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My name is Coso T!

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German Shepherd Dog
Black - with Tan, Yellow or Fawn
11 years 4 months old, Senior
(When grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
(Current) 80 lb
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Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

Update (Aug 2022):  Coso T has made incredible progress in just a few short weeks!  His skin is improving and he is beginning to regrow fur!  We can't wait to watch his transformation.  

Introducing Coso T:  Welcome to a better life Coso T!  Coso came to us in horrific shape.  He is mostly hairless from the middle of his neck to the middle of his tail, and halfway down his legs – and much of his skin is severely damaged.  He has several yet to be diagnosed growths on his skin, and appears to have additional neurological issues impairing his hip mobility.  We are currently in the process of coordinating vet visits to figure out how we can help Coso rehabilitate.  Despite the severity of his various symptoms, Coso is an incredible dog who is thrilled to be getting a lot of much needed Thulani loving care. 

Coso was surrendered to the shelter by his former owners.  Determined to leave his past behind, Coso is very social with people, happily introducing himself with a wagging wail and excited for attention.  Coso has integrated well with the other large dogs in his foster home.  He is also highly food motivated, gently taking treats when offered.  He is persistent in ensuring that he gets his fair share of treats when in a group of other dogs. 

Thulani will be consulting with our veterinary team to develop the best plan to help Coso on his road to recovery.  Even with his skin condition and hip mobility issues, Coso demonstrates the persistence of his strong will.  Coso is determined that nothing will stop him.  His leash manners leave lots of room for improvement, but we trust that with time and encouragement he will catch on quickly.  Coso is on the long road towards recovery, and his best days are still ahead of him.

Coso T Summary:
- Male, 11 yrs old, 80 pounds
- Good with adults, dogs of all sizes

Coso passed a set of evaluation tests before being accepted into TSGSR.  The tests are not intended to assess how smart the dog is but are important for TSGSR to determine if the dog is expected to be safe in a family home.  The tested behaviors check to see if the dog will guard or protect food or toys from people, will tolerate handling all over its body (including ears, nose, lips to check teeth, lifting paws, belly, back, and gently pulling the tail).  This dog remained calm during all of these tests and showed no aggressive tendencies.
What's Next for Coso T:
Coso's skin infection is resolving and he was cleared for neuter by the vet.   He is recovering nicely from neuter and mass removal surgery.  Coso is on a treatment plan under the care of a dermatologist and he is ready for his forever home.  

If you are interested in fostering or adoptiong, please apply now!  Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) will continue to see that he is well cared for.  He will come to your home with a supply of food, a cushy pad if wanted, and other goodies such as toys. 


Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue

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San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

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Our adoption process is designed to help you and the right dog find each other. Our goal is to place each dog into a permanent, safe, and loving home. To adopt a German Shepherd Dog from us, you must: 1. Live in California California or close-in areas of adjoining states. 2. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire, either online, or by mail. If you do not own your home, you must also have your landlord complete the Landlord Letter. 3. Be interviewed by an adoption counselor. 4. Allow a home visit by an adoption counselor. 5. Be approved for adoption. 6. Choose, and be chosen by, the right dog. 7. With our approval, sign our Adoption Agreement. After we receive your online Adoption Questionnaire, we will call you to begin the adoption process. We encourage potential adopters to come to one or more Adoption Days, because that is the best way to meet several German Shepherds and to find your new companion. If you attend an Adoption Day and choose a dog, you may be able to adopt the same day, if all adoption requirements are met. If you cannot come to any Adoption Day, we can still assist you, this may take longer because the people who will help you are volunteers who usually have jobs, and scheduling meetings with dogs can be complex because our dogs live in many homes and kennels.

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The principle team members at Thulani Senior German Shepherd Rescue (TSGSR) have been rescuing and re-homing German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) of ALL AGES for over 15 years. We are a California non-profit Animal Welfare Organization (AWO) and we are an all-volunteer organization which allows all donations and funding to go completely to the betterment of rescued GSDs. Because rescuing senior GSDs or ones with a terminal illness requires a dedicated focus TSGSR was founded for this special purpose. TSGSR provides hospice care and sanctuary for German Shepherd Dogs with limited life expectancy. TSGSR team members were finding German Shepherd dogs in shelters that were wonderful dogs, but because of terminal medical conditions or extreme age, were not dogs that could successfully be adopted out to the public as part of a regular adoption program. Yet these wonderful dogs have some quality life left for them, even though it might be short. TSGSR realized that, if they turned their backs on these dogs, they very likely would die alone and afraid in the shelter almost immediately. The critical turning point came at the end of 2008 and eventually lead to the creation of TSGSR when we evaluated a three-month-old puppy who had been badly abused, mistreated, and neglected. Yet he was a happy, loving, affectionate puppy that just wanted to please, so we decided to bring him into a specialized rescue. We lined up a foster home for him, and planned out his stay with us before he would be put up for adoption, and then the lightening-bolt struck. The puppy had a level 5 heart murmur that further analysis indicated would be fatal in just a few months. We called the prospective foster to inform her of his condition and that we would not be bringing him into the program after all. She was devastated as were we, but she called back in a few hours to tell us that she and her daughter would take him and would give him the best life she could for whatever time he had left! That dog's name was Thulani. Thulani's foster Mom later said “It is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I loved the experience of living with the Thulani Dog and I will always love her. It was very hard to say goodbye to her, and I don’t regret one moment.” These are people who can enjoy the dogs ‘for the moment’ and bear the grief that they will shortly feel in order to give the dog a quality life for whatever time it has left.