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.
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 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.