A Little Can Go a Long Way

Good Shepherd Animal Sanctuary,inc inc
We’re Not Just Another Shelter
A Little Can Go a Long Way
March 2011
One day, I was walking down the road on
the way to the gas station trying to figure
out if I had enough gas to put in my gas can
to get to work that day. My paycheck was
not due for another 2 days and I had to raid
the penny jar just so I could try to get the
truck started. As I walked cut down the alley, I saw a skinny dog trying to find something in a garbage bag next to the dumpster. My heart
went out to him. I didn’t want to scare him off so I continued to the
gas station. I managed to have enough to fill my gas can and discovered I had 50 cents left over. I bought a package of those peanut
butter and crackers. I walked back down the alley and as I approached the dumpster where I had last seen the dog, he was still
there scavenging. I opened the crackers and tossed them to the pup.
He devoured them down and came in for a pat. Next I was surprised
to hear, “Diamond! Come here boy!” The dogs ears perked up and
ran towards the man at the other end of the alley. “Thanks on Diamond’s behalf.” he stated. I introduced myself and he apologized for
how skinny his dog was. He had been out of work for a few months
and didn’t qualify for assistance because his unemployment made
him too much. He explained he was struggling and dog food was so
expensive. I told him I may have a way to help. I go to Kibble Korner
on occasion when things were really tight. It is a food pantry for pets.
They help provide food for pets so they can stay with their families.
He told me he would check them out. I returned home and went to
work. I ran into Diamond and the man a couple of months later when I
was out walking my dog. He said that Kibble Korner saved Diamond’s life. The day I met him he was letting diamond have his last
romp before taking him to the pound because he couldn’t afford to
keep him fed. Diamond looked good now, all filled out and the life in
his eyes. With a handshake and a pat on the head, we parted ways. I
was grateful because I know that there are so many families that are
in the same spot. Can I continue to afford to feed my dog while I am
struggling through this crisis? Kibble Korner is one of those places
that makes that difference between home and shelter. All it took was
a bag of dog food. Help us help Kibble Korner. We will be accepting
donations of dog and cat food (and critter food) to take to Kibble
Korner to feed dogs like Diamond and other pets. Bring on March
12th to Petco at our Adoption Event. Should you not be able to attend, Contact us to arrange a pick up. Thanks on behalf of the families that are able to stay together because they don’t have to make
the impossible choice to feed or surrender their pets.
Adoption Events
Mark your calendars
March 12-13th,2011 11-3 Petco East State, Rockford,IL
March 19th,2011 11-3 Terry’s Pet Center Loves Park, IL
Homeless Dog Deserve a 2nd Chance
What do you think of when you think of homeless? A dirty,
rough, thin looking person in a flannel shirt maybe riding a bicycle
with all his belongings? What do you think of when you picture a
homeless dog? A dirty, rough, thin mutt running the streets? Not all
homeless dogs are that way. Shep was a beautiful, working line German Shepherd pup of about 8 months old when he was found wandering farm fields for at least 3 weeks. Of course he needed a bath, but
he was not skinny, he was very social, and he just wanted someone to
feed him and play with him. I drove 140 miles round trip when I got
the email that a farmer had finally caught him and was willing to provide temporary shelter until we could pick him up. They contacted
Good Shepherd because the local pound was full and they didn’t want
to see a dog put to sleep because Shep would be taking it’s place.
Adoptions and Additions
Dotty is a 2 yr old Husky/
Golden mix waiting for her
forever home. Dotty is a
calm, gentle girl who is
housebroken, dog and kid
friendly, and with a small
bit of training could pass
CGC and become a therapy
dog. She is very even tempered and takes to people
very fast.
Donation Spotlight
We received $25 from Ayn to
cover the initial vet and transport fees for Bear so he could
become part of us . Thanks you
so much for your generosity
and kindness.
We have begun to receive gift
baskets and sponsors for the
Bowling Extravaganza. Thanks
to Terry’s Pet Center, Boone
County Dart, and Petco for
Help us be able to triple our
adoption rate. Our goal is 30
adoptions this year. Tell a
friend or a stranger.
