Guthrie T

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The following story was shared with me by the wonderful folks at the Thulani Program. I’m so very grateful that they keep me up-to-date with their wonderful stories. I feel especially close to Guthrie T in that we were able to donate to help with his surgery and medical care. I hope you will open your hearts to Guthrie’s story and enjoy hearing how The Miracle GSD Network and The Thulani Program are making a huge difference, one dog at a time.

Meet Majestic Guthrie T.

Guthrie T

Guthrie T

This boy was found wandering in early July, and was picked up by Moreno Valley Animal Control and taken to the shelter. While there, Guthrie was friendly with everyone, got along great with his kennel mate, and even tested fine with small dogs. No one knows about the life he had before Thulani, but by the looks of him, it surely wasn’t good. He came to the Thulani Program pretty neglected, a mess, and had a bloody ulceration on his toe that surely had to be painful. Thulani offered Guthrie T. a better life than his prior one, which he deserves, and he readily accepted.

Guthrie in the Shelter (Before rescue by the Miracle GSD Network)

Guthrie in the Shelter
(Before rescue by the Miracle GSD Network)

Thulani suspected his toe would need amputated and made immediate arrangements for him to go to the vet upon leaving the shelter. Thank goodness they did. Guthrie T. had a few more obstacles to face. He was very sick once he was pulled out of the shelter, bordering on pneumonia. He had to wait two weeks to feel better before the vet could amputate his toe. With the help of Miracle GSD Network Thulani was not only able to save him but to obtain the necessary money needed to get him on the path to recovery. Guthrie T. is Miracle Dog #555. This boy is very sweet, but still a little scared at the vets.

Guthrie T looks sad, but his medical care has been accomplished

Guthrie T looks sad, but his medical care has been accomplished

Guthrie T While He was Healing

Guthrie T While He was Healing

Guthrie T Knows He's Now Safe and Loved!

Guthrie T Knows He’s Now Safe and Loved! (Just LOOK at that smile!)

He’s had a rough road, but is now ready to put that all behind him into a loving, forever home. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of Guthrie T.’s future road to happiness?  We know this old soul will blossom with attention and care and some family is going to be very lucky to be a part of his life!  Is That YOU? Since Guthrie T. is part of the Thulani Program they are looking for a forever home that will care for him for the rest of his life, in warmth and love. He will come with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. His medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program. If you want to learn more about Guthrie T., or are possibly interested in providing him a home, please contact Bob at thulanidogs@gsrnc.org. The Thulani Program has several stipulations for adoption which you can read about on their website: http://thulanidogs.org/

Guthrie T's a Happy, HEALTHY boy Now!

Guthrie’s a Happy, HEALTHY boy Now!

Don’t forget to check in with the Miracle GSD Network on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/310605105708097/ ) Lots of happy stories and photos!

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Remembering 9/11

This post was first published in 2011 – the tenth anniversary of the dreaded day. Since then, I have made some changes. We’ve come a long way. Sadly, we’re all a little less trusting and a whole lot more wary. Is this a good thing? Sadly, whether it is or it isn’t, it’s a necessity in today’s world.

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I’m sure there isn’t a soul reading this who doesn’t remember exactly where they were and what they were doing September 11, 2001 when the news came out about the cowardly, terrorist attacks against us all.

I was still living in the Atlanta metro area. I was working in “corporate America” and was just pulling into the parking garage at work. I rushed into the office and everyone was buzzing. We were all completely freaked out. Our office manager was running between our four floors trying to keep everyone calm. Senior management finally decided that our proximity to the Centers for Disease Control was too large a risk, so they sent us all home. No one knew when, if, or where another attack would be.

However, there was a whole lot of good that day (and many succeeding days) to remember. I remember people displaying the American flag everywhere. People actually looked out for one-another. There was a sense of great community and shared compassion. I read a great article on Fox News’ website. I’d like to share it with you. I hope when you click this link you will be able to open it. If not, please cut and paste it in your browser. It’s wonderful! I couldn’t say it any better.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/09/06/blind-man-his-guide-dog-and-lessons-learned-on-11/

Hero Dog - Roselle

Hero Dog – Roselle

Another story about Roselle (the dog who saved her owner) is here. By the way, she was voted the “hero dog” by the public voting in the American Humane Society site.

http://www.today.com/id/44615382/ns/today-today_pets/t/dog-who-saved-owner-named-american-hero-dog/#.VBDgFmrD_VI

One vivid memory I have of the good will everyone had toward each other was how differently people drove that day. Instead of people driving like maniacs (which, trust me, is the norm in Atlanta) everyone was very careful and indulgent of each other. There was no general panic, just a sense that we were all in a very difficult boat and we needed to row together to accomplish anything. That spirit of cooperation seemed to last for many, many days after the initial attack.

Do you have memories to share of the spirit of togetherness and shared experience on 9/11 or thereafter? I’d love to hear about it. I’m sure we all would prefer to remember the good that came about from the attacks, rather than the fear and disgust.

Never Forget

Quick Update on Two Favorites

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DOUBLE THE HAPPINESS, DOUBLE THE LOVE – From a Post by the Thulani Program

Shelter photo of Lucky and Sugar

Shelter photo of Lucky and Sugar

So good to see these two going to a place where they will be loved the rest of their days!

So good to see these two going to a place where they will be loved the rest of their days!

Super seniors Sugar T. and Lucky T. were abandoned at the Moreno Valley Shelter (CA). Their prospects were not good. But then the Miracle GSD Network and the Thulani Program teamed up to save them. Not only saved, but they almost immediately moved into a forever home with Kaylee and her dog Marta. As you can see from the photos, Kaylee got a double helping of ‘wonderful’. As the representative from the Thulani Program left her house, she let them know that tomorrow was going to be a ‘spa’ day for these two seniors—brushing, combing, manicure, pedicure, and more. Sugar and Lucky never even waved goodbye, so engrossed in their new home that they could not pull themselves away.

Lucky T & Sugar T so happy at their new home! Didn't even waive goodbye

Lucky T & Sugar T so happy at their new home! Didn’t even waive goodbye

A senior German Shepherd is designed to be low maintenance, loving, and a spectacular companion. Just imagine what two of them can be! Everyone can fit a senior German Shepherd into their lives, and the benefits are amazing. So many people first take a senior in because they feel sorry for it, but then find out that the dog gives so much that they end up the big winners.

Happy Lucky & Sugar

Happy Lucky & Sugar

Going to be Loved for the rest of their days!

Going to be Loved for the rest of their days!

Furever Home - At Last!

Furever Home – At Last!

I LOVE happy endings!

I LOVE happy endings!

We can attest to that as we have adopted two seniors in our lives – Sydney and Cinder. Sydney was with us only 4 years, but she gave us so much love. Cinder just turned nine and has been with us just a few days over a year. We hope to have many more years with our wonderful, senior girl.

Our beloved Sydney with Dad. This was the day we brought her home!

Our beloved Sydney with Dad. This was the day we brought her home! She has since gone to the Rainbow Bridge, but was much loved her final years.

Our current senior, Cinder! (You can read her story in an earlier post!)

Our current senior, Cinder! (You can read her story in an earlier post!)

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