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68 y.o. and he is my 5th.. I have always had two at a time, now just this one. He is 50 pounds, 4 months last Wed. He cannot stand to be away from me, and I cannot stand to leave him behind. He even sleeps in my bed with me...

I am taking him for a good half hour beach run this morning, then out to breakfast. I will be going to Church today, and will want to go see him as soon as the Service is over. I could stay and socialise, but would rather go home and see him and that he is OK..

maybe because I did lose my two Black Shepherds this year, five weeks apart, am still getting over it? Hand raised on the best of diets and food, one lived with my Daughter out on the horse property, one in town with me. They both died before they were eight, within five weeks, of HemangioSarcoma. The were bleeding out internally, and despite $6000 in medical I could not even get them to the operating table. The only common link was they were started on BRAVECTO two years ago, the strong neck medicine that can go 3-6 months. Never again. There is a Topic on this in the Health Issues area..

Anyway, I am thinking I have gone MAD. i have just retired this year, my big thing is beach combing up in the Whitsunday Islands inside the Great Barrier Reef 4-5-6 months a year and he is going with me. I am training him on the big 50 Cat and he is happy on the boat. This will be my seventh year up there. We will go to a beach on the islands twice a day or more... I like him more that most people. I am afraid I like him too much, and cannot bear to be away from him. He seems smarter than any of my others, taking hand signals at 4 months old, but maybe it is just that I am retired and spending more time with him.

Am I MAD to love my German Shepherd puppy this much? Is it just because of the shock of my loss? It is not getting any better. I mean I don't even want to go out to dinner if it is not a dog friendly place. I am concerned that I am mentally ill over him... ????????

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I can't speak to your entire situation, but not wanting to be apart at all is a big part of GSD ownership in my experience. Out in the forest with my dogs is my happy place and the time I feel closest to my creator. Wilderness out the back door of my retirement place is at the top of my list....

Enjoy this age with your dog, it's awesome.
 

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Completly normal. Never had that with my other dogs from different breeds.
On a shitty day she is super clingy and I need her. She knows it. That's what they do to you. I have had dogs for 40 years, loved them to pieces but the GSD tops them all. Their eyes, their beauty, their power, their intuition. I could go on and on.
 

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If you’re mentally off than so am I. I hate leaving my dog and tend to go places I can take him. I’m going to dinner tonight at my aunt and uncle’s house and I’m bringing my dog. Can’t wait!

I love my dog. He’s so perfect for me that I can’t put it into words. But how can you not love a dog that adores the ground you walk on? LOL
 

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You sound like your average, run of the mill GSD owner to me.
 

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Sounds pretty normal to me! At least in my case. I hate going places without him. I have never left him for more than 12 hours in his life(Only 17mo, but) and the only time I've left him for more than 6 hours were all the last few weeks for hunting trips. That's over now, so back to being with him 20 hours a day.

He has some SA, but honestly, I wonder if mine is worse than his! I was just thinking about it a few days ago. How I spend 80% of my day thinking about him or things to do with him. Though I was thinking more in the terms of he has taken over my life. At the time I was thinking about it in a bit of a negative sense since I don't have a lot of time for anything else, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love it. Since the day I got him, there has only been about 30 nights he hasn't slept with me in my bed(and 20 were when he was a puppy not yet potty trained!) I have spent maybe $80 on myself the last 4 months. And that was just snacks and veggies. Everything else goes into something for him. Toys, treats, food, harnesses, etc. I would live under a bridge if it meant giving him the best life.

I also talk to him...a lot! I don't really talk to people. Not even family for a very long time. I will have full-on conversations with him for hours! I used to think people who did that were crazy. I guess I've joined that group.

Anyways, enjoy your pup! Sounds like you are both happy and that is how it should be. So sorry for the loss of your other two. Sounds like he has helped you find happiness in a hard time.
 

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Wow,
Thank you all for the dazzling responses...

I was thinking I might just be becoming a bit unbalanced. I mean I care more about Vom Sirius Boss than any people. But the time he is one in July or so, he will be about all I do. Like here at home we will walk along the harbour, out to Point Cartwright up to the lighthouse, or around to the beach for a long play and walk. He will get me back to nature and thinking of my Creator... Even on the Yacht up in the Whitsundays, I will be looking for a good island beach or long sandbar at low tide, just to take him ashore couple of times a day.

Without him, I get a negative outlook on the Mall Crawlers, and I eat and drink to much. He is the cure for everything and will totally dominate my Life. I felt I was getting mentally ill, preferring my GSD to most people, but he will get me fit again with a few hours a day out and about..