Donations of aluminum cans
and scrap metal help us and
the environment at the same
time. Contact Vicki to schedule
a pick up [email protected]
We are looking for creative people to help us raise
$250.00 in March. For every
$250 we raise another dog can
be saved. Donations can come
in the form of a gift certificate
to Terry’s Pet Center to help us
buy a bag of food. If you have
any leashes, collars, crates,
treats, or toys that you no
longer need, they can help us
not have to purchase those
We use a lot of paper and ink
printing out our contracts and
flyers, and educational literature. Consider donating those
items to help us get the message out about no more homeless pets.
"Dogs don't know
I hopped in my truck with my gear and drove to the famer’s house.
about beginnings, and
Out came this bundle of energy. He was whining and barking and
they don't speculate
jumping because he thought it was play time. His whole body wiggled
on matters that ocwhen I pet him. He hopped into my truck and slept the 70 miles back
curred before their
to Rockford. I placed found ads up in the local papers in the town he
time. Dogs also don't
had been found in. Spoke with Barry from Lee County Animal Control
know — or at least
and gave him our contact information in case someone called him
don't accept — the
looking for Shep. I placed ads in Craigslist under lost and found pets.
concept of death.
I made an appointment with our vet to have Shep checked out and to
With no concept of
get him his vaccinations and to have him scanned for a microchip. I
beginnings or endings
placed him in a kennel at my house and fed him his 1st dinner at
dogs probably don't
Good Shepherd. He devoured it as if he hadn’t eaten in days. Shep
know that for people
became part of my family.
having a dog as a life
The vet was unable to locate a microchip, gave Shep his vaccinations,
gave him some medicine to get rid of intestinal worms, and some
treats because he was so well behaved for his visit. I went to the front
desk to check out and then it hit me. The receptionist handed me the
bill. That short 20 minute visit had cost Good Shepherd $90.00. We
still had to neuter him too. That was going to be an additional
$100.00 plus because he was a pup, he would need a 2nd distemper
booster. I am so glad we had people willing to come to our bowling
event last year. The $200+ that we are spending on Shep came from
people who came out for a fun couple of hours and made it possible
for Shep to be rescued, receive his medical care, and feed him while
he was with us for 3 months.
4 hours, 3 games of bowling, pizza, and awesome raffles. All that
means Shep is safe and sound. And so are Peppe, Gretta, Rusty, Powder, Lola, Hurricane, Chevy, Wrigley, Max, Jake, and Lily. Won’t you
join us this year so we can save more? If you don’t come, who will be
left by the wayside? We need you to come and help save Jessie, Dotty,
Blackjack, Nala, and Bear; plus all those that are waiting to come into
the sanctuary. It is time to form those teams and prepare for an
awesome afternoon supporting our pups. By coming to our bowling
fundraiser, you will be helping a dog or puppy in foster care and allow
us to fill open foster homes with dogs that desperately need to be
given that 2nd chance.
If you don’t come, who will?
We have 2 new members to our family,
Blackjack and Bear. Blackjack was an
owner surrender due to a medical condition and Bear was rescued from high kill
animal shelter . Both are in loving foster
homes awaiting adoption.
More Details
Some dogs struggle more than others
Have you ever been frightened? I mean
really scared. Has everything you know suddenly changed and you had no voice in the
matter? I know Nala has. Nala was in a family with a single mom and they lost their
house. Mom and her son were able to move
in with a family member, but because of that
family member’s medical condition, drs
would not allow a dog to be there too. Nala
had no where to go. Good Shepherd was her
last hope. Nala was already a scared pup
when we met her. She belly-crawled out of
her kennel across the floor, talking and tail
wagging up to us. She was insecure and startled at loud noises. After about 15 mins, she
was taking treats and sitting for pats on the
head. After an hour long conversation with
her mom and Nala becoming our friend,
Nala’s world changed. She was given a 2nd
chance. She was not going to have to go to
the pound. She hopped into the truck and
didn’t know it meant good bye to her previous life. Nala is in foster care with an awesome family. Nala gets scared easily and becomes very energetic when that happens. She
jumps up to get attention sometimes. If your
voice gets loud at all, her belly hits the floor
and she cowers. She appears to have been hit
before and is sensitive to gentle touch. She
loves to cuddle and lay with her head on you.
