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Tustin T.

Male Senior German Shepherd Dog (mixed)

If you have any questions about Tustin T., please contact Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue at info@thulaniseniorgsr.org

Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

About Tustin T.

Adoption Fee: $No Adoption Fee, Medical Care Covered for the Life of the Dog

Tustin T. is an adorable large male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that was surrendered to a shelter because the owner needed to move out of state and could not bring Tustin.   Tustin lived with this same owner in the company of another GSD for most of his life.   Tustin's owner attempted to find him a home before surrendering him to the shelter but the home he found had a cat.  After a week Tustin was sent back to his owner because he could not ignore the cat. 

Tustin is currently being fostered by a TSGSR volunteer who reports that he is “sheer pleasure” to live with.  Tustin is very gentle, loves to be around people and is housetrained.  He loves car rides, sticking his head out the window at slow speeds, and he likes taking short walks. Tustin is on medication for arthritis, so he's not your running companion but he will play a little tug-of-war with encouragement.  He's not a picky eater, gently accepts treats, and doesn't beg at the dinner table.  Tustin understands, "sit," and "here."  If you want a stunningly gorgeous, gentle, well-mannered GSD to snuggle with and keep you company, Tustin is the boy for you. 

Tustin T. Summary:
- Tustin is a Male, 12 yrs old, weighs 90 lbs, shots current, house-trained
- Good with Adults, children, most dogs and travel in the car
- Not well suited to households with Cats & Small Dogs

When Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) arrived at the shelter to evaluate Tustin he was waiting for us near the shelter play yard.  Tustin is an impressive and distinguished-looking dog.   We also found him to be very attentive and respectful with us as we began our evaluation tests.  While evaluating Tustin we focused on key behavior tests that have been found to be consistent with dogs that are safe in a family home.  These tests include a check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people and a check to see if he will tolerate a full-body feel test that ends up touching most areas of his body (ears, snout, check of his teeth, lifting paws, gently pulling his tail, and much more...).  Lastly, we always check to see if the dog can get along with other well-behaved dogs.    This check is important since many Thulani Dog adopters already have an existing dog in their home.

At the shelter (and partly shown in the included video), Tustin got along with another large dog.  Both dogs were initially excited, as expected, but quickly settled down as they walked along together.  Although Tustin did bark a few times both dogs remained relaxed and never showed any signs of aggressive behavior during the meeting.    During the full-body feel test, Tustin also did well allowing us to feel most areas of his body without incident...including his mouth and paws.   When we were nearing the end of this test he seemed to think that we may have missed a spot and so he flipped over on his back so that we could finish the test by giving him a "belly rub".  Good Boy Tustin!  His final behavior test checks to assure that he does not guard or protect his food from people.   Tustin was offered a high-value bowl of food and as he was eating he consistently let us remove the food before he had finished it without any over-reactions.

Tustin PASSED all the Thulani behavior tests and he has now become a Thulani Dog.   

The shelter did suggest that since Tustin is an extra-large dog that he not be placed in a home with cats, small dogs, or small children to prevent the potential for unintended mishaps.

What's Next for Tustin T.:
Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Tustin is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well being.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life.  Tustin will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. 

Tustin’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)!

If you want to learn more about Tustin, 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 Tustin 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf7JH_FsCtw

 



“Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.”

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Name
Tustin T.
Age
Senior
Gender
Male
Size
Large
Primary Color
Black
Secondary Color
Tan
Shots up to date
YES
Ok with kids
YES
Housetrained
YES
Hypoallergenic
NO
Spayed/Neutered
YES
Ok with dogs
YES
Ok with cats
NO
Good In Car
Yes

Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

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Berlin Mannlich T.

German Shepherd Dog

Berlin Mannlich T. (Berlin for short) is a strikingly handsome 9-year-old male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) who arrived at a Southern Calif... show more

Berlin Mannlich T. (Berlin for short) is a strikingly handsome 9-year-old male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) who arrived at a Southern California shelter as a stray.  On arrival, he had several medical conditions that had been neglected by his prior owner.  He appears to have spent much of his time outdoors and likely did not have the comforts of a loving home.  Update!  Berlin quickly adapted to his foster family and will do the same in his forever home.  Berlin is a very friendly, calm, well behaved and incredibly tolerant dog. Berlin has lived successfully with children, dogs and a cat. He is housetrained but not crate trained due to some mobility issues. He has proven that he can be left alone when his owners are gone. Berlin is friendly with everyone (adults, kids, toddlers). You will fall in love with him upon first meeting this gorgeous guy! Berlin developed some mobility issues following surgery to remove a growth from his hip. Fortunately, he moves around the house unassisted but needs a little help for his longer outdoor walks. To help his humans help him, Berlin wears a double harness with a handle on the back. Physical therapy over the past four months has made him stronger and reduced his dependence. He loves being outdoors and exploring, wearing booties when on hard surfaces to avoid any paw damage due to his wobbly gait. He loves playing with toys, visiting the park and riding in the car. Berlin’s dream forever home has dedicated humans, few if any steps, a carpeted area for him to use and a backyard with easy access. Berlin T. Summary: - Berlin is a Male, 9 yrs old, weighs 84lbs, current on shots, neutered, house-trained - Good with Adults, kids, dogs (small and large), cats, and travel in the car There were few details of his prior life that we could directly confirm.  Observing his condition and behavior provided some insights.  Berlin was likely an outside dog.   We suspect this because the tips of his ears show evidence of "flystrike", which is an irritation of a dog's ear tips caused by biting flies. This is most commonly seen in warm weather areas (like S. California) and primarily affects dogs confined to the outdoors in the summer and fall.  The end result is that the tips of the dog's ears are somewhat scarred and often devoid of hair where they were constantly being bitten. When Berlin arrived at the shelter there were visible masses that protruded from his left front forearm and on his right rear hip. The shelter examined Berlin and determined the proper course of treatment was to surgically remove the masses. The larger of the masses on Berlin's hip was removed without complication but the mass on his forearm could only be partially removed.   Tissue samples showed both masses were benign. As prolonged recuperative assistance was beyond the shelter's limited resources, Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) responded. A TSGSR specialized foster home in N. California stepped in to provide his post-surgical and recovery care. One of the side effects of the prior shelter surgeries was that they left Berlin with a medical condition where he needs a little help when it is time to poop.  About an hour or so after a meal he will likely need to poop and will then look to his person to "push a button" (or really a spot around his hip) that allows him to successfully defecate.  This may sound difficult, but it is not messy or complicated.  He also needs medications daily with each meal.  The best home for Berlin will have a small yard with easy access from the house and a family that sees his abilities rather than his challenges.  We continue to work on Berlin’s recovery and update his bio as he progresses.  He is one of those dogs that you soon realize makes your home a much warmer place just by being there.   What's Next for Berlin T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Berlin is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well-being.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life.  Berlin will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.  Berlin’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)! If you want to learn more about Berlin, 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 Berlin 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/AsiMe9pA0W0 “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Buddy T.

German Shepherd Dog

Buddy T. is a 10-year-old male German Shepherd Dog who was found stray in Southern California.  He was covered in dirt, starving and had... show more

Buddy T. is a 10-year-old male German Shepherd Dog who was found stray in Southern California.  He was covered in dirt, starving and had open sores on his ears.  Shelter staff found him to be a social boy who was very eager for human attention.  Buddy walked past the many stressed and barking dogs in the shelter, remaining focused on the people around him.  Buddy had an accident at some point, resulting in a shortened tail that he was wagging in circles to show how appreciative he was of receiving love and medical treatment.  TSGSR staff visited Buddy and found a gentle giant with a big personality.  Buddy is now being cared for by TSGSR volunteers at Thulani Central.  He rides well in the car, gets along with other dogs and is good with middle school aged children as well as adults.  He has leash manners and obeys basic commands. Thulani volunteers all love to walk and brush Buddy!  He has a personality that pulls people in and makes them smile. He will make a wonderful addition to a family with love to share. Buddy T. Summary: - Buddy is a neutered male, 10 yrs old, weighs 71 lbs, current on shots - Good with Adults, middle school aged children, dogs, and travel in the car - Young Children and cats TBD Buddy  passed a set of evaluation tests before being accepted into the TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.   The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail) and the ability to get along with other well behaved dogs.  He remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.       Please join us in welcoming Buddy to TSGSR!   Check back often.  We will be updating his bio as we learn more about him! What's Next for Buddy T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Buddy  is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well being while in our care.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life.  He will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.  Buddy’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)! If you want to learn more about Buddy, or are interested in possibly 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 him 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/0sYT1Zx8pQ8 “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Daniel T.

