Axel is from East German lines and we've had him since he was 7 weeks old. He was very healthly until after his 2 yr rabies shot in which shortly after came down with ear infections itchy and full of yeast! We did everything, tried everything the vets recommended. Finally after months of drugs and the best grain free food money could buy, he was getting worse not better! Out of frustration I took some chicken breast out of the freezer thawed them an fed them raw to him. I was Surprised he ate them and and didn't get sick so I researched all I could and within lees then two weeks he was free of yeast, his ears cleared and his energy was back. It took another month to get his beautiful coat back. We joined a raw food co-op and will never go back. He gets a variety of raw meat, organs, liver and a few raw eggs weekly the only supplement is salmon oil a few days a week and coconut oil on opposite days,as well as, organic apple cider vinegar on his food daily.Axel is lean and tall for a Sheperd but so were his parents. he is well balanced great with Children and smart. Axel runs 3-5 miles several days a week and goes for long walks on opposite days. he still is full of energy. Axels weekly treats are chicken and turkey feet. We stopped all shots at 2 yrs of age except our states required 3 yr rabies shot. His teeth are beautiful and he hasn't had any fleas and in 6.5 years only two ticks! We do not use any flea or heartworm meds on him either. He always test neg. for heartworm. We spend our summers in the woods and Great Lakes here in MI with no problems. I truly believe it's because of his healthy immune system due to the raw diet.