Meet Chewie

Say hello to our newest family member and our second german shepherd, Chewbacca (that’s him in the forefront). We recently rescued Chewie with the help of the Serendipity German Shepherd Dog Rescue the same as we did last spring with his older sister, Ellie (darker one in the background). I can’t recommend using a rescue service enough for whatever breed you favor. Working with Rachel at Serendipity we were able to find two perfect dogs for each other and our family – happily ever after unless you’re an inanimate object within the reach of Chewie.

Chewie will be two years old in December and lives up to the name my two daughters picked out for him.  He’s big (80lbs so far) and he loves to come up to you and lean in for a pet and hopefully a snuggle and may start talking to you if you don’t (he actually sounds remarkably close to the real Chewbacca sometimes). During the day he prefers to chill in our backyard with a shoe or slipper, but really anything within reach that has our smell on it will do – a dustpan, yard clippers, tarps, old christmas lights left on a bush.

We’ll be enrolling in some training classes soon, but for now a friend of ours has let us borrow Training Your German Shepherd by Dan Rice, DVM. There is a newer edition available than the one we have, it can be found at Amazon.

Just chillin' in the moviesac


Meet Ellie

Say hello to our new family member, Ellie. She’s a German Shepherd almost 2 years old.  We were lucky enough to rescue Ellie through Serendipity GSD Rescue, a very well run rescue service that was able to match us with a family that was forced to give her up to move close to an ailing family member.

We’ve spent the weekend with Ellie and she has absolutely melted our hearts with her intelligence, warmth, and playfullness.  My daughters have now met their match in energy levels.

Erin petting Ellie while we watch Mary Kate play baseball

In our search to rescue a dog I found that there are any number of rescue services for each breed you’re interested in most major cities.  Check the website for the officially sanctioned rescue services but most will register their pets with either or (as will your local Humane Society).

Update:  Here’s IO9’s top ten list of Greatest Superhero Dogs for your enjoyment!