German Shepherd Dog

Daniel T. is a distinguished 14-year-old male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that was owner surrendered to the shelter.   The shelter volunte... show more

Daniel T. is a distinguished 14-year-old male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that was owner surrendered to the shelter.   The shelter volunteers advised that even at 14 years old he still knows how to have fun.   He tries to enjoy each day as much as possible which could involve an activity as simple as enjoying a wonderful sunbathing session.  He was affectionately referred to as their cute grandpa dog by one shelter volunteer.   He is not the dog you would go running with or take on extended walks but he would enjoy short meanders in the neighborhood and he definitely will fill your home with his abundant affection.     Daniel T. Summary: - Daniel is a Male, 14 yrs old, weighs 105lbs, current on shots, house-trained - Good with Adults, some other dogs, and travel in the car As you can likely see from looking at his included video Daniel is very friendly with the other dogs in his shelter playgroup and he does limp a bit on his right rear leg,  The shelter vets did take a set of XRAYs of Daniels hindquarters and did confirm that his limp was related to arthritis in his spine, hip and stifle (equivalent to the human knee).    This condition is not uncommon in older GSDs and at the age of 14 Daniel seems to be doing quite well... especially without having the benefit of medications for this condition.    Fortunately for Daniel, the shelter vet immediately addressed his condition and got him started on a canine NSAID that should ease the pain and inflammation of his arthritis.   Undoubtedly, this will have a positive quality of life improvement for Daniel so that his sunbathing sessions will be even more sweeeeet!    Medications like Meloxicam or similar NSAIDs are also quite inexpensive (~ 10 to 25 cents per day) although Daniel's adopter will not need to account for this cost.   Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will cover Daniel's related medical costs for the rest of his life. Even though Daniel is a mellow dog and would clearly pass the Thulani behavior tests he was evaluated to assure that he could be expected to be safe and do well in a family home.  The behavior tests include a check to see if he will guard or protect food from people and a check to see if he will tolerate a full-body feel test that ends up touching most areas of his body (ears, snout, check of his teeth, lifting paws, gently pulling his tail, and much more...).  Lastly, we always check to see if a dog can get along with other well-behaved dogs.    Daniel did indeed pass these tests without any incidents and as you can see in his included video he does get along nicely with other well behaved dogs. Daniel was rescued from a S. Cal Shelter and was transported to Thulani Central in N. Cal (headquarters for TSGSR) where he is setting in.   Daniel was calm and quiet for the 6+ hour ride to Thulani Central.    The trip was broken up with frequent rest stops along the way not only helping Daniel to take care of nature's call but also helping our volunteer transport drivers get a break.    At 105 lbs Daniel did need the help of a folding ramp to get into one of our taller transport vehicles but seemed to do fine with our assistance showing him the way. Please join us in welcoming Daniel T. to Thulani Central.   We are still getting to know Daniel so we will be continuing to update his bio. What's Next for Daniel T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Daniel is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well being while in our care.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life.  Daniel will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.  Daniel’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)! If you want to learn more about Daniel, 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 Daniel 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/a4mbo02AlcE “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Ebony T

German Shepherd Dog

Ebony T is a gentle female German Shepherd Dog (GSD) mix who was brought to Thulani with several other dogs when the rescue owner lost h... show more

Ebony T is a gentle female German Shepherd Dog (GSD) mix who was brought to Thulani with several other dogs when the rescue owner lost her fight against ALS.  Ebony is a sweet, confident dog.  She is easy to handle and gets along well with other dogs.  Ebony is in good health but is currently overweight.  She is expected to come down to the right weight with exercise and a good diet.  Luckily, Ebony enjoys walking and walks well on leash.  She also loves to play with balls and will carry one around hoping to play.  Ebony knows sit, come and a few other commands.  She is very responsive to people.  We are learning more about Ebony and will update her bio as we learn more about her.  Ebony T. Summary: - Ebony is a Female, 11 yrs old, current on shots, spayed, and house-trained - Good with Adults, kids (10+ and above), dogs, - Cats TBD In order to be qualified as a potential Thulani Dog and join the TSGSR senior dog program Ebony had to pass a number of behavior tests.   These tests were selected to assure that her behavior is consistent with other dogs that have been found to be safe in a family home.    We check to assure that all potential Thulani Dogs pass a full body feel test, do not guard or protect food or toys from people, and are good around other well-behaved dogs.  Passing these tests is measured by showing no undesirable reactive behaviors.   Based on her behavior tests and other shelter interactions Ebony PASSED the behavior requirements needed to become a Thulani Dog. Please join us in welcoming Ebony T!  What's Next for Ebony T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Ebony 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.  Ebony will come to her new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.  If you want to learn more about Ebony, 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 Ebony 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/PdwJKjCQ43Y “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Iris T

