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Old 01-16-2013, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Childhood Memories, what do you have?

So Carmen's thread about Buffy started me remembering stories my mom told me about their GSD when she was growing up. I didn't want to hijack her thread, so here they are.


When she was growing up, they had a German Shepherd named Cubby. I can't tell you how many stories I've heard about Cubby, including once she was up at a friend's and they saw the train stop before the trestle. My grandparents house was right next to it, and often "hobos", as my mom called them, would seek out my grandparents and do odd jobs in exchange for a meal. My grandma fed many of them and washed their clothes even. This particular day, my mom and her friend watched a very scruffy looking man approach her house. My mom got scared and wanted to go home, but her friend's mom wouldn't let her. My mom said the woman told her "Your mom has Cubby there. That dog won't let anything happen to her".

Her other favorite story is when my grandfather started to get after her brother and grabbed him and started to spank him. Apparently Cubby leaped up and grabbed my grandfather's arm and left quite the bruises. (Her brother took this opportunity to run and hide). When he went in to look at his arm and my grandmother asked him what happened, he said "That D@mn dog bit me!" to which she replied, "That's what you get for trying to spank his boy". My mom said it was the only time Cubby ever bit anyone and it was also the last time my Grandpa tried to spank my uncle.

Lastly, she tells about how when he got to the point where they knew they had to let him go. My Grandpa told the family he was taking Cubby to the vet the next day to put him to sleep. They cried and cried all night my mom said, and all day at school. As she was walking home, crying, there, to her surprise, was Cubby sitting on the front porch. The vet wasn't there that day!! So they had to go through the whole thing all over the next, but she said it actually was slightly easier because she'd practically cried herself out.


For myself, my neighbor's down the street had a GSD named Schatzy. She was an awesome dog and followed us everywhere. Once, our gang was riding bikes, minding our own business and we happened to be stopped in Schatzy's driveway. These "older" kids, about 12 or14, came by on THEIR bikes and started squirting us in the face with their squirt guns and laughing. I guess we must've started whining or crying because here comes Schatzy, hauling a$$ at that trot that means she's gonna take some names. Those two boys took one look at that GSD coming straight at them and us going "Get 'em, Schatzy!!" and they couldn't get their bikes moving fast enough. That's when I knew I would have a GSD someday.


What about you? What's your favorite feel-good story from the past?
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I remember my mom going out in a blizzard to save a dog. I was about 4-5 years old and she was climbing through snow up to her hips to get him while I watched from the window. He was very sick with pneumonia and had cigarette burns all over his stomach. Lucky pulled through and lived with us for about 14 years after that. Most of my memories are of someone in my family saving an animal and/or bringing them home. We always had multiple dogs and cats in the house and I turned out just like my mom
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The most prominent memory was of my aunt/uncle's Doberman that my parents used to keep when they were sent overseas. My uncle was in the service and instead of putting Mistey through multiple trips,he would leave her with us while they were gone.Mistey jumped the fence when she was let outside to use the bathroom.I remember coming home from school and seeing the neighbor strike her with a shovel several times. So it's not a great memory,but it's the one that sticks in my mind the most.It's part of the reason I went into dog rescue.

My other more pleasant memory is of a Lab mix we adopted 2 hours before she was about to be put down. She was returned 4 times previously because of her energy level. She lived to be 17 years old.

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did your parents do anything? Like talk to the neighbor? Poor baby.
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After they could understand what I was saying, they did go over to the guy's house who said that Mistey wasn't in his yard long or didn't damage anything,but he didn't like dogs. I do remember the police being there,but don't know what happened to him. She was in his yard,but hopefully he got charged with something.
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