came to MOGS as an emergency intake, after we received an urgent message from a local shelter about another dog, and arrived to find Rex had just come in with two badly broken legs as well. He had been injured by a hit-and-run driver and left in a ditch at the side of the road to die.
We immediately requested x-rays of the injuries to consult with two amazing vets - Dr Andrea Kennedy (provides all of the routine care for our fosters) and orthopedic surgical vet, Dr. Jim Swanson (provides for all the orthopedic surgery needs for our fosters). Their recommendations were clear - Rex required immediate emergency surgery to repair four fractures in his left rear leg, and a broken shoulder on his front left leg.
Current Animal Control ordinances require any animal that enters a shelter as a stray to be held for either 5 days (if no microchip) or 10 days (if microchipped). In the meantime, the shelters can provide no medical treatment other than pain management and basic vet care to injured animals unless it is considered a life-or-death situation (they are not the owners, and are not allowed to make decisions in non-imminent life threatening situations). Rex did not have the luxury of this time - if his injuries were to be left untreated (and fusing out of place) during a stray hold, the chances increased daily that he would lose the use of his legs permanently, and thus his life. MOGS took the recommendations to the shelter administrators, and petitioned for an early transfer due to medical exigency. Supported by the shelter vet, Rex was transferred to us under the understanding that we would be responsible for all medical expenses, and would return him to his owners if they were to step forward during the required hold time.
Rex was rushed to surgery within 24-hours, where he had two pins and four wires placed in his front shoulder, and one pin and five wires in the back leg.
Rex has battled life-threatening injuries, surgical incisions that required almost 100 staples, kennel cough that transitioned into pneumonia, a very bad post-op infection on the front leg that has required six consecutive, and very strong, rounds of antibiotics (along with daily iodine scrubdowns and topical treatments), surgical pins breaking through his incision as the swelling decreased in his front leg, multiple vet trips to trim the pins and re-secure his incision, strict 24/7 crate rest for close to 12 weeks (not to mention having to wear a halo that entire time), continuous sedation to keep him still, and careful recovery from prolonged starvation.
But Rex is with MOGS, receiving the best care that we can provide, and is already returning to the sweet, energetic and loving puppy that we knew he was all along! TEMPERAMENT
He's a super handsome, young, energetic goofball, but he does also have some rough edges. Due to a prolonged history of neglect, Rex came to MOGS with no understanding of basic dog manners or boundaries - he was basically the equivalent of an eight week old puppy in a 9-month old body. As a result, he wants to pick up and chew on everything that captures his interest, gets into trash and items on the counters, and knocks over things in his efforts to play or to get to wherever he is going. He cannot yet be trusted unsupervised, and cannot be left out to roam the house if nobody is home.
Rex is crate-trained, but due to weeks of medically necessary confinement, can sometimes be stubborn about entering. He is very food motivated, however, and will happily enter his crate if treats or food is involved. He is partially house-broken at this time, but does still have pee accidents in the house and in his crate. He is very familiar with the commands of "leave it" and "mine" but like a true GSD will ignore them at times. Since he's only just recently been medically cleared for normal movement/activity, he is is finally starting to work on more basic commands, such as "sit," "down," and "wait," but these are coming slow to him due to his pent up energy levels from months of required crate rest. He is more able to focus after an hour or so of hard play.
Rex is super, super sweet and loving towards people of all ages and size. He loves to give kisses and show you how excited he is to be feeling better. He is not yet much of a snuggler, and does tend to be mouthy when excited. He also loves, loves, loves to play, is learning how to have fun with toys and enjoys smoked femur bones.OTHER ANIMALS
Rex is in a home with other dogs of various sizes, and gets along well with all but two of them. He is considered to be selectively reactive (one of the dogs is an unneutered male with a shattered pelvis and the second is a female who is also selectively reactive). He is friendly with, but mainly ignores another large male, but loves playing with another male and a female also being fostered in the same home. He is a bundle of energy, and can play hard for an extended time, so any dog in an adoptive home will need to be the same size, or larger, and will need to be assertive enough to help Rex learn good doggie boundaries.
Rex does resource guard food around other dogs, so is currently being fed in his crate to prevent problems. This issue is being worked on in his foster home. He does not have any resource guarding issues with people.
Due to his medical complications, Rex has not been offically tested with cats, although he was exposed to his foster's office cat through a crate. He did get agitated around the cat, but it's unknown if this was due to true prey drive, or self-defense because of the severity of his injuries. He will need to be formally cat-tested prior to placement in a home with cats or other small animals. KIDS
Rex has been good in interactions with people of all ages. However, due to his energy level and current lack of boundaries, he will only be placed in a home with children 10+, who are experienced around large, energetic dogs.
Rex has been cleared of all currently known medical issues. He has been taking a supportive joint supplement (VetIQ), but the need for this can be re-evaluated by his forever family's vet.
Rex has been neutered, micro-chipped, has a current rabies tag, and is up-to-date on all vaccines. PLEASE NOTE:
Rex's new owners will need to monitor any open injuries or post-op incisions for MRSA, as he has had multiple re-ocurrences of it while in care.
Rex's ideal family is one that has strong leadership abilities, and an experienced handler that can help him continue to work on good boundaries and structure. Once he understands who is in charge, Rex is a truly smart pup that learns what is expected very quickly.
If you're looking for a gorgeous, young, trainable furball
REX'S ADOPTION FEE: $350
who will love you forever,
Rex may be your ideal family member!
This fee covers only part of what we spend to vet, board and rehab the dogs we save. On average we spend over $450 on each dog. We made a decision to keep our adoption fee at the 2005 level even though vet prices have doubled and tripled since then. We are constantly fundraising to cover the deficit. At minimum, your adoption fee includes the dog's spay/neuter, heartworm test, heartworm treatment if needed, rabies shot, distemper/parvo shot, bordatella shot, deworming, monthly heartworm and flea preventives, and microchip. In many cases it also includes surgery and various types of vet treatment for standard issues such as hot spots, ear infections and so on.
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