|08-18-2013 12:24 PM|
Thank you. We were pretty inexperienced at the time but we tried our best to do our research when it came time to get a GSD. At first we were up in the air whether we wanted to adopt or get a puppy from a breeder. Having cats (and even ferrets!) helped sway our decision towards getting a puppy who we could bring up from a young age around our small animals.
One of my biggest concerns was finding a reputable GSD breeder since there are so many "breeders" out there so I did some reading on this forum. I came across the user smyke who had gotten a puppy from Von Grafenstein and seemed very happy. I contacted Sue at Von Grafenstein and was impressed with her experience and knowledge of the breed and I found her pricing to be very reasonable as well. Before we made our final decision though, I checked with Lee (wolfstraum) to get his opinion, he was very helpful and gave me the okay on the breeder. He's very knowledgeable and I highly value his opinion so when he said everything looked good we made our decision to go through Von Grafenstein.
To be perfectly honest, at that point I was concentrating all of my efforts on finding a reputable breeder who also was semi-local to us where we could pick out the puppy in person from. Working line vs show line or American line vs European line was more of an afterthought.
I have to say though, we are very happy with Luke. I think our only regret is not getting him sooner!
Plans with Luke:
We don't have any plans to do any organized sports or conformation with Luke. Conformation doesn't really interest me at this point and Schutzhund is probably the only sport I'd be interested in getting Luke involved in. I believe the nearest Schutzhund group is an hour or 1.5 hours away. That's a little too much commitment for us at this point.
Our original idea when we decided to get a German Shepherd was to have an excellent all around dog. Great around the family (it's just my fiancÚ and I currently but we hope to have children in the next couple of years), awesome companion/our best friend, intelligent, etc. I guess what most people are looking for in a good family/companion dog.
My fiancÚ and I work from home so we're able to have Luke at our side almost 24/7. We have a little over 2 acres so he has plenty of room to roam around under supervision and we have a pretty decent sized fenced off play area which he loves. We give him little jobs around the house like carrying items for us, he loves picking things up in his mouth and carrying them. He also goes on car rides with us to the Post Office to drop off packages that we ship out. One of his favorite things is snuggling with us at night, he's such a snuggle bunny! We give him a lot of attention and love and he seems pretty content living a regular life with us.
Pretty recently we started a neat thing with Luke. In our garage we have a small work out area and we have a heavy bag (70lb boxing bag) hanging from the ceiling. Luke comes out to the garage with us and he goes crazy when one of us is punching the bag, he starts barking and wants to help beat up the bad guy! The bottom of the heavy bag has a little hook on it so we connected a rope tug toy to this hook. One of us will start punching the bag while the other keeps Luke in a sit-stay and tell Luke "speak" and he'll start barking and when we release him we give him the command to "attack" and he'll lunge at the bag and grab it by the rope toy at the bottom. He tugs at the bag and pulls as hard as he can and he loves it. It's a great way for him to release all of that puppy energy! We give him the command to "release" and he lets go. I know it's not the same but it's an awesome alternative to Schutzhund at home. I really should take some pictures or maybe even a short video to post Luke "boxing".
|08-18-2013 11:30 AM|
(agree with your other post too! )
|08-17-2013 11:22 PM|
he has a showline that can work.
|08-17-2013 11:19 PM|
LookingforLuke: wow, for someone that doesn't know GSD's
you really picked a good breeder. you have a very nice pup.
what are your plans for your West German show line?
|08-17-2013 08:35 PM|
Thanks Gwenhwyfair, that's great information! Thank you for taking the time to explain that as well.
|08-17-2013 11:22 AM|
|Gwenhwyfair||btw DDR dogs are the from the former East Germany. Some will state technically they no longer exist as separate line (I leave that distinction up to the pedigree experts) but they definitely are considered in the working line GSDs. Your dog is 100% West German Showline, not working line.|
|08-17-2013 11:18 AM|
Yup, West German Showline. Count yourself lucky then!
What you will find under the hood of this beauty is a big heart, generous spirit, protective nature, very expressive and downright comical best buddy.
All this for treats, kibbles and love. No retuning required beyond that!
Enjoy your beautiful pup.
|08-17-2013 10:57 AM|
@hotrod2448: That's a really nice Evo and sounds like you had a nice setup. We've always wanted one, although the idea of every idiot on the road trying to race us would probably get old fast! I can't take credit for this setup as it's a car we bought just to part out. It has a built block, Curt Brown head, Kelford 272s, FP3065 and FIC 2150cc injectors (it was running E85). We'd like to take it out for a spin by us but sadly there's no E85 in our area and we don't want to bother re-tuning it.
@doggiedad: I'm honestly not sure, are you referring to the DDR line dogs? We know that he's a European show line but don't know the specifics (this is our first GSD and we're still learning). This is the breeder we picked Luke from:
Connecticut German Shepherd Dog Breeder
Sire (Will vom Hutberg):
Dam (Eisley von Grafenstein):
|08-16-2013 10:50 PM|
|08-16-2013 10:34 PM|
i guess it's different for all dogs but when my dog drives his front paws are
on the wheel and my feet are on the pedals. nice looking dog. is Luke a
West German show line?
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