Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 100+ lbs
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Leave a bone for Caesar- RIP 3/9/12
Dogster stats for Caesar- RIP 3/9/12
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June 9th 2011
January 22nd 2005
None so far!! He is very laid-back.
Anything he is allowed to chew!
Wherever he is allowed to go!
Sit, Lay Down, Shake, Heel, and "Silly Dog"
We adopted Caesar 6/9/11. We had been looking for an older, calmer dog to add to our family, and to be a companion for Keira, our APBT. We had applications in at shelters, and I put an ad up on Craigslist (on a whim-- no idea that we would find this gem!) that we were searching for a medium-to-large sized dog to add to our family. We got an email 5 minutes after I posted from Caesar's previous owner. This is the email message I got:
I have a 6 year old male, white German Shepherd that I need to rehome if you are still looking for a dog. Fixed and house trained. Well trained (obeys hand signals, works well with other handlers, no pulling on leash while walking). Great temperament, perfect with kids and smaller dogs. He is a large dog, but a gentle giant.
I've had Caesar for 3 years, I took him from a buddy when they couldn't keep him (they were having their 9th baby no exaggeration). He's one of the best dogs I've had, loves to play and ride in the car. He's getting older and the heat gets to him quickly so it's usually short walks. I hate to let him go, but I'm moving back to Ohio in two weeks and my fiancé is allergic to dogs, so I can't keep him anymore.
He gets along great with puppies and smaller dogs. As the pup gets older he will assert his dominance as pack leader/Alpha, but I have had great success socializing him young pups and using him as a training guide for the puppies. He likes to play with cats (my buddy that I got him from had a cat the whole time he had Caesar). There has only been one person in three years that he hasn't liked, for some reason he didn't like the cable guy lol. He gets along great with most everyone and loves attention, especially kids.
We set up a time to go meet him, and he took right to us! He was everything that the previous owner said he was, and while he was a little aggressive towards Keira, it wore off within a few minutes and now they get along fine! The previous owner obviously loved him, and spent a lot of time training him. He told us that the first 6 months of Caesar's life were very hard... he spent most of his first 6 months tied to a tree. :(
When his very first owners adopted him (We are his 4th owners-- and we will be his last owners! Never giving him up!!) he had some pretty bad parasites, and lost little bits of his ears, had never been socialized, and had never had shots. HE is fully vetted now, UTD on his shots, and has finally found his FURever home!
Caesar left us on 3/9/12 for the Bridge.
We took Caesar in for his checkup and thought it was going to go wonderfully. He was playful, happy, energetic, and had an appetite that could only be described as voracious. But when the vet did his physical, she felt that his spleen was enlarged. So they did an ultrasound. Caesar had a large tumor on his spleen, that upon closer inspection looked to be Hemangiocarcoma.
There was also a lot of fluid in his abdominal cavity, which seemed to be coming from his spleen. After discussing it with Dr. Wisdom, and searching our hearts, we decided that the best course of action was to let Caesar go peacefully. We spent a long time, hugging him, holding him, and saying goodbye, and Josh went with him to the room where they sedated him and then put him to sleep.
This decision was not taken lightly, but completely blindsided us. Caesar was older, we knew this, but he was so VITAL. The vet said that the way this cancer is though, that she would give him days, not weeks or months without surgery, and at his age, she was afraid the surgery would not be successful.
Our time with him was short, but full of life and love, and we loved him very much. We had him cremated, and his ashes returned.
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