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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
petite 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
juliejujubean 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
Originally Posted by Zeeva View Post
Where does your love for dogs/GSDs come from? Does it stem from growing up with dogs? Your family/parents always owning a beloved pet? Or do you just love them because you feel it was somehow programmed into you?

What about your love for the sport you compete in? Is it a family tradition? Or something you've independently learned to enjoy?
I have always loved dogs and had many of all kinds, growing up.. but loved cats more actually. I didn't actually develope a deep love and passion for them until I got Titan, in fact I didn't even really like GSD's (american lines apparently). I wanted a dog to be my companion and security while I lived overseas by myself and fell into a litter of GSD puppies from a poor breeder but (luckily) had an amazing working line, I didn't know better at the time. Just rasing him and learning his behavior and companionship has brought this love of mine to a whole new level. I will never ever be with out a dog for one.. but more specifically a GSD. I just love them.

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
Chicagocanine 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.
01-30-2014 05:47 PM
Thesilentone I've loved dogs as long as I can remember ever since I was a child with my first favorite and still currently favorite breed- the Golden Retriever which I hope to find one day from a reputable breeder of course. Two of my aunts were animal lovers and both had horses, one of them used to breed Dobermans and had quite a few around including a little black/tan smooth Dachshund that I loved to play with. My grandparents had a GSD mix that I remember feeding biscuits through her kennel and my grandmother used to let her out of the kennel to run every day since they lived in the woods at the time. Also as a kid I always had stuffed dogs laying around one of them was a almost life-size GSD. I never imagined to have a GSD though, my boyfriend always wanted one and I had loved all breeds of dogs but I do not regret ever owning one, that is for sure.
01-30-2014 03:33 AM
cethlen1621 Several places. Cops as friends and family with experience. My uncle had a GSD mix when I was young. The one guy my mom dated a long time ago had a sweetheart female. My boyfriend had experience with them from his job. Boyfriend's sister has one. They are beautiful creatures. They are often protective of /loyal to their families. They are smart. They may shed a lot but they aren't as slobbery as some dogs. They love playing. I could keep going.

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