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Shepherd Guide, Issue #007 -- Dec 09
December 22, 2009


Welcome to another issue of the Shepherd Guide!

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December 2009

In this Issue:

  1. In the News - Dog Rescued After Baghdad Bombing
  2. GSD Hero of the Month - Yago the K9
  3. Training - Group Classes
  4. Health Issue - Dog Lump
  5. What's On Your Mind?

1. In The News

After the bombings, the house (what was left) was silent. Everyone presumed that Farouq Omar Muhei, along with his wife and children, had perished.

The family dog, German Shephed mix Liza, was stranded in the wreckage. She was left on a narrow strand of rubble that was miraculously still standing. But she was chained to a railing and unable to escape on her own.

After leaving the house, Muhei told his 14 year old son Omar, that Liza was probably dead. Omar insisted that she was still alive. As soon as Muhei was cleared from the clinic, he and Omar went on a rescue mission to search for 6 year old Liza.

Muhei spotted Liza on the rubble and started to go after her. But his brother, Fuad, insisted that he go since he was the one with "sturdy shoes." Fuad climbed the rubble and released Liza, gently carrying her to the ground.

"I came back to rescue my dog," said Muhei who sells candy in the local market. Read more on this story and see photos of Liza's rescue from the rubble.

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Read more stories about German Shepherds in the news.

2. GSD Hero of the Month

Yago, a police dog in Louisiana, nabbed a runaway inmate.

The suspect escaped while taking trash to a dumpster. Witnesses reported seeing a man clad in a black and white striped jumpsuit running from the jail to a wooded area.

While the K9 unit was on scene before Yago arrived, deputies opted to wait for the German Shepherd as he is such a superb tracker, said the chief of operations.

Approximately 30 minutes after picking up the scent, Yago had hold of the suspect's right arm.

3. Training

Group classes are a great way to help socialize your German Shepherd. The dogs are not allowed to play off leash. But, during lessons, your dog must cope with the constant distractions caused by other dogs.

The trainer remarked that after about 30 minutes, Schatzi had reached her "limit." She began talking back after commands and was not anywhere near as attentive.

German Shepherds do become bored very easily. If they are repeatedly commanded to perform an act, they may begin to complain.

We will continue to attend group lessons to work on her Attention Deficit Disorder. :)

4. Health Issue

I found a lump on my dog. Days before we were to leave for NY for Thanksgiving, I felt a semi-hard lump right below Schatzi's skin on her right shoulder.

In a panic, I called my vet. Based on what I told her, that it was the only lump, not near the site of a recent injection, and that it didn't feel like it was attached to any underlying tissues, she suggested that it was probably a sebaceous cyst.

This occurs when oil accumulates in a hair follicle and forms a bump under the skin. Needless to say, I still had her come over at her earliest convenience to check it out. Yes, my vet does house calls - At Home Vet Care is awesome.

I did some research on what causes a dog lump to helps others out who may find something similar.

5. What's On Your Mind?

As a fellow German Shepherd lover, I want to hear what you may have questions or concerns about.

What would you like to read about in future issues? Reply to this email and let me know.

Until next month,

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