We recieved a call from the shepherd rescue organization where we adopted our other shepherd. The humane society was notified of an abandoned three year old shepherd they felt was in such bad shape they wanted to put him down.. east coast geman shepherd rescue took him on. Max lived with a 90 year old man who passed away about two months ago, the dog never went outdoors even to the point of usng the potty indoors. They tell us he was raised mainly on scraps... the old man's son went to clear out the house when he died but left Max behind... it was weeks before anyone clued up... he weighed 45 pounds when he was found and had learned to opened the toilet seat for water .... he spend two months in foster care, he now weights 54 pounds and is still terribly thin, he is learning to trust Simon (men issues) and is blending very well, he hasn't any potty issues and is learning to eat regular meals..... if his head is an indication this boy will be on the large end of shepherds! I think the old man's son should be charged with animal cruelty but am so glad Max was found on time..... many thanks to all those emergency rescue organizations.