German Shepherd Dog Articles
This is to document some worrying experiences with Holmer Vets Hereford from September 2015, which in our opinion point to negligence and incompetence. Prior to that date, we had no issues, well certainly not with the more senior members of the practice.
We will start with the most recent case which happened in March 2016. In a separate article, we will document further evidence to expose one particular member of staff who we believe had a malicious agenda towards us and we will show you why.
This is the story of Lad, a 6 month old German Shepherd puppy who was treated by them in March this year after becoming very unwell. Had we not eventually removed him from their practice, we have no doubt that he would have died.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this was a dog found on the streets in eastern Europe, but sadly this poor girl was taken to a vets in London by a lovely chap who had been made aware of her plight by his daughter, who was one of the flatmates where she was living.
When her rescuer visited Princess Ruby, he was appalled and immediately contacted the RSPCA who told him to take the dog to an emergency vets! The vet told our volunteer that when first admitted Princess Ruby was emaciated and weighed just 20Kg and 30% of her body was covered in open sores. She smelt terrible, she was anaemic, dehydrated and extremely weak.
She had to be carried down the stairs of the flat and the vet confirmed that she could barely stand. One of the vet nurses stated that she had never seen a dog in such a bad state.
This is shocking story of Princess Rubys' Neglect
My name is Zeus. I am now the only survivor of 3 dogs destined for the UK. Unfortunately my friends Mufasa and Derek didnt make it.
Can you imagine having a thick, metal, rusty chain embedded in your neck? Every movement you make causes you pain in every minute of every day?
Can you imagine being tied up outside, with no shelter from the heat or from the cold and being fed scraps? Can you imagine ALL of this and then being abused as well? A stone thrown here, a kick there? Well, Zeus knows. This was his existence as a guard dog in China. His life was a living hell.
Zeus is now in foster where he is having a ball with lots of fields to run in and lots of new places to explore. He has bonded with his foster dad and is being a very good boy. He loves people despite the dfrueklty inflicted on him back out in China.
Zeus is fine with other dogs as liong as they are not in his face. He could certainly live with a female companion.
His dream is to find a loving home with a family who can give him what he has never experienced and that is LOVE. His Story
Whoever is lucky enough to adopt Zeus will have a wonderful faithful companion, he is a gorgeous boy.
At around 5.30am on Sunday 20th September in atrocious weather conditions, this poor dog was found by a member of the public tied up outside Hanchurch Woods in Stoke. She was found in a very poor condition, emaciated, covered in faeces, smelling of urine and unable to eat.
She was taken to an emergency vets in Stoke as she was in a state of collapse, she had hypocalcaemia and was immediately put on a drip.
Staff were worried about her underlying condition so performed a scan which revealed that she was in fact very pregnant.
In the early hours of 24th, Sally gave birth to 9 puppies.
Find out what happened to Sally and her puppies
This is a story with a very happy ending..............
Benji is now entering his 3rd year in kennels
Benji has been rescued from an uncertain future as a street dog and narrowly escaped euthanasia, having gone through all that he really deserves a better life.
When he first came into rescue he hadn't been used to a lead but with the patience of kennel staff and volunteers he has come a long way.
Benji may be 8 years old, but he is agile and inquisitive. Because of his past experiences with humans which haven't always been positive, Benji does take a little time to get to know you. He adores the kennel staff who have gained his trust by showing him love and kindness, something he hasn't had much of in his life until now. He is also taken on walks by one of our vollies and he is doing very well and now responds well on the lead.
Because we don't know Benji's background, we will only consider homes where any children are dog savvy. He has been used to having to look after himself and going short of food, so he may be 'food protective' at first in his new home. Help and advice will be given to any new owners on how to manage this. Can you give Benji the home and love he so deserves??
GSDR 'Team North' take delivery of their very own fully kitted out four kennel GSDR van thanks to the grant we were awarded from Support Adoption for Pets.
This transporter van will make a huge difference for our NE Dog Co-ordinator Julie and will save on time and precious funds meaning we can save more poor unfortunate souls.
You have to admit that it looks pretty amazing, the graphics are incredible and it will get the message out to people in the NE about who we are and what we do.
