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d4lilbitz 12-29-2013 10:24 PM

New Member! Meet Gypsy, Red and Charlie : )
Greetings from MD, USA!

I'm fairly new to the German Shepherd Breed. I have always had Labradors. Gypsy is my second lab I have had. She is a sweetheart, typical lab personality...loves people and WATER! She is now three. Two years ago my brother rescued a male German Shepherd. When he got him, he was all skin and bones, no muscle, and a poor coat. He had no spark to him; you could tell he had a rough life. He was only about one, but looked like he'd been exposed to YEARS of abuse. He bonded to my female lab Gypsy and now is 100% healed in his mind, body and most of all soul.

When I moved, he came with me as the two were so bonded. Red has taught me so much about this wonderful breed. We have had our challenges as far as touch sensivity, introductions to new people, dogs and strange places and he has overcome them all. Even through his rough start in life, he is so courageous, loving, smart, faithful, inquisitive, and protective. As most of you all know, he wanted a job. While I have not participated in any sports with him, I found that he LOVES biking. We have worked our way up to 10 miles. As long as he is with me, he is happy. Since then I have had what most German Shepherd owners catch...Multiple German Shepherd Syndrome.

Our newest addition is Ms. Charlie. She is our 9 year old senior rescue. We started out as a foster, which failed 1/2 day later. She is the sweetest dog. While she doesn't have the stamina that younger shepherds have, show her a ball and you'd never know her age. She LOVES to fetch! Other than her gray muzzle, she looks a lot younger!

In the spring I have a new pup coming. I I am so excited. I have spent montths researching breeders, different lines, and I found the the perfect match for my pack and I! I am getting a working line pup. Since I have not competed in any sports with my current dogs, I'm interested in learning about all the different sports people compete in with their shepherds. So over the next year - year and half, I would love to learn how you got started, which sport you chose and why, appropriate age to start a pup. I know with Shepherds its important not to over work them young so as not to harm their joints.

Thanks for reading my story and I look forward to hearing from you all!

ksotto333 12-29-2013 10:40 PM

Welcome to the forum with your growing family. How wonderful for Charlie and Red to have found a home with you. I raised my children with a gsd mix, and then followed with Labs, and now have our Tess to help bring up the grandchildren. What great breeds these both are to have as part of our lives. Her only sport involves intensive ball fetch, playing in water, and never being more than 4 feet from us....:)

Miika's Mom 12-29-2013 10:43 PM

:welcome: I am sure you will have more information than you know what to do with and will enjoy all of it!

d4lilbitz 12-29-2013 10:56 PM


Originally Posted by ksotto333 (Post 4740938)
I raised my children with a gsd mix, and then followed with Labs, and now have our Tess to help bring up the grandchildren. What great breeds these both are to have as part of our lives.

I agree 100%! Shepherds and Labs are my two favorite breeds. My son loves his pups...first thing he does when he gets home is gives each a hug and asks how there day was lol. They hear him and come running : )

d4lilbitz 12-29-2013 11:00 PM


Originally Posted by Miika's Mom (Post 4740946)
:welcome: I am sure you will have more information than you know what to do with and will enjoy all of it!

Thanks! Before joining this forum, I had googled any questions, concerns, issues I had. On several occassions, I was able to view some of from topics in here. I finally joined! This is a wonderful forum, because with all of our knowledge and experiences, we are each able to give the best to our dogs!

I can hardly wait for next year!

dawnandjr 12-30-2013 09:50 AM

If you want to get out and go to some AKC trials to see what they are about now, before you get your puppy, to see where you two want to head. and look up shows/trials in your area. There are clubs that put them on and they are the ones you can train with to get your pup ready. Lots of times there are private trainers that compete as well without belonging to the club, so that is another option. Its not just about learning the exercises, but also ring procedure, and you dont get that from books or training on your own. Good luck and cant wait to see pictures of your new puppy.

katieliz 12-30-2013 10:05 AM

Welcome to the board! MGSS, lolol...oh yes, I have that for sure.

Ps...not often that someone's first post makes me cry...these are such wonderful dogs, so brave and loyal...thank you for giving your rescues entry to the good life. You will have a great time with your puppy too!

Kayos and Havoc 12-30-2013 01:24 PM

Welcome to you all!!!

d4lilbitz 12-30-2013 03:37 PM

Thank you all for your kind words and advice! I love hearing about everyone's stories, because each is different.

I will check out what events are near me in the future so I can attend. Depending on my pups peronality and what makes him "tick", I will decide what would work best for us. Puppy pictures will be posted when he comes : ) You can see the three of them in my avatar picture with their boy...this was only the first and only night we had "fostered" Ms. Charlie, before we made up our minds to keep her. I think she was scheming and it worked. She climbed right up on the fire place and sat there like, " here I am".

wildwolf60 01-01-2014 11:34 AM

Welcome! Love to hear such a happy story! Congrats on adopting a senior, she sounds like a sweetie! I am afraid to do any fostering cause I'm sure I'd end up keeping too! Would be a foster failure for certain, lol.
Can't wait for pics!
Will love to see the working line pup!

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