Gus met a few more of the residents at the mad-house today. Contrary to what his face may be telling you in the above photograph, he actually seemed to enjoy the company.
He showed a good bit more interest in other dogs than he has done on prior introductions. We even introduced him to two of our young males and while he tolerated them, he still appears to be very much a ladies man.
Grampa Gus now also has enough fur on his back to partake in the grooming appointments that are readily available at GSRRR, and oh boy does he like a brush.
What’s even better that his coat is beginning to act naturally and that he’s beginning to shed. As bizarre as referring to Shepherd shedding as good news is, this means that his coat is soon going to cycle back into the condition that it should be. Gus had to be completely shaved after animal welfare removed him from his abuser as his fur was completely matted and he had been left to lie in his own dirt. There was no other option for it.
Malnutrition and being completely shaved down like this generally doesn’t do great things for the fur, so any kind of natural mechanism after this kind of trauma is a wonderful sign. We’re hoping that in the next few weeks his coat will really start to grow back in and if the weather gets a wee bit warmer, we’ll be able to get him into the shower and give him a proper pamper.