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Rescuing Rex

Updated on December 28, 2015

Meet Rex. Rex has been neglected.

Rex was rescued on May 24, 2012 by Casey Joslyn.  He is on the road to recovery, with the help of a little love and medical treatment.
Rex was rescued on May 24, 2012 by Casey Joslyn. He is on the road to recovery, with the help of a little love and medical treatment. | Source

Rex didn't deserve the maltreatment he received. He needed help. Rex is a German Shepherd. His previous owners could not and would not respond to what he really needed. What he deserved was a little love, kindness, medical treatment and care. Rex is approximately four-years- old and had been living on a chain, outdoors, in inadequate conditions. He has been given human medications, such as Naproxen, which can cause kidney failure in canines.

To the Rescue

Casey Joslyn is a young mother and dog owner with a very large heart. Casey's story with Rex started off as Casey seeing a need and wanting to help. While reading Craigslist, she came upon an advertisement for someone to take a dog -- the owners no longer wanted it. She went to the home, witnessed the poor condition of the dog and how it was being treated and immediately brought Rex home.

Rex's Story

The story behind Rex's injury and pain probably started before he escaped off of his chain and ran away. However, for us, it is where the story begins. While Rex was away on his escapade, he incurred an injury to his right leg from an unknown source. It is thought to have been from a cable that had been wrapped around his leg, perhaps by accident. The extent of the damage was severe. Instead of his owners getting medical treatment, he was put back on his chain, in the dirt, with the flies. Skin wound like Rex's needed to be treated by a professional. He needed his wounds kept dry and clean to heal properly. They made their plea for somebody to take Rex off of their hands on Craigslist. They tried to help by giving him Naproxen -- but that only made matters worse.

The pain relief for him, Naproxen, is toxic for dogs in human doses. For dogs, Naproxen can cause stomach ulcers, internal bleeding and can lead to kidney failure. Instead of relief from the pain of the injury, the medication can cause more pain from the internal damage it is doing. Canines have toxic symptoms to Naproxen in the forms that it will cause them not to want to eat, have black tar-like stools from the blood in the intestinal track, dehydration and weakness. This home treatment was increasing damage to Rex's body -- who just needed a little TLC and medical treatment.

Casey Meets Rex

On May 24, 2012, Casey arrived at Rex's old home. She describes her thoughts of that moment, " When I got there, it was far worse than I ever dreamed. He was back on a nylon lead on the dirt and had been that way for at least a month. His original 90 pound frame [had] dwindled to maybe 50 pounds. When she pulled him from the doghouse, I was mortified. He was purple all over from the spray they had applied to keep flies off. He had never been to the vet. I decided not to discuss anything with them [the owners]. I was taking him home."

Casey contacted her Facebook group, German Shepherd Dog Community . Cheryl Goede and Maureen Bauer, the group's founders have helped out in time of need for other cases -- this time, they were able to help again. They were able to help Casey get started with improving the quality of life for Rex. They sought medical care and set up a rehab center in Casey's home. They started a Facebook page specifically for Rex entitled, "Rescuing Rex." Here, Casey is logging the improvement of Rex and his response to his treatment. Since the conception of the page, more than 3,000 people have begun to follow the saga of Rex and his heartwarming story of finding love and the gift of humanity.

The Humanity and Pet Ownership

When we look at what humanity is and isn't -- we discover something bigger than ourselves. We discover that what humanity isn't is a sole consideration of human-to-human relationships. Instead, what humanity really defines is the loving relationship of humans reaching out to the living world around us the taking care of it. It is the humanity in us that takes care of the earth. It is the humanity in us that reaches out to the sick and the dying and bring it to a point of dignity. Humanity is the stretching beyond our personal understanding of life within our own microcosm. Our world is much bigger than the human race -- it considers all of God's creatures, great and small. We, as humans, are expected to be good stewards. Casey has brought her understanding of true humanity to the way she treats life and the living. Rex will benefit from that humanity.

Dog Ownership

Dog ownership is more than picking out a cute dog or puppy and bringing it home. Dog ownership requires commitment and responsibility. It requires a relationship. Animals need love, attention, good nutrition with preventative and necessary medical care. The commitment of taking care of animals is not a small one. However the relationship bond of trust, love and devotion is rewarding. If you can't make the commitment to good stewardship in dog ownership, perhaps it is best to wait until the commitment can be followed through with.

As for Casey and Rex. They are beginning to build the relationship. After five days of healing, love, food, shelter and care, he is beginning to really respond. His wound on his flesh is healing. I believe, so is his heart. He is responding when he hears Casey's voice in the morning. He is enjoying his food and his treats. He is finding love and hope in humanity once again.

