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Marlena and her Trees!
Marlena is a one of a very rare dog breed. A beautiful 'rescued' German Tree Climbing Shepherd! Her mission in life is to catch a squirrel and this special breed has developed special skills in pintpointing suitable trees that will get them closer to their quarry. I've seen videos of some small dogs that climb trees but not many this big so she may be the only one of her kind!
This tree was over 6ft high at the bend and we never saw her get up there.
Dogs and me
or why I like hairy clothes
Living in New Zealand I always had a dog, but usually small short coated dogs like Dachshunds, Boston Terriers, English Toy Terriers (or Toy Manchesters as they are known in the States) but I have a sister who is blind and her first dog was a German Shepherd and as a kid growing up I loved that dog and took her for long walks along the beaches and estuaries when she was not being a Guide dog, so I've always loved the breed. Before coming to the USA I spent many years in my spare time riding horses often with a dog at the horses heels. Here in Wisconsin I've got involved in German Shepherd Rescue and have fostered 11 dogs in 4 years and although I miss them when they go, i get great pleasure in finding them good homes and hearing from their adopters a couple of times a year. BUT I'VE NEVER HAD A TREE CLIMBER BEFORE!!
Marlena enters our lives
or how to be a foster failure (keep instead)
We picked Marlena up at the Sauk County Humane Society in Baraboo, Wisconsin on December 23rd 2008. We act as foster parents, transport drivers and home evaluators for the German Shepherd Rescue Alliance of Wisconsin (GSRAW). The plan was to get her out of there so she wouldn't be there over Christmas when there would be few staff. We had just had our last 'high energy' dog adopted after having her for 5 months and we needed a break so we were adamant - someone else had to have her in the New Year. But fate stepped in..... and we fell in love with this girl.
We explore extensively off trail the back parts of Devils Lake and surrounding areas and over the course of this time, Marlena has developed into a very fit dog with a quest to catch a squirrel and because of that she's developed a talent and determination for clinbing trees believing that one day she she will get high enough to catch one of the little blighters!
Always pays to look up - Missing a dog? Then look up!
How did we come up with the name?
We often change the names of the dogs. We go for walks, sound out a few names and somewhere before getting home, something will sound just right and of course being 'German' Marlena Dietrich came to mind
What are your favorite things to do with Marlena?
Mostly whatever Marlena wants! Play ball - wait there's a squirrel; Go for a nice quiet walk - wait there's a squirrel, go for a swim - wait there's a squirrel..... eat some food - who cares about squirrels!
Photos of Marlena - Edit this to add photos of your petClick thumbnail to view full-size
Okay so Marlena does have some serious competition out there!
We love Marlena because of her enthusiasm for life - keeps us young!
A message of hope - and a tribute to those who care
You probably all know about this case. The books traces bringing Vick to court but it is essentially an inspiring story of the dogs themshelves. Only a few were hardened fighters, the rest were friendly and desperate for some human kindness and attention. Most of the dogs are now in living homes and some actually work as therapy dogs.
Become a volunteer for a dog rescue or breed rescue.
There are many forms of dog rescue and most breeds have a specific rescue. If you can't adopt consider becoming a foster parent. If you can't do that consider doing home evaluations. Most rescues require a potential adopter to have a home inspection to make sure their application matches their home surroundings and attitudes. If you can't do that , consider helping out with dog transport in your area, Most people only get asked about once a month and it usually involves picking up a dog and transporting them 50-70 miles along a route helping them get to their final destination. If you can't do that, help out with newsletter, promotions, administration etc, If you can't do that consider a monthly donation or helping out with vet bills etc. It all helps. If you are in the Wisconsin area the German Shepherd Rescue Alliance of Wisconsin would love to hear from you. GSRAW