German Shepherd Dog

Iris T. is a 10-year-old female German Shepherd Dog who was found stray.  She was emaciated and in very poor shape.  A kind person broug... show more

Iris T. is a 10-year-old female German Shepherd Dog who was found stray.  She was emaciated and in very poor shape.  A kind person brought her in for the night then took her to the local shelter.  She has not been spayed and may well have been let loose by her previous owner to “fend” for herself.  Iris is friendly and sweet.  She struggles a bit but gets up on her own and goes pretty much where she wants to go.  Iris deserves a good place to quietly spend the rest of her days. Iris T. Summary: - Female, 10 yrs old, weighs 55 lbs - Good with Adults, dogs, and travel in the car Update for Iris: “Iris displays balance problems when walking, but is able to get up by herself and to compensate for the balance issues when walking.  Her ability to get up and move around is slowly improving and does not seem to hinder her ability to go where she chooses. She does spend a lot of time sleeping, interspersed with short walks.  She prefers to be an outside dog." Iris passed a set of evaluation tests before being accepted into the TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.   The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail) and the ability to get along with other well behaved dogs.  She remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.       We will be updating her bio as we learn more. What's Next for Iris T: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Iris  is well cared.   TSGSR is seeking a safe place for Iris to send the rest of her days. Her medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)! If you want to learn more about Iris, or are interested in donating or providing 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. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2x9hSx_mq8 “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Pilot T.

German Shepherd Dog

Pilot T. is a wonderful senior German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that has the perfect combination of calm temperament, handsome appearance, and... show more

Pilot T. is a wonderful senior German Shepherd Dog (GSD) that has the perfect combination of calm temperament, handsome appearance, and friendly personality.   How he became stray before turning up at the shelter early last year is anyone's guess.  Sadly, his owners never came looking for him, so Thulani stepped in to rescue him.  Pilot has happily spent the past year with a family who gave him lots of love.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, he now needs a new home.  His family's employer is relocating them and they will be in a series of short term housing situations through the end of the year.  They tried hard to line up pet friendly accommodations for the duration, but could not find places that would allow Pilot to remain with them. Pilot T. Summary: - Pilot is a Male, 11 yrs old, weighs 88 lbs, neutered, house-trained - Good with Adults, dogs, and travel in the car Pilot has collected a lot of admirers along the way, starting with the volunteers who lined up to walk him at the shelter.   They were quoted as having the following adoring comments about him: VERY FRIENDLY, HAPPY, SWEET DOG, MELLOW AND EASY GOING, VERY SMART AND WELL BEHAVED, KNOWS SOME COMMANDS.  Everyone who has met Pilot since then agrees!  His family describes him as a mellow companion, who wants to be near his people but not cuddle.  While he loves to be your shadow, he is also quite content to stay home alone for a few hours.  He is calm and curious when meeting new people.  Pilot is a happy dog who wants to please, just about the only things he dislikes are thunder and fireworks! Pilot has age related mobility issues, which cause his gait to be stiff and wobbly much of the time.  He also occasionally requires some assistance.  Despite this, he enjoys going on daily walks around the block with his family.  He can easily navigate the short steps into his one-story home, however, he would need significant supervision and assistance on a set of stairs. At this point, we suspect you are starting to understand that Pilot is a special dog.  He would do well in any size family.  We are looking for an immediate foster or adoptive home for gentle Pilot.  If you would like to know more, please let us know! What's Next for Pilot T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Pilot is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well being.  Pilot will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.  Pilot’s related medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)!. If you want to learn more about Pilot, or are possibly interested in providing an adoptive or foster home, please send us a message by clicking on the "Ask About Me" button.   “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Rebel T

German Shepherd Dog

Rebel T. is a handsome 10-year-old male German Shepherd Dog who was found stray and turned over to the shelter.  When meeting Rebel, you... show more

