At the same time that we met Silverado and Sierra, we received information about two senior German Shepherds that has spent the last three years of their lives outside living in a stall at a horse barn. The owner’s were losing the farm and if a rescue would not take them in, they would be forced to put them to sleep. Upon meeting the two dogs named Happy and Harley, it was clear they needed some TLC. Harley, a 12 year-old white male, was the father of Happy, a 9 year-old red and tan. Both were pretty scruffy looking and needed to be seen by a vet for a checkup and to make sure their shot records were up to date. Harley was slow, having some trouble walking because of issues with his hind legs and extremely long nails.
After the two were seen by a vet (Harley was diagnosed with Lyme disease and arthritis, Happy was healthy), we arranged to pick the two up and bring them to a groomer for two very long baths and grooming session. Harley’s health had deteriorated further, he was having difficulty getting up and holding his bladder. Happy was clearly nervous and doting on Harley. After the groomer, we brought them to a Tier Haus Farms and into our foster program. We knew at that point that Harley was not adoptable, and probably didn’t have much longer to live. However, in his last week he would be surrounded by a family that would care for him, let him roam around the farm and try to enjoy a little bit of life.
After a few days Happy easily integrated into his new foster home, that had four other German Shepherds, a lot of cats, geese, chickens, and other farm animals. The transition helped Happy when a short time later Harley passed away. We knew that
if Happy did not find a forever home, that he could comfortably retire with his foster family. A supporter of Sedona had contacted us after recently loosing their dog named Buddy who lived to 14 and a half. They also owned a farm, and had two other German Shepherds that like their mom, were missing their Buddy. On the first meeting, it was clear that Happy was a perfect fit. Happy is now enjoying the good life he deserves.