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01-29-2014 05:03 PM
Oskar's Human
Originally Posted by Longfisher View Post
It takes some courage to select the GSD breed as one's first puppy. Or, did you have experience with dogs at home in the past?


This is my first dog since I've lived as an adult. I moved out when I was 18 and am now 23, just to give you a better idea of where I'm at. I always had dogs growing up. My mom currently owns two boxers from a breeder and my stepmother owns an american eskimo rescue and an english setter rescue. I've always wanted a dog of my own but haven't had the time or funds to provide proper care for one until recently. Actually my first experience with a GSD was not a good one. My grandma had one one when I was very little and I must've been about four or so and after giving her a treat I followed her behind the chair and tried to take it back (for whatever reason) and she bit my face. I actually still have the scars, though they are much fainter. When i was deciding on which breed to choose I was attracted to the GSD because of their intelligence, size and of course their beauty. I knew I wanted a smart dog, a loyal dog and one that, I as a 23 year old woman, would make me feel safe no matter where we were together.

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01-29-2014 04:39 PM
BillWas2 Congratulations Sarah! GSDs are incredible companions and are amazingly adaptable as well. My 2.5 year old Qanuk ('Can-ook') is an 85 pound male and he is a true athlete in the best GSD sense. I just relocated to Talkeetna, Alaska and while its been far too warm in January in late November and most of December we saw lots of snow and cold as in 28" of the white stuff and temps down to -24 F. I also have 4.5 year old female Alaskan Malamute (Anana); to my surprise Qanuk is even more of a 'snow dog' than Anana as he loves to try to charge through the deep snow. I do have to regulate his exposure to the cold ground once the temp drops below -10 F; he'd gladly stay out for an hour but then once inside he whines a lot, licks his paws and limps around for a few hours. I ordered him a pair of insulated booties which match what the dog teams use up here; this fixed his paw issues. Of course Anana has no such problems and would gladly stay outside in the snow when its -20 F or colder..!
01-29-2014 08:22 AM

It takes some courage to select the GSD breed as one's first puppy. Or, did you have experience with dogs at home in the past?

01-29-2014 08:04 AM
mamatolaceynchief How adorable!!! His little face is SOOO cute!
01-29-2014 07:08 AM
Puppy in the Vortex

Congrats on Oskar! We have also just added a pup to our family. We feel your pain in trying to housebreak in not just one but two "vortex's" now. I have two older GSD's and they are the greatest!! Good luck and bundle up..them early morning potty runs are COLD!!
01-28-2014 12:35 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom He is a cutie. Looking forward to hearing all of his puppy adventures! WElcome to you and your furry family.
01-28-2014 12:28 PM
Adelle He is adorable, is he sable?
01-28-2014 11:58 AM
Oskar's Human
Originally Posted by blackshep View Post
I strategically planned for a spring puppy so I wouldn't have to go out in the snow every 15 minutes! lol

Congrats, post some pics if you can
I will say, that the snow has blanketed many otherwise distracting materials (pinecones, twigs, etc.) which has been helpful. Though he has taken to shove his whole head under the snow and pull out all sorts of wonderful natural objects in spite of it!
01-28-2014 11:57 AM
Oskar's Human
Originally Posted by robeangyalchen View Post
Yes, adorable!! I feel like ears has already grown a little.
yes, amazingly quick. His ears and tail are both much larger than they were a week ago. I can't wait to see what he looks like next week haha. Took him to the vet on Monday and he had already gained three pounds since we got him last Monday!! Proud of him
01-28-2014 02:15 AM
robeangyalchen Yes, adorable!! I feel like ears has already grown a little.
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