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Rex After 5 Days with Casey

Rex on May 29, 2012 -- Recognizing Casey's voice first thing in the morning.  A relationship of trust is just beginning.
Rex on May 29, 2012 -- Recognizing Casey's voice first thing in the morning. A relationship of trust is just beginning. | Source


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      6 years ago

      Casey unfortunately supports people in the herpetology community know for being scam artist and ripping people off. She works very hard to legitimize these guys as that is her role in the scam, she says she is all about the animals, but it seems more likely that she is all about appearing legitimate so that she holds more sway with potential buyers for her partners. Its very sad.

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      6 years ago

      what a beautiful story of love and hope....I just don't understand how people can be so cruel to helpless animals..they love so much and deserve so much love in return.

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      I think Casey is an excellent "fit" for Rex. She has shown to be available and seems to have built a tremdous bond with Rex and her family. She has been diligent in making sure he has the proper health care. I am glad there have been donated funds for her. He needs a lot of care and the treatments are expensive.

      She is a good steward... and Rex seems to be responding so well. He seems like such a happy dog now. I am glad you are keeping up with Rex and his story.

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      Angie Jardine 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      I find it almost unendurable whenever I hear of cruelty to animals ... Casey is a very special person. Thank goodness she rescued Rex ... I just hope she can help him recovery from his wound ... and the mental trauma he has endured.

      I will monitor his recovery on Facebook with interest.

    • rwmaurer profile image


      6 years ago

      Heartfelt story - it is important that owners realize the lifetime commitment to their companion. They give so much but rely on us for their emotional and physical well being.

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      6 years ago

      If only more people were like Casey.......if only...

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      6 years ago

      As a member of the German Shepherd Dog Community, and a huge fan of Rex's I must say this is just one example of the kind of networking and sharing of information, help and rescues that goes on daily in our Community. I have three dogs, and five cats that we have rescued, every animal counts..and each one at a time... Casey is a hero in our Community...and so is Rex. Love you Rex!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Indeed having a dog is about love and responsibility. Congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination and Rex's story is out for people to read. Do read and vote and enjoy the Hubnuggets!

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      6 years ago

      I have been following Rex's story on Facebook...may all the love that he is getting now somehow make up for what he has missed out on in the past. Casey is a very special person

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      6 years ago from America

      How sad glad he found a home with someone that will take care of him. Voted Up.

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      Chrystal Mahan 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Poor, poor baby. Thank GOD for Casey. I fight for animals and I live for the day animal abusers are handing much harsher punishments. I know they will get what is due to them in time. But I still can't help but feeling the way I do. If people were starved and beating, left neglected, the way they treat their animals maybe they just might get a clue. (people make me so angry!)

    • MrsLMMc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you all very much. If you are on Facebook, I have linked Rex's facebook page within the story. There is ongoing information about his story. We are hoping for the best for him and Casey.

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      6 years ago from Georgia

      I hope to hear more about his journey. I'm so happy Rexy is getting the help he needs.

    • MrsLMMc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Maryland

      We just hope and pray that the help he gets is early enough... Dynamically, I believe he now knows he is loved. That has to change everything in his world.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Poor Rex! I'm glad to hear he is somewhere that he will get the care he needs.

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      6 years ago

      Rex was needing an angel and Casey Jesus sent you, you will be highly rewarded when this guy is all better,believe me you two will be inseparable! God Bless you both!!

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      Katharine L Sparrow 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      You absolutely did the right thing, although I'd have been sorely tempted to have those people charged with animal cruelty. Rex is lucky to have been rescued, and I'm sure that you will be equally blessed by him. I grew up with a shepherd named Fritz, and I miss him still.

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      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      hello MrsLMMc

      My heart is happy after reading your story about the rescue of Max. I agree with everything you've written here. Your understanding of our place on earth is fantastic; and true.

      "It is the humanity in us that reaches out to the sick and the dying and bring it to a point of dignity. Humanity is the stretching beyond our personal understanding of life within our own microcosm. Our world is much bigger than the human race -- it considers all of God's creatures, great and small. We, as humans, are expected to be good stewards. "

      I couldn't have said it better.

      and, Welcome to Hub'll meet others here who understand and share your compassion. Your friend, Kathy

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      6 years ago from India

      Every dog has his day! Now, here it is for Rex. Rex's life has changed for better, let there be no turning back for him. I pray for his speedy recovery. Also, thank God and Casey for rescuing him.

      You have written very well in regards to humanity. Here we can see the two sides of the same coin, on one side how cruel can humans be and on the other how another set of them can rescue from the cruelty. Thanks for sharing Rex's story.

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      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      She did just the right thing getting him out of there immediately. I hope he makes it. Thank you for writing about him.

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      6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Thank you so much for sharing this touching story. I'm so glad that Casey saved Rex and is providing him with the love that he needs. You put it beautifully when you say that humanity is about our relationship with the world around us. I just wrote an article about the dog meat trade that questions whether we can respect other humans if we can't even treat dogs with dignity. I can't begin to comprehend how someone could be this cruel to a beautiful creature like Rex. It's important to not only look at the cruelty that continues in our world, but also at the acts of kindness and compassion—like Casey's—which are really the only counterpoint.


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