Omega Shepherds Informative - My Omega Shepherd; the good news/bad news
CLANCY, MT, MISSOURI -- My Omega Shepherd; the good news/bad news version:
I purchased my German shepherd puppy from Omega Shepherds located in Clancy, Montana approx. 4 yrs. ago. I spoke to the breeder, via telephone, and she was pleasant and patient in listening to my requests and answering questions. They requested $2500 up front and I agreed. My pup became the love of my life and one of the most gorgeous shepherds I have raised to date. Unfortunately, for me and my best companion, yesterday was one of the saddest days of my life as she was euthanized in my arms just as she was settling down into her 4th year with a vocabulary of about 50 words/commands. She was the smartest/quickest study of a dog, she was obedient, eager to please, social towards people and other dogs and yet protective of me and extremely watchful of my every move. I adored her as she did me and in these short 4 years we became the very best of pals. I will miss her forever and still cannot imagine how I will get thru these days and months ahead of me.
The bad news: my Omega shepherd developed Pannus (chronic superficial keratitis, is a condition and ongoing inflammation of the cornea - the surface of the eye) that eventually leads to blindness if not treated with eye drops/ointment every single day of the dog’s life. Pannus is exacerbated by constant exposure to living in areas of snow, bright sunlight, high altitude areas and exposure to ultra violet sun rays. I do believe she was born with this auto-immune disease but it cannot be confirmed. She lived with me inside the home, slept in my bed and was only outside to watch me garden and for her beloved “fetching” sessions with the tennis balls. She developed Pannus about a year ago and we had it under control with daily eye drops (actually the ointment worked better for us) but it is expensive and treatment is a life-long process but one that I was more than happy to accommodate. I live in a desert climate at about sea level with no snow whatsoever. About 3 weeks ago she was diagnosed with Lymphoma (cancer of the lymph system) and unfortunately we did not discover this sooner as I was willing to treat her w/chemo therapy. It became apparent to me and my vet, after 3 treatments of chemo, that her “bad” days were out-weighing her “good” days and it was inhumane to continue this process at her Stage 5 level of prognosis. Lymphoma can be successfully treated with chemotherapy but it is a very fast growing cancer in dogs and we did not discover it soon enough.
The good news: my Omega shepherd was stunning in all respects, otherwise. Her markings and coloring were remarkable and everyone commented on her beauty. Her coat was as soft as cashmere and her energy level was almost over the top. She pranced around the perimeter of my large back yard like a 1st class stallion. I have never seen a dog so alert and beautiful in confirmation. Her bark was like a machine gun battalion and she was everything I have ever wanted or expected from a GSD. No one ever entered my yard when we were working in the garden because of the respect she commanded. I felt so safe and secure taking her with me in the car or wherever we traveled together. She was highly trainable and learned commands with not much effort on my part. Potty training her as a pup was instant. She was very “vocal” and learned to say, “I woof you”. She did numerous tricks and was motivated by praise rather than by treats.
With all of the above medical problems (I think I have invested over 10K in my beloved Omega shepherd), I would have paid twice that amount to keep her alive if it was possible. I loved her so much and am writing this so that others will know that there is good news/bad news as it relates to this kennel. In all fairness to the folks at Omega Shepherds, I did not contact them to discuss any of her medical conditions because I was not willing to “trade her in” if that was even offered. My focus and goal was to help my beloved girl stay as healthy as possible and continue our lives together for as long as possible. I am devastated by her loss. I can be reached at luvsGSD@gmail.com for any questions or comments regarding my experience with Omega Shepherds or general questions about my dog’s medical experiences as related above.