Lost our GSD this last Monday to HS, I found this forum researching the disease. In hindsight, she had been going downhill for a few weeks, but it still shocked us when we had to decide let her go less than 8hrs after taking her to the animal ER. We had a lost another GSD about two years ago to brain cancer.
For now, I'm getting my GSD fix through your stories and photos :-) We'll probably get another GSD after the summer; until then the house will be eerily quiet.
Gone, but never forgotten: