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04-26-2014 10:40 AM
Soundguy Good luck, Melissa! Keep us posted. I just wanted to add that I've had show line dogs that would fit your wants perfectly. Trust in the breeder to guide you and go from there.
04-25-2014 10:54 PM
Messa There, I've contacted the breeder again in hopes of snatching this pup up provided the other family decides against him. Wish me luck, please!!

Thank you for that link Chip, very informative!
04-25-2014 10:04 PM
Messa It'd definitely be a show line for what it's worth, I know I'm definitely not up for a WL
04-25-2014 09:56 PM
Chip18 Post 8 has my general principles:
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...allenging.html

A GSD is different than what you had but I think you can deal with a GSD, if you dealt with an American Husky! I would not have recommended that as first dog either!

If you screw up in training... you might "wish" for your GSD to run off..but I don't see that happening with a GSD!

A GSD is a serious freaking dog! If you don't have your act together...people can get hurt! Look at the Shilos and King Shepherds look at the temperment. Those descriptions mean something.

To me they sound like GSD shaped Boxers not a bad thing if that's what you want? I had both, I love both, the difference was when company came over, I had to keep my Boxer from "licking company" with my GSD, I have to make sure he doesn't "eat" company! My GSD is not really a big fan of drop in's!

So really it's not about the dog, it's about you! There is a reason that GSD's are K9's and military dogs! They are the real deal not to be taken lightly!

Do your research know what your up for and then decide!
04-25-2014 09:38 PM
Messa
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Very pretty C:

I've got a husky...and although I love him, he is so stubborn and independent that all I can do is laugh when I get frustrated with him C:
c: Thanks. That's a really great attitude to have, I envy you!
04-25-2014 09:13 PM
Zeeva
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He sure was pretty though! .. And a bully. But at least a pretty bully. Attachment 203865
Very pretty C:

I've got a husky...and although I love him, he is so stubborn and independent that all I can do is laugh when I get frustrated with him C:
04-25-2014 09:10 PM
Messa
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American Eskimo! Yeah that's the deep end of the pool! Unless you live in Alaska I don't get them! They (Husky Dogs) are always on the bulletin boards out here! Lost,escaped or run away!
He sure was pretty though! .. And a bully. But at least a pretty bully. Attachment 203865
04-25-2014 09:06 PM
Chip18
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O-O Huge!

My last dog was a standard American Eskimo, mixed I think. He was bigger than he should have been with less poofy fur so he most likely was. No idea who his parents were or anything about him, really.

The pup I was looking at, his sire is VA Chacco von der Freiheit Westerholt and his dam is V Jermany v Bullinger, here's a picture of her because it doesn't show; http://bullingergermanshepherds.com/images/jermany.jpg I just hope I can still get him.
American Eskimo! Yeah that's the deep end of the pool! Unless you live in Alaska I don't get them! They (Husky Dogs) are always on the bulletin boards out here! Lost,escaped or run away!
04-25-2014 09:00 PM
Messa
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Sorry OP. I just wanted to get that thought out.

In terms of finding a decent dog, do your best (which it seems like you are), relax! and realize this; there will be people who step up to the plate if for some odd reason the dog you get is unmanageable for you. Also, puppies are difficult but if you give them time and patience and with you pursuing an extra avenue to help it become a service dog, the pup may just turn out alright

It took my GSD about 3-3 1/2 years to, what I call, calm down (at least in my mind). And I grappled with wanting to rehome her but it was worth it that I was patient. She's a splendid napping dog now...but we get our walks and our play when I say so!

If it's the puppy stage that is bothering you, you may want to look at adopting? This could take time since you require specifications and you likely won't be able to train the dog to be a service dog.
No worries I appreciate what you said. It's hard that people think PTSD is just completely made up, but I do my best not to address it.

I'm more than happy to wade through the puppy stuff, I know that's all normal and to be expected with a baby pup. But as my last dog got older, none of it went away. That's where my concern lies. You're all doing a great job to dispel that concern though, and I just wish I thought to post here before shutting down in panic and cancelling my appointment to pick him up.
04-25-2014 08:57 PM
Zeeva Sorry OP. I just wanted to get that thought out.

In terms of finding a decent dog, do your best (which it seems like you are), relax! and realize this; there will be people who step up to the plate if for some odd reason the dog you get is unmanageable for you. Also, puppies are difficult but if you give them time and patience and with you pursuing an extra avenue to help it become a service dog, the pup may just turn out alright

It took my GSD about 3-3 1/2 years to, what I call, calm down (at least in my mind). And I grappled with wanting to rehome her but it was worth it that I was patient. She's a splendid napping dog now...but we get our walks and our play when I say so!

If it's the puppy stage that is bothering you, you may want to look at adopting? This could take time since you require specifications and you likely won't be able to train the dog to be a service dog.
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