Missouri German Shepherd Rescue
Love In Action - Restoring Hope for German Shepherds
an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization
MOGS heard from Katrina's new family!! "We were fortunate to have her choose us.Â (I amÂ a firm believer that the dog actually chooses you!)Â Having seen ourÂ home and heard about our belovedÂ and recently departed Sam of almost 15 yrs, you know the biggest part of the welcome, home Katrina, story.
We adopted her Oct 23, 2010. (The Wednesday before, I had driven to Emporia to check out Kramer.Â Knew he wasn't the one, he found a forever home the next day! at a MOGS event).Â We discovered Katrina was a great traveler that afternoon.Â We didn't even have dog food at home.Â No problem, I had cooked for Sam about 12 1/2 years so a tasty meal for her was right on hand!Â She snarfed it down with gusto!Â The first week she didn't sleep in our bedroom.Â We found her on the couch in the tv room.Â We put aluminum foil on the couch at night....solved the problem within a week.Â She has happily slept in Beasley's Couch at the foot of our bed ever since.Â Over the past 6 mos we have seen many emotional layers shed.Â After 3 mos folks couldn't believe we had her only a short time.Â She was on her way to a successful forever home!Â She has become so happy folks consistently remark.Â Katrina has overcome any defensive/aggressive biting.Â While on vacation (after justÂ 3 mos in our home) a youngster came up from behind to hug her.Â Katrina enjoyed the hug!Â The youngster got a lesson in how to approach dogs.Â The event was a garden railway steamup with 119 folks and 8 dogs.Â There were no incidents. She has become ultra protective of her home.Â (It didn't help when the UPS guy opened the front door to slip in a package., thinking our oldster Sam was on board.Â Rule of Thumb:Â do not enter my house without an invitation!!)Â We are using the "Chill Pill" technique at 98% success now.Â Chill Pill works by thanking the dog for the alert, a correction, then using the words "chill pill", giving praise and treat if the dog settles.Â Katrina is a welcome visitor at our friends.Â She is a great "therapy" dog for my aging parents and their friends.Â Katrina was obese at the time of adoption.Â To date she has lost 16 pounds!Â and is 6-8 pounds from her goal weight!Â She loves attention and grooming.Â Â Folks are amazed at her shiny black coat.Â Our bonds are strong and getting stronger.Â We're a happy, healthy, grateful pack.
THANK YOU, MOGS!!!"
Â A note from MOGS:Â Stephanie(Katrina's new Mom) is now volunteering with MOGS and helping other dogs find their forever home!!Â Wouldn't you like to help other dogs?Â We have plenty of openings for volunteers, just click on Volunteer Application under How to Help on the left hand side of this page and you will go to sleep with a warm heart!!!