Loyal dog dies next to his owner’s grave after resting there for a decade

Capitan, the loyal dog who would lie beside his owner’s grave for the last decade, died at the spot where his human was buried. The 15-year-old German shepherd lived at the side of his owner’s grave in Villa Carlos Paz, a city in Argentina.

According to Daily Sabah Life, Capitan attracted the world’s attention in 2006 when his owner Miquel Guzman died. For several weeks the dog disappeared, but soon the local residents were shocked when they found the dog at his owner’s grave.  Guzman had purchased the dog as a puppy for his 13-year-old son Damian in 2005, but the dog had a special love for Miquel. Damian tried to bring Capitan home several times after his father died, but the dog always returned to his master’s grave.  No one knows how Capitan even found the grave.

“He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master,” stated Hector Baccega, the director of the Municipal Cemetery of Villa Carlos Paz. “During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave and stays there all night.”

Capitan had been there for the last decade – every day at 6:00 he returned to the grave and stayed the entire night.

Four years ago, Capitan was taken to the vet and had been diagnosed with kidney failure.  He was treated for symptoms, but was not a candidate for surgery. At 15-years-old Capitan died.

It is not clear where Capitan will be buried. Latest reports suggests the German shepherd should be cremated and his ashes buried beneath a monument where locals could pay tribute. This writer thinks his ashes should be buried next to Miquel Guzman and the two can now be back together. Thoughts?

Rest in peace Capitan.

Check out the heartwarming video of Capitan and Miquel Guzman together:


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German shepherd tied up in Brooklyn tried to chew off his foot to escape

In Brooklyn, New York, a German shepherd was discovered tied up outside of the Brooklyn facility of the New York City Animal Care Centers.

According to Pix11News, Animal Care officials at the shelter  think the dog had been tied to something and had tried to chew off his foot in an attempt to escape. It is expected the dog will make a full recovery although his leg will have to be amputated.

This isn’t the first case of a dog chewing off his foot to escape. In April 2016, Kevin Kennedy’s eight-year-old German shepherd chewed off his own foot trying to free himself from a tether that had been painfully twisting his leg for an extended period of time. The long-haired shepherd named Maverick was rushed  to an emergency veterinarian clinic for immediate help. Veterinarians discovered the severe wound to the dog’s right rear foot.

Donations for Maverick’s care poured into the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; remaining funds had been forwarded to “Spike’s Fund” which helps more animals  in need of veterinary care. More than 1,000 people wanted to adopt the friendly dog.

Let’s hope this German shepherd found in Brooklyn is lucky enough to be adopted into a wonderful home. More updates to follow as they become available.

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Police asking for public’s help with German shepherd starvation case

In Dodge City, Kansas, the police department is asking for the public’s help with finding the person responsible for animal neglect and cruelty starvation case of a German shepherd found on Tuesday. The  emaciated dog weighed only 27 pounds and when rushed to an emergency veterinarian scored a “1” out of a “5” for body condition indicating the lowest grade as to the dog’s condition.

According to the Dodge City Police Department’s Facebook page, the dog has already gained eight pounds since she arrived, and Dodge City Animal Control personnel have not found any underlying medical reasons why the dog could not eat.

“It’s not right. You wouldn’t want this to happen to your children; it shouldn’t happen to your pets either. It’s wrong either way you look at it, so people need to straighten up and do what’s right,” stated Dodge City Animal Control Supervision Laura Stein.

Police report the dog was found near Mulberry and Avenue H. According to Dodge County Police Department Chief Drew Francis, the owner of the dog faces animal cruelty charges, allowing a dog to run at large and not procuring a rabies vaccination or city license tag. The dog is currently under medical care and will not be available for adoption until her condition improves.

If the owner of the dog is found guilty of animal cruelty, he (she) could receive a jail sentence from 30 days to one year with a fine ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Anyone with information on this German Shepherd’s identity or her owner is asked to call the Dodge City Animal Shelter at 620-225-8180.

Help this dog find some justice. This just isn’t fair!

(Photo of German shepherd starvation case via FB)

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Discarded like trash: Weary and scared Misty needs a hero

In Tracy, California, Misty was discarded by her family as if she were just another weekly trash pickup. For most of her three years, Misty was tied by a leash outdoors; her ear tips had been chewed away by fly bites and her once beautiful coat matted and dirty. And when it was decided she was no longer part of the landscaping, she was surrendered to the shelter.

The long-haired, female black and tan German shepherd’s story continues. Many of the larger dogs that arrive at the Tracy shelter have trouble finding homes. When overcrowding becomes a problem, sadly the dogs are euthanized. Misty may not have been well socialized – after all most of her life she spent outdoors by herself, and when brought into the shelter  she was so tired and so frightened.

A few days passed and a volunteer noticed Misty. She sat down outside of her kennel and spoke softly; the dog’s demeanor changed. When she was finally able to relax, Misty took a long nap. It was heartbreaking to watch the young pup struggling to figure out what had happened. Where had her family gone and why did they leave her? Now trapped in a kennel, another surrendered dog’s life hangs by a thread.

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MISTY – ID#A029229
My name is MISTY.
I am a female, black and tan German Shepherd Dog.
The shelter staff think I am about 2 years and 9 months old.
I have been at the shelter since Sep 30, 207
For more information about this animal, call:
City of Tracy Animal Services at (209) 831-6364
Ask for information about animal ID number A029229

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German shepherd starved to the brink of death and abandoned on road

Earlier this week, someone discovered a starved German shepherd who was abandoned on a road in central Arkansas. The good Samaritan who made the disturbing discovery initially feared that the motionless dog had been hit by a car…as it turned out, the dog was simply too weak to move.

The abandoned, skeletal dog was rushed to the Jacksonville Animal Shelter, who in turn rushed him to an emergency veterinarian for critical, life-saving care. Rocky Ridge Refuge, who is shared this emaciated dog’s plight, recounted the German shepherd’s dismal condition and what was initially recommended to the shelter staff:

 After the first night at vet, the shelter was told to consider euthanasia, as his chances looked so bleak. But Hedy Wuelling, the shelter director, felt he deserved more time. He is a young dog and tests have shown that he has no disease or issue apparent to cause the extreme emaciation. All evidence points to deliberate starvation at this point. Over the last few days he has managed to hold his head up and eat and drink a bit on his own. Still too weak to sit or stand on his own, but definitely improving.

The badly neglected dog, dubbed “Apollo,” will be moved to Rocky Ridge Refuge for care once he is stabilized, but it is unknown, due to his extraordinarily poor state of health, when that will be. In the meantime, donations can be made to the animal shelter which is fighting for his life (or directly to the veterinary hospital).

Information as follows:

He is at Dr. Misak’s (Jacksonville Animal Hospital) where an account has been set up for him under the name Apollo. If you would like to donate to Apollo’s care, please go by Dr. Misak’s, or you can donate via Paypal at Your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go to Apollo’s vet bills. Thank you!

(Images via Rocky Ridge Refuge)

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Surrendered when he needed family the most and the devastating end for Max

Recently, a beautiful German shepherd named Max was given up by his family…his people cited “allergies” as the reason that they could no longer care for their companion. Tragically, more was behind the surrender.

Max was quiet and depressed when he first joined the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County – initially, rescuers believed that it was sadness which was impacting the dog who no longer had his family. But after three days of despondent behavior and no eating, Max was taken to a veterinarian.

An exam revealed that Max had a bowel obstruction…in addition to double ear infections. Suffice to say, Max was miserable. Max was scheduled for emergency surgery and during the procedure, a completely intact Beanie Baby was discovered.

Sadly, there would be no happily-ever-after for Max…after initially showing improvement, Max died. Maria Dales, Director of the rescue agency, shared the devastating news on Friday morning:

 Max did not make it. He was improving, but this morning he expired at the vet despite our heroic efforts. This dog lost his life due to his owner’s severe neglect. We are all devastated. The vet suspects that the pancreas just failed completely. The intestines were so damaged from the blockage that he couldn’t pull through.

Rest in peace Max.

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Dog’s cries of sadness longing for help out of overcrowded Miami shelter

The cries of sadness as Duke longs for help out of the overcrowded Miami-Dade Animal Services are heartbreaking. How can anyone explain to a friendly, two-year-old German shepherd mix that no one wants him nor has anyone come to even visit him lately? Duke just doesn’t understand, but when someone approaches his kennel cage, he wags his tail in delight – hoping against hope you’re the one to unlock his prison doors and take him for a walk, play fetch or better yet – a car ride to his new home.

Duke’s Pet Harbor description:

“A1882215) I am a male tan and black German Shepherd Dog mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old and I weigh 70 pounds.

I was found as a stray and I may be available for adoption on 06/23/2017.”

And so Duke waits. Shelter volunteer, Marta Sanchez posted the following about this sweet pooch:

“Super handsome, eager and friendly. 70 # not one of the barkers here in pod K. Wags and looks at me longingly.”

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Ask for information about animal ID number A1882215.

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German shepherd hit by car on busy Texas expressway: Rescuers fighting to save his life

In South Texas, a German shepherd and his canine pal had been running loose along a busy expressway when both dogs wandered too far out into the highway. The German shepherd, Kal, suffered severe injuries; his pal died at the scene. An emergency plea went out on social media; Kal needed a miracle:

“EMERGENCY! German shepherd got hit by a car, killed his friend! He is back at his owners house with his eye out and in horrific condition. So many dogs are allowed to just roam the streets. The owner doesn’t have a car nor money to get him help! I cannot afford another ER bill so donations need to be called in before they start treatment… He might have a skull fracture, bleeding from his mouth, unable to stand and racing heart…”

In a 911 call to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC on Thursday afternoon, shortly after the accident, the advocate pleaded for help for Kal. Stacy Silverstein, co-founder of the non-profit rescue, who focus on providing emergency care and believe that no injured animal should lose their life simply due to lack of funds, arranged to have Kal transported to an emergency veterinarian in the area.

