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post #31 of 129 (permalink) Old 12-16-2013, 04:27 PM
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My mother loved animals. We always had dogs (among other things). When I was 12 years old, she bought a GSD puppy. The two of us took her to obedience classes, joined a kennel club, and then showed her in conformation.

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My love for dogs came from my parents, especially my father. We always had a dog or two when I was growing up. I won my first dog, a Cocker Spaniel, in a contest on my 12th birthday and have had a dog of my own ever since.

My love for the German Shepherd came from watching the old Rin Tin Tin TV series plus watching a few movies when I was in grade school that featured GSDs. I got my first GSD, Tasha, in 1974 and have never wanted another breed since then.

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I've always been drawn to GSDs, wolves, horses, etc. GSDs especially just went straight to my heart. Maybe I owned some in a past life or was one(and one of you might have owned me ).

Never wanted to keep any though. It's the kids who forced my hand. I tried to convince them to go for a smaller, cute, fluffy breed and kept tempting them with these puppies. We even took them to a breeder who had several huge GSDs and though the kids were intimidiated by the sheer size and the jaws, they would not budge from their desire for a GSD.

My husband in the meanwhile who didnt care for dogs or animals happened to come across a full page of GSD puppy images and he was so immensely drawn to them(highly unusual for him) that we ended up getting one. Strangely though, I saw our puppy in a dream much before we ever even thought of getting one. And when I saw him among the litter, something clicked and I said this is it. We had no second thoughts about which puppy to pick out of the six.

By the way, nice question! I enjoyed reading some of the responses

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I've always been drawn to GSDs, wolves, horses, etc. GSDs especially just went straight to my heart.
Ha! Me too! I have always been an animal fanatic. I was the kid who was out finding ridiculous ways to get up on the horse's back, because I wanted up there, but was so short I had to get get creative (found out very quickly which ways worked and which ways didn't!)
My Grandpa was a dog handler for the police and, though he was retired, he had a GSD by the name of Reba, who I adored. My Grandma was always nervous that she would scare us, so she wasn't let out of her kennel often when we were there, but I begged my Grandpa to take her out.
To my four or five year old brain, she was the most magnificent animal that had ever walked the earth. Ever since her, I had wanted a GSD. We have always had dogs, my Dad used to have English Setters, but now we have Alaskan huskies. I used to skip out on schoolwork a lot so that I could research dog training, checking out every dog book at our local library, memorizing them, and checking them out again (before I discovered the internet). My life always has, and always will revolve around animals and animal training. Its my "thing."

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My mother was the German Shepherd lover, when she was 11 her parents were tragically killed and she was shipped to live with an Uncle she didn't even know, he had a broom factory on the property and they had a big white GSD chained up to the building and he would be set free at night, he was so mean he had to be hazed into a pen to catch and chain him, even her uncle couldn't touch him. My Mom was warned to never go near him but everyday she would sit near him and just daydream as she had no friends as she had not spoken since her parents death, one day her Uncle found her sitting with the big dog laying on her lap as she stroked his head, he ran to her and the dog threatened to attack him, that dog became my Moms best friend, he brought her out of her grief and accompanied her on daily jaunts in the hills, he cemented her love for the breed and we always had German Shepherds because of that dog.

The day before my Mother passed away from cancer she was in and out of consciousness , me and my sisters were sitting bedside when she reached her hand out and said "Baron" in a very happy tone, we all looked at each other and smiled, Baron was her favorite German Shepherd who had died at 15 years of age 23 years prior.

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I have always loved dogs since I knew what they were. Most of my childhood toys were dogs. It's definitely one of those "pre-programmed" feelings... I kept trying to convince my parents how to take care of them because I was devouring every dog book I could find.
Ditto. Born this way! Neither of my parents had or even liked pets. I had no friends with dogs. I was innate and I loved dogs before I ever even met one in person.


