Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Remembering Khaleesi
Rest in Peace

Female German Shepherd Dog about 6-9 years old. Good with kids.

Most of us fumble and stumble our way through life forever wondering what our true purpose might be. Not Khaleesi. She knows with 100 percent certainty, just as sure as she knows that car rides are fun and grass is tasty, that she was put on this earth to be part of a family. What she doesn’t know is why it’s taking so gosh-darn long!

Now almost 7 years old, Khaleesi has been dealt some truly lousy hands by fate. She was raised in a loving home early on, but got rehomed because one of the old dogs in the house didn't get along with her. We don't know anything about that home, but Khaleesi  ended up in a high kill shelter overweight and unable to walk.  Her chip was still registered to her original owners who were contacted but they were not in a position to take her back and her current owners made it clear they didn't want her.  Even though we didn't need another medical dog, Coastal couldn’t stand by and let her be abandoned/discarded yet again.  So we agreed to take  her into the rescue and assume her medical care and the journey began.

Unfortunately, fate wasn’t quite done messing with Khaleesi, and following an initial operation where pins and plates were put into her legs, she contracted MRSA, necessitating another surgery to remove the pins and plates. Complications ensued, as did more surgeries and treatments, casts, splints, enforced crate rest, foul-tasting medicines, and on and on. Two and a half years have passed since her ordeal started, enough time to crush just about anyone’s spirit, but, through it all, Khaleesi has been a real trouper. Now, thanks to the excellent care of her vets and foster mom, she’s largely overcome her injuries (she still wears a splint and needs to be helped while walking), and is more than ready, willing, and able to finally achieve her life’s purpose of being a cherished member of a family. This beautiful girl has so much love to give, and she’s sick and tired of holding it in, doggone it!

Khaleesi adores people and bonds easily. She’s extremely observant and engaged, a quick study, food/treat motivated, good in the house, not destructive, has ears softer than mink, and sheds much less than your average GSD. She’s an outstanding watchdog and an effective deterrent against pesky uninvited solicitors, but can also be trained to "not" bark at someone like your mailman,  fairly quickly. She does tend to bark at other dogs she encounters on walks, but has made friends with the ones at her foster mom’s house with a proper introduction. Due to her prey drive she is probably not suitable for a home with cats, however.

The past two years haven’t been much fun for Khaleesi — enforced crate rest is boring and lonely — and she’s eager to make up for the time she’s lost by living every day to the fullest. The simple things in life, things that other dogs take for granted, like a car ride or a walk in the park, give Khaleesi unbridled joy. Sometimes she can get a tad too overexuberant and boisterous, but this tendency will undoubtedly dissipate with time and training. Though a bit unpolished at present, Khaleesi really is a special girl who deserves a family worthy of her love and companionship, one that can help her blossom into the awesome dog she was meant to be. 

The minimum adoption donation for adults is $375 and the adoption donation for puppies is $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible when permitted by law. The adoption donation provides that all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis ( i.e., puppies who will need to be altered by 6 mos old). Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.