Who is going to dare break into that van?
A massive thank you to Support Adoption For Pets for giving us the grant to buy this van.
Vehicle supplied by Simon Harder from www.wesellpolicecars.com who is a GSD owner and keen supporter of GSDR and its' volunteers, several of whom have purchased doggy wagons from him
The benefits to human health associated with having a canine companion around the house are numerous, but very often understated. Some are pretty obvious.
If you take looking after your dog(s) seriously, you will be out walking with them for at least a couple of hours a day, exercising them and yourself. If you have young dogs and you walk briskly, or even jog, then you are going to be burning off calories working out doing something which is hopefully enjoyable for both you and your dogs. Even a slower ramble with the oldies strengthens bone and muscle and gets your circulation going, helping to unclog those veins and arteries which our increasingly sedentary lifestyles impose upon us. It’s not just the physical benefits of walking either; just being out and about in the fresh air and the sunshine (or even the wind and the rain!) is mentally stimulating and one of the best cures for mild to moderate depression.
Seeing your dogs happy and running around playing, sniffing, doing doggy things and generally just enjoying themselves is uplifting in itself.
These four dogs have suffered appalling cruelty by the hands of humans, all four were taken to safety to be prepared for travel to the UK thanks to International Rescue.
Sadly poor Musafa didn't make it. He had suffered a lifetime of cruelty and his broken body simply could not be mended as he was too old to cope.
Ted and Rex have found wonderful homes and Zeus is being prepared for travel to the UK.
Once Zeus arrives in the UK he will be looking for a forever home, we do not want him to have to go into kennels.
We here at GSDR don’t just rescue dogs; we like to think long and hard about the wider issues affecting dogs and the people who care for them – health, responsible breeding, cruelty towards dogs (in the UK and elsewhere), lack of awareness/education among dog owners (leading to suffering of animals), increasingly Draconian ‘dangerous’ dog control legislation, increasing incidences of discrimination against dog owners (particularly by councils and landlords/letting agencies/housing associations) etc.
All of these issues are intimately interconnected in our society and they give rise to the urgent problems which GSDR originally came into existence to try to alleviate and which are now threatening to overwhelm our finite resources. Coupled with this, we are now faced by frequent unprovoked, unwarranted and highly personal attacks from former rescue members who seemingly are intent on causing as much disruption as possible to the efficient running of GSDR, whilst at the same time attempting to raise their own profile and line their own pockets with money which should be destined to help dogs.
It's a sad fact of life that a majority now treat dogs as disposable commodities. Many of these poor souls will end up unwanted and will face being dumped on the street, offered free to good home where they are likely to end up as bait dogs for the dog fighters, being euthanased or the lucky ones will end up in rescue where hopefully a new home will be found.
Rather than the large animal charities which rake in millions every year in donations, we suspect now that more dogs in the UK are rehomed by voluntary organisations like GSDR where nobody is ever paid a salary.
We are all involved simply because of our love of dogs and our desire to help those in need.
Over the years I have seen many cases of anal furunculosis, its horrible and mainstream treatments rarely work long term and you need a mortgage to cover the costs.
Although anal furunculosis (AF) can affect other breeds, it is a chronic progressive immune mediated inflammatory disease that is most commonly seen in middle aged or older German Shepherds.
AF affects the area surrounding the anus resulting in ulceration, inflammation and fistulas.
It is my belief that the increasing number of autoimmune problems that we are seeing more and more in our pets, is as a direct result of vaccinations.
I knew that there was animal cruelty in this country and that it was even worse abroad. But I had tried not to know too much about the details.
I paid my dues to the RSPCA: what else was there to do? I argued that there was no point in going into the detail of the suffering, if I were unable to do anything practical about it. I still feel like that. The horror of graphic pictures of the torture of helpless animals does nothing to raise my consciousness: it simply haunts me.
I cannot cope with visual images. I am possessed by them and have flashbacks that invade me against my will and affect my life and happiness. I could easily become clinically depressed by this. So, I never imagined that I could do ‘rescue work’. But I do. No, I have not emerged, phoenix-like, from snivelling wimpishness. I am still that person. I have merely discovered that there are many other ways to help the cause.