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Book Facts:

-Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories about German Shepherd Dogs is full of 60+ stories from people who have fostered and adopted German Shepherd Dogs. People looking for German Shepherd puppies, German Shepherd Dogs for sale, or German Shepherds for adoption should read this book first to learn about the breed and about breed rescue. If you’re already involved with German Shepherd Dog rescue, these stories are sure to resonate with you! This book is a great gift for German Shepherd Dog lovers and a fun, easy read for you!

Buy paperback here. eBooks available for Kindle and Nook.

-Excerpt:“The rescue volunteers suspected the dog I had my heart set on was wrong for me, but to humor me they asked me to walk her on a leash. Just as they had expected, she dragged me across the yard. Still certain I would go home with “my girl” because of the doggy nail polish and pink doggie room I had waiting for her, I begrudgingly met several other “less dominant” dogs as the volunteers had gently suggested. To my surprise, “the one” turned out to be Jackson (now Beau), a male with striking hazel eyes who adopted me the moment we met. The pink doggy room is now used for storage, the nail polish is in the trash, and Beau turned out to be an absolute dream companion.” –Lisa Hall

$12.95 I 144 Pages I Find a Rescue I Amazon Page & Preview I Meet the Authors & Dogs

Note Card Facts:

Buy German Shepherd Dog stationery here.

-Each box contains 8- 5 x 7 flat note cards with envelopes printed on 100# cardstock
-A portion of every sale is donated back to the rescue of your choice
-Back side of each card is the same color as the card border and has a “Did You Know” about the breed

T-shirt Facts:

Buy German Shepherd T-shirts, clothing jewelry, bags, and housewares here.

About this image: This pictures of Merci was taken by Dave Echols. Merci was adopted by Chris Wilson, the secretary and a foster mom for German Shepherd Rescue of Central Alabama. She was scared to death when someone dropped her off at the local kill shelter: full of ticks, pregnant, and heartworm positive. With time, love, and patience, she has become a wonderful addition to her adoptive home. Merci is extremely loyal. Her favorite things are playing frisbee, going for car rides, and sleeping on the sofa.

The “Adopted. Who’s next?” shirt series is meant to honor adopted pets and their resilience. Wearing these shirts is a great way to start a conversation with people about rescue and adoption. A significant portion of profits is donated back to animal welfare organizations.

About German Shepherd Dogs:

  • Breed originated around the 1900’s in Germany (Surprise!)
  • Resulting from herding and farm breeds of dogs
  • “Handsome, well proportioned and very strong” (
  • Usually 22-26 inches tall and 50-90 lbs.

Why People Love German Shepherds:

  • Short coat makes for easy grooming
  • Energetic, fun loving, loyal and protective
  • Great guard dogs
  • Eager to learn
  • Usually don’t bark very much
  • Great with any family member if properly socialized

Why German Shepherds Can Be Challenging:

  • Sheds a lot
  • Needs strong, dominant owners
  • Can become over-protective
  • Needs extensive socialization due to protective instinct
  • Many health issues due to inbreeding including hip and elbow dysplasia, ear infections, blood infections, bloat

Other Facts and Tips About German Shepherds:

  • Another name for the German Shepherd is “Alsatian”
  • The AKC recognizes most colors but often sees the dogs in their most popular black and tan colors
  • World’s leading police, guard and military dog
  • Medium life expectancy (9-13 years when well cared for)
  • Always a very popular breed
  • Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart, famous television personalities, are both German Shepherds
  • In 1919 German Shepherds were first accepted into the UK Kennel Club. There were 54 registrations. By 1926 that number grew to over 8,000 registrations! (
  • Considered the third most intelligent breed by experts (Border Collies are #1 and Poodles are #2)
  • The litter size is usually 9 puppies
  • AKC group: Herding Group

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