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After losing three of our beloved shepherds in a short span of time our family wasn’t sure if we were ready to bring another dog into the home. Out of curiosity we often looked over the available dogs on the Austin Rescue site and one day stumbled on a picture of Rambo. He was a big handsome boy that seemed to have a happy smile on his face. We worked with one of your amazing volunteers, Ann, and set up a meet and greet with Rambo. My husband immediately fell in love with Rambo and before you know it we were bringing him home. Rambo did an amazing job of healing our broken hearts and added so much joy to the home. Rambo loved everyone he came in contact with and especially loved to give kisses to our 4-year old grandson. Despite his loving nature with our entire family he was most definitely a “daddy’s boy. He followed my husband around, slept under his office desk, and had an evening ritual where they locked the house up for the night together. Rambo loved “his people” and thought of himself as a 100 pound lap dog!
Just shy of his 1-year anniversary with our family Rambo had two accidents in the home which was not like him. He was acting just a little bit off so we brought him to the vet to have the status of his heartworms checked as he has come to us testing positive. Later that night our veterinarian called us to let us know that he was 100% heartworm free and that his blood screen didn’t show anything to be concerned about. After the phone call we all felt relieved and went to bed without worry. Sadly, at about 1:00am I heard him in the kitchen and I went to check on him. Rambo laid down in front of me and without any warning passed away for reasons we still do not understand. 1-year was just not enough with this sweet loving boy. He had so many years left in him and we are grieving for the time we lost with our gentle giant. We are truly thankful for the time we had with our boy and grateful for AGSR for bringing him into our lives at just the right time.
We got Angel in March of 2002 and our lives were changed for ever. She was THE most beautiful and gentle German Shepherd you would ever meet. Angel must have had a very traumatic puppyhood before she was saved by AGSDR because she was terrified of everyone and everything. We never even heard her actual bark until we had her for about a year. Crazy, but true! It took several months of training to help her get out of her "shell". After that it took years for her to relax and trust. We finally convinced her that we loved her and that she could trust humans again. She became a wonderful family dog and the "momma" to our 3 other dogs. We will miss her dearly!
Thank you AGSDR for saving her and giving us the opportunity to give Angel a forever home.
Mauro and Michelle Carrera and family
We unexpectedly lost our boy, Remy, on January 30, 2014, to complications from GDV, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, commonly known as bloat. Remy was rushed into emergency surgery twice, first to address the bloat and remove his spleen, the second time to try to stop bleeding from his liver. Unfortunately, the stress was too much on his aging body and he passed away.
We adopted Remy (Remington) in June 2006 from AGSDR. He was our first (but not last) foster dog and a “foster failure”. My husband grew up around GSDs and this was his way of becoming reacquainted with the breed as an adult. I had never lived with the breed before, but was willing to open my heart and home to them. Remy was a scared young guy, around 2 years old when we met him. He has been found by a kind soul who actively rescues “little” dogs in the Austin area. She saw him being unwillingly led down the side of a highway by several men, a chain around his neck. His angel knew something looked wrong with the picture, so she pulled over and asked the men if they would sell Remy to her. They wanted $100 for him, she offered them a twenty, and the deal was done. Remy willingly jumped into the backseat of her vehicle and she quickly drove off. She said it was at this point she looked into her rearview mirror and realized this very big GSD that she knew nothing about was staring back at her. All was well, though, and she kept him for several days, looking for his family. Remy had no tag, no collar, and no microchip, so she reached out to AGSDR for help. It’s at this point our family came into the picture. I recall seeing Remy’s photo on the AGSDR website, with the caption “I Need a Foster!”. He became our boy from that moment on and we never looked back.
He was a big, furry beast, topping 100 pounds in his prime, and people were either drawn to him or crossed the street when they saw us out for a walk. Despite his imposing size, Remy was one of the kindest, gentlest souls I’ve ever met and he loved most everyone he met. Remy was our elderly neighbor’s fence friend, waiting patiently for her to slip dog biscuits to him through the chain link. He was a proud sentry, barking out the window at everyone who walked by, looking back to make sure you had noticed and offered praise to him. He’d cock his head just so at the mention of “time to eat” or “are you hungry?” Remy loved to go for a car ride and stick his nose out the sunroof, sniffing in the air around him. He loved to shadow you in the kitchen and was very aware he could have that piece of whatever on the countertop…but he never did build up the nerve to reach for it. Remy loved to nap and gave the most exaggerated sighs when he settled in. He was exuberant when our son, his boy, chased him around the house, threatening to give him a hug (Remy hated hugs, but loved the game). Remy was never without a toy close by and often fell asleep with his Kong bone dangling from his mouth.
