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Tell me about your first GSD

Hey all. Getting a GSD for the first time(THAT I HAD LEGAL OWNERSHIP OF). I thought I would amuse myself with some of your past experiences. When was your first gsd? Which was your BEST GSD? I really am curious how you guys were brought up into the world of k9s.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-26-2015, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Also, if your first dog wasnt a GSD, then still tell me about it
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My first GSD experience was when we rescued 3 littermates when they were at 6 months of age. It was intense, and none of us would do multiple GSD pups at the same time again -especially siblings, but it was an unforgettable experience. They lived until 12+ years of age, I'll never forget them

ETA: the rest is history! Been addicted ever since.

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My background was Bully breeds 10 years with American Band Dawgs (BullMastiff/APBT/Lab), Boxer/APBT and Boxer's didn't mean crap or not enough when I got my first WL OS GSD or at least not enough. Just a big furry dog with a for me "funny face."

It worked out in the long run just fine.


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My first GSD was Riley. My heart dog, my soulmate dog, he was amazing and I miss him so very much.


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My first GSD was not mine at all. I was 5 and he belonged to my Dad's army buddy. My parents spent many days over at this friends house out on their covered patio BBQ, beer and war stories and my play companion was this huge GSD.

I was mesmerized by him. He was aloof and a very stoic soul. I'm quite sure he was bored to tears but he hung out in the lower yard with me. We dug holes and hunted bugs and I put leaves in his collar to dress him up. I didn't know he was just "guarding the little one" until one day some guy was running up their alley and jumped on the back fence and made it about half way over. I think someone was chasing him and he had planned to hop over a fence to hide - wrong move - my dad and his friend had to "detach" Smoke's jaws from the mans rear.

Anyway, I spent so many days with that dog. Told him all my deep and burdensome 5 year old problems - he was a good listener
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Well, I guess there's really not much to say about my very first GSDs...sometime in the early 70's, Daddy came home from a fishing trip with two puppies he'd found abandoned in the river bottoms. Whole family fell in love with them, and they died from distemper after $100 worth of vet bills. Um, those were 1970 dollars, by the way, roughly equivalent to $600 today.

Fast forward a few decades, and in April of 2012, due to a broken washing machine, I went to a local Laundromat with dirty clothes. I came home with clean clothes and a half dead GSD puppy. Quite frankly, neither I nor my vet thought she would even survive the weekend, and if she did, she was being turned over to a rescue group, because I already had two dogs, and didn't really want a third. Um, yeah...

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I was 4 when we got Cubby. She was that once in a lifetime dog. She lived to be 14. Woke up one day to my dad carrying her in. She was a great dog. She was our backstop playing street hockey and protected us a few times from loose dogs.
Then I had a mitt who was stolen from my backyard when I lived in Vegas. Moved back to NY and got a boxer. He was smart but a typical clown boxer. He was a good dog.
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My first GSD experience was when we rescued 3 littermates when they were at 6 months of age. It was intense, and none of us would do multiple GSD pups at the same time again -especially siblings, but it was an unforgettable experience. They lived until 12+ years of age, I'll never forget them

ETA: the rest is history! Been addicted ever since.
Wow! You bought three as your first GSD? Bravery my friend..Lol
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Well, I guess there's really not much to say about my very first GSDs...sometime in the early 70's, Daddy came home from a fishing trip with two puppies he'd found abandoned in the river bottoms. Whole family fell in love with them, and they died from distemper after $100 worth of vet bills. Um, those were 1970 dollars, by the way, roughly equivalent to $600 today.

Fast forward a few decades, and in April of 2012, due to a broken washing machine, I went to a local Laundromat with dirty clothes. I came home with clean clothes and a half dead GSD puppy. Quite frankly, neither I nor my vet thought she would even survive the weekend, and if she did, she was being turned over to a rescue group, because I already had two dogs, and didn't really want a third. Um, yeah...

2015-7-5 Dogs & morning glories DSC_0585 by Rosemary Elwell, on Flickr

Best guess on her lines is "WGSL by way of a BYB". Not the brightest bulb on the tree, and stupid friendly, but I love her.
Touching story. What destiny your machine broke down the same time the pup was there!
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