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Update on 6/24/2016:
Holly and Mushroom’s original write-up:
When our Hotline volunteers check the phone lines every day, they never know what GSRNE will be asked to do next. It’s not unusual to hear that a dog is doing poorly in a shelter or an owner can no longer care for a dog; but hearing that 4 GSDs need to be moved at once is a real challenge.
We were called by the owner who had Holly, 7 years old (female), Mushroom, 4 years old (male), Scorpio, 8 months old (male) and Baby, 8 months old, (female). The man had surgery coming up, and no shelter would take the dogs because they were not socialized and fearful. The dogs were not altered, and we were concerned that the two females could go into season at any time; thank goodness we found 4 separate foster homes for them.
Holly was placed in a new foster home with no current dog, and she had a hard time adjusting. She went through her spay surgery and recovered well; but she kept having “accidents” in the house, was chewing on herself and did not settle in.
Mushroom bonded quickly to his foster Dad but remained leery and uncomfortable around his foster Mom. She tried offering treats, sitting patiently, being the one to feed him and tried putting on the leash to take him for walks; but he was not warming up to her.
We kept the foster homes informed about how the other dogs were doing, and Mushroom’s foster parents expressed an interest in Holly. We clutched at that straw and moved Holly to their home….and it was the answer to our prayers. Holly stopped chewing on herself, began to relax and was very affectionate with her new foster Mom. She and Mushroom were SO excited and happy to see each other that they’re helping each other with this big change in their lives. They’ve gone from never wearing a collar or being on leash to enjoying going for walks and learning how much more there is to life than the isolation they had before. In fact, they’re doing so well now that their foster home might become their forever home!