Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue
PO Box 1065, San Juan Bautista, Ca 95045 San Juan Bautista CA 95045
Fritz T.German Shepherd Dog
Fritz T. is a striking senior male German Shepherd that was picked up stray then taken to the South Los Angeles shelter. The first thin...
Fritz T. is a striking senior male German Shepherd that was picked up stray then taken to the South Los Angeles shelter. The first things you notice about Fritz is his very distinguished appearance along with his friendly nature. He is quite a good boy. He is missing some hair on the tips of his ears (sometimes called Fly Strike) and also has a patch of thinning hair on his back by his tail. This is often a sign that the dog has spent a majority of his time outdoors and also indicates that his owner has neglected what was likely an uncomfortable skin condition for some time. Fritz T. Summary: - Fritz is a Male, 10 yrs old, weighs 70lbs, current on shots, house-trained - Good with Adults, dogs, and travel in the car When Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) evaluated Fritz at the shelter you could tell right away that he was a very nice boy! He’ was interested in people and was friendly when approaching them. He especially loved their affection when it involved getting his head scratched. Currently, he weighs in at 70lbs which is a little underweight for his size. It appears that he has some hip soreness which is likely related to arthritis and results in a little stiffness in his walking gait. This is very common in senior GSDs and often is treated with a low daily dose of a prescribed NSAID medication. At the shelter, they started Fritz on Rimadyl which has helped him walk more smoothly. We expect that Fritz will need a similar daily dose of an NSAID for the rest of his life and TSGSR will take care of this expense along with his other medical care. Fritz has also been treated for the skin condition on his hindquarters and has already shown improvement. When his skin condition is fully resolved and his fur grows back he will be one stunning dog. If you were to ask Fritz about his ailments he would likely want to know "what you were talking about". Fritz does not seem to let anything hold him back. He is quite strong, has a good energy level, and moves very well... especially now that his arthritis is being treated. It does not seem that Fritz has received much (if any) leash training and since he is strong his new owner would be well served to enroll him in a basic obedience class. Currently, Fritz does enjoy going for a walk but will sometimes try to influence the pace of the walk by pulling on his leash. This can be corrected with moderate leash pressure but it does not appear that Fritz has had the benefit of much prior practice in this area. He is quite smart and enjoys getting treats so we expect that he will be easy to train and quick to learn. Basic Obedience classes are also an excellent way for Fritz and his new owner to bond with each other as the training classes promote a close working relationship. During Fritz's shelter evaluation he was very responsive to the TSGSR volunteer. He allowed her to handle him all over and to give him a big hug. This shows us that Fritz is comfortable being close to people so he is the kind of dog that could nicely fit into your home. We also evaluated Fritz for his ability to socialize with other dogs. When he was walking by the other shelter kennels where dogs were barking at him, he didn’t appear interested in the other dogs and actually seemed to want to get away from them. Fritz wants nothing to do with trouble. He did attempt to touch noses with one dog in a friendly manner. The next kennel contained a dog that barked, lunged and growled at him from the other side of the kennel and Fritz just calmly sniffed him, ignoring the other dog’s behavior while still wagging his tail. Good boy Fritz!! We also observed that Fritz would wait to leave his shelter kennel run before going to the "bathroom". This is consistent be being house-trained so we will continue to monitor him when Fritz arrives as his foster home but the expectation is that he is house-trained. Fritz has been rescued from the shelter by TSGSR and has made the trip to Thulani Central in N. California... He made the long trip while riding in a transport crate and making frequent rest stops. Although we expect that the trip was not something that Fritz was experienced with he did travel calmly after getting settled. We are still getting to know Fritz so we will be continuing to update his bio. Please check back here for any updates about Fritz. What's Next for Fritz T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Fritz is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well being. In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life. Fritz will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. Fritz’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)! If you want to learn more about Fritz, or are possibly interested in providing an adoptive or foster home, please send us a message by clicking on the "Ask About Me" button. “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.”