Remy, you were our “Big Guy”, our “Rem-bot”, and our “Buddy”. We love you, we miss you, and we will never, ever forget you and the many years of love and loyalty you brought to our family.
Cathy Mcclaugherty and family
A thoughtful donation was made in Memory of Jack AmRhein by his friend, Abbie Hoke.
My Big Jack was taken from me very suddenly last week....I had never had a male German Shepherd before him...always the girls. Boy, did he change my mind about THAT! The hole in my heart is huge; I have lost both of my beautiful heart dogs in less than a year, first my Bexar, now my Jack. It does comfort me tho to know that he brought so much joy to so many others...RIP my sweet boy . Here is his story....
Jack's story with AGSDR began in late April 2006 as a scared, skinny stray found in Harris County. After being pulled by AGSDR, he was treated for a multitude of things (not the least being Heavy heartworms) and adopted by a family. Unfortunately, their lifestyle did not fit with having a big, hairy, demanding dog...so Jack was returned to AGSDR. This is where OUR story begins....in October of 2006. I was the only available foster open that weekend, and though I already had one foster dog, I reluctantly agreed to take another. Jack had been "diagnosed" with Severe separation anxiety, and since I worked at night and my husband during the day, we figured my house was the best place for him. I was not super thrilled about having a male dog in the house (I had only had females up to this point)...but I figured I would adapt. The foster drove him all the way from Houston to San Antonio to deliver him to me....when they knocked on the door, in walked the most beautiful, TALL, male German Shepherd I had ever seen.... But boy, did we have work to do.... He had SEVERE separation anxiety, so he had to go into "Alcatraz" when we were all gone (which thankfully, was not often), my super strong steel crate made for "crate destroyers". He slowly learned that we WERE coming back for him, and I assured him that he would NEVER be abandoned again.
He was super thin, and refused to eat. I hand-fed him a raw diet for months until he got used to eating, the routine, and being in a pack. This helped him learn to trust me even more. He was afraid of men and loud noises...Any of you who know my husband know that he is big AND loud....but he also loves animals as much as I do, and after time and lots of patience and hugs and pets, Jack learned to not only trust, but love my husband too. He was a fence-jumper...He honestly looked like a deer going over the fence, his legs were so long and graceful. Any loud noise or anything that startled him....over the fence he went. That was a pretty easy one to fix because I don't leave my dogs outside alone, and he learned pretty quickly that the party going on in our backyard was WAY better than on the other side of the fence!!
Thru all of this, he was the sweetest, most loving, handsome, approachable dog I have ever met....and he was a head-turner. People would grind to a halt in the stores when they saw him, and he was a "kid magnet". He took all of their pets and kisses with an aloof grace, and an occasional sloppy kiss back. He also got along with ALL of my other dogs, and his best friend is my little 5 lb. white male Chihuahua that he loves to play chase with!! I decided that after all of this work, I just couldn't give him up. He was the last adoption of 2006...and he was MINE!! We signed up for "Paws For Service", a group here in San Antonio who visit the troops, nursing homes, ect. (AGSDR has had 3 Paws For Service Alumni....Jack, Snickers, and Hero!) He was the star pupil in class, and never failed to hit his marks when he was supposed to. We visited the troops at BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center), and he earned his Canine Good Citizenship award. He has brought smiles to many faces of soldiers, children, and the elderly. He has accompanied me on many a home visit for the rescue. He was also the first dog to ever visit a patient in the TexSan Heart Hospital here in San Antonio, where he went to visit my dear friend Evelyn. He made friends with a beautiful little girl who was a Folklorico dancer at Macy's who had never petted a dog before...the look on her face as she petted "the BIG dog" was priceless...
I am so glad that I was the "open" foster home that weekend!! In Loving Memory of Jack AmRhein ??-Jan 12, 2014