|03-27-2014 08:15 PM|
16 years is certainly a good run. We have always had two dogs until we lost our last. We went 7 months dogless. It was killing me. All I could think about in my spare time were dogs. We talked about a different breed, then we swayed toward Malinois and eventually came right back to shepherds.
We found a wonderful breeder and she picked our pup. She chose a male which we have never owned before. He is a little over 5 months now and we are absolutely in love. He is so awesome. She did a wonderful job picking.
We went through the same wait process and followed Momma's development. The process was great and the breeder kept us up to date. I already want another so badly but i think my wife would kill me. Maybe in a couple of years we can try the rescue route again.
The wait was worth it. Hang in there.
|03-27-2014 07:53 PM|
Wow, 16 years. Good for you and your dog. It is so hard to have to part with them.
Brace yourself for the pup. As you probably read here, it is a ton of work but so worth it and it is good that they are so cute.
You can use this time to find a good trainer, visit the classes so you can decide who you feel most comfortable with. If you are not familiar with the newer training techniques, read up on them so you are prepared by the time you take your puppy to class. A good book is "Don't Shoot the Dog" from Karen Pryor. It goes in depth on clicker training if this is something you would be interested in.
Have fun preparing for the pup!
|03-27-2014 06:53 PM|
|03-27-2014 06:38 PM|
|K9POPPY||Wow, I wish mine would live that long, you were really lucky. And yes, it's painful without 1- that's why I will always have 2 if possible, they are such good company for each other. Waiting for a pup does seem to take forever! Good luck for the new pup, and post lots of shots! Bob|
|03-27-2014 04:13 PM|
|Eiros||I know how you feel!! Before we adopted Warden, bf and I used to literally talk about dogs the whole time we went for our evening walks. We'd talk color, names, training, sports, everything. We got to know all the dogs in the neighborhood, their names, their people, and where they live. It was sort of sad maybe, but it kept us going until Warden came into our lives (being rehomed on Craigslist, something we also checked compulsively every night before bed, torturing ourselves for who knows what reason!?)|
|03-27-2014 04:04 PM|
|Soundguy||I can say that I know exactly how you feel! I've been there a few times too many and after all these years with GSDs, I literally have to have a dog in my life. Just a year ago I was in a bad place after losing Jake unexpectedly. After I located Cas, and the closer I got to bringing him home, the empty spot started to fill and life got good again. June is only two months away...rest up!!|
|03-27-2014 02:51 PM|
I have thought seriously about volunteering for a shelter and will look into that further. I don't think I could foster, however. I know myself too well. A "foster" would never be permitted to leave. I would adopt him. I rescued Maddie and that was great but want to go the breeder route this time.
I will definitely be sharing our experiences with a new pup, then dog.
|03-27-2014 02:24 PM|
Now I can surf GS.com and look at pics of German Shepherds guilt free! I am providing a service!
PS: I look forward to the pics and stories of you and your new pup in June.
|03-27-2014 02:17 PM|
Michael! Awe, this is such a wonderful post!
My honest advice...enjoy the puppy free time you have because you'll have your hands full soon enough! It seems like it has been a while since you've had a puppy?!?
But yay, can't wait for you to start sharing your experiences with us too! C:
|03-27-2014 01:44 PM|
Chin up The time will fly by and you'll have your pup before you know it
Have you thought about volunteering with a local shelter or rescue? It might help and I'm sure they'd appreciate the help
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