TANYA – A Merry Christmas Story

Tanya hoping for a Christmas miracle

Tanya hoping for a Christmas miracle

Our story begins a few years back. Tanya’s holiday season started off on a very sad note. Just before Thanksgiving, Tanya’s owners decided they wanted to give up their 9 year-old German Shepherd dog. They had her since being a puppy but now, they explained that she shed too much for their home situation. Her owners told us that they had young children walking around on the floor and sometimes Tanya would also drag in dirt and poop after they let her outside.

Perhaps there were other reasons that the owners didn’t want to say as to the true reason for giving up Tanya. In rescue, a little further questioning can yield a truer picture. Sadly, no other reason was given. Given how close it was to Thanksgiving, the owner’s were asked if they could wait a few weeks, so that someone could meet Tanya at her home and talk to the owners about their options.

A few days later, a lovely all black 9-year-old German Shepherd wound up at a shelter. It was Tanya. Her owner’s did not even wait for us to try and find her a home. A nice soul sponsored Tanya while she was at the shelter and asked if anything could be done to help a very sad and dejected Tanya.

A wistful Tanya

A wistful Tanya

During Christmas season, sometimes miracles can happen. Fate was on Tanya’s side. A retired couple had recently lost one of their dogs and they were looking for a nice senior dog to be a companion to their other German Shepherd, a retired Seeing Eye dog.

Tanya took a long drive, straight from the shelter to hopefully her new home. When Tanya arrived her new owner’s fell in love with her right away. Tanya was happy as well. She now had her new pack: two friendly dogs, a cat and a loving home.  A Very Merry and Happy Christmas for Tanya!

Tanya_and_friends2

Tanya and her new best friends

A happy Tanya at her forever home

A happy Tanya at her forever home

Tanya lived for another three plus years before passing away. These are the type of stories that move us to rescue adult and senior German Shepherds. Thanks to all the volunteers at Garden State German Shepherd Rescue who made this story come to life.  Consider being a foster home and making another Christmas story like Tanya’s come true.

 

TUCO – Thanks Fiona For His New Home

Tuco Thanks Fiona For His New Home

Tuco Thanks Fiona For His New Home

Not only was Fiona our first senior dog adopted, but her story brought in a number of applicants that were interested in adopting her. At the time we were finding Fiona’s forever home, Tuco came to our attention. Tuco’s owners were getting divorced and circumstances beyond their control led them to need to find a new forever home for Tuco. He is a big friendly boy, who would easily fit into just about any household. He likes to play with his tennis ball and is good with dogs and cats. We contacted one of Fiona’s potential adopters and told them Tuco’s story and shared some of his sharp looking pictures. They were instantly sold on Tuco and after one meeting, they knew he would be perfect for them. Tuco was a great addition to the Thanksgiving gathering and has easily settled into his new home.

Ready To Play

Ready To Play

Tuco just lounging around

Tuco just lounging around

FIONA – Our First Adopted Senior

Fiona - Our First Adopted Senior Shepherd

Fiona – Our First Adopted Senior Shepherd

Fiona was brought in as a ‘stray’ to a shelter in southern New Jersey.  All she wanted was human affection.  Fiona was about 25 to 35 pounds underweight, malnourished, flea-bitten and missing half of her fur.  The “story” we were told was that her owner died and the children just neglected her.  The first night she spent at her foster home, she was restless and would not leave the side of her new foster family.  With love and care, Fiona quickly began to heal and show her friendly and playful personality.  After three weeks she had put back on almost 10 pounds.  Her fur began to grow in and she settled right into an easy routine with her new human and animal (horses, dogs and cats) friends.

Fiona’s story reached a number of potential adopters, two of whom eventually adopted another senior dog through the efforts of Sedona.  Fiona was adopted a little over a month after entering the foster program.  Her transition was easy, her new home, like her foster home had cats and horses, though no dogs.  She lives on a sprawling farm and is getting the love and attention she deserves.

Peace, Love, and Sedona

Welcome to Sedona Shepherd Sanctuary, a site dedicated to saving senior and adult German Shepherds throughout New Jersey, helping German Shepherds in special situations, and working with rescue and shelter organizations to find homes for German Shepherds of all ages in the Northeast.