In July 2013 Shela Boynton of Idyllwild wrote a letter entitled, “A dog named Seager has hope.” According to Boynton, Seager was a “beautiful but worn-down purebred German shepherd … He has a damaged tail that must be removed, is full of buckshot that may result in lead-poisoning, and has been starved.”
Seager’s news is now good. He has had four surgeries, which he came through very well. Recently he has been placed on a probiotic diet to resolve intestinal issues and he is doing much better, according to Janice Murasko of Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild, and Rob Robinson, his new dad.
Seager’s road to recovery has been a rocky one. He suffered tremendous abuse at the hands of his previous owners.
Asked how Seager came to him, Robinson said he first saw Seager at a Hemet yard sale. “I went to the yard sale and saw a big sign up on this fencing that said ‘Free German shepherd.’ I think they were moving or something. I told the lady I wanted him but that I needed to talk to my landlord.”
When Robinson returned Seager was already gone. The dog and fencing were given to people the previous owner described to Robinson as acting “kind of fishy, kind of weird and in a hurry to leave.”
Shortly after that, Marsha Wheeler Marcus of Idyllwild was driving through the Double Check Retreat area in Hemet and saw Seager running to avoid a car that appeared to be trying to hit him.
Wheeler couldn’t fit him in her car so she waited for a friend pick him up.
“Seager was in very bad shape,” Robinson said sadly. “We found out he had been shot with a shotgun and after four surgeries his tail was amputated because there was not enough skin to fix the wound. He had swallowed a construction staple, his ears were all messed up and he looked like he had been starved for at least a week.”
Some of his injuries appeared to be intentional. “A sheriff[’s deputy] came in to the vet’s office where Seager was being treated,” said Robinson. “He saw Seager’s X-rays that happened to be up on the wall in the vet’s office. He could tell by the pattern of the BBs that the dog was running away when he was shot; it was concentrated in his hip and sprayed back. So they were doing it just to be evil.”
Robinson adopted Seager and gave him a loving home and a new playmate — his female German shephard, Madde. “My son Anthony plays fetch with Seager and Madde every day with a basketball the dogs deflated,” Robinson said. “Seager was hesitant when we first brought him home, but he’s doing great now. He’s also great with other dogs.”
Robinson also learned from his veterinarian that Seager is a “German” German shepherd, unlike his female, an American German Shepherd. “In the US, dogs are implanted with a micro-chip. In Germany, they are tattooed in the ear. Seager has the tattoo.”
Robinson is grateful for all of the help and support he has received since adopting Seager. “One lady donates a bag of dog food every month. She brings it to the shop [Idyllwild Automotive] for Seager. Another donor has given a lifetime supply of meds. I don’t know who the medications donor is, but I would like to find out so I could send a big thank you to him or her. My way of thanking everyone for their help is to donate some of my time to ARF.”
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