From the Final Refuge Mom: Sherlock is a 12 yr old German Shepherd male that was picked up by Animal Control after wandering the city streets for a long time. He was skin and bones, covered in huge mats that required shaving to remove, and his back toenails were raw and bloody from dragging his back feet.
He has some fusion and arthritis in his mid back, and nerve damage to a back leg. Also, hee has had some digestive issues while his diet and meds were figured out.
With anti-inflammatories and pain meds, and regular meals of good food, his balance has improved and his back legs don’t get tangled. He will have some acupuncture and laser treatments soon to help his back and back legs.
Taking Sherlock to the vet remains an adventure as getting the big boy in a car is like pushing a really big rope up a ladder. It is the only time he doesn’t want to do something.
He loves to be brushed and will stretch put and go to sleep. He also loves to eat. Unfortunately I think he used to eat dirt and gravel out of necessity, and now it is a habit I’m trying to break, along with snatching food from his sisters.
Sherlock is a gentle giant. He walked into my home with my two German shepherds and never looked back. He loves being included in the pack and part of the family. For the first week he slept curled in a tight ball. He now sleeps stretched out on his side.
Sherlock has made it his responsibility to patrol the back fence and keep out any mouse, bunny, or bug that even thinks about coming into his yard.
Here are some pics of him with his new sisters, patrolling the fence, playing with his toy, and trying to figure out what to do with a boiled egg.
Update: We finally had to say goodbye to this gentle big boy due to mobility issues. He showed his love for his new home every day and was a joy to have in the family.