Jewels your reasons are not stupid. They are actually very smart because you listened and respected what you grandparents told you. It's an old concept but true. Age has wisdom. I wish my grandparents would have lived longer then they did. They could have imparted more wisdom to me. I wish my dad would have lived longer too. He LOVED my first german shepherd, Sarron. Sarron is what actually made me fall in love with the german shepherd breed. He was SO smart and friendly. He loved people and he liked other dogs. I have told this story before but i will repeat it. I didn't know what train Sarron at. I was going to join this training thing for dogs offered in the park but since I was on a rotating shift and would only be there half the time, I decided to try and get Sarron ready for the first training session. I started training him 3 days before the class that had already started. ( Healing, sit , stay, down etc. ) I get to the class. It was the week of the down command. The instructor goes, " Say down them shove him here and push him here." I ask," what about just going down on command?" The instructor goes," Oh that's weeks down the road." I said," My dog does it now." I said," Down." to Sarron and gave him the hand signal and he went down. The instructor said," How long have you been teaching this dog?" I said, " 3 days." He said," I don't think you need to be in this class." LOL THAT'S when I fell in love with the german shepherd and their intelligence. I will never own another breed of dog. I have nothing against other breeds. I'm sure they are wonderful in their own right BUT, for ME there is no other breed.