Wisconsin German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue Inc.

WGSPR is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to rescuing German Shorthaired Pointers (GSPs)
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Festus- Available for Adoption

Name:  Festus

Breed:  German Shorthaired Pointer

Age: 5  yrs old

Sex:  Male

Altered:  Neutered

Vaccinations:  Up to date

Heartworm:  Negative

Microchip: Home Again

Cats: Has lived with cats

Special Needs:  Addison's Disease  For Information on Addision's Disease please visit, http://www.wgspr.com/gspsaddisonsdisease.htm


***Festus's Adoption Fee is $150, his foster mom and dad are donating the other $150 towards his adoption fee. ****

11/12/17:    Today marks 1 year that Festus came back into rescue and has been living with his foster family!

In that year, Festus has come along way and really made himself at home at his foster home.     We are still trying to get his medications just  right to treat his Addison's disease and we are getting additional tests in the next two weeks to continue to monitor his health condition and as a follow up to the medical issues we had a couple of weeks ago.  

What else can we say about Festus?   He is part of his foster home's pack.   His anxiety is much improved and the last 3 months there has been no destruction when his foster parents leave.   We couldn't be more thrilled!!  He learned over the summer to tolerate thunderstorms much better than what he had early in Spring.  He just needs a safe place in the house to go to.   He continues to learn that the crate is not a bad thing and he actually seeks it out.  We still are not able to crate him when we leave but there is no need as he is no longer destructive! 

Festus is NOT a morning dog!  Do NOT interrupt his sleep in the morning.   He likes to rise and shine about 9-10 am.   And if it is cold outside - he could stay curled up on his bed even longer or he may even try to sneak in bed with you to cuddle up and get his ears and belly rubbed!

While Festus has prey drive, he is not a hunter and is extremely gun shy and will bolt for the back 40 upon hearing gun fire.  He panics, gets anxious and will seek cover.   We have decided that it is okay for Festus to not be a hunter.  He continues to hunt in the yard without gunfire! 

Mr. Festus loves to play ball, loves to play fetch. He loves to take every toy out of the toy box and play with it or get you to play with him and the toy!   He is a sneaky guy that way!  LOL   He loves to go for rides as well and will stand attentive the entire ride!   

Festus is a talker and will tell you when it is time to take a break and play with him.    He will also let you know when someone or something like an animal is in the yard too!    Festus LOVES to play with his humans, whether it is throwing a ball or toy, playing tug of war or chase.   He LOVES to jump and would be great at Agility!  

Festus is treat motivated and we are using his higher value treats to continue to work on some training with Festus and he is responding very well.  

Festus is a very fun loving and casually cool GSP!   He also loves to curl up by a nice fire in the fireplace.    He has some quirks that need to be managed but what GSP doesn't, right?  Festus would prefer a home where his humans are home throughout the day or even work from home or where he can go with you to work!    He is a beautiful GSP with a great spirit!  He has definitely left a paw print on his foster mom's heart!  He is a special guy, but all GSPs with Addison's are special!!!

If you are interested in learning more about Festus and his needs, please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 920-522-3131 or better yet - complete an application at  www.wgspr.com and click on Adoption.

We will post another update after this week's test results.   Please keep your paws crossed for Mr. Festus.


4/29/17:  Happy Spring!   Well folks, finally an update on me.  My foster mom and dad have said I have been doing so well and they are so proud of me for all the hurdles I have overcome.   I am such a good boy and I behave so well, I have fit right in with their GSP crew and I am just a happy go lucky boy.    I love to sleep in every morning.  I am not a morning dog and I do love to cuddle in bed with you in the morning especially when I get my ears rubbed.   I love to be outside and play ball, chase frisbee and chew on sticks.    I love to jump high in the air.   I have even gotten used to car rides with no anxiety.   My foster mom says she is very proud of me for that accomplishment. As long as I get exercised, I am good when my foster humans leave for a few hours as well.  I haven't had to wear my thundershirt for the last month!!  :-)  I don't care for thunderstorms and can be a bit uncomfortable, but I haven't had to wear my thundershirt or calming oils for that yet.    


Now that Spring is finally here and my foster mom has been getting the gardens ready, my favorite thing to do is lay in the leaves or the gardens and sun myself.    I could lay there for hours.   I also like to lay in the sun on the deck.


My Addison's is well controlled and my foster mom says that you can't even tell I have a disease. 

 

2/19/17:  For one week, WGSPR is celebrating Festus and all the other GSPs that have come through WGSPR who have had Addison's disease.  It is Canine Addison's Awareness Week.


2/5/17:  

Festus is a very active playful dog.   He would do great in agility and has done agility in the past.   He  LOVEs to jump as high in the air as he can for his ball. He scales anything he needs to jump over to keep on a steady run! 


Festus is a very happy go lucky sweet boy.  Festus loves to play fetch with his ball.  If he has a ball in his mouth you better be ready to play, lots of FETCH!   He also loves stuffy squeaker toys and he will re-decorate your house with the stuffing and the removed squeaker.     If he wants to play, he will tell you by talking at you in a very excited manner!

