Archive for June, 2017

Almost 8 years have passed since my first post on long haired GSDs, but today that we put to sleep ZAO, I feel the need for an update. After all he was the last living dog of our Wolf & Lara breeding.

Wolf (Samson Von Schlob Bladenhost) died in his sleep end of March 2012, aged almost 11.5 y. He will be remembered, as the best tempered dog we ever had: Playful & open hearted – the joy of children, fearless and committed whenever circumstances demanded, with NO false alarms.

Lara, was more long lived and was put to sleep mid March 2014, aged almost 15 y. She was very dominant in the herd activities and if she had not been scared when puppy by the bombings in Yugoslavia, she would have reached the same high level of protective duties of Wolf.

Zao was diagnosed incurably ill 2 months ago and although I tried hard at home and improved other parameters oh his health, finally I had to help him pass away, since he was no longer able to eat.  As my dog-loving friends Andreas & Maria pointed out, this is a luxury of which humans are still deprived…

Zao until his middle age, not self confident like his father, was terrorizing everyone. His protection drive, was depended on my handling support – nothing to do with his parents, but I think he was the greatest looking long haired German shepherd we had in the family, strongly attached to me.

While still having 3 GSDs, I decided to  give a chance to a stray dog by adopting it. Going through relative posts, I spotted a mid sized black young female, recovering from a leg injury. Upon visiting the place where ~20 dogs were kept, and meeting the candidate, I confirmed  my intention and Hera – renamed Tsila by our son George – joined us and through this adoption I became friend with the gentle volunteer ladies, Nora, Athina & of course Olga Avrilia and her rescue & support organization.

The early story of  TSILA is unbelievable: Two ladies of the strays organization saw a mentally disturbed woman carrying a knife and a wounded puppy she had already stabbed in order to disable it from escaping, as she was planning to cook it. With the assistance of the police, the puppy was confiscated and handed to the volunteers. who drove it to the kind vet who tried very hard to save the badly broken leg by placing 2 metal supports, still not sure the leg would be saved. Thank God  it healed well, the puppy was adopted by us and grew to an unbelievably balanced dog, resembling to a downsized black Malinois, not afraid of people – actually not afraid of anything, and still very gentle. After so many years, it was the first dog allowed to lay on our bed until I go to sleep. Maybe because of our human guilt, maybe thanks to her more compact size (25-26kg).

When Wolf was no longer around, came Eira, a white variety of long haired GSD, that the clever Swiss have registered as “White Swiss Shepherd” breed! In our case, it came out as the most sensitive and affectionate one, that I’m afraid will have difficulty to overcome Zao’s absence. Time will show.

Year after year & day after day – no matter of names, the companionship of dogs proves a blessing, by our side till the end.

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