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My mother was the German Shepherd lover, when she was 11 her parents were tragically killed and she was shipped to live with an Uncle she didn't even know, he had a broom factory on the property and they had a big white GSD chained up to the building and he would be set free at night, he was so mean he had to be hazed into a pen to catch and chain him, even her uncle couldn't touch him. My Mom was warned to never go near him but everyday she would sit near him and just daydream as she had no friends as she had not spoken since her parents death, one day her Uncle found her sitting with the big dog laying on her lap as she stroked his head, he ran to her and the dog threatened to attack him, that dog became my Moms best friend, he brought her out of her grief and accompanied her on daily jaunts in the hills, he cemented her love for the breed and we always had German Shepherds because of that dog.

The day before my Mother passed away from cancer she was in and out of consciousness , me and my sisters were sitting bedside when she reached her hand out and said "Baron" in a very happy tone, we all looked at each other and smiled, Baron was her favorite German Shepherd who had died at 15 years of age 23 years prior.
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I think loving animals in general was pre-programmed into me and my sister, mostly through my mom's side of the family. She got it from her dad, my grandmother always just tolerated all his animals, but Papa was a true animal lover. He had several outdoor aviaries of birds, mostly finches and parakeets, but also a couple of cockatiels, and maybe some other kinds. He also had an outdoor pond with fish. Those I remember, but when my mom was growing up they had a lot more animals, even goats and chickens I think.

I grew up with cats, so they were my first love. We had a couple of badly behaved dogs that nobody bothered to train, but it wasn't until my met my husband that I really became a dog person too. He had two German shepherds, Heidi and Nero. We were together for years before finally moving in together and then deciding to get married. He brought me home a kitten as an engagement present, and I got him a GSD as a wedding gift. Sneaker lived to 14-1/2 years old, and she was such a great dog. She totally sold me on the breed, and we've had one or two ever since.

My sister has 7 rescued cats, many with special needs. Mom has several parrots, they just lost their 15 year old Westie and got a cute little dog from the shelter when they went to donate Molly's things. Tinker is possibly a terrier/chihuahua mix of some sort, and is fitting into their home well.

I had two Maine Coon kitties, but lost my boy Elvis two weeks ago at age 12-1/2. His half sister Emmy was diagnosed with renal failure a month prior, so I've been doing everything I can to keep her as happy and healthy as I can, as long as possible. She'll be 12 on Saturday.

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I was a latecomer to dogs. I used to have (and train) rats, but when I was working in trials, I didn't have the time to devote to a bigger pet.

Then I moved to appellate work (more flexible schedule, fewer hours) and we bought a condo so I wasn't renting anymore, and a "real" pet became possible. I actually only got Pongu because originally I wanted a cat, but my husband is allergic to cats so I figured "well, I'll get a dog instead."

Nobody really expected the "dog thing" to turn into the craziness that it did... but in retrospect I guess it shouldn't have been that surprising. I am constitutionally incapable of stopping halfway on any of my hobbies.

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Oh, forgot our sports! Tom jumps Halo in dock diving, but he doesn't train her he just takes her out there and does it when there's an event not too far away on a free weekend, so it's more of a dabbling situation rather than being seriously competitive about it. We first decided to try it because she loves to swim and would jump off the rocks into the water at the park, so we thought she might actually jump off the dock, even though she'd never seen a swimming pool or a dock before. And she did! We'd tried it a few years before with Dena & Keefer, and Dena would go into the pool off the exit ramp and swim around, but would not jump off the dock. Keefer slid off the dock head first a couple of times before deciding he wasn't interested in doing that anymore. He went completely submerged and then popped to the surface like a cork, lol.

I've been racing Halo in flyball since April 2012, so a little less than 2 years. Again, it was something I'd heard of before and thought she'd enjoy it. She's agile, athletic, and fearless, and loves to run and jump and chase balls, so it seemed perfect for her. I found a "for fun" class at a shelter the Summer of 2011, and she did so well and enjoyed it so much, I searched online and found the North American Flyball Association website, that had a list of clubs in our area. I saw that one was about an hour away and was starting up classes in a few weeks, so I signed us up. We took the next class after that, which ended right before Thanksgiving 2012, and then we were invited to come to club practices since there would not be any more classes until Spring.

The official invitation to join the club was at the end of March 2012, about a week and a half before the club was going to sponsor a tournament. I remember the email well - it said "Halo will be racing at our tournament, so get ready!". We've been having fun practicing most weekends, and doing 6-8 tournaments a year ever since.

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