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Old 03-27-2014, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,

I just like to say thanks to everyone here for sharing their stories, heartaches and experiences with their GSDs.

You see, I am between dogs at the moment. I lost my sweet old girl Maddie In November just before her 16th birthday. I do have a deposit down on a GSD puppy from Haus Juris. The wait is just killing me.

So while I wait I must live vicariously through this website. I am pretty pathetic really. I find myself staring out the window looking for dogs being walked. When I go on my own (dogless) walks I usually loop through the park so I can see some old dog buddies from the neighborhood. I found myself in Petsmart the other day which is silly since I won't get the puppy until June.

So thanks again everyone. You permit me to get a little "dog fix" while I wait for the pup.

I have already decided to get a second dog (maybe a GSD) a few years down the road. So when I lose the first one I will still have a dog. Having no dog around is just not for me--I feel lost without one.

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Old 03-27-2014, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Chin up The time will fly by and you'll have your pup before you know it

Have you thought about volunteering with a local shelter or rescue? It might help and I'm sure they'd appreciate the help
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Michael! Awe, this is such a wonderful post!

My honest advice...enjoy the puppy free time you have because you'll have your hands full soon enough! It seems like it has been a while since you've had a puppy?!?

But yay, can't wait for you to start sharing your experiences with us too! C:
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Now I can surf GS.com and look at pics of German Shepherds guilt free! I am providing a service!

PS: I look forward to the pics and stories of you and your new pup in June.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Chin up The time will fly by and you'll have your pup before you know it

Have you thought about volunteering with a local shelter or rescue? It might help and I'm sure they'd appreciate the help
Thanks Shade. Yeah, the pup will be here sooner than I think.

I have thought seriously about volunteering for a shelter and will look into that further. I don't think I could foster, however. I know myself too well. A "foster" would never be permitted to leave. I would adopt him. I rescued Maddie and that was great but want to go the breeder route this time.

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Michael! Awe, this is such a wonderful post!

My honest advice...enjoy the puppy free time you have because you'll have your hands full soon enough! It seems like it has been a while since you've had a puppy?!?

But yay, can't wait for you to start sharing your experiences with us too! C:
My wife says the same thing. We have never had a puppy before. I've been reading up and preparing myself. Training has changed completely since I trained Maddie 15 years ago so I have a lot to learn.

I will definitely be sharing our experiences with a new pup, then dog.


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Yes, a most welcome service. Seriously. I've taken up photography so lots of pics coming once we get the pup.
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I can say that I know exactly how you feel! I've been there a few times too many and after all these years with GSDs, I literally have to have a dog in my life. Just a year ago I was in a bad place after losing Jake unexpectedly. After I located Cas, and the closer I got to bringing him home, the empty spot started to fill and life got good again. June is only two months away...rest up!!
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I know how you feel!! Before we adopted Warden, bf and I used to literally talk about dogs the whole time we went for our evening walks. We'd talk color, names, training, sports, everything. We got to know all the dogs in the neighborhood, their names, their people, and where they live. It was sort of sad maybe, but it kept us going until Warden came into our lives (being rehomed on Craigslist, something we also checked compulsively every night before bed, torturing ourselves for who knows what reason!?)
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Wow, I wish mine would live that long, you were really lucky. And yes, it's painful without 1- that's why I will always have 2 if possible, they are such good company for each other. Waiting for a pup does seem to take forever! Good luck for the new pup, and post lots of shots! Bob
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I can say that I know exactly how you feel! I've been there a few times too many and after all these years with GSDs, I literally have to have a dog in my life. ... June is only two months away...rest up!!
thanks. I am going to need to bank some sleep before the puppy arrives.


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I know how you feel!! Before we adopted Warden, bf and I used to literally talk about dogs the whole time we went for our evening walks. We'd talk color, names, training, sports, everything. We got to know all the dogs in the neighborhood, their names, their people, and where they live. It was sort of sad maybe, but it kept us going until Warden came into our lives (being rehomed on Craigslist, something we also checked compulsively every night before bed, torturing ourselves for who knows what reason!?)
I talk dogs with my wife every morning and most evenings too. From walking our old girl, we know most of the dogs in the neighborhood. But there has been a changing of the guard lately--bunch of doggie friends passed away this last year and now the neighborhood is full of puppies. We are losing touch with the dog happenings quickly!

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Wow, I wish mine would live that long, you were really lucky. And yes, it's painful without 1- that's why I will always have 2 if possible, they are such good company for each other. Waiting for a pup does seem to take forever! Good luck for the new pup, and post lots of shots! Bob
Yes, we were very fortunate. I can't believe she almost made it to her 16th birthday, particularly with severe HD, arthritis, etc. She was such a trooper and just wanted to keep going--even to the point of readily accepting a dog cart which gave her another year of quality life.
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Wow, 16 years. Good for you and your dog. It is so hard to have to part with them.
Brace yourself for the pup. As you probably read here, it is a ton of work but so worth it and it is good that they are so cute.
You can use this time to find a good trainer, visit the classes so you can decide who you feel most comfortable with. If you are not familiar with the newer training techniques, read up on them so you are prepared by the time you take your puppy to class. A good book is "Don't Shoot the Dog" from Karen Pryor. It goes in depth on clicker training if this is something you would be interested in.
Have fun preparing for the pup!
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