They don’t have dogs or if they do they are an afterthought beyond their puppyhood.
DO NOT GET A GERMAN SHEPHERD!!!!!!!
You will not train it! You will not exercise it! You will not care for it!
I hear you. Perhaps tell your friend/coworker to substitute "child" for "GSD" in their conversation? No one would casually say "so I've been wanting a child
to keep me company when the spouse is working late..." Or at least they shouldn't
I love my fur children and my human kids - but they're BOTH a lot of work!
Feel better and rant as needed!