All in the Family
Roadie Caddy Quinn


German Shepherd Dog

We first met Otto in December 2008, when he was eight months old. He had grown up with a family who loved him, and he was a friendly, insecure little guy. The family had been told that Otto had some degree of hip dysplasia, though, and they were afraid that he would be in pain as he got older. They knew that surgery is available to correct that condition, but the expense and rehabilitation were more than they could handle. They were afraid they would have to have Otto euthanized if RSPCA could not take him, so they were very relieved when they said that they could. Once Otto was completely recovered from the elbow surgery, we had another consultation at Tufts about the hip dysplasia. The orthopedic surgeon advised us to try a conservative course of treatment, giving Otto the supplement Cosequin DS, and giving Rimadyl for pain, if needed. We’ve been doing that, along with keeping his weight on the low side and not overdoing his exercise; and he’s a happy, active, full-of-himself young German Shepherd who is looking for his forever home. As Otto was gradually allowed to be more active, he showed us that he has a sense of humor and gets a twinkle in his light-colored eyes just before he takes off at a run. He must have enjoyed playing “Tag, you’re it!” in his previous home, and his foster Mom worked on his “come-when-you’re-called” skills. Fortunately, he’s very food-motivated, and food rewards help him focus during training exercises. He’s learned that it’s good to bring the ball back and toss it at his foster Mom so she can throw it again. There were other dogs in the foster home, and Otto would bark threateningly at them at first. It took him a while to accept the fact that he wasn’t the only dog in the home, and he gradually became more comfortable and is now able to be out in the fenced yard with one of the other dogs. His idea of playing, though, is to grab the dog’s ear or tail or nip the flank and then run like the dickens, hoping for a good chase game. He will do well with a dog that will ignore his barking so he doesn’t feel threatened. Otto will need a confident leader who can be in control when meeting other people or dogs, because Otto does not always have the confidence to face new situations in a relaxed manner. He will do best with someone who can read his body language and give him immediate feedback on how to behave. In the right environment, Otto will gain experience and confidence and learn to watch you, his pack leader, for instructions before he reacts. On the end we decided to adopt otto at the age of 18months. We have had him for half a year and we really love him. please comment on him and my other dogs. p.s if you comment on him and you would like me to comment on your dog i will soo i think it is worth it!

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Feb 6, 2010 Jose
Your a cutie!
Feb 6, 2010 COUNTRYGIRL013
he seems super happy!!and he's a pretty boy!!
Feb 6, 2010 wolfgirl66
Sooooooooooooooooooo very BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Feb 6, 2010 slevinsmom
Otto, you are the most handsome guy EVER!
Feb 6, 2010 pandrews-4
What a happy face! It's because Otto knows he is now with a forever family!! So glad you took him in. Hugs & lots of kisses to this guy!!!
Feb 6, 2010 TummyTickler
Just look at that winning smile, Otto is gorgeous!!! I'm happy you adopted him. Every dog deserves to be loved & cared for. Until they all have a home. Cuddles, tummy tickles, treats & smooches from Zoey and I.
Feb 6, 2010 ckcspanielluver
AWWW!!!!! what a sweet angel!!! so incredibly cute!!!! I love his coat!! I love german shepherds with the black on their back!!! Otto seems like a great boy!! u definitely have a LOT 2 say about this cutie pie!! lol!!! very very very very C-U-T-E!!! I am so glad that Otto has u and is no longer handicaped! Luv this boy up!!!! xoxo, Hermes, Ozzie, and Lucky!!! ;) ps check out my 3 dogs Hermes, Ozzie, and Lucky!!! They loove comments!! thx a bunch!
Feb 6, 2010 Kittykat
Feb 7, 2010 luvinmypups4life
so handsome, Im glad he got what he needed ~lots of luv!
Oct 10, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 2nd Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jan 8, 2011 cutiepants26
Oh what a beauty!!! So beautiful!!! This is the most BEAUTIFUL German Shepherd I've ever seen!!! THOSE EYES!!! Hypnotizing!!! .....I can't read some of your biography though... It's all funny.
Oct 10, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 3rd Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Oct 10, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 4th Birthday!
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Oct 10, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 5th Birthday!
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Oct 10, 2014 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 6th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Oct 10, 2015 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 7th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Oct 10, 2016 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 8th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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