German Shepherd Frontier Town Find!
by Marlette Ramundo
(Castleton, NY )
Just look at that smile ;)
On a drive in the Adirondacks a few weeks ago with my family I noticed something large moving about down a back dirt road by Frontier Town in North Hudson, NY. Thinking it was a fox or wolf, or maybe even a bear I turned the car around and we went to check it out. Much to our surprise it was a beautiful German Shepard.
He was so painfully thin with his ribs and hip bones stabbing out under his skin, and on the side of the dirt road scratching in the bit of snow still left on this late spring day, trying to get something to drink/eat. We pulled over and approached with care not knowing how friendly he would be.
He came over to the car with his head down and a slightly wagging tail between his legs. After a few pets and his head perking up and tail now wagging with glee we decided he is safe and we got out of the car to offer him some water. This poor guy drank up every drop we offered as if he had been stranded in the desert!
It was almost as if he knew he was in desperate shape and he was grateful for our offering. We opened the back door of the jeep and this poor guy didn't have enough strength to simply hop in the back. With a little help we got him in and headed back to camp. We stopped at a few places to gather supplies and asked around to see if anyone was missing a dog.
No one claimed him and at this point with him being in such rough shape we might not return him anyway. It didn't take long for him to be accepted by the existing family pet Cocker Spaniel and for the entire family to fall in love with him. Shep has been with us for about a month now and while still thin, he is slowing bulking up and claiming his place in our family.
Total German Shepherd:
Bless your heart for helping that poor guy. You will be repaid over and over for your act of kindness.
Just don't try to fatten him up too quickly. I am sure with regular feedings and the care that he is now getting with your family that he will blossom and not look like the same dog at all in a few months.
You might want to have him checked for worms and just a general vet visit if you haven't already just to make sure that he is in good condition otherwise, but I commend you highly on giving this poor guy a second chance at life!
Continued success to you all and maybe in the future you can send us an update on how he's doing, what you've decided to name him and how he is now fitting in your family! Good luck with your new foster child!