Rebel T. is a handsome 10-year-old male German Shepherd Dog who was found stray and turned over to the shelter.  When meeting Rebel, you do not know he is 10 year old.  He has lots of energy and is very curious. Initially, you see him getting into things, smelling EVERYTHING.  Something seems a little off, not until he’s in a darker situation do you realize - HE’S BLIND.  Rebel was diagnosed with Progressive Retinal Atrophy.  There is no treatment and is considered clinically blind.  However, we feel he does see some shadows.  Rebel’s ability to navigate new surroundings indicates his vision has been impaired for some time and has managed to adjust for it. Rebel has some hip stiffness.  A good diet and bedding will help along with exercise.  Rebel would make a great daily walker.  An owner with previous GSD or working dog experience would be ideal.  Rebel’s nose leads him everywhere....usually surfing your counter looking for his next snack.  We recommend middle school age and older children. Crated trained - he takes a few minutes to settle in but with time and a routine he is likely to settle down even quicker.  He is very well behaved.  Rebel was fostered in the home with 11 other dogs and did just fine.  Overall Rebel is an incredible dog that will bond to a new owner quickly then follow you around and loyal until his final days. Rebel T. Summary: - Rebel is a male, 10 yrs old, weighs 74 lbs, current on shots - Good with Adults, middle school aged children, dogs, and travel in the car - Cats TBD but unlikely Rebel passed a set of evaluation tests before being accepted into the TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.   The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail) and the ability to get along with other well behaved dogs.  He remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.       Please join us in welcoming Rebel to TSGSR!   Check back often.  We will be updating his bio as we learn more about him! What's Next for Rebel T: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Rebel  is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well being while in our care.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life.  He will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. There is no adoption fee and medical expenses are covered for life. If you want to learn more about Rebel, or are interested in possibly 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 him 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/pv7AqRny0MM “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Rufus T

German Shepherd Dog

Rufus T. is a handsome, affectionate 10-year-old male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) who was left at a shelter in Southern California because... show more

Rufus T. is a handsome, affectionate 10-year-old male German Shepherd Dog (GSD) who was left at a shelter in Southern California because his family felt that they could no longer provide care for him.  Rufus is suffering from severe hip dysplasia and spondylosis.  As a result, Rufus loses control of his hind legs when walking or running.  This is particularly true when he is excited.  He is an enthusiastic dog who loves people and is very active despite his disability.  He is well mannered, loves attention and is very food motivated.  TSGSR brought Rufus into their care and he is quickly adapting to his new surroundings.  Rufus appears to have been very well loved.  He is housetrained, walks on leash and gets along with other dogs. Rufus is a wonderful, sweet dog who really wants to engage his human!  His hip issues will continue to progress but exercise is of great benefit.  He is in need of a loving home with a family that can love him despite his disability.  TSGSR VOLUNTEER UPDATE:  Rufus has been at Thulani Central for a few months.  Read through the Update below from our Thulani Volunteers and you will see how much love and spirit he will bring to his new family.  “Rufus is an incredibly special boy with so much love to share!  When he first came, I’d assist him up then he’d charge out of the kennel, with me in tow, ready to explore with no hesitation.  Now I just can’t believe how much stronger he has grown!  Now he is walking up the “Thulani Hill of Hope” on his own. He is such a love bug too!” “The first time I met Rufus, I went into his run to sit in the chair to observe him....it took about 10 seconds for him to climb up into my lap and I've loved him ever since. At the beginning, it was looking pretty bad for his back legs but with time, care, supplements and pain medication he's a new dog. He loves his people, walks, being brushed and of course, treats. He's active, interested in whatever's going on and engaging.” “When he became stronger and moved with less difficulty, his personality changed a bit. He wanted more loving and attention from us instead of just fast walking. It felt like the focus he needed to be able to move was freed up to give to the people around him.”  “Rufus has overcome so much of his disability.  Once we put astro turf into his kennel so he doesn’t slip, he blossomed into a healthy dog that loves to follow people around.  Watching him is do heartwarming because he never let his health limitations get him down!” “One other thing Rufus loves his tuna fish too!” Rufus T. Summary: - Rufus is a Male, 10 yrs old, weighs 81 lbs, current on shots (rabies to be completed) - Good with Adults, dogs, and travel in the car Rufus passed a set of behavior tests before being accepted into the TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.   The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail) and the ability to get along with other well behaved dogs.  Rufus remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.       Please join us in welcoming sweet Rufus to TSGSR!   Rufus is a hospice/adopt dog because of his progressing hip issues. What's Next for Rufus T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Rufus is well cared for and receives medical care while in our care.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life.  Rufus will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. TSGSR will provide limited coverage of Rufus' medical expenses for the rest of his life. If you want to learn more about him, 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 Rufus 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/XjI_EFoiDCg “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Rusty T

