Skadi and Grim were both returned to the breeder at between seven and ten months old, so there are some mysteries about their pasts, although I have been in contact with Skadi's very sweet previous owner, who had a young child and an intense young working line shepherd and just couldn't get past some issues she was having in Skadi's training around her child . I have written extensively on Skadi's issues as a teen on the forums but we are mostly past them now with time and training. She was deeply loved and extensively socialized as a puppy and young dog, and it shows in how friendly and fearless she is with strangers and strange dogs. She has a bubbly, exuberant personality and is one of the smartest dogs i have ever met, but she does test boundaries if she feels she can ( Melinda warned us that she was pretty nonstop when we brought her home, but she is currently napping by my side as she has developed the ability to relax). Skadi is medium to high drive and is two. She has an intense ball and tug drive. Ball insane. Tug insane. She stares at the toy cabinet and begs to train often. She is high energy, loves to meet anyone, loves other dogs, could care less about loud noises, picks up on new commands very fast and is great off leash.
We have only had Grim, her half brother, for a few months. He is nine months old and unneutered still, so his hormones are going right now. He is the cuddliest, most loving boy you could ask for with my husband and I and his foster family, who really wanted to keep him but were unable to with their other two dogs and still stay in close contact and offer to Grim-sit if we ever need it. He has a good off switch and could cuddle all day, is ball and tug silly, though his drives are increasing a bit as he gets older, learns quickly, and loves to train. We are dealing with some reactivity right now with strangers and strange dogs, which I believe stems from him being undersocialized and never being taken to classes as a baby, his hormones, and natural GSD suspicion. He is food insane.
Skadi, AKA Lady Wolfington, GSD 4.6.12
Grim, AKA Bones , GSD 7.7.13
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