Only you know what is best for you. I lost my first GSD before he hit a year old. He was almost 10 months. He was the best dog ever. However, probably due to his breeding he had a lot of health issues and just could not overcome them. (this happened n 8/30/2013) I did not deal with his passing well. We ended up getting another puppy very quickly. (on 9/2/13) We made sure to go to a reputable breeder. I am still grieving over Riley. Some days are worse than other, but it really does help having another puppy to focus on.
I don't expect the new puppy to take the place of Riley or be like him. I know there will never be another Riley. Some things the puppy does is exactly like Riley. I'm guessing it's more of a GSD thing. Mostly he is the opposite of Riley.
When normal things happen with him like when he threw up his food I freaked out. Before Riley passed he was throwing up. I know logically puppies will vomit sometimes. I think because we didn't wait to get another dog the memories are just so close to the surface it just impacted me more than it should.
Heath issues in a GSD is a concern, but if you go to a reputable breeder and you see the lineage and they come with health guarantees it does provide a bit more peace of mind.
Riley - 11/05/2012-8/30/2013
He will always be in my heart.
Last edited by trcy; 10-06-2013 at 02:24 PM.