medications are expensive. Your generous donations make it possible to continue treating his pemphigus. Thank you so much. And a hearty WOOF WOOF from Rainier. P.S. Last time I checked, all the peacocks are accounted for.
Sawyer is a very lucky boy
In his short life, probably about a year and a half, he has not has an easy go. He survived being hit by a car only to land in a very high kill shelter. Luckily for him, he was there at just the right time. Our volunteers were rescuing German Shepherds and they were asked if they wouldn't mind meeting a little guy who had a broken leg. The volunteers went to the kennel and they met a little white mix, who was instantly happy to see them, offering kisses and wanting to be petted, all the while his front leg was dangling in an awkward position. Right then and there, the volunteers formed the only sentence they could think of "We'll take him." They knew Coastal was his only chance and they weren't going to leave him behind. He was taken directly to the vet where we found out that his leg wasn't broken. Normally that may have been good news, but because of the time that had passed since his injury, we found out it will require surgery to fix. His jaw was also injured in the accident. While it appears to be healed and he is eating normally, it may need surgery also.
Sawyer has had the same reaction to everyone he has met so far, "Hi, I'm Sawyer, and I want to be your friend." He's a lovable, happy, active guy, even with his injured leg, possibly a Great Pyrenees mix.
Please consider helping Sawyer with his recovery by donating through the link above.
Jack had his 4 week checkup this week. The surgeon is happy with his progress and he is now ready to move into the next phase of rehabilitation, rebuilding muscle in the leg. He has been given the green light for longer walks, especially walks in the sand, and his favorite thing, play time. If you are new to Jack's story, he is a little 8 to 9 month old who was found as a stray. The shelter thought he had been hit by a car, but x-rays revealed he had been shot and the bullets had shattered his leg. Fortunately for Jack, he has a following of angel supporters who made surgery possible and a foster home who is giving him the love he needs to leave the past behind. Jack wants to send a great big Puppy Thank You to everyone on his team.
Don’t just take your dog for a walk… Take your Walk for a Dog! Go to WoofTrax.com, download the app, and support Coastal's K9s every time you walk your dog.
Calling all smartphone users. Android and iPhone users, you're in! (Windows phone users stand by for future updates), there is an app that when you walk a dog (any dog), the rescue gets financial help. Yup, you walk your dog and benefit the dogs of Coastal. It will give you monthly updates on your walks also. It a great way for you to track your miles and help you and your dog get fit (or fitter!).
Hopefully we can spread the word, and get the dogs of Coastal some help, and everyone benefits. It doesn't matter where you're located either!
Just go to http://www.wooftrax.com/, there you will see the links to the Google Play store, and Apple store as well. You install the app, select the rescue by state. We are Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. It will ask you to verify your email address, and that's it.
Thanks, from all the Coastal K9's!
Watch the video below, for a "How To" shop at Adopt-A-Shelter
If you enjoy shopping online for gifts or necessities,why not shop to donate? Many major retailers participate in the AdoptAShelter program. No logins or passwords required. Its easy, free, and a percentage of what you spend comes right back to the rescue for every purchase you make. Prices are the same including discounts.
Macy's * Walmart * Best Buy * Lowes * Old Navy * Barnes and Noble * Amazon!
Coastal Pawz store is currently on hiatus. Clearance items will be available at adoption events.
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If you plan to shop online, why not add one little step and be part of the Coastal German Shepherd Rescue donation team? It's easy as saying "WOOF!! WOOF!!" and doesn't cost you a thing! A small percentage of your purchase will be donated to the rescue by the merchant. Click the link above and check out a few of the merchants that participate: Amazon, PetSmart, Walmart, Old Navy, Target, Ebay, Overstock, Lowes, Sears....and many more!
Thanks to the web team that designed, developed and maintains our site online including Tom Snyder of TwoWolvesOut, Kevin Palmer, Teresa Baltao, Larry Abgarian, Trish Fleming, Melissa Fuller, Diane Johnson, Jordan Keilty, Woody Morrison, Amber Romero, Denise Von Muhlen, Laura Sarno, and Douglas C. Hoffman of The Lakewood Group