All in the Family
Boris Beau


German Shepherd Dog
July 8, 2011

Ursa came to our Toronto home in July '04 taken from an unscrupulous backyard breeder found selling off puppies at 3 weeks old - a mere 6 lbs. She missed her mummy and especially her milk. We started her on the bottle, but she quickly spurned that for solid food and grew like a mushroom in the rain forest. She's now 100 lbs of solid shep-girl and has all the grace of a rhino. She loved her beagle bro Beau (whose affection came slowly but surely) whom we lost in September at fourteen, and some kitties who have that feline ambivalence about canine affection as the odd unsheathed claw often reminds us all. Ursa's optimism is undimmed - she keeps on trying and the cats keep rejecting... Ursa's favourite job is clearing the back yard of squirrel invaders. (We can't even say the word, but have to spell it out s-q-u etc). Thankfully for those bushy-tailed critters, they're just slightly faster than she is. She loves camping, walks (especially the whole pack together - that's really fun!) and car rides to grandma's house. We can't imagine life without Ursa, whether she's drooling for oranges or salad, with balsamic and raspberry vinaigrette - of course, but with her hip problems we are trying to lower her weight - the girl likes her food! So this summer, it's frozen fat-free yogourt cubes, rather than ice cream. She also loves rolling on her back in the park, stick in mouth, and a goofy smile and wagging tail. She's pure charm, and is happy (mostly) to be showing the ropes to her little brother Boris, of whom she is highly protective.

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Comments (37)
Jul 1, 2008 puppyfixation
Love picture #2! What a great looking dog!
Jul 6, 2008 BlueDevils2011
My dog Rascal looked just like yours as a puppy. ADORABLE!!!
Aug 6, 2008 big_city_lil_dogs
Yes, Waylon is a beagle. And he has started to grow into his ears. He is now a year old. If you check out his album you can see the changes, LOL. Your two little ones are cute. I used to have a mini shepard that looked similar to Ursa.
Jan 30, 2010 daniknip
Ursa is a gorgeous German Shepherd! What a wonderful looking dog. :)
Jan 30, 2010 *k-9_luver*
Aaaww, Ursa looks like a real sweet dog! She is definetly gorgeous though.(: Her coloring is beautiful! Love the pictures, she's very photogenic! Thanks for rescueing her.[: I'm sure she's in a great home now! ~~Please check out my doggies, Zoie, Augey, Sugar & Spencer, and leave a comment on them. Thank you[:
Feb 18, 2010 grizzyshepherd
awe what a darling shepherd!!! truly beautiful and happy looking pup!!!
Mar 8, 2010 dogmom
That is some lap dog!!! Beautiful!
Apr 24, 2010 PuppyLover897
TOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 27, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 6th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jun 27, 2010 Greenieninja
Happy Birthday, Ursa! You are an absolutely stunning girl!
Jun 27, 2010 georgia04
Happy birthday, gorgeous Ursa. I'm so glad your story has a happy ending and you are with a loving family now. What a sweet picture. :>
Jul 16, 2010 TroutLaker
Ursa is darling, so is her bulldog buddy in the background:) Many happy years to you, Ursa & Owner -
Jul 17, 2010 pandrews-4
Ursa is gorgeous! I love GS's. Never had a full breed but had two dogs that were part GS. Loved reading Ursa's bio. Sounds like she is now enjoying the "good life"! I wish her the very best & please give that girl a hug & kiss from Maisie & I!!!!
Oct 18, 2010 ursa'smomma
I had picked out a few choice photos to comment on until I found this particular gem! Those ears! She was, and is, simply gorgeous (the guy next to her is pretty handsome, too!) The name Ursa seems to fit her, too! Lol. Long life, and all the biscuits (for both of them.)
Nov 19, 2010 wolfgirl66
Nov 19, 2010 wolfgirl66
Both of these sweeties are beautiful!
Nov 19, 2010 wolfgirl66
Wonderful pets!
Nov 19, 2010 wolfgirl66
2 cute 4 words!
Mar 24, 2011 pupfanatic
GREAT bio!!! Thanks for the comments on my Mocha baby. Yes, the bath is sheer torment to her. I think we plied her w/ filet mignon after that. It sounds like you would do the same!:)
Apr 19, 2011 pandrews-4
My, my! Ursa is even more beautiful as a young lady! Loved her puppy pics but love the full grown girl too!!! Just had to check back on her to see how she's doing & so glad you added more pics of her! What a darling girl! Take care & have a great life with her!
May 22, 2011 cutiepants26
Ursa has turned into such a beauty and who is her little friends in the other picture? She is so big and beautiful! Lots of love from me, Saffy & Pingu.
Jun 27, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 7th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jul 8, 2011 LadyMam
its so strange how her face went from being pitch black as a baby to all beige when she grew up. What a gorgeous little lady you have yourself there, and I'm glad to see she didnt suffer from losing her mom so early, because she clearly came into the hands of some wonderful second parents
Jul 12, 2011 Doglover8998
AWW!! Such a nice little cutie!!!
Jul 18, 2011 TheGermanShepherdLover
Gorgeous dog!! I love German Shepherd!! They are so nice! I have always love this breed! I think they are such good friends!! And very loyal!!! Enjoy a happy life!! Kisses and hugs from Puzla Soya and Cleo!
Sep 9, 2011 Savannah-olive
she is so cute. you are very lucky
Nov 20, 2011 guerrero's grandma
Ursa is a gorgeous girl & this pic with brother Beau is sweet. had to LOL @ all the grace of a rhino ;-P Long & Happy & Healthy Life to you ALL
Jun 27, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 8th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jun 27, 2012 georgia04
Happy eighth birthday, beautiful Ursa! Smooches!
Jul 2, 2012 dringham
Very good lookin girl, glad she made it to a good home.
Aug 12, 2012 dharma_bum31
She is adorable, love when they make that face :-)
Nov 26, 2012 rotti lover
I love this picture! Your dogs are just great. They look so happy :)
Jun 27, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 9th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jun 27, 2014 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 10th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jun 27, 2015 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 11th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jun 27, 2016 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 12th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
Jun 27, 2017 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 13th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
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