Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Central Florida
It's a long story, but when I moved down to Florida I brought 3 adult GSDs with me knowing a friend of mine was going to give me a GSD puppy when I arrived. Well, I got Ringer, the puppy, I also ended up with Ringer's father, JR, and his litter sister, Honey, all within a couple weeks of arriving here. So I had two puppies to raise. Six months later a friend came down and brought me Kelly, a WGSD puppy as a house warming gift.
So I ended up with 7 dogs within a six month period, three of which were puppies.
I don't recommend getting this many puppies, but once you have them, it's not the worst scenario you can go thru. I got everyone housebroken in a reasonable time. The two older puppies had completed their first group of puppy lessons when I got Kelly, so training them wasn't that bad ... I just went to two or three different classes.
Two things were problematic ... and it wasn't raising three puppies together ... it was when they were seniors that I encountered the mega problems. First there were the huge vet bills from the three seniors who were so close in age. And the worst part, the hardest part, was losing all three within a nine month period. First Ringer died in May, a month before his 13th birthday. Then 12-1/2 year old Kelly died that July. Honey died 4 months short of her 14th birthday. It's so hard losing a much loved dog, it's absolutely heartbreaking losing three of them in such a short time span.
Gayle, Faith, Ledgie, Scooby
At the Bridge: Andy, Abbey, Tasha, Tex, Echo, Yukon, JR, Too, Niki, Bo, Ringer, Kelly, Honey, Mac, Slider & Bruiser