Saving Spock, a German Shepherd Rescue Story

by Hillary Savage
(San Jose, CA)

The ears!

The ears!

I work at San Jose Animal Care and Services ("the Shelter") and foster for a couple of rescue groups in the Bay Area. About 4 months ago I heard about a GSD puppy who was so scared and withdrawn he had to be carried to his kennel.

I had just lost my old Bernese to illness and had a 10 mo old Dobie mix at home missing him. Our Bay Area GSD rescue had passed on this 8 month old puppy because of his extreme shyness and due to overcrowding at the Shelter he was scheduled to be euthanized the next day.

I went to see him and he had the most ginormous ears I've ever seen, huddled in the back of his kennel. But he came up and solicited my attention so I had to take him.

This puppy -- who had to be carried in -- calmly walked out of the building on a leash, slept in the car, and then took one look (and a play bow) at my Dobie mix and went off to play! They are like two brothers from different mothers and love each other very much!

There was never a question of us fostering this was pretty much a done deal at first sight. We've named him Spock and he is (and probably always was) the happiest social butterfly of any dog I've had. And, no, you can't have him!

Total German Shepherd:

Hi Hillary. Thanks so much for taking the time to come here and share your own personal German Shepherd story and picture of your beautiful German Shepherd puppy Spock. What a wonderful rescue story. Congratulations to you both.

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Nov 29, 2010
Good Story
by: Rich

What a great story. Glad you were able to save this pup and that he is getting along so well now. Thanks for sharing.

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