Military Doggie ping
Poor thing actually looks like he has PTSD.
Here is hoping for a warm, comfortable porch, broad fields and slow rabbits and squirrels to comfort his retirement.
Look at her grey muzzle, and tired eyes. I have had a lot of different working breeds over the years, numerous german shepherds and dobes, my current one is a malinois bitch. They are absolutely driven to work till they drop, which is why you don’t see a lot of them, they are WAY too high maintenance for the average dog owner. They love protection and bitework, but are over the top loving and social as a rule, and extremely easy to train, if you are capable of never giving them an inch of slack.
I hope this girl at least gets a couple of years of being a loved pet, she has it coming.
My last shepherd was a Czech bred female who I rescued from a bad home, had been worked over badly, and was a notorious fear biter. After a couple of years, she worked her way back into the fearless, strong minded dog she was bred to be, but succumbed to a long struggle with Addison’s disease, got weak enough I had to carry her in and out of the house, finally passing on our living room floor with her head on my boot just before Thanksgiving 2011.
Unfortunately, the majority of the humans I’ve met don’t measure up to either one of these, maybe the old saying about the more I’m around the public, the more I like dogs is true.