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New Dog........!!
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steve II JD4000    Posted 03-31-2003 at 19:32:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
as you all know my last dog (wolf) sheba passed away.. I still have her ash here and still not sure where I want to put. told my wife that I thinking about blow or plant a tree lay ash there in the wild feild that is 1/2 mile from us that where sheba runs off to all time as I had to go out and find her. the New Dog I want to get is a greman shepherd looked in the ad's there are some that would be around 1-2 hr drive. cost 200 to 1000!!!! that's alot.! do any of you have greman shepherds? tell me about it. one problem need to get my wife to OK it!!! shoot.

HB    Posted 04-04-2003 at 20:11:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never post here,but I had to say something.We got our GSD from the shelter.She was ,I guess too "hyper" for her previous they dumped her.
I had an entire page written about my dogs,erased it.All I wanted to say was,Go to a Shelter in your area or the next county or whatever and tell them you are looking for a Shepherd to adopt.
Here in Henry County,IN.,I was told they put down 900 dogs a month,who didn't get adopted.
I know we can't save them all,but wouldn't it be great to give a dog a chance and not spend 1000 bucks?
Purebred dogs are dumped all the time,anything from Labs to Dobermans.People spend hundreds on a purebred,then find out that a Husky sheds too much and jumps on the furniture,and of course it's easier to drop off the dog in the country-rather than take time to housebreak or train the dog.
We live in a disposible society..dogs unfortunatley are disposible.
I didn't mean to get on a rant here. Certanly if you want to buy a Shepherd,do so.
Just know that Shepherds are the most loyal companions,but they are foll of energy and require a bit of space to let off steam.
They are also the most intelligent dogs I have been around,and are Easily trained.Remember,They want to please you.
And they can be found in shelters.

Jim/CT.    Posted 04-02-2003 at 04:04:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a new wife, I steer the ship 'round here!!! I also have a black German Shepard, she's the best.

Rubintropfen    Posted 04-01-2003 at 09:35:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
A good German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a great dog. A bad one is a liability. $1000 is not too much for the right dog. You will spend a lot more than that on food and vet care over its life if you take good care of the dog.

I have 3 GSD's at the moment. Oldest is 10, SchH3 IPO3 titles, loves his people, will bite to protect my wife, and seems to be a pretty good judge of human intent. Has done suit and muzzle work. Loves the house, but is a bit of a bull in a china shop. It's a little sad watching him get old.

Middle is 5, SchH3 title, KKl2 breed survey. Has competed at USA National SchH3 and Police Dog Championship. Very obedient and playful with me, but a very aggressive dog. Does not get along with my wife well enough to live in the house with us (i.e. accepts me as boss, but competes with her for second place). Points rabbits and deer because he knows he is not allowed to chase them.

Youngest just turned 4, SchH1 title. This is a beautiful, playful dog without a mean bone in his body. Loves to run, to be petted, and to be in the house. Very good obedience.

simbob75    Posted 04-01-2003 at 07:49:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mutts are, in general, good dogs. Purebred dogs are excellent dogs if you get one from good bloodlines... unfortunately, like most things, people have ruined a lot of them.

I have 7 dogs, 6 are purebreds and 1 is a mutt. (2 are rescue cases and 5 I purchased)... the rescue cases are sweet dogs but are very "special needs"... The one is a yellow lab that was not socialized as a pup, he is freakishly shy, even with me most of the time... very un-lab like

The other is the mutt, one of the most loving dogs you can find, but he likes to explore the neighborhood and he isn't the sharpest tack in the box.

As far as the other 5 purebreds, luckily I don't have any physical or mental problems, but I did a LOT of homework before I bought any of them and I was VERY consistent with training while they were pups until 2 years of age. (1 doberman, 1 australian cattle dog, 1 belgian tervueren, 2 belgian malinois)

All of them are great dogs... whatever you get, they will show you more love and loyalty than you can imagine if you show them the same.