I was worried about being nutty. He sleeps in my bed, and I sit on the floor with him watching TV at night. And the highlight of my evening is giving him treats for taking hand signals.. At least if I am nuts, I am in good Company with all you other GSD Lovers... :):cool:
 

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I have had people tell me I talk about my dogs too much. A friend’s adult daughter said she feels her mother loves the dogs more than she loves her human family. She has four GSDs plus two she is keeping for her other child. All are true and I say, Who cares? My dogs are more interesting to me than those friends are. They would rather talk about the restaurant they finally got to visit during Covid or getting their hair done. Which is more interesting? Our dogs!
 

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I just feel I am bit mentally sick or something... It is Sunday mid day here in Australia. Church was very good today, a great Biblical talk about Faith... And when it was over, instead of socialising like normal, seeking some kind of more Human company and contact, as normal, all I could think about was getting home to Vom Sirius Boss the Puppy... And was he glad to see me!!

I was not happy and content until we had a bunch of rub downs outside and a lot of licks, and I got him some lamb forequarter steak with bone in... Now we are both happy again. I used to think he had "Separation Anxiety" but I realise now IT IS BOTH OF US... :LOL::ROFLMAO::D(y)

I still think I am a bit Sick.... But at least it looks like I am in Good Company and not the ONLY ONE!! (y)
 

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I believe you've found your tribe.

Thank you for giving us a role in the process.

Also- more pup pics, please.
 

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Thank all of you for your great responses... Sometimes I feel I must be a terrible person, but I like my GSD more than most people... I mean yea, "The more I see of people, the more I like my GSD"....

:) :ROFLMAO: :LOL: (y)
 

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68 y.o. and he is my 5th.. I have always had two at a time, now just this one. He is 50 pounds, 4 months last Wed. He cannot stand to be away from me, and I cannot stand to leave him behind. He even sleeps in my bed with me...

I am taking him for a good half hour beach run this morning, then out to breakfast. I will be going to Church today, and will want to go see him as soon as the Service is over. I could stay and socialise, but would rather go home and see him and that he is OK..

maybe because I did lose my two Black Shepherds this year, five weeks apart, am still getting over it? Hand raised on the best of diets and food, one lived with my Daughter out on the horse property, one in town with me. They both died before they were eight, within five weeks, of HemangioSarcoma. The were bleeding out internally, and despite $6000 in medical I could not even get them to the operating table. The only common link was they were started on BRAVECTO two years ago, the strong neck medicine that can go 3-6 months. Never again. There is a Topic on this in the Health Issues area..

Anyway, I am thinking I have gone MAD. i have just retired this year, my big thing is beach combing up in the Whitsunday Islands inside the Great Barrier Reef 4-5-6 months a year and he is going with me. I am training him on the big 50 Cat and he is happy on the boat. This will be my seventh year up there. We will go to a beach on the islands twice a day or more... I like him more that most people. I am afraid I like him too much, and cannot bear to be away from him. He seems smarter than any of my others, taking hand signals at 4 months old, but maybe it is just that I am retired and spending more time with him.

Am I MAD to love my German Shepherd puppy this much? Is it just because of the shock of my loss? It is not getting any better. I mean I don't even want to go out to dinner if it is not a dog friendly place. I am concerned that I am mentally ill over him... ????????

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Your love for your GSD is beautiful and so normal! He is so lucky to have you love him like that. GSDs are too intelligent and curious to be lounging around so his active life with you is perfect! My GSD is 12+ now and he has slowed down in the last few years but he still gets a twice a day walks, a daily ride in the convertible by the coast, grilled or smoked fish next to his expensive dog food, doggie massage (by me)... He has a Tempurpedic bed (I don’t even have that) and loves sleeping to the calming music of Liquid Mind on Spotify or Pandora. I sometimes think I’m crazy over my GSD too but you know what? It makes me happy to give him the best possible life. Everyday I treat him as is it’s his last day. He’s done so much for me and my husband. He deserves the best! Thank you for sharing your story and photos!
 

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GSD Hawaii.... WELCOME TO THE FORUM...!!
Thank you for the kind Post to me...

I have gone through the worst time, losing both my Black German Shepherds this year..

I want to share something important with you please.. A bit of advice because You love your Shepherd so much.. Get a puppy now. Let your current GSD train him up. At 12 years old he has done better than most GSDs. 9 years ago my beautiful Black and Tan boy Dakota was getting ill and I was lucky enough to get my all Black GSD puppy Cody and he trained him up in all things over six months.. before he checked out. It was a great experience, horribly sad to see him go, but the shock was not as bad as some of him lived on in the puppy I just lost this year....

Kind regards from a GSD Lover in Australia... lone Ranger
 
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