2008 – 4/29/2017
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It is with great sadness that we announce that beautiful “Nela” GSRNE #305 lost her battle with cancer on April 29th. Nela was adopted in October 2010, when she was about 2 years old. When GSRNE found her, she had been in a shelter for 5 months and weighed only 49 pounds. She thrived in her foster home and it wasn’t long before her foster dad asked to adopt her and make his home her permanent home. Her dad writes: “She was an amazing, sweet, vocal girl that I had a bond like no other with. I was so lucky you all trusted me with her. Our son Charlie just turned 2 on March 30th, we’re expecting a baby girl in June which we wanted Nela to be around for, since she loved babies. Charlie actually insisted on picking up Nela’s ashes with me when we brought her home. He still keeps asking where ‘yeeyah’ is.”
2004 – 3/10/2017
Shelby died peacefully in my arms yesterday, with the help of her hospice vet.
We were privileged to share our lives with her for almost 8.5 years. She was going to be 13.5 years old next month–a very long life for a shepherd. Of all our GSRNE shepherds (Saber, Abby, and Sammy), Shelby was the most centered and calm.
I can still remember our first hour with her, how strong she was when we took her for a walk after taking her out of the quarantine cage. I thought she might be too strong for me, but she was so gentle, too. On Thursday it was clear it was the end; she could lift her head to greet us, but not so much the rest of her. We still miss Abby after a decade; we will miss Shelby always.
Adopted: June 14, 2009
5 years old spayed female, blk/tan and an owner surrender to a shelter. Owner was very sick and could no longer care for her. Shelby was scheduled for PTS without given any chance to show them what she is about, shelter called us and we took this sweet shy girl.
~2005 – 2/08/2017
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West was just a wonderful dog; affectionate, silly, loved to play–a complete turnaround from when he was first adopted. He loved his humans, and they are very thankful that they got to spend 4+ good years with him. West was their baby, and they were just crazy about him, and he knew it. 🙂
Here is a link to West’s biography page
Senta (formerly Waika)
2006 – 2/2017
Today was a sad day; our dear Senta was put to sleep, as we petted her and thanked her for sharing her life for the last seven years with us. She was such a gentle soul and accompanied me to nursing homes visiting friends and acquaintances. They loved her kind being and serene beauty. And she shared her sweet and calm energy in our Reiki sessions. What a special, gentle, beautiful German Shepherd she was! I miss her so much!
Adopted March 6, 2009
Waika came to GSRNE in 2008 at 2 years old. She had been in a shelter for a long time and was taken in due to her destructiveness in the house and her urinating and defecating. Her former owners tied her out side and were not able to displine or train her and she kept escaping and running off. Finally the ACO was able to get them to turn her over to them. They contacted GSRNE and we discovered a wonderful calm and bright female that just needed love and direction. She was too sweet to be treated like that, as they are all.
Update on 12/28/2016:
Looks like Lion is getting spoiled at his forever home. 🙂 Lion’s Mom says “He’s a ham but hard to get any active pictures of him as he just looks like a black blur on the screen. So his best shots are at bedtime.”
Adopted on 1/29/2017:
We met Lion when he was 8 months old, after he had been left at a shelter. Someone had bred his parents and found they could not sell all the puppies in the litter; they decided it was too expensive to keep the last two and took them to the shelter.
Since we did not have an available foster home, we asked an approved adopter if she and her family would be willing to foster Lion with the possibility of adopting him if all worked out well. They have two female dogs, a senior Pointer/mix (around 12 years old), named Stellar, and a 7-year-old Terrier/mix, named Moto.
His foster Mom has given us an excellent description of Lion’s personality, as follows: He is a master of the head tilt and fetch, long and lean, he is a very fast runner but is learning how to heel on a leash as well. His favorite things include nibbling toys, taking all the fluffing out (and the squeaker), trying to beat the ball to its destination before bringing it back to us. He hangs out with his sister dogs, Moto and Stellar; he tends to copy Stel, laying exactly the way she does while next to her. He and Moto can go for hours, playing “keep away” with a Kong toy. Lion is never snippy or moody; he enjoys walks to the dog park behind our house, where he gets along with everyone. When we get home, he sticks his entire snout in the water bowl and makes a big, wet mess, which we clean up with the Lion Towel; the he lays down and gets belly rubs till his l’il heart is content. We run the 5-mile trail behind the house a few mornings a week, and he could probably go 3 more laps each time if we could, so he needs a lot of exercise.
In answer to our question about what would be the ideal home for Lion, his foster Mom wrote, “Ours!” We agree, and are happy to announce that Lion has found his forever home.
2007 – 1/6/2017
(Adopted in March 2010)
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I tell you that we said goodbye to Champ yesterday. His condition with DM had continued to deteriorate since June. The last few weeks, we knew we were nearing the end as we noticed Champ’s condition changing, and we knew it was time. He is at peace now.
We have been blessed to share Champ’s journey over this last 6+ years of his life, and to be able to give him the life he so deserved after being rescued from the streets of Chelmsford, MA. We have also been blessed to have come to know so many wonderful folks through GSRNE and become part of the stories that give all of us hope for these wonderful dogs that we all love. We know Champ touched so many lives as he did ours throughout his journey.
Carol & Mark