Likes: Play Rank Fighting with Ruby (Annoying his big Sister); Car Rides with the window open; Watching Caged animals Scurry around their enclosure (it is his version of WTTW television); Time with Family
Pet-Peeves: Doesn't like when his people or Ruby leave him home alone! Also not a Huge fan of getting his ears cleaned.
Favorite Toy: His Chickie! Ruby and anything Ruby has in her mouth.
Favorite Food: Timberwolf Organics dog food, Meat/Poultry, PEOPLE FOOD!
Favorite Walk: Roaming the 185 acre Farm in Beecher, IL
Best Tricks: Counter Surfing; Doing funny things like: He locked us out of the house and then unlocked the door when we gave up trying to open it, Squeezing out the cracked car window to visit the ladies & While driving he passed gas and then opened his manual window
Arrival Story: We got Duke from a family in Texas. They had him and a few Great Danes. One of the Great Danes, Duchess, wasn't particularly fond of Duke as he got older. She would fight with him and growl at him constantly. The family concluded that Duke may be happier in another family and we were lucky enough to come across him. He traveled from Texas to us in the worst possible weather and made it here mid-day Dec. 24th. We feel very fortunate to be the adopted family to such a happy-go-lucky pup.
Bio: Duke's Mother was a Silver Sable GSD and his Father was a White GSD. His Sire was a King Sized Shepherd and Duke has completely taken after him. Duke's facial pattern is called a reverse mask. We think the stripe is adorable. He is approx 115 lbs give or take a couple bags of dog food. Duke currently stands 32" at the shoulder and is the biggest counter surfer in the kitchen. Truely Gold Metal worthy if the event is ever brought to Olympic standards.
Forums Motto: Southern Charm straight from the Farm!
While at his Grandparent's Farm Duke likes to go on Adventures. He may go visit the neighbors horses, herd wild foul, or try to get lucky with some local Coyotes. Recently during his morning sabatical he decided to go to check out the local tail. He headed out to a nearby coyote den while the females were in heat. When we called him back Duke came booking back and two coyotes were chasing him towards the house. We are not sure if the two Coyotes were the females trying to call him back for more or the males trying to get into a bar room brawl with him for messing with their ladies. Either way close call Dewey...he's such a Good Time Charlie.
Wow, your dog is Johnny Knoxville!
Up for Anything
The kind of pet that can leap tall fences in a single bound (or not, but give it a shot anyhow), Duke is the original Jackass, Johnny Knoxville!
Going through the pain so you don't have to, Duke knows that he trots a fine line between funny and stupid, but he doesn't care. He's laughing about it all the way to the pet store. His over-the-top antics make you grimace with fear and you often find it hard to believe that he actually enjoys playing the class clown. But Duke laps it up and continues to defy the odds, despite your warnings and concerns. Other males in the pack tend to be a little jealous of Duke, but the females find him simply dreamy. A die-hard good ol' boy, Duke is more of a General Lee type than a Knight Rider, but give him enough time to think things through and he's sure to find a way to wreck both vehicles at the same time.
As you all know April 1st Duke was stolen out of our Chicago Apartment home. Here are the details that have been attained attached to what likely could have happened.
P.S. Details must be too tramatic for Duke to tell because he hasn't said a word about the experience. He is just happy to be home.
We (Duke's human parents) went out to lunch in Evanstan with some friends who drove down from Rockford, IL. Lunch was going well...in the mean time.
The Girls were at the farm because the baby is on his/her way and we wanted to make sure things would be easy for us until D-day (due day) and we were told the baby would be here over the weekend or early in the week. Duke is not allowed in the farm house ever and the girls sometimes are allowed inside. Duke has to stay in a barn where he is sad and usually gives himself kennel nose rubbing it along the bars of his gigantic pin crate. So we decided to keep him at home with us. He is very calm and quiet so he wouldn't be much trouble.
Duke was missing the girls when we left for lunch so he did a little barking in his crate (we heard him as we left but this is normal and he usually quiets down in a few minutes).
While we were gone things could very well have gone like this:
The neighbors were watching and came down knowing that Duke was the only one home and he is more docile than the girls. The neighbors entered the house by credit card through our back door. Duke was still in his crate in another room. They tipped over the garbage can not spilling anything and opened dead bolt lock and the kitchen door that leads to the outside and opened the glass screen door. Duke may or may not have been barking because they were in the house but barking is not his nature. They released him from his crate and ran to our bedroom door and closed it behind them. Duke being on the other side started scratching at the door trying to get to them (which is not like Duke but there is a big scratched area on the outside of the bedroom door -- but the scratches do not go through to the second layer of the door...which is odd and makes me wonder if this was planted as well to make it look like he freaked). The theives waited until Duke stopped scraching and went out the open door. They came in and shut the kitchen door on him leaving him outside. Then he stuck around for a couple minutes and went around the block where he was caught and fed by a couple people and turned over to a Mexican man who drove by and asked if that was there dog. They said that they found him and he took him in his white van.
While Duke was around the corner the people broke the glass kicking it outward and put ketchup on the broken shards of glass to make it look like Duke broke out and injured himself greatly (my husband pulled the broken glass out of the garbage and smelled one of the pieces three days later, after the Chicago Cops refused to investigate, and he said it smelled faintly of ketchup although the house did not reek of ketchup when we came home so ultimately the source of the "Blood" is also still a mystery but now that Duke is home it is clear that the "Blood" was not his). Then the eye hook was reattached and they returned to their apartment to call the landlord and tell him that our dog broke through glass and ran away bleeding and that it was so bad that his heart was coming out through his chest. We got the phone call and raced home. To find a broken storm window with "blood" on it and the search began.
It was an enourmous amount of time and effort to find our dog and it did not stop the entire 48 hours over the 3 day span he was missing. I got a total of 5 hours of sleep in 2 days. Details of his search and getting him back are really long and tiresome. They would take alot of reading to get through. If your curious about anything ask and I'll try to give you a short version...unless of course too many questions and then I'll just relate the events.
I know with any search the first 48 hours are critical. This is when details are fresh in people's minds and you'll get your best leads. Luckily we were able to act quickly and had some very able bodied friends and family members and also some that spoke spanish and understand how to talk with people who don't want to give your wonderful dog up for one reason or another. If not Duke would have never come home to us. We are so grateful for everything everyone did to bring our boy home. He means the world to us and the last 3 days were the most frightening ever. I'm tearing up just writing the last sentence. Thank you all for caring so much and praying for us because it truly was miraculous that we got our boy back.
Long story short
I am home. I am not injured. I was not lost but stolen. Momma is tired so I told her she could rest and just leave a short message for my pals. Thanks so much for your prayers and help. I hear it was a hard road for Momma and Pops to find me but I am safe at home now. Thank you all!
I will make sure details are posted soon for all interested.
THIS IS NO APRIL FOOL'S JOKE. I HAD A SEPARATION ANXIETY ATTACK AND I BUSTED OUT OF MY CRATE OPENED THE DOOR AND BECAUSE THE SCREEN DOOR WAS LOCKED BY EYE HOOK AND I COULDN'T OPEN IT I BROKE THROUGH THE GLASS.
THERE WAS ALOT OF BLOOD ON THE GLASS WHEN I SQUEEZED THROUGH. I AM LOST IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND BADLY INJURED. I NEED TO GET HOME TO MY FAMILY. I AM MICROCHIPPED!!! PLEASE BRING ME TO A VET OR ANIMAL CONTROL.
I JUST GOT A BATH SO MY COLLAR WAS NOT ON. MY FAMILY IS DISTROUGHT AND NEEDS TO FIND ME ASAP. PLEASE HELP ME GET HOME!!!
I AM A LARGE, MALE, GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG. MY COLOR IS SABLE ALSO KNOWN AS SILVER SABLE OR WOLF SABLE. I HAVE ALOT OF WHITE ON ME WHICH MAY GET DIRTY QUICKLY. I AM FRIENDLY AND WILL WORK WITH YOU TO GET HOME. I OFTEN GET CONFUSED FOR A HUSKY OR MALAMUTE MIX BECAUSE OF MY COLORATION.
MY FAMILY IS VERY WORRIED ABOUT ME. I COULD BE TRAVELING SOUTH TOWARD INDIANA OR BEARING DOWN BECAUSE OF MY INJURIES. PLEASE HELP ME RETURN HOME AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. DON'T LET MY FAMILY KEEP WORRYING ABOUT ME. THEY LOVE ME SO MUCH!!!