Missouri German Shepherd Rescue
Love In Action - Restoring Hope for German Shepherds
an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization
*** COSMO is currently in boarding due to a lack of available foster homes!
THIS OLD GENTLEMAN DESPERATELY NEEDS A FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE HOME
WITH NO OTHER PETS AND FEW-TO-NO STAIRS
TO MAKE HIS LAST CHAPTER OF LIFE LOVING AND COMFORABLE.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help! ***
COSMO's story will make you cry -- and then make you cheer. This old boy is a true fighter who will steal your heart and show you what it means to grow old with spirit!
Just after New Year's, a kind woman driving through a rough part of town saw him in the street. He was dragging himself along, almost completely unable to walk, staggering, stumbling, every bone showing even from a distance, horrible skin. She stopped, lifted him into her car, and took him to a shelter. After examining poor Cosmo, shelter staff reluctantly decided the most humane thing would be to put him down. THey sadly scheduled euthanasia for the next day, but they were in for a surprise when they came back the next morning. There was Cosmo in his kennel, standing as best he could, barking, bright-eyed, and showing a lot of spirit. He wanted out! He had no intention of giving up! So shelter staff called MOGS and we said “Yes!” We placd him in a loving foster home, but unfortunately he clashed with another male GSD in the home and we had to put him in boarding. He’s done well there but he really, really needs and wants to be in a real home!! He deserves a comfy place to spend his final days in a long life.
This old boy is amazing! Even though he’s 12+ yrs old and his back end is getting weak, he absolutely adores trotting around the yard and sniffing – and going for fast walks. He loves people, attention, and a soft bed. He needs a home with a fenced yard to wander, few or no stairs (can do 3-4 stairs for now), and where someone can let him out to potty mid-day (keeps a clean kennel in boarding but can’t quite make it all day). He’ll reward you by showing you how a real fighter handles old age – living it to the fullest!
He loves being around people! He even likes to eat while you're there with him. He craves company and being part of a human family. We haven't seen him around kids and would need to test that, but we believe he'll do fine. We recommend older kids only just because he's a senior and may not appreciate small kids pulling or tugging on him.
We think Cosmo was probably an only pet all his life and was never socialized around other dogs. He was briefly in a foster home but he and the other male in the home clashed, and we had to move Cosmo to boarding. He has a strong prey drive, so no cats or small dogs.
What can we say - he's an oldster with an oldster's mobility challenges. He has several things going on that can not be corrected but can be managed (arthritis, spondylosis, minor dyplasia). Managing these means using a good joint supplement, and at some point in the future he may need pain meds. Cosmo has in fact shown amazing resilience! He now loves walks and goes fast. He loves trotting around the yard. He loves going to the fence and barking at passing animals. He's built up some backend muscle since being with us (getting both nutrition and exercise) and that's helped a lot. He's also gained weight and is nutritionally sound now. PLEASE NOTE: he is not neutered and will not be due to the risks of surgery at his age.
Cosmo is a "hospice" dog -- he needs a home to spend the last part of his life in. There is no way to tell how long he has, it could be weeks or months or even a year or two. We're looking for that special family with a truly huge heart who love the beauty, wisdom, and grace of a senior dog -- and feel blessed to be his angel.
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