Kelly    Posted 04-01-2003 at 07:37:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am so glad to hear you are getting a new dog. I myself have Tip, a border collie, from stock dog lines. She is my best friend. I don't know what I would do without her. We spend all day together while my family is at work and school. German Sheperds are herding/working dogs too, so I imagine they are really great companions. I paid $300 for my dog, they were $400, trained they are much more expensive, but as pups they are cheap. I think for a good bloodline $200 to $1000 is a good price. Tell your wife you can't put a price on love, :)

See ya,


bud    Posted 04-01-2003 at 05:56:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've always liked German shepherds even though I have never had a pure bred one. I have to agree about the mutts being better dogs - usually. Too many times, the bred dogs have defects and flaws that keep getting bred and passed on and they are likely to have more health and sometimes behaviour problems. The only purebred dog I have ever had is the black lab. She's a doozy and wouldn't trade her for anything, but the mutts are great dogs, healthy, smart and devoted. All mutts I've ever had were extremely good dogs. Whatever you get, just love them (and I know you will), and they'll return it 100 fold.

bob ny    Posted 04-01-2003 at 05:15:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
sorry about your loss if you are not going to use the new dog for breeding i would like to suggest going to your local humane shelter you would be saving a life and gaining a friend at the same time my last three dogs came from the pound one lived 20 yrs one 16 yrs and the springer i have now is a sweet heart all healthy dogs

Tom A    Posted 04-01-2003 at 04:50:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Had a german shephard when I was a kid... registered with papers and all. A really great dog who was wonderful with this little toddler pulling his tail and messing with him. Unfortunately she died of cancer at around 8 years old.

I have now had dogs all my life, including several different purebreds and many, many mutts. Never had a dog I didn't love--they were all loyal good friends.

But in my honest opinion, mutts are the best all round. Overall healthier (guess that is "hybrid vigor" you hear about) and more steady behavior-wise. Fewer hip, back, and whatever problems than most breeds, and fewer personality quirks too--just great basic dogs. You can get 'em cheap at a rescue place or pound or in the paper or from word of mouth (call the local vets, sometimes they hear about folks who need to give up a good dog for one reason or another). They'll repay the favor many times over.

Get what you want, but I'll always suggest a mutt is the best friend you can have.

good luck!
Tom A

Randy    Posted 04-01-2003 at 04:42:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Steve, have you looked up German Shepherd Rescue? We just rescued a boxer that a friend of a friend found tied to a church in NYC. Lots of the dogs are great and put there because people moved etc. Good luck.

bud    Posted 04-01-2003 at 04:03:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Steve. I don't have a German shepherd, but if the next dog I get is of my choosing instead of one we take in, it would be a German shepherd. They're highly intelligent and loyal. Shoot, seems like most dogs are that way - loyal anyhow. Right now I have a black lab, and 3 black and tan shepherd mixes. The lab still acts like a pup and she's 3 years old. The shepherd mixes guard me and the yard like their life depended on it. Think there's room here for another one, but haven't started looking yet. Good luck with your new one, and sorry to hear about you losing your friend.

Pitch    Posted 04-01-2003 at 16:13:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a Shepard for 12 years one heck of a dog, He was bout the smartest animal I ever saw. Talk about protective Our first baby was born when he was about 3 mos old amd our second a year later those kids did about everything a kid could do to a dog. When he got tired of them he would stand up shake them off and go under the kitchen table they understood it was his refuge. I have a brother in law who is big loud and clutzy, Rufus would not let him near those kids. Once a friend of mine stopped over with this guy that I did'nt know and did'nt really trust Rufus must have picked up on my feelings right away cause he sat down bout 5 ft away from him and just stared at him the guy would pick up his coffee the dog would follow his every movement. Lost him to cancer 5 years ago just got feeling good enough so we just got mutt puppies 2 weeks ago. I'll be happy if they turn out to be half the dog Rufus was.

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