Here he is... as yet unnamed German Shepherd X, rescued from Eersterivier on 25 January 2011 by African Tails. Not really sure how old he is... he has adult teeth which are clean and in good shape, guess that puts him somewhere between 7 and 18 months. He weighs 19kg.
He is suffering from Demodectic Mange, an injured leg, and other issues associated with being a stray like malnutrition and the psychological effects of abuse. The leg injury is likely from the beatings he was getting in Eesterivier, kids were also throwing stones at him, fortunately the leg doesn't seem to be causing pain. He has been given ProMeris Duo for treatment of the Mange and a Capstar to get rid of the many fleas that were all over him on arrival. When he has regained some strength he will go to the vet for treatment on the injured leg and also to be neutered.
African Tails gave him to me on the afternoon of the 25th, I am looking after him temporarily until he is better and can be homed. I have had him for 3 days now, he is.. ok (ish). He definitely seems happier than on his first day, I think he knows he is in a safe place now. I spent a while trying to coax him into a kennel so he had his own space. Turns out the best way was to just throw a load of dog biscuits in the back corners and leave him to it. He loves it in there now.
I am going to try and keep this blog updated once or twice a week and always include pictures. Hopefully in a few weeks I will be able to look back and see progress, and in a few months it will be hard to believe that its the same dog.
I haven't named him yet because I want him to get a bit better first, then give him a name that fits. At the moment 'Smelly' is the obvious choice.