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08-27-2014 03:07 PM
Bellagrl I never had a dog till I went away to college. My boyfriend bought a black gsd. I was blown away by its intelligence. It seemed like a human in a dogs body. 35 years later I am still an obsessed fan of the breed.
08-27-2014 02:15 PM
lyssa62 on the farm my grandpa got my grandma 2 for protection while he would be out in the fields...my grandma loved those dogs. ( that was before my time but my moms stories of them)
My mom always wanted a german shepherd because of that and my dad was holding out for a collie so we ended up with a houseful of cats. Neither of them would bend so we didn't get either.
I've always sided with my mom and wanted a german shepherd and now at age 51 finally got one. My mom is now 92 and loves Roxy ...she has more pictures of her than she does any of us kids.
08-27-2014 01:50 PM
DJGinger I never really thought of ownership. I knew they needed training and were versatile working dogs. I had a good view of them generally.
I grew up around chows and wolf hybrids. And hunting packs, normally beagles and walker hounds.

As a pre-teen I wanted to show Goldens or Samoyeds.
Though I have seen bad owners use them for ill, a big white shepherd with call name of "Spike" I grew up with was the bar for the breed.

After years of owning /showing animals requiring extensive grooming (and me allergic to dander no less..) I decided NO MO FUZZIES. Was fostering Mastiff, Pits, Vizlas..animals with easily bathed and slickered coats with easy to pick up hair.

And now.... I have a shepherd. From very plush wool lines, especially half Czech patrol Shepherd mum. She wears an apron, skirt and bib.
She is smart.. too smart. headstrong, testing . Strong, with a bite like a pit and athletic. Can I mold her to perfection? I do not know. But she is family now.
08-02-2014 11:40 AM
RiverDan For as long as I can remember I've always wanted a GSD. Just had to wait for the right timing. Now I have two.
08-02-2014 03:50 AM
Alice13
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Originally Posted by A girl and her dog View Post
Before child: didn't give them much thought, I liked them, but was mostly neutral.

After child: scary!

Child no longer baby: love them. with caution.
You kind if remind me of my mother. She was terrified of dogs and wouldn't allow us near one when my brother and I were much younger.

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08-02-2014 03:46 AM
Alice13
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Originally Posted by GSTrainingAcademy View Post
Hi Alice13!

Well, first off, in general, I remember when I was young, I used to be afraid of dogs; especially stray dogs (yes, there are stray dogs on roads in many countries). Once, I watched several stray dogs chasing my brother (don't know what he did) which eventually ended up with my brother running to the top of the family car with the dogs barking furiously at him. I don't remember what happened next, I was probably about 7 years old.

But ever since we've had our family dog, I've learnt so much about dogs and I guess the process of owning and caring for a dog led me to start liking dogs. Soon after, that "like" became more like "love" which can be described as whenever I see any dogs, I would think to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to own that dog ?"

As for German Shepherds, I think they are awesome (most notably, I have always associated them to be law enforcement dogs)! They are just so bright and intelligent! I've been curious about the whereabouts of the GS breed and have spent some time reading and writing about the history. It is actually quite interesting!

Cheers!
Wow that must have been traumatising for your brother. Even I experienced the same thing when I was younger and my brother and I had gone on a walk.
Writing as in writing a book??! That's great. Looking forward to reading your work someday.

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08-02-2014 02:24 AM
A girl and her dog Before child: didn't give them much thought, I liked them, but was mostly neutral.

After child: scary!

Child no longer baby: love them. with caution.
07-30-2014 12:35 AM
GSTrainingAcademy Hi Alice13!

Well, first off, in general, I remember when I was young, I used to be afraid of dogs; especially stray dogs (yes, there are stray dogs on roads in many countries). Once, I watched several stray dogs chasing my brother (don't know what he did) which eventually ended up with my brother running to the top of the family car with the dogs barking furiously at him. I don't remember what happened next, I was probably about 7 years old.

But ever since we've had our family dog, I've learnt so much about dogs and I guess the process of owning and caring for a dog led me to start liking dogs. Soon after, that "like" became more like "love" which can be described as whenever I see any dogs, I would think to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice to own that dog ?"

As for German Shepherds, I think they are awesome (most notably, I have always associated them to be law enforcement dogs)! They are just so bright and intelligent! I've been curious about the whereabouts of the GS breed and have spent some time reading and writing about the history. It is actually quite interesting!

Cheers!
07-26-2014 08:45 AM
scarfish i always hated dogs before february of 2013 when wife and i got our first dog. solely based on the number of times i had to walk past little dogs barking and nipping at my ankles while walking the neighborhood. wife begged me for years to get a dog, i always had a good excuse. first we rented part of my brother's house and his wife was anti-dog. then we got our own place that was like a japan sized apartment and the landlords almost didn't OK a cat. then we moved into a 2 family house where we have access to the backyard from our bedroom, have an extra bedroom and it's pretty spacious from what we were ever used to. my excuses were running few and all i had left was to say the landords wouldn't go for it. she called them and offered a $500 pet deposit to get one and they said yes. i thought my life was going to be miserable from then on out. i had to finally give in.

now 2 GSDs and i love dog especially. i have a fullfillment in my life i didn't have before. my wife was right all along.
07-21-2014 12:35 PM
SummerGSDLover I always wanted a GSD but the closest I got was a Rottweiler/Golden retriever mix. He was a big happy stupid dog. Lol. Used to chase rocks and got crotchety in old age but he was the dog I grew up with. After he passed away at 14, I decided to start doing research on breeders. I learned over a two year period what to say and what questions to ask and then my husband and I decided to save up money for a puppy. We only got to the $400 mark when some friends of ours told us there were German Shepherd puppies for sale near them in Portland. We made a call and went to see them. It was an oops litter from a couple with five children and year old dogs who were just thrown in the back together. "oops" my butt. But we found a puppy and took him home at seven weeks. Although I regret giving them any money for him, he is my heart dog. We are very bonded and do everything together. After he hits 18 months, we're going to start weight pulling to see if he likes it. If not, maybe another fun sport. He's a very dark black and tan saddle back and a very handsome boy. I feel very lucky to have him. So in short, I've always loved GSDs!
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