Originally Posted by Scout's Mama
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!
Sadly I have seen similar as justification for having an actual child. Having had other dogs I would say a GSD is one of the most time/energy intensive pets I have ever owned.