RIP – Bear the German Shepherd

Bear recently passed away of heart failure. We were all shocked at the sudden onset of the cardiac arrest but noone more shocked than his foster family who idolised him. Thank you for sponsoring Bear over the last 2 years.

Bear is a stunning white German Shepherd who came into the care of Cork DAWG in November 2016 from another shelter. When he arrived he was walking in fleas and had sores on his elbows from lying on concrete all his life. Nobody knows what age he is, but the vet’s best guess when he came into care was about 5 years old. After treating his flea infestation, he went into foster care with one of our experienced fosterers. Once in a home environment for the first time Bear was given his very apt name and was shown what it is like to be warm, loved and fed.

His foster family soon noticed he wasn’t eating properly and was losing weight. After a vet inspection it was confirmed that he had severe gingivitis and plaque, so he had dental work done and was soon eating properly again and slowly gaining weight. Unfortunately, after an x-ray, Bear was also diagnosed with both arthritis and severe hip dysplasia.

The severity of Bear’s hip dysplasia means he is on daily pain medication for life. Unfortunately he also suffers from chronic infections of the sores on his elbows. Due to the location of these sores and the extra weight he puts on them when getting up because of his hips, it is not possible to operate on them, so the infections will be a reoccurring problem for him. As Bear’s medical bills will be ongoing, he is in permenant foster with a wonderful family who adore his typical GSD antics.

By sponsoring Bear you will be helping DAWG with his ongoing vet fees, medical bills and food. Thank you so much!

Sponsor Bear


  1. I would like to sponsor bear
    After hearing his story

  2. Thanks so much Sean, you can fill in the sponsor online and a pack will be sent to you, Claudia

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