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Estimated Age: 7 Years
Estimated Weight: Large
Location: Austin, Texas
Adoption Status: Available Summer 2017
Estimate of Health Status: See his bio below
Animal Interaction Observations
All interaction between animals should
be supervised at all times
Child Interaction Observations
All interaction between animals and
children should be supervised at all times
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Kopper is a German Shepherd who has been beaten down by life. At 7 years old, we found him starved, emaciated, and with a host of medical issues, including an untreated leg and hip trauma- possibly from a car accident, heartworms, hookworms, whipworms, bacterial and fungal infections, and an unknown growth on his back end that we pray is not cancer. We are committed to rescuing him, but he will need significant veterinary care, including surgery. Despite Kopper's tragic circumstances, this boy has shown no aggression, and seems to be in love with his caretakers. Kopper is really enjoying meal times and is beginning to gain some much needed weight (we should have called him Hopper because he hops like crazy at the smell of food). His skin and hair are beginning to improve with his medicated baths which has kept him from chewing and scratching at his itchy skin. He actually enjoys his bath time and having his body massaged and clean. He is so good natured and the sweetest boy ever. It is so lovely to see his eyes lighten up when you call his name and give him pets, he just buries his head deep into your lap and never wants you to stop loving him. Kopper is going to make some lucky family an awesome companion when he recovers. Once he completes the next couple months of medication we are hopeful he will be healthy enough to begin his next plan of care which will be heartworm treatment.
NOTE: In our experience many German Shepherd Dogs are very good with kids. In our bios, we may provide information on our experience with a particular dog and children. However AGSDR discourages ALL unsupervised animal/child interaction. Children should be supervised at all times when they interact with ANY animal, whether it is a horse, dog, cat, bunny, lizard, or any other species. Even loving household pets can have a grumpy day, or otherwise get tired of a child's attention, so proper supervision is essential for the well being of any child and any pet.
The entire biography of this dog is based solely upon our volunteers' experiences with the dog. The dog's age and weight are estimates, and statements about the health, temperament, training, and ability to get along with other animals, children, cats and other dogs, are estimated solely based on our volunteer's experiences with this dog. Your experiences with this dog may be quite different than those of our volunteers.