my name is Yvonne and we live in PDX in OR.
We, that are my bf and I are getting our GSD in April and I can't wait to pick him up - the dog not the bf
I grew up with GSDs in my childhood in Germany and I can't wait to have one again. Looking back at my childhood, I always will remember Ali, my uncle's GSD and how we used to roam the streets in our town together when my uncle was at work and Ali stayed with us at home - I was around 5-6 years old then. Later on, we had our own - Benjamin - and I did the same until I was 18 and left for school out of town. Nobody ever bothered a little girl and her friends roaming town and the surrounding woods with a companion like that at her side ;-)
It took me some time to realize that I needed a GSD in my life again. I lost 2 dogs and my horse in the past 2 years and I fell into a deep, deep hole.
One of these dogs, Lydia, a Pit Bull rescue started to do S&R with me, but my ex-husband demanded the dogs when we got a divorce and I haven't seen Lydia and her brother Cal (Border Collie) since I dropped them off at the airport to send them to him in NY. It was a wise decision in the end, since I was living alone in an apartment complex, trying to build up my life again and he had a house with a huge fenced in yard and much more time than I did at that time. I know them in good hands
The litter isn't even born yet and we don't even know if there is going to be a puppy for me when it is born, but I remain optimistic that I will be able to pick up a pretty little bundle of joy in April.
We already have one dog, Floyd, a Pit Bull-Border Collie Mix who came to me in very odd ways and turned out to be a blessing. He was formerly abused and starved and I am sure he will also benefit from having a little brother. He usually blossoms when other dogs are around and is less fearful and more outgoing.
I am amazed on how much information I was already able to find in this forum! I spent the last few days browsing through quite a few threads and I already learned so much! Especially about feeding a large dog puppy ;-) This is what gave me the worst worries ;-) (I just ignore the ear stories so far and wait until this is going to give me the jitters)
Thank you guys!
I hope with time I will be able to become a useful member, too.
Have a good one!