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|Daisy&Lucky's Mom||Charlie B Barkin loved your story and your dogs name!|
|04-21-2014 09:34 PM|
I grew up with dogs my entire life. We had a mixed breed that my mom found before I was born. He was a small dog, probably 25-30 pounds at the most. We then had 2 Chihuahuas, a male and a female. My grandmother had a husky. 2 Brussels Griffons joined us later on, also a male and female. In 2009 we had a toy poodle and 2 years ago we got our first German Shepherd. My entire life I grew up with small dogs and I had always wanted a large one. Watching movies like Balto, All Dogs go to Heaven (my username), Air Bud, Beethoven, The Fox and the Hound, Lady and the Tramp, The Plague Dogs, Lassie, The Littlest Hobo, Due South (Diefenbaker), Homeward Bound, 101 Dalmatians, Good Boy, I could go on for a REALLY long time. As a kid I used to buy books for the day that I would own a large dog. I would read these books all day. Soooo many different breeds, taking zoo many dog breed matching tests, watching so many shows. I had gone through so many resources in preparation for that magical day. At came to the point where I didn't care so much about the breed, I just wanted to have a large dog. So one day about 2 and a half years ago, I convinced my mom and my step dad to get another dog. We looked around for a good breeder and we found one. I read their website and everything seemed perfect. These people were very passionate. We scheduled a meeting with them and we talked for about an hour and a half. My mom and I got along with them great. Unfortunately they didn't have any dogs for sale. The woman and her son wanted to keep the few that had remaining so they could breed more and the woman's son didn't have to sell anymore (He was probably in his 30's). They were in the process of selling a dog, but they weren't certain if the person was a good match, so if that deal didn't go through, we were next in line. The man ended up getting the dog, so we found another breeder. She had a new litter and after 3 weeks of our first meeting with her (The longest 3 weeks of my life) we took home our dog. Bumpy training experience and we're still in the process, but I've enjoyed every second of it. I decided to name his Charlie, after the character "Charlie B. Barkin" from the T.V. show and movie "All Dogs Go to Heaven".
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|04-14-2014 01:05 PM|
|Ellimaybel||We grew up with a female GSD named Cheyenne. She lived to be 18 years old, survived 3 strokes, and was out in the yard playing with us up until the day before she had to be put down. I remembered playing out in the snow with her I would take her toy and go bury it in the snow and tell her to go find it. She always did. I remember thinking this was the world's best tracking dog ever. When I got older it dawned on me that she was always right next to me when I hid her toy, watching my every move lol.|
|04-14-2014 12:48 PM|
I've always wanted to work in with dogs since I was little (which I now do!), apparently I was the child one had to watch as I'd walk right up to any dog, large or small and offer whatever I was eating and a pet.
My bestfriend as a child was my aunt's white GSD, Ditto (Named after elderly white GSD that passed when I was still a baby). That dog chased field rabbits with me, swam with me, flush snaked away from me. I've wanted one ever since but am an avid adopter of homeless pets. I had an opportunity to have a puppy from an unwanted litter and now I have my own noble shepherd.
|03-05-2014 04:19 AM|
|Jessievd||I am a lover of all animals but mostly horses and dogs. Particularly, GSD's. Aside from a Collie, we grew up owning GSD my entire childhood, and breeding them when I was a teenager. My dream was to be a veterinarian (never happened), but also dreamt of living in the country with my critters (finally happened). Dogs were always a part of my family, and still are. Doesn't matter what you look like, how rich you are, what kind of car you drive....all they're worried about is the love they can give/receive... unconditional. Many times when I didn't feel loved, I found it from my 4-legged family. I think people could learn a lot from them!|
|02-03-2014 03:29 PM|
My love comes from my childhood. I had a rough time making friends but never met a judgemental animal :-) so i found friendship in 4 legged critters ;-)
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|02-03-2014 02:43 PM|
I don't really do a sport (I'm assuming dog sport).. either way I don't do either, lol. I am involved in SAR and that was a total unplanned coincidence. Deployed and came back to Titan who had started going with my friends to their SAR training.. continued from there. If it weren't for them, I would have never done it.
|02-03-2014 02:33 PM|
|TommyB681||When I started having an interest in law enforcement and then when I started my career I was able to see how much these dogs have to offer and realized that there was (IMO) none better than a GSD|
|01-31-2014 02:12 AM|
I'm really not sure. I've always loved dogs. I think I started saying I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was in kindergarten or so. I grew up with dogs, my family got a puppy the year before I was born so she was here before me, she passed away when I was almost 16 (she was almost 17). Most of my other relatives also had dogs. When I was old enough to get my own pets I did, starting with fish, then frogs and toads I caught, other amphibians, reptiles, hamsters, etc... I also would bring home injured or orphaned animals as a young kid, and then stray kittens/dogs once I was old enough to start being allowed to roam on my own (or my friends/neighbors would bring me them, as I was the "animal expert".) My mom always hated when I would do that, she would tell me I couldn't keep them and get exasperated every time but she never kicked them out... I also started walking dogs in my neighborhood then, and when I was a little older I started doing pet sitting for friends/neighbors.
There was a woman in my neighborhood who was a police officer and rescued/rehomed dogs and cats. I tried to help her out and would walk her dogs and sometime petsit. One of her dogs liked me so much he started showing up at my door-- she sometimes took them to this woody area to play off leash and I guess he decided he'd rather play with me.
I am not sure when I got interested in GSDs first. When I was about 9 or 10 I started walking a GSD for an old woman in my neighborhood who was disabled and could not walk her dogs. Coco was an awesome dog, a large GSD but very gentle and well behaved. I would walk him to the park as often as I could. A few years later I had another neighbor who had a really nice GSD and Rottie, I was friends with their kid and I also walked and petsat their dogs. I really wanted a GSD of my own and even started researching different breeders when I was 11 or 12. However after our family dog passed away, I ended up finding a stray Golden Retriever instead and when no owner was found I kept her. I had not been a big fan of Goldens until then but she changed my mind. Then I found my terrier mix, and he also made me change my mind about terriers. So I did not end up getting a GSD for a long time.
|01-30-2014 05:50 PM|
|Harry and Lola||From my fathers side of the family, especially my great aunt, I have photos of her in the 1950's, 60's and 70's with some very good looking GSDs in different places she lived over her life - Australia, India, Greece, England and Eygpt.|
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