Many of us are familiar with Shakespeare's play, Othello. Set in a world full of jealousy and passion, it is one of Shakespeare's tragedies. Let us introduce you to our Othello, a super, incredibly handsome ten to fifteen month old boy, whose life is filled with its own tragedies. Othello was confiscated from his home by an animal control officer because of neglect. We don't know what Othello's life had been like up to confiscation but we expect it had not been a happy one. Not surprisingly, the officer fell in love with him and asked Rescue to help. Othello's right back leg is missing a paw, but we don't know whether this was a defect at birth or whether his Mama Dog chewed on it. Regardless of how it happened, Othello steps gingerly on the ground with his right stubbed foot. As you see in the photos, it is raw and bloody. His left back leg is over compensating, and yes, it looks as if it is protruding out like a ballerina. In spite of the tragedies life has brought his way, Othello is a happy boy who loves to play. He passed the kitty test but he really was more interested in playing with Felice, one of our other Rescue dogs, than in paying any attention to the cat. We think he has a bit of a crush on her so it looks as if Othello has joined the Felice Fan Club. And why not?? She was a very patient playmate, letting him pull on her ear, grab her tail, and just play like a boy. What's next for Othello? We'd like to get him into a foster home ASAP. He really needs our help. As for his deformed paw, he'll be off soon to see an orthopedic specialist. We are confidant that Othello will soon leave the world of tragedy behind and that he'll be running through the grass and the flowers in a world filled with love. Update 3/26/10 The Othello Chronicles:Chapter One - Othello gets wet! It was a splashing, smashing success today for Othello at his first water therapy session. He's a natural swimmer (as natural as a GSD can be! After only a few laps he was moving under his own steam. And he was eager to retrieve the floating toy you see in his mouth in a few of the images. Then, making a loop at mid-pool he returns to the steps to rest. Othello was being his love-bug self with the therapist - giving lots of wet hugs and kisses. It's evident that his cardiovascular fitness will benefit and we can expect improvement in this area. Moreover, they said his body mechanics in the water were excellent and the prognosis is favorable that Othello will physically benefit from on-going swim therapy. Uncle Larry provided us with a stylin' ride in his van - low to the ground and easy entry/exit. Stay tuned for more episodes of the Othello Chronicles. We've all heard that saying.....she/he took to 'this or that' like a duck to water. Well my friends, looking at Othello in the pool during his 2nd and 3rd water therapy sessions, you'd wonder if you were looking at a GSD or a black and tan duck. For his second water therapy session, shall we say, Othello was beside himself with enthusiasm. We arrived a bit early for the appointment and Othello was required to wait his turn. Suffice to say that he's not the paragon of patience. Two other dogs were in the pool and he made it clear with body language and howlin' about how badly he wanted to join them. Finally, finally, his turn came. Like he was at the starting blocks of the olympic swim events, he was in the water and turning laps. We could barely get him to rest in between. He was raring to go for the whole 30 minute session. And didn't want to get out when his time was over. Ok, so fast forward to Saturday the 20th. While the mini adoption event was going on in San Marcos, Othello was back at the pool. This time he was calm, focused and all business. Kind of like a GSD Michael Phelps at the pool to train for the Olympics. He's all on his own in the water now. No humans in the pool. Simple 20 ft tether attached to his float vest to help guide him through laps and turns. No splashin' no thrashin'. He's gliding through the water like silk making nary a ripple. In fact, he never even got his head or ears wet. He was listening to commands, retrieving water toys, obedient with instructions. This couldn't have gone better. Trish, his therapist, kept saying, 'what a great dog! We've really got to find him a home'. Larry, shot some HiDef video footage with Laura's new camcorder. We're in the digital editing room as I write and hoping to have something to post real soon. Coming Attractions: stayed tuned for scenes of the Canine Cardio King and Othello Goes Mobile If you are interested in meeting me, please contact Teresa via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to fill out our online application. The minimum adoption donation ranges from $400 to $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible. Prior to placement, all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are usually microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis. Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.