PetCo Del Mar, 2749 Via De La Valle, Del Mar CA 92014
Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of San Diego is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization (EIN 45-2899279) dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds throughout Southern California. Coastal exists solely because of your tax deductible donations. Want to help a dog or puppy in dire need? Before you visit any other shelter or rescue, follow these links to view the puppies and dogs available for adoption from CGSRSD.
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.
We’re just back from one of our morning walks. Rainier was a little hesitant about the first few walks. To get him to move, it was either pushing him or pulling his leash. All my dogs dance the polka when they hear the jingle of leashes, but when he arrived, Rainier didn’t understand. It has taken several days, but now he understands the music of the leashes. However, dogs the size of hippos and elephants are too enormous to polka. Their bodies are more suited for a waltz. And this is exactly what Rainier does, a waltz. His golden, fluffy tail gently swaying left and right and his big head slightly uplifted in that elegant dancer pose. He’s ready for a walk, he hears the music. His leash is snapped on, I open the door and slowly Rainier shuffles towards the opening. He’s careful because there are two big steps there. He’s waiting for my guide of, “Step down, step down,” which he does and now we’re off.
The property is four acres, with plenty of places to explore. Uphill and down. Sagebrush and oaks. Rabbits and coyotes. Corbin, the German Shepherd, usually leads the way. Rainier is learning that if he can just follow directly behind Corbin that he won’t crash into some obstacle or barrier. However, sometimes, Rainier veers off to the left or right and requires a gentle tug on the leash to come back to center trail. In the late evening, we walk on the pavement. It’s flat and we’re all less likely to stumble. But certainly that route can’t be as exciting as walking on the trails.
On the back part of the property lives a den of coyotes. Ten-year-old Corbin stays in shape by chasing them. At dawn, three or four mornings a week, the coyotes prowl down this way looking for a distracted peacock or peahen with chicks. Corbin usually smells the coyote before all the noise begins, the cacophony of a dozen squawking peacocks. Add to that racket Corbin’s blow-back-your-hair barking, I’m surprised that Rainier is not intrigued by this event. Yes, it takes time to attach Rainier’s leash and walk up the trail. But Rainier never barks or alerts to the coyotes or pays attention to any of Corbin’s excitement. Ho-hum. Tail wags slowly back and forth. Yawn. Here’s where Rainier does find a thrill: other dogs behind fences. During our walks on pavement we pass a couple of yards with yappy dogs. Rainier nearly pulled me off my feet the first time he heard the yappy dogs. It is quite a sight, Rainier springing along on tiptoe, tail held high over his back, head thrown back barking. If Rainier behaved this way on the hillside, I think the coyotes would move to Julian.
Sitting at my desk, I just glanced over my shoulder. Rainier is sprawled out on the linoleum, napping, tired from his morning walk. What’s he dreaming of? I wish it were coyotes. I’ll bet it’s the yappy dogs.
His ear is bent from a hematoma. His nose is scarred from trying to escape from who knows what. His fur is matted and full of grease, but he doesn't care. Gibson made his trip to freedom from one of the highest kill shelters in the county recently. He's a senior boy who looks like he's had a life of hard knocks, but he knows that better days are here. People actually looked at him and touched him, and their touch was gentle and they didn't shrink away from the dirt and filth that he has been wearing for quite a while. Someone even said they loved him. He even got to stop and smell the grass, and frolic in it. Yes, life is good.
Gibson is one of many dogs we have in need of a foster. He has had a bath now, and what a beautiful boy. While he is waiting for his forever home, he would love to have a foster family to call his own.
Gibson has lots of friends at the kennel who would love to lay their heads down on a nice soft pillow at night time while they dream of their families to come.
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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