We all have many reasons for the pets (and people!) we bring into our lives. Why did you choose the German Shepherd breed? As for me, I was always smitten with them from afar as a child: I read about them, watched movies, visited the Leader Dogs kennels with my friend whose Dad was a volunteer there. "Run, Joe, Run" was my favorite TV show (anyone remember THAT?). The beauty, the integrity, the strength and courage...I didn't get my first GSD until I was an adult...my hubby and I had not made a decision on what type of dog to bring home (he was sure that a GSD would "turn on us someday"), and then we saw a TV show about Polly, a young girl from Michigan (where we live) who was kidnapped from her bedroom and murdered. I remember telling my husband right then, "We are getting not one, but TWO German Shepherds: one for each of the kid's bedrooms!"