German Shepherd Dog

Rusty T. is truly the sweetest, gentlest, most affectionate dog we have had in Thulani for many months, possibly years. We don’t know wh... show more

Rusty T. is truly the sweetest, gentlest, most affectionate dog we have had in Thulani for many months, possibly years. We don’t know what mix of breeds he is, unless there is a breed named SWEET. We speculate that he might be an Anatolian Shepherd mix, but if he is, his mix is likely to be a Golden Retriever from which his incredible temperament derives. Rusty will lick your face every time the opportunity presents itself.  He will try to climb into your lap for snuggles, has a tail that wags all the time, is fantastic with other dogs and is respectful of cats—in short he is a DREAM DOG. Rusty is part of a group of 9 dogs that were in a German Shepherd Dog rescue run by a woman who lost her long time battle with ALS.  Thulani took on 5 of the dogs and various other rescues took on the rest.  Luckily all of the dogs were rescued.  The 5 seniors we saved are Maleta, Charity, Ebony, Gibbs, and Rusty. Rusty is outgoing, active and wants to be your constant companion.  He walks extremely well on leash.  He has some arthritis but he has a lot of play left in him.  He is so lively and energetic, that he seems like an 8-9 year old dog.  We may not know his whole history, but we do know that Rusty has a lot of love to give a new family! Rusty T. Summary: - Rusty is a male, 12 yrs old, weighs 88 lbs, current on shots - Good with Adults, dogs, cats, children and travel in the car Rusty passed a set of evaluation tests before being accepted into the TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.   The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail) and the ability to get along with other well behaved dogs.  He remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.       Please join us in welcoming Rusty to TSGSR!   Check back often.  We will be updating his bio as we learn more about him! What's Next for Rusty T: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Rusty  is well cared for and receives all medical care needed for his well being while in our care.  In addition, TSGSR is beginning a search for an adoptive home that will care for him for the rest of his life.  He will come to his new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. There is no adoption fee and medical care is covered for life. If you want to learn more about Rusty, or are interested in possibly 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 him 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/NGuvALrN7Gk “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less

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Starlight T.

German Shepherd Dog

Starlight is a sweet 11 year old AKC unspayed female GSD that was an owner surrender.  4 years ago her owner could no longer care for he... show more

Starlight is a sweet 11 year old AKC unspayed female GSD that was an owner surrender.  4 years ago her owner could no longer care for her so a friend took her in as a temporary situation. Now, 4 years later, the current owner works out of state for business and is not able to provide Starlight the life she deserves and felt it was in Starlight's best interest to have a rescue group find her forever home. When we met Starlight, she showed signs of being neglected and was struggling with a dry coat, bad teeth, skin infection and ear strikes.  Starlight is a sweet girl looking for affection and attention. She lived mainly outdoors and will need someone who can take things slow with her and win her trust. She immediately took to the preteen daughter of the Thulani rescuer and also did well when introduced to another Volunteer's dog, even after a hyper dog at a dog park ran into her. The former owner reported that Starlight never chased or barked at a neighborhood cat that often walked by her pen. Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue has taken over care for Starlight.  She is a beautiful girl who will now receive the medical care she needs.  She is quite mobile and loves human interaction.  TSGSR will look for a new family with time to love to this wonderful dog.  Starlight T. Summary: - Female, 11 yrs old, weighs 71 lbs. - Good with Adults, some dogs, possibly cats - Good with children - Allergy to chicken, low iron Starlight passed a set of evaluation tests before being accepted into the TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.   The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail) and the ability to get along with other well behaved dogs.  Starlight remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.   As a result, she was accepted into the TSGSR program.    Please join us in welcoming Starlight to TSGSR!   Check back often.  We will be updating her bio as we learn more about her! What's Next for Starlight T.: Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that Starlight 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. Starlight will come to her new home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys.  Starlight’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of her life by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR)! If you want to learn more about Star, or are interested in possibly 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 her 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):  “Saving one dog won’t change the world. It will change the world for that one dog.” show less