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My 130 pound German Shepard...

 
RootzGemini

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12/28/2012 01:11 AM

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I love this thread. It is so heart warming to see individuals who love their animal companions as much as you obviously do, OP.

I have been around working breeds my whole life: GSD's, Kelpies, Border Collies, and Blue Heelers. They are all incredibly intelligent dogs, and utterly beautiful.

Five years ago, my last dog died. Circumstances did not allow for another dog at the time. It was a long five years.


Now, while I am not comfortable sharing my story here, a series of events occurred last year that left me with nothing but the clothes on my back, and what I brought back from the US on the plane in my suitcase after a holiday there. I was given somewhere to stay by a very generous stranger who is now a very good friend.

It has been a difficult year but, six weeks ago, we were given a six week old puppy to foster. She was far too young to be taken from her mother, and was taken to a home with a small child who was allowed to continually pick this puppy up and drop her on her head! (Yes, when she was brought here we had her checked by a vet and no damage appears to have been done; at least physically)

Long story short? My house mate (who gave me the place to stay) saw just how much the puppy and I thrived in each other's company. Her foster home is now her 'forever home' and she is laying at my feet now; both of us freshly washed and only lightly towel dried, as we try to get cool in this awful heat.

Her name is Topaz. She is the child of a pedigree English Mastiff that was somehow allowed to breed with a pedigree Staffordshire Bull Terrier! While she is not as intelligent as the dogs I am used to, she is still smart and has a beautiful temperament. She is now 12 weeks old and has learned 'sit', 'stay', heel', 'sit AND stay', and is about to learn 'drop'. We are healing each other in our own way. She is happiest when she is in my company and I feel content in hers. I just uploaded two photos of her as custom smilies. Topaz Topazagain

Not trying to hijack your thread at all OP. Your Reggie sounds like an incredible dog. These animals can heal hearts and make houses homes. Thank you for sharing a bit about Reggie here.hf
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Oh my goodness, she is so cute
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12/28/2012 01:15 AM
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His name is Reggie. We picked him out of the litter. He is crazy smart. He knows when we need love. He is the greatest dog ever.

I just wanted to toss that out there. I have a cold an feel like crap and he just lays his huge head on me. He loves the family unconditionaly.

He is the shit. I just wanted to tell you about him. He is a bad ass frisbee dog too. I love Reggie!
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God bless you and your wonderful dog...Shepherds are the BEST...so smart, smarter than some humans!
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12/28/2012 01:23 AM

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Shepherds are friggin awesome dogs! The best...congrats on a big one!
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12/28/2012 01:55 AM

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Topaz is beautiful! Just look at those eyes.

I hate hearing about your troubles, and about someone allowing a child to mistreat that poor puppy. That just makes me sick. It's so amazing that even though they may have been mistreated, they don't dwell on it, but focus on being thankful for everything. Topaz must be very thankful.

Thank you for sharing your touching story and your beautiful friend. (talk about hijacking...that's me) LOL.

But she's just too pretty to not comment.
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Thank you very much for your comments Nine's. She is utterly adorable and those eyes are beautiful, aren't they? Like you, I am sickened by what was done to her. I am just glad that she is safe now and seems to be happy. She has her mischievous moments; particularly when she wishes to be 'helpful' by taking the washing off the line and 'folding it' (read this as 'gently grabbing fresh laundry that she can reach, and piling it on top of itself, 'just so', when I let her outside alone for less than five minutes) Even though this is 'helpful' *cough*, I have been letting her know that her assistance in the matter is not actually required! And, if I am gone for five minutes, she drags her lead to the back door, as if I may have forgotten it, and lays it out the whole length, so that I cannot miss seeing it there (I am trying to break her of the 'separation anxiety' she has experienced, by being taken from her mother so young, and she is always on lead in the house as we have cats here, too) I ignore the lead when she lays it out though, until I am ready to allow her inside.

As for my own troubles? Ahh...I try not to focus on them either, and am just thankful for what I do still have. It sounds like a Hallmark Card in the making, but thinking that way has seen me through a great deal of what I experienced last year. I don't always manage to be happy about it all, but I get there, more often than not.

Once again, thanks Nine's! hf
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Thanks, too, ANHEDONIC and RootzGemini!
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12/28/2012 02:08 AM
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Topaz is beautiful! Just look at those eyes.

I hate hearing about your troubles, and about someone allowing a child to mistreat that poor puppy. That just makes me sick. It's so amazing that even though they may have been mistreated, they don't dwell on it, but focus on being thankful for everything. Topaz must be very thankful.

Thank you for sharing your touching story and your beautiful friend. (talk about hijacking...that's me) LOL.

But she's just too pretty to not comment.
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Thank you very much for your comments Nine's. She is utterly adorable and those eyes are beautiful, aren't they? Like you, I am sickened by what was done to her. I am just glad that she is safe now and seems to be happy. She has her mischievous moments; particularly when she wishes to be 'helpful' by taking the washing off the line and 'folding it' (read this as 'gently grabbing fresh laundry that she can reach, and piling it on top of itself, 'just so', when I let her outside alone for less than five minutes) Even though this is 'helpful' *cough*, I have been letting her know that her assistance in the matter is not actually required! And, if I am gone for five minutes, she drags her lead to the back door, as if I may have forgotten it, and lays it out the whole length, so that I cannot miss seeing it there (I am trying to break her of the 'separation anxiety' she has experienced, by being taken from her mother so young, and she is always on lead in the house as we have cats here, too) I ignore the lead when she lays it out though, until I am ready to allow her inside.

As for my own troubles? Ahh...I try not to focus on them either, and am just thankful for what I do still have. It sounds like a Hallmark Card in the making, but thinking that way has seen me through a great deal of what I experienced last year. I don't always manage to be happy about it all, but I get there, more often than not.

Once again, thanks Nine's! hf
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Bless her dear little heart. She sounds totally charming. She's another fortunate dog...and fortunate owner.

Last Edited by Nine's on 12/28/2012 02:19 AM