- NAME: Eden, and Edie for short. (Fun fact! Both dogs have names that come from origin stories: Pyrrha, from Greek mythology, and the Garden of Eden.)
- FULL NAME: Eden Loretta Pratt
- BREED: German shepherd dog
- DATE OF BIRTH: 5 July 2013
- DATE WE ADOPTED HER: 15 January 2014
- HISTORY: From Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, after she was surrendered by a young family who didn’t have time for her.
This fantastic little puppy was surrendered to SGSR through no fault of her own. Eden was purchased from a Maryland breeder by a family with young children. After a few months with Eden, they decided that they didn’t have time for her and gave her up.
When she came into the rescue, she was evaluated for police work, but she failed the police test because her drive was deemed not high enough, and because she was too friendly. Which is not a fault in our book at all! The evaluator did feel that she could be perfect for therapy work, however, owing to her strong orientation toward people.
Eden’s parents were imported from West Germany and are both titled in schutzhund; her father holding Sch3, the highest level of schutzhund accomplishment. It’s hard to believe that a puppy of this caliber could come into a rescue, but it does happen! And boy are we glad that we found her, owing exclusively to the rescue VP, who was looking out for us and knew that we were looking for a “bombproof” puppy. And there she was.
- Sit (Verbal: “Sit” / Signal: Index finger raised)
- Lie down on the ground (Verbal: “Down” / Signal: Palm moving downward)
- Target a palm (Verbal: “Touch” / Signal: Open palm facing her)
- Drop it (Verbal: “Drop it”)
- Going to her crate (Verbal: “Go to your house”)
- Go to your mat (Verbal: “Go to your mat” / Signal: Pointing)
- Shake (Signal: Open, expectant palm)
- Sitting or standing when people enter (instead of jumping and trying to kiss/maul their faces)
- Bravo! (take a bow)
More to come as we continue to get to know this sweet girl!
- 9 January 2014: Gradually switched her from Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy to Taste of the Wild Wild Boar.
- 22 January 2014: Started her on fish oil (Welactin; dose: 2 capsules per day).
- 10 March 2014: Scratchiness update: She seems to be less itchy than we she arrived, and we’re continuing to give her 2 capsules of Welactin at night with her dinner.
- 19 March 2014: Started her on Flagyl (Metronidazole) and Fortiflora, with hopes this will clear up her GI issues and help her gain weight. She weighed 44.4 lbs. at the vet on the 19th; she should be almost 60 lbs.
- 1 April 2014: TLI blood test for EPI and cobalamin (B12) blood test sent to Texas A&M University.
- 2 April 2014: Fecal test for giardia confirms that she has lots of giardia; starts on first round of Panacur.
- 3 April 2014: TLI and cobalamin tests come back in the normal range!
- 10 April 2014: Start mixing her kibble with the prescription Royal Canin High-Energy Gastrointestinal kibble.
- 14 April 2014: Goes into her first heat.
- 17 April 2014: Starts second round of Panacur.
- 23 April 2014: Tests all clear for giardia! But she gave it to Pyrrha.
- 24 April 2014: Urine analysis normal (suspected UTI).
- 8 September 2014: In heat again.
- 2 December 2015: Spayed. Vet also noticed a small skin infection, so put her on antibiotics for that.
- 12 February 2016: HESKA allergy test results come back, showing her to be negative for every allergen. Which seems hard to believe.
- February-March 2016: We suffer through a Royal Canin Ultamino food trial.
- Mid-March 2016: Starts on Apoquel. Goes back to Taste of the Wild Wetlands.