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03-03-2014 08:30 PM
The Packman Go forth and multiply !
03-03-2014 05:04 PM
Zlata
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Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom View Post
I have to weigh in on this... I really would try it myself... I am a true believer in having 2 dogs, to me they seem happier, no matter how much time and attention you give a single dog. You don't seem to have found anything negative about her. Yes, there is a 'honeymoon' period where it seems that you have the perfect dog, then she will get comfortable and secure, and she will start showing her true personality. In that phase with a rescue, I have never found one whose true personality made me want to give them back! I have never regretted any of the rescues I have taken into my home. Again, JMO, but it is based on experience.
I am really hoping she is a good fit. I wish I knew more about pedigrees! Maybe I will see if anyone has any input. It looks good to me...

My only concern is that she had the previous incident with the Aussie. I am hoping it is just an isolated incident and that she doesn't extend the aggression to other dogs. And of course, the cat thing, too. But otherwise I do really like her!
03-03-2014 03:07 PM
Susan_GSD_mom
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Originally Posted by Zlata View Post
Will do! Right now, we are leaning toward giving her a try. We figure we don't have much to lose (well, maybe a few chaotic/stressful weeks.) We weren't planning on adding another dog to our household, but my coworker specifically knew that when I was ready, I was looking for an older female. Imagine my surprise when my coworker rang me up on Sunday with, hey! I have a dog for you! LOL
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She seemed to warm up to me immediately, which was nice to see (that's my foot in that last picture. She laid down at my feet after just spending about ten minutes with me. I'm hoping that's a good sign!) I think she could really flourish with the right environment. She was just so excited that people were paying attention to her. She brought me her ball and wanted to play ball until she dropped!

I figure we will give it a go. If it becomes too overwhelming or she doesn't fit into our household, she will go back to her owner (and hopefully her owner can find a better home for her, too.)

I have to weigh in on this... I really would try it myself... I am a true believer in having 2 dogs, to me they seem happier, no matter how much time and attention you give a single dog. You don't seem to have found anything negative about her. Yes, there is a 'honeymoon' period where it seems that you have the perfect dog, then she will get comfortable and secure, and she will start showing her true personality. In that phase with a rescue, I have never found one whose true personality made me want to give them back! I have never regretted any of the rescues I have taken into my home. Again, JMO, but it is based on experience.
03-03-2014 02:02 PM
Zlata
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Originally Posted by dawnandjr View Post
Who is her breeder? As a breeder, I have first right to refusal for all my pups. Also doing a bit of research on her bloodlines might help you understand her drives. I think she is just what you need to give you the push to get training that younger dog. Do you have a local trainer that has experience with GSD's? That would be your best option.
I admit that I am not experienced at all in reading pedigrees, but I did attempt to research her pedigree a bit and the breeder. The breeder doesn't seem to be existence any longer--I found a couple of old postings from 2009 on an older forum, but the breeder's website is no longer up and running. Those are the last dates I can find for the handler/breeder getting any titles of the sire, too. It seems as if the dam wasn't titled in anything of significance at the time of the breeding from what I understand, but I think she did go on to get her BH. Of course, maybe they are still around and under another name. I did try googling the breeder's name, but I could not find anything (wow, don't I sound creepy?)

Hans vom Basshaus
That is what I found for the sire. Dam was Sina von der Nord Kuste.

That's all I've got. I sleuthed as much as I could but came up short!

Edited to add: I have a wonderful trainer who has really worked miracles with my dog. We don't, however, do any sport with him currently, although I would be interested to get him into something, too.
03-03-2014 01:49 PM
dawnandjr Who is her breeder? As a breeder, I have first right to refusal for all my pups. Also doing a bit of research on her bloodlines might help you understand her drives. I think she is just what you need to give you the push to get training that younger dog. Do you have a local trainer that has experience with GSD's? That would be your best option.
03-03-2014 01:29 PM
Zlata
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Originally Posted by Gwenhwyfair View Post
Also, if you decide not to take her have the current owner put her up for adoption here in the rescue subforum. At least she will have an audience of GSD lovers here who may be able to give her a good forever home.
Will do! Right now, we are leaning toward giving her a try. We figure we don't have much to lose (well, maybe a few chaotic/stressful weeks.) We weren't planning on adding another dog to our household, but my coworker specifically knew that when I was ready, I was looking for an older female. Imagine my surprise when my coworker rang me up on Sunday with, hey! I have a dog for you! LOL

I'm not sure how to post pictures on here, but here it goes:

http://i.imgur.com/Kaa6ggo.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/SUXYOg1.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/9tOsryv.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OlQLwam.jpg

She seemed to warm up to me immediately, which was nice to see (that's my foot in that last picture. She laid down at my feet after just spending about ten minutes with me. I'm hoping that's a good sign!) I think she could really flourish with the right environment. She was just so excited that people were paying attention to her. She brought me her ball and wanted to play ball until she dropped!

I figure we will give it a go. If it becomes too overwhelming or she doesn't fit into our household, she will go back to her owner (and hopefully her owner can find a better home for her, too.)
03-03-2014 12:41 PM
blackshep
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Originally Posted by Gwenhwyfair View Post
Also, if you decide not to take her have the current owner put her up for adoption here in the rescue subforum. At least she will have an audience of GSD lovers here who may be able to give her a good forever home.
I was just going to say, perhaps people here can network and find her a good home. She might do best in a single dog home too. She sounds like a nice dog, it's too bad it wasn't working out in her current home.
03-03-2014 12:40 PM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by Kayos and Havoc View Post
Actually I think the mature female may help the youngster. Often just having a pack mate to romp with takes the edge off. You do have to insure they both get individaul time.
These are my thoughts as well.

Because my GSD is calm and well behaved I really think it helps my crazy Dal puppy relax and not be so wild.
03-03-2014 12:27 PM
Kayos and Havoc Actually I think the mature female may help the youngster. Often just having a pack mate to romp with takes the edge off. You do have to insure they both get individaul time.

I have 3 GSD's with cats. Mayhem, my youngest, hassles the cast but not in an "I want to eat them". She wants to play. My Siamese gives it right back to her and chases her. We do not leave them unattended. We aslo make sure the cats have lots of escape routes and can get high.

It is really sad that Aussie lady could not do some agility with that WL GSD. Probably would be awesome.
03-03-2014 11:32 AM
sit,stay
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Originally Posted by Zlata View Post
I am thinking that I should devote more time to getting him to where I'd like him to be before adding another (granted, very well-behaved and trained) dog to the mix.
OP, I think your own answer to your question is awesome! This was certainly my thinking as I read your post. Your youngster deserves all your attention and effort at this point. Once he has become the best dog he can be, with your help and guidance, then look for another dog to add to your home.
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