 

Festus LOVES to be outside and loves going for runs. He has been trained and still learning the ecollar as well and responding well to the beeps and whistle command to come back. 

 

We are attempting to re-crate train Mr. Festus.  He likes going in his crate as long as you don't close the door.  He is fine if you are home, but if you leave, he is an escape artist.   He sleeps in his crate at night with the door closed. 


Festus does wear a Thundershirt and Stress Away essential oils for very long car rides.  He loves going for rides by may shake or pant a bit.  He has gotten much better since back in rescue.    We are told he does not like Thunderstorms but have not had an opportunity to witness this since he came back to rescue in the winter.   Festus has some minor anxiety that we are still working on with him, but it is manageable and we are hopeful that he will continue to progress and improve as we have seen over the last 2 months since he has been in rescue.  Festus also wears a Thundershirt and Stress Away essential oils for his minor anxiety and has done extremely well. We are very proud of his progress.   He has really settled in.   


12/31/16:  HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I got my monthly injection today and took it like a champ.  Mom said I was ready.  I had my electrolytes checked yesterday.
NA: 152 (144-160)
K: 4.8 (3.5 - 5.8
Ratio: 32

Mom said she gave me another 0.8ml based on my electrolytes.  We'll test again next month.    I am also getting my prednisone dosage altered and Sunday we try 0.5mg of pred for all of next week and we'll see how I respond.  So far so good.   


I posted some more pictures today, I was helping the loggers out and decided to move a small log myself. 

Have a safe and happy New Year!  See you in 2017.  

Love, 

Festus 


12/26/16: 

WOW did I have a blast on Christmas day playing in the snow with my foster mom and dad. Check out my pictures below.   We went for a long long walk in the woods as well.  I am doing well and working on some minor behavior issues but foster mom says she is waiting until my medications are optimized to see if it is a real behavior issue or just related to the high amount of medications I was on.  I am doing much better with many things and only need the Thundershirt and essential oils during certain times but still working on things.  Other than that I am a breeze to take care of as long as you have a ball available for me to play with oh - and a second one on hand as I do like to chew them up as well.   


My foster mom said she can tell I used to do Agility because of my jumping abilities.  Yep - I LOVE to jump as high in the air as I can for my ball.  I started learning the ecollar as well and responding well to the beeps and whistle command to come back.  I have to go to the vet on Friday to have my electrolytes checked before my next Percorten/Zycortal injection.  I am now down to 0.5mg and 1mg of prednisone alternating every other day.  Foster mom thinks I will do just great on 0.5mg so that will be the test next week.


12/7/16: 

Mr. Festus is doing extremely well in foster care.  He has been through ALOT in the last month.  He came into rescue and moved houses with his foster family as well.    We are in the process of reducing his medications for his Addison's Disease.  Currently have him down to 1.5mg of prednisone daily and we will continue to reduce for several more weeks until we find is LED (lowest effective dose).   We also ran his electrolytes (lytes) on 11/28 and it showed he needed is monthly injection reduced as well.  We waited 6 days and gave him a 10% reduction to 0.8ml.  We will test is lytes again in 28 days.   He is responding quite well with the lower doses.  He weighed in at 48 pounds.


He has fit back in with the foster GSP crew (2 females and 1 male) with no issues.  He spent two weekends getting to know a St. Bernard and one weekend with a lab as well with little issue.  Lots of male testosterone in the house to manage with 3 males.   Festus loves to play fetch with his ball.  If he has a ball in his mouth you better be ready to play, lots of FETCH!   He also loves stuffy squeaker toys and he will re-decorate your house with the stuffing and the removed squeaker.     If he wants to play, he will tell you by talking at you.    


Festus LOVES to be outside and loves going for runs.   Starting next week we will be a bit more diligent about daily routines now that the move is over and will get him and the other crew back into the groove.  We are attempting to re-crate train Mr. Festus.  He likes going in his crate as long as you don't close the door.  He is fine if you are home, but if you leave, he is an escape artist.  We are trying a new kennel next week with him as well.


Festus will help you with your dishes and will pre-wash so you don't have to!  He is a counter surfer as well if not watched closely.  He has helped himself to some uncooked brown and serve rolls.  He loves carrots for treats as well.


Overall Festus has been a joy to have back and we continue to assess his needs as we reduce his medications and optimize them for his body weight.  He is a Happy Go Lucky GSP! 


11/12/16:
Mr. Festus returned to rescue today after 2 years. Festus is now 5 yrs old and he does have Addisons Disease which is very easy to manage. For more information on Addison's, please see the information posted on our webpage at: http://www.wgspr.com/gspsaddisonsdisease.htm

We are going to give Festus some time to settle in and work in optimizing his medications before we are ready to get him adopted. So far he fit right back into his foster family like he never left! He is a very happy go lucky sweet boy! We have missed him!!
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If you are interested in adopting Festus, please complete our adoption application at http://www.wgspr.com/adoption.htm