2013 Calendars - HALF PRICE!
Thanks to everyone who entered our calendar contest! We had some beautiful photos to choose from for our 2013 calendar. This 14 month calendar also features dogs that were adopted over the past year. Order yours today by going to our "Store" tab or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Calendars are
$20 NOW ONLY $10 each (including shipping) and payments can be made online or sending a check to:
c/o Julie Penrod
600 34th St NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Thundershirts use a gentle, constant pressure to calm dogs, help with anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more.
Here is foster dog Dexter relaxing in his Thundershirt. He was very anxious about his change in surroundings prior to getting his Thundershirt.
We are a foster based rescue group that is run by dedicated volunteers. We do not have a shelter facility. Our dogs live in homes as family members, with the same love, care and attention they would receive in an adoptive home, until they are adopted to a forever home. All of our dogs are vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.
Mississippi Valley German Shepherd Dog Rescue, is a no-kill, non profit organization that, through education, training and fund raising, is dedicated to caring for and finding good homes for all German Shepherd Dogs that are abandoned, abused, neglected, or in need of assistance for any reason.
The dog on the raft is Bear...
He is called a 'rescue failure' because he stayed! He was a high drive dog that would do anything you asked. The problem is, people do not understand the needs of such dogs and neither did we back then. He was 13 months old when we met and he had spent most of his life in one shelter or another.
Bear was untrained and fearless and although his health was seriously compromised, there was something about him you could not put your finger on. The ill treatment he suffered was not going to take his spirit too.
We had just started doing dog rescue when we saw Bear. I remember saying to the shelter staff, "I don't know anything about Shepherds." She said, "Can you learn?" She was determined not to put him down that day.
Bear was a Certified Therapy Dog that visited patients in the hospital. The staff loved his big 'teddy bear' hugs, and he could not go down the hall without someone calling out his name. The patients were happy to visit when he was around. In the dog-training world, he is called a 'Demo Dog'. He went to pre-schools to teach children about bite prevention and animal welfare.
He is the one that started us on this ride, and it has been a good one. This rescue effort is dedicated to him. If you have ever owned a 'special' dog then you will understand. Bear is ours.
Bear's legacy still lives on...(10/09/1998 - 10/16/2008)