Nala is kennel trained and housebroken. She
just needs someone who can continue helping her learn that she does not have to be
afraid any more. She needs to find a family of
adults with no younger children who can give
her the time and training she needs to continue on her journey to feeling secure. Nala
believes she is a lap dog and is meant to be
with her person all the time. She loves to run
and needs a fenced in back yard. If you know
companion provides a
streak of light be-
How To Train A Puppy - It's Not All Fun
And Games!
It shocks some new puppy owners when their puppy acts like, well a puppy.
The little critter is a pooping machine who chews barks, digs, cries and
much more! But we still love them anyway - we just need to provide them
with some direction and boundaries to follow.
If you're anything like me you probably just want to get your puppy off to the
best possible start in life, and also set them up to thrive as adult dogs. Early
puppy socialization and puppy training are the keys to your success as a dog
Bringing a young pup into our lives is a big responsibility and commitment to
fulfill. Our puppies have a long list of requirements and deadlines that must be
met for their well-being and longevity. Tasks like puppy house training,
crate training, puppy socialization, leash training and basic obedience
need to be addressed right from the very start.
How To Train A Puppy - The Positive Way
It's important with all dog training but especially with young puppies to use
lots of encouragement, praise and rewards (positive reinforcement) in
your training. Start your puppy training sessions as soon as your little puppy
arrives at your home - it's never too early. Set your puppy up to succeed,
Fostering has allowed us to make such a difference in the lives of
concentrate on developing desirable habits in your puppy and preventing undehomeless dogs. Shep needed the consistency and love that can only be
sirable behavior. It's much a better alternative to put your puppy on the
provided by a family. Shep was able to find a wonderful home with an
right path from the start, rather than trying to correct established problem
amazing family because you came out and bowled with us. You probehaviors later on.
vided his food. You provided his medical care, and you provided the
Keep your training sessions short, consistent and always have fun. The key
opportunity for not only Shep, but for all of the dogs at Good Shepto shaping your puppy's behavior is to start out with very easy commands,
herd. Our foster families work hard to help the dogs with training,
to build on these successes and apply heaps of repetition. Base your
socialization, and basic home living skills. The money we raise goes to
around trust and mutual respect rather than old school methhelp the dogs with food, kennels, treats, medical needs, spaying &
avoidance and harsh corrections. In this environneutering, and training.
ment you will find that your puppy loves his training sessions and his confi-
We need to see you there. We can’t do it without you. Won’t you help
make that difference? For a small donation you get 3 games of Scotch
Doubles Bowling and an All you can eat Pizza Buffet. There will be
Door Prizes, a 50/50 Raffle, Gift Basket Raffles (supplied by awesome
donors). It will be fun for all ages. Come for the fun, Make a difference for a lifetime.
Single Bowler w/ dinner $25.00
Couple Bowler w/ dinner $40.00
Dinner Only Single $8.00 / Couple $14.00
Tickets can be picked up at Petco on 2/19 or you can order through paypal
on our website. Tickets are going fast so get yours today. Invite your
friends, neighbors, relatives, co-workers. Come support the dogs and make
that difference.
dence will grow with each and every session.
Always remember that you are dealing with a very immature young animal. Be
realistic, flexible, patient and always fair during puppy training sessions.
Your puppy doesn't just automatically know this stuff! It's all new to him and
he is bound to have the odd slip up and mistake along the way. Don't worry
about these mistakes, just move on and do your best to prevent them in the
Enjoy this fantastic time in your dog's life. His puppyhood is the time where
you will lay the foundation for your puppy's life. It's also where you will
develop, build and strengthen the special bond you will share with your dog for
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