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Strangest things heard about your dog

Ok, it's been a long and horrible winter around here with very few walks. Today due to the balmy (40° lol) weather we took a nice walk. I have a very normal looking black male. He's clearly a gsd. Of course I heard some great words of wisdom from people with no gsd.

1. Your black dog is some sort of mix. Obviously the rare pointy eared lab.
2. Your dog's coat is too soft/not oily enough to be a gsd.
3. Don't you worry about having a wolf dog?

I know the year is young and a lot of us are just getting out, but what is the strangest thing you've heard about your dog lately?

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Lately? hmm not really anything actually. I generally avoid casual chats with other people on our walks because I get annoyed with comments like the guy you talked to.

One time someone told me my breeder lied to me and my akc papers were fake because long haired gsds dont exist.


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I've got a friend who, while possessed of a genius intellect, is horrendously awkward at normal small talk. Anyway, he was over a couple weeks ago and while watching my GSD, Cafall, chew on a bone turned and said to me, "He's kinda furry isn't he?"

I just laughed. What does a non-furry GSD look like I wonder?
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I used to get the "is she a wolf" comment pretty regularly. I always thought it was kinda funny.

When Maddie was in a dog cart the last year of her life (on walks) I was constantly approached by strangers asking questions. Most would ask if her leg was broken or if she was hurt. She needed it due to her HD and the cart made a huge difference in her life.

We rolled by a pre-school one day and a swarm of kids ran over. They were very curious and asked a ton of questions about the cart. I patiently answered all of them while Maddie soaked up their attention. She always loved kids.

The strangest but most touching question was from a total stranger who drove by Maddie and me on our walk. She was in her prime at the time and was a real looker. This guy stops his car and leans out the window. He asked if he could pet Maddie. He looked desperate and briefly explained that he just lost his GSD. I told him that he was welcome to pet her. He climbed out of his car and got down on the ground with her, giving her a nice long pet. After about a minute he broke down crying and darted into his car--he was so choked up he couldn't talk.

I was so proud of Maddie that day. You see she was normally rather aloof to strangers (except kids) and would shrug off a pet lasting more than about 5 seconds. But somehow she knew this guy really needed some doggie attention. She held still for him and even tucked her head into him a bit. I totally understand how that guy felt and sympathize with his need. Just so glad that Maddie understood and could help him out.
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"What kind of dog is that?"

"What's he mixed with?"

"Looks like a wolf"

And once -
"I don't usually trust German shepherds, but yours looks nice" Lol!


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Will he be vicious? (He was 10 weeks old)


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With our new our GSD pup, I have had mutilple people say "What kind of dog is that?" I say "He is a purebred German Shepherd Dog". Then they say "Oh, I have always just LOVED German Shepherds!" I think, "If you LOVED them so much, wouldn't you know what one looks like???" LOL (Samson is a black and tan...pretty easy to identify as GSD if you have ever seen one)

I have also had people ask if I am going to "get his ears done"....ummmm, what?? Lol
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I was so proud of Maddie that day. You see she was normally rather aloof to strangers (except kids) and would shrug off a pet lasting more than about 5 seconds. But somehow she knew this guy really needed some doggie attention. She held still for him and even tucked her head into him a bit. I totally understand how that guy felt and sympathize with his need. Just so glad that Maddie understood and could help him out.

What a sweetie!
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I used to get the "is she a wolf" comment pretty regularly. I always thought it was kinda funny.

When Maddie was in a dog cart the last year of her life (on walks) I was constantly approached by strangers asking questions. Most would ask if her leg was broken or if she was hurt. She needed it due to her HD and the cart made a huge difference in her life.

We rolled by a pre-school one day and a swarm of kids ran over. They were very curious and asked a ton of questions about the cart. I patiently answered all of them while Maddie soaked up their attention. She always loved kids.

The strangest but most touching question was from a total stranger who drove by Maddie and me on our walk. She was in her prime at the time and was a real looker. This guy stops his car and leans out the window. He asked if he could pet Maddie. He looked desperate and briefly explained that he just lost his GSD. I told him that he was welcome to pet her. He climbed out of his car and got down on the ground with her, giving her a nice long pet. After about a minute he broke down crying and darted into his car--he was so choked up he couldn't talk.

I was so proud of Maddie that day. You see she was normally rather aloof to strangers (except kids) and would shrug off a pet lasting more than about 5 seconds. But somehow she knew this guy really needed some doggie attention. She held still for him and even tucked her head into him a bit. I totally understand how that guy felt and sympathize with his need. Just so glad that Maddie understood and could help him out.
That is so sweet! It's great how dogs are in tune with peoples' moods.
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