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Old 12-03-2012, 04:34 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Gee, I must be a 1-percent-er. I am just not afraid of being attacked by a dog. Not even a police dog. And, I have had a police dog charge after me and Dubya once when I was walking him. I just turned him away from the charging dog and walked in the opposite direction listening to two cops trying to stop the dog. I swung in front of my dog stopped and waited. They were able to contain their dog, which was good, because Dubya was a full-grown shepherd too, and if that dog got to us, I think there would have been damage either to canines or humans or both. But I really don't worry about it.

I have been bitten by GSDs a few times, and while it isn't exactly fun, I would rather deal with a dog bite than have someone shooting at me.

Of course, I am in no condition to run track and field either, and not dumb enough to try to out run a dog.

And I used to ride my bike all over the county all night, and lots of people do not contain dogs in the country, they bark and chase and snap at the bike until you reach a certain spot that they have determined is the end of their kingdom, and then they turn tail and go home. If I was afraid of getting bitten, no way would I be able to ride around at 3 in the morning. Once I was riding with my sister and I heard the toenails on the road, and I told her to get in front of me, she is 11 years younger than me, and I am the cyclist, and the dog lover, so I figured if anyone is going to get bitten, it had better be me. Neither of us did.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:34 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Gee, I must be a 1-percent-er. I am just not afraid of being attacked by a dog.
I'm not either. I'm not stupid and won't confront a barking dog, but they don't upset me.

Now, for some reason, I'm leery of cats. I hate it when you're petting them and the reach around and nip at you. That creeps me out.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #53 (permalink)
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After reading this thread, I just want to add a welcome to you and the new pups. Thank you for adopting them adn I wish you and your family all the best.

Thank you for your service in LE too..
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Welcome to the forum, and you have two lovely GSDs.

As an ex-LEO I have a kind of "funny" story (we'll find it funny anyway!)

This is years ago - I was reading the file on a new release (offender coming into the community), and it was noted that he was still recovering from a dog bite. He'd been incarcerated for about 6 months - note to outside staff, he still requires medical treatment.

There wasn't much more on the file, but I found the rest out in person. I picked him up at the bus station, and being the dog owner / lover that I am, my first question (posed to look concerned) was: how are your injuries? Do you need medical treatment today?

HIM: No, I'm fine til the end of the week.
ME: What happened?
HIM: I got attacked by a police dog
ME: WOW, what did you do? (feigning surprise!)
HIM: I robbed a bank, as you know, and I was hiding out when the dog found me
ME: So, what? You're just hiding there and the dog just came up and attacked you?
HIM: (Shoots me a look of digust) ... Well no, they're better trained than that. I took off running ...
ME: Glances over (I'm driving remember), eyebrows raised in question
HIM: Yeah, I know ... but heck, I ran track and field in high school. How was I supposed to know the dog was faster than me?

I didn't answer and left him to stew in his own stupidity!
That is funny! There is definitely no outrunning a determined, athletic K-9!

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Gee, I must be a 1-percent-er. I am just not afraid of being attacked by a dog. Not even a police dog. And, I have had a police dog charge after me and Dubya once when I was walking him. I just turned him away from the charging dog and walked in the opposite direction listening to two cops trying to stop the dog. I swung in front of my dog stopped and waited. They were able to contain their dog, which was good, because Dubya was a full-grown shepherd too, and if that dog got to us, I think there would have been damage either to canines or humans or both. But I really don't worry about it.

I have been bitten by GSDs a few times, and while it isn't exactly fun, I would rather deal with a dog bite than have someone shooting at me.

Of course, I am in no condition to run track and field either, and not dumb enough to try to out run a dog.

And I used to ride my bike all over the county all night, and lots of people do not contain dogs in the country, they bark and chase and snap at the bike until you reach a certain spot that they have determined is the end of their kingdom, and then they turn tail and go home. If I was afraid of getting bitten, no way would I be able to ride around at 3 in the morning. Once I was riding with my sister and I heard the toenails on the road, and I told her to get in front of me, she is 11 years younger than me, and I am the cyclist, and the dog lover, so I figured if anyone is going to get bitten, it had better be me. Neither of us did.
We are definitely the minority. 99% of the time the suspect gave up by the time I gave the final K-9 warning and let the dog go. I know for a fact that many of them would have cared less about being tased or shot, but they drew the line at wearing a GSD like a coat.

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I'm not either. I'm not stupid and won't confront a barking dog, but they don't upset me.

Now, for some reason, I'm leery of cats. I hate it when you're petting them and the reach around and nip at you. That creeps me out.
I hear you there! I am much more likely to be cornered by a cat than a dog any day. With that in mind, could you imagine going up against a mountain lion or something similar? I would rather have to go up against a bear!
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Welcome to the boards! I completely see where your wife is coming from. I love having a GSD just as a deterrant factor, even if she isn't a trained protection dog. Just size and breed recognition alone is a nice deterrant.

I do a lot of running on the outskirts of the city which is largely undeveloped, but has quite a bit of traffic for the lack of buildings. It is nice having her with me at night when I'm running as it just makes me feel safer.

Gorgeous dogs! I hope you stick around and continue sharing your dogs and experiences with us.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:53 AM   #55 (permalink)
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My pictures are limited, due to allot of our stuff still being in storage in MT.

First, here is a picture of Kimber after he grew up a bit.

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Is Kimber full GSD? He looks very much like my girl who is supposedly mixed with something. I've always wondered! They have the same white markings and small "eyebrow" markings.

Beautiful dogs.
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