Glutton for punishment
Let me start off first with I have wanted a GSD since I was a very young feller. But whenever I was at the pound or the ASPCA booth at the flea market they never had one.. So finally after about 50 years of waiting I finally got the opportunity to get a GSD, and she is a rescue too. Indi was at a local Foundation being trained to be a PTSD Service Dog for our injured Veterans, when she started having issues with transitioning into new situations. For a Vet with PTSD this is not the kind of dog they want around. So I made an appointment to go and meet this dog and see what I might be getting myself into. The owner of the foundation was completely honest about her issue and related the fact that she went on a food fast with the last two homes they tried to place her at. She was also known to ignore potential homing candidates too. So I show up and there is this absolutely beautiful floppy eared short coated female in the pen. My wife and I walk up and she runs over with her tail wagging and gets introduced right quick. So much for being ignored. So we bring her home and put her food down like the other dog and she refuses to eat. My wife says wait I think I saw the food pail hanging on the fence, I'll be right back. She comes back in a few minutes with a shallow pail and hangs it on the fence, and wham the food went away almost instantly. So after about 2 months of working with Indi trying to get her used to coming into a house she is still resistant. My wife looks at me and says "That dog needs a playmate". She then tells me she has been to the rescue Saturday at Petsmart and didn't see anything that she felt needed to come home with her for a 150 dollar "adoption" fee. So I called the foundation and spoke to the owner about whether she thought a playmate was even a good idea. She says yes that would be a great idea, so now I am stuck between 2 women. (Men, you understand).... Then she says "Funny you should call, because we may have another dog failing out of training". I ask what this dogs issue is and she says that she is reactive to thunder. Well we already have a 14 Y.O. Golden that has had that issue for a while so we know how to address that. I make another appointment to meet this dog and bring Indi so they can meet and make sure there is no incompatibility or fights. No problem and now we are home with two full grown 2 Y.O. female spayed GSD that have all of their obedience training, public access work, shots, chips and house breaking already done. So we saved two of the prettiest girls you have ever seen from destruction, and added a whole new layer of insanity to our lives. We start feeding at 4 AM, go for a walk, play all day, get fed again at 5 PM, play for a while more, then go on a 1.5 mile leash walk up and down the road in our neighborhood. Then it is grooming, and indoor manners training till bed time. And I wouldn't trade one second of it for all the gold in Fort Knox. I got disabled in 2009 and was really looking for a mission, and now I have a mission that requires me to suit up and show up every day. Wanna change your life? Get a dog or two.
Hally, The Olden Golden 12/5/1999-
Indi, (GSD) 8/4/2011-
Dixie, (GSD) 8/11/2011-
Sassy, (Rottie) Born 10/9/1999-6/12/2006 RIP