“Kal is in critical condition and has been rushed to the hospital. Right now he is in shock and paralyzed. We are hoping he will regain function now that he’s being treated,” Stacey explained on the organization’s Facebook page. “We don’t know if he will make it, but we won’t let him die without giving him everything medically possible. It’s not his fault he was left to roam aimlessly.”

Kal’s trauma includes a crushed eye and punctured lung. Although his condition improved slightly over night, unfortunately the dog also suffers from severe tick disease and heartworms. On Friday afternoon, it was decided that his eye would have to be removed if Kal was to have a chance to survive. In order to build him up in preparation for surgery, he has been administered a blood transfusion containing extra blood platelets to combat his low blood count as a result of the tick disease.

“We know it’s risky,” admitted Stacey to Pet Rescue Report, “but he deserves a chance to live, and this surgery is his best chance at survival. We ask that anyone who does not support efforts to save this dog, please leave our page. We will absolutely not tolerate any negativity when it comes to doing everything medically possible to save Kal’s life and taking the advice of the medical staff at the veterinarian hospital.”

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Please say a prayer for Kal.

(Photos of German shepherd hit by car courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC)

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Dog thrown out of car near expressway tried to jump back on vehicle but instead owner sped off

On Sunday evening, a woman driving a silver SUV stopped along the service road at 97th Avenue of the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens, New York and pushed a frightened German shepherd out of her vehicle. The panicky dog, knowing something was terribly amiss, jumped up on the car trying to get back in, but instead, the woman sped off leaving the dog alone just feet away from the busy highway.

A young woman and her boyfriend witnessed the heartbreaking situation and turned their vehicle around to help; who could just leave a defenseless dog in such a precarious position? The couple stated the dog was so scared, they stayed with her for two hours until police finally arrived. The story, however didn’t end there for the dog the couple dubbed “Honey.” With the arrival of the police, the noise of the squad car and the flashing lights, Honey panicked again; she ran into traffic and was struck by a vehicle. The collision degloved her paw, fractured her right front leg and shattered her hip. And now, along with the dog’s emotional suffering came critical physical injuries.

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC learned of Honey’s desperate story on Monday when staff from the New York City Animal Care Centers notified the rescue organization asking if they could help. Honey needed emergency medical assistance, and she needed to be rescued immediately. Simultaneously Jackie O’Sullivan, the co-founder of the organization, received a private message from the witnesses who found Honey; begging for help to save the dog’s life. The couple had already bonded while waiting the two hours until authorities arrived.

“When no other rescues stepped up for Honey right before 6:00 p.m., we committed to her to save her life, despite knowing that she requires expensive orthopedic surgery and that we likely won’t be able to raise the money for,” stated Jackie. “But we took Honey because she did not deserve to die, and because it was the RIGHT thing to do! Why should this poor innocent dog suffer one more minute let alone pay with her life?”

Honey has been transferred to the organization’s partner veterinarian and is currently receiving life saving emergency treatment. She is indeed lucky to be alive. To help, PayPal: or website: or mail: Rescue Dogs Rock NYCPO Box 101, NY,NY 10028.

Someone knows who dumped this dog. The silver SUV had Ontario license plates. Help Honey get justice, and turn the woman in for illegally abandoning her dog.

(Photos of dog thrown out of car near expressway, courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC )

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German shepherd in life-or-death situation brought to vet clinic by police officer

A young German shepherd dubbed “Army” is lucky to be alive. Recently, the handsome, one-year-old dog was found with grievous injuries by a police officer in Santa Ana, California.

The compassionate officer took the injured dog to a vet clinic and the veterinarian reached out to the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County for help. Maria Dales, director of the rescue agency told the Pet Rescue Report about the call the organization received from one of their veterinary partners:

Initial diagnosis was two broken front legs, apparently hit by car.  We had to make a life or death decision right then as to whether or not we could help, so we took a leap of faith.

X-rays taken at the veterinary hospital revealed that Army had serious fractures in each of his front legs – the preliminary estimate to help Army recover is $7800. Though the dollar amount is staggering, the rescue group feels that Army deserves the chance to live out the rest of his life and they are hopeful that other people will feel the same way.
Army has had surgery and metal plates were placed in his broken legs, along with metal screws to hold the plates in place – the young dog required two weeks in the hospital on “strict bed rest.” Just this week, Army was able to leave the veterinary hospital to continue his recovery at a foster home.
Army is fitted with “big, clumsy” splints, but he has a sweet enough temperament that he allows his foster family to change his bandages and give him medication without protesting.
Army has weeks of recovery ahead of him, but he is expected to be available for adoption in early July. Anyone interested in helping the rescue organization who made the decision to step up and save his life can make a donation at this link.

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