Hello and welcome to the German Shepherd Helpline. My name is Brenda Jojic and I am the founder. I live just outside Bridgwater, in Somerset.
I first owned a German shepherd 30 years ago and he was a rescue. I was completely in awe of this dog. His intelligence was phenomenal. He taught me so much and I was smitten from that day. Soon, over the years, more followed. I bred one litter of 10 puppies and raised them solely on a raw diet. I used only human grade foods. I was one of the first to convert and I did not have the choice that we have today with pre packed raw meals readily available.
I have spent many years, and still continue to do so, reasearching diets and genetics in the hope of alleviating some of the awful diseases that inflict the German shepherd. When I lost my last dog, suddenly aged 9, to the dreadful disease Hemangiosarcoma I was devastated. I made a pledge to him that I would dedicate the rest of my life in helping to prevent hereditary diseases from killing our beautiful dogs. I commissioned a programmer to build a genetic database for me. It is a guide to help breeders make healthier choices in their mating decisions. This will be completed soon and be available through the Helpline.
While I have been working on this project I came across "Floyd". Knowing how much he suffered just broke my heart. I had to find a way to help. I do believe that family, friends, and neighbours are all aware of dogs, like Floyd, and it is these people that I plead with to come forward and report incidents of cruelty and neglect. I have a vision which branches out into education, training and support. I will strive to complete it. This is the beginning of how the German Shepherd Helpline started.