Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue
PO Box 1065, San Juan Bautista, Ca 95045 San Juan Bautista CA 95045
Maddy TGerman Shepherd Dog
Maddy T. is a super nice 9-year-old female German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that was found alone in the city park and was then taken to the she...
Maddy T. is a super nice 9-year-old female German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that was found alone in the city park and was then taken to the shelter by animal control. Maddy does have a MicroChip but her owners never responded to notices that she was being held at the shelter. In cases like this, one has to hold your breath that the owner will come to pick the dog up since if they do not a senior dog may find the shelter is their last stop. In a way, Maddy was lucky. Her owners did not respond to the shelter's notice, but one of the local shelter supporters did adopt her to get her out of the shelter before she ran out of alternatives. They cared for Maddy until she was transferred to Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR). Maddy T. Summary: - Maddy is a Female, 9 yrs old, weighs 80lbs, current on shots, spayed, house-trained - Good with Adults, Kids (10+ years old), dogs, and travel in the car When TSGSR learns of a senior adoptable GSD that is in need within California we are more than motivated to see if we can help. Since the ultimate goal is to find forever adoptive homes for each dog we also assure that the dogs that are accepted into the TSGSR senior dog program are expected to be safe in a family home. We check to assure the dog passes a full-body feel test, does not guard or protect food or toys from people, and is good around other well behaved dogs. Passing these tests is measured by showing no undesirable reactive behaviors. Even before the test was conducted it was pretty clear that Maddy would pass. She was a gentle giant and all she really wanted was to be around the people that she loved. In addition to showing a calm and relaxed behavior during the full-body feel test and showing no guarding reaction to food being removed while she was eating she also had an open and friendly approach to other well behaved dogs as can be seen in her included photos and video. While Maddy was at the shelter she went through an incoming examination where they noticed she had a somewhat limited range of motion in her walking gait. Such an observation is not unusual for senior GSDs. Xrays were taken of her hips that confirmed that the cause was likely arthritis in the affected joints. Fortunately, there is a large selection of canine medications that have been found to be very effective in treating the pain and inflammation of arthritis. It is not known if Maddy had been receiving such medication before she was found alone in the park. But for senior GSDs that become stray the unfortunate additional side effect is that they also lose access to any regular medications they may need to maintain their quality of life. The shelter was quick to identify this and got Maddy started on daily medications that have helped her greatly. After her transfer to TSGSR one can see in her included video that she now has a comfortable walking gait while mingling among many other GSDs These medications are not expensive (typically less than 25 cents a day) and are paid for by TSGSR for the first year after her adoption. Also, in the included video, one can see how well behaved Maddy is around other well behaved dogs. She also has been found to be house-trained, good around people and kids, and rides nicely in the car. When Maddy joined TSGSR she was transported to Thulani Central in N. California (headquarters for TSGSR). It took her a while to settle down in the car but during the 6+ hour ride she became more at ease and as seen in her photo collection she rode unrestrained for portions of her car transport. Maddy has now been placed in a TSGSR foster home and is doing well. If you are looking for updates on Maddy from her foster home we will be including them at the bottom of this bio. Please join us in welcoming Maddy to Thulani Central! We are still getting to know her so we will be continuing to update her bio. What's Next for Maddy T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Maddy is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for her well being while in our care. In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for her for the rest of her life. Maddy will come to her new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. Since Maddy is younger than the 10+ year old dogs that Thulani usually rescues, she will come with only limited medical coverage. If you want to learn more about Maddy, or are possibly interested in providing an adoptive or foster home, please send us a message by clicking on the "Ask About Me" button. We will often get feedback or "updates" from a dog's foster home and as any updates become available they will be included here. If you are reading about Maddy on Petfinder.com sometimes an available YouTube video is not listed. If this occurs you can still view the video by pasting its URL into a new browser window or tab. Available Video URL(s): https://youtu.be/66FU3MDUrwE “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.”