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Germand Shepherds: Man's best friend
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Posted on 11/25/2001 9:20:43 AM PST by Joe 6-pack



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In tribute to my best friend. I'm going through a divorce, and, Thank GOD, there are no kids. Custody of my dog is at stake, but I would not want to be the judge that told my shep he couldn't see me any more. Is there a nobler breed?
1 posted on 11/25/2001 9:20:43 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack
Is there a nobler breed?

Nope.

You have lovely puppies. Good luck with your fight.

2 posted on 11/25/2001 9:26:03 AM PST by abner
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To: Lazamataz
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3 posted on 11/25/2001 9:28:06 AM PST by technochick99
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To: technochick99
I expected to see little bearded men in lederhosen escorting sheep around the Bavarian Alps. What I found is definitely more handsome -- and nobler.
I wish you luck.
4 posted on 11/25/2001 9:34:05 AM PST by LantzALot
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To: Joe 6-pack
If you do lose your battle, try one of these.

They never start a fight, but they always finish it. :-)
5 posted on 11/25/2001 9:34:06 AM PST by cgbg
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To: Joe 6-pack
I was just getting up to go outside and play frisbee with my German Shepherd when I saw your post. They are wonderful dogs.
6 posted on 11/25/2001 9:35:10 AM PST by TroutStalker
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To: Joe 6-pack
Well this thread is going to 200 posts once someone starts the ball rolling by posting a picture of their dog too.

Whooops..

That is not my dog but it's the same breed.

7 posted on 11/25/2001 9:37:05 AM PST by HighWheeler
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To: Joe 6-pack
Is there a nobler breed?

Absolutely not.

8 posted on 11/25/2001 9:37:27 AM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe 6-pack

Here is a photo of one of my father's dogs 2 weeks ago at the National Specialty Show. The sister of this dog won Grand Victrix(top lady dog in the country).

9 posted on 11/25/2001 9:39:18 AM PST by abner
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To: HighWheeler
Hey, I didn't post a pic of my dog. I have cats.
10 posted on 11/25/2001 9:42:55 AM PST by abner
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To: HighWheeler
Well this thread is going to 200 posts once someone starts the ball rolling by posting a picture of their dog too.

Not a dog, but how about my kid's car?


11 posted on 11/25/2001 9:44:54 AM PST by abner
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To: Joe 6-pack
Is there a nobler breed?

Only one. The Doberman.

12 posted on 11/25/2001 9:45:26 AM PST by wi jd
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To: abner
Mine was a black German shepherd, pure bred with more brains and courage than any other dogs I owned (or did he own me? -it was never established). His name was Maximilian or plain old Max and he was the terror of thieves who foolishingly climbed over the wall surrounding our house and met up with Max. We had no trouble after that. He would stand at the gate at night and in the darkness all you could see were his teeth. A very scary doggie, but true blue/black and we still miss him 25 years later.
14 posted on 11/25/2001 9:50:46 AM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: Paulus Invictus
They are great. I had a female named Christie who was the perfect dog. She was very well behaved, and incredibly intelligent. She had one fault, chicken. It was her weakness. We had to put any chicken bones out of the house in a sealed dumpster, or she was finished. She couldn't help herself.
15 posted on 11/25/2001 9:55:10 AM PST by abner
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To: abner
Since James Moses doesn't come cheap, your dad has spent tons of money on his passion. From one who knows from being an exhibitor. ;-)
16 posted on 11/25/2001 9:58:19 AM PST by luvmysuv
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To: Paulus Invictus; JoeEveryman
Mine is also Max (Maximillion). I read somewhere that it is the number one name for dogs.
17 posted on 11/25/2001 9:59:29 AM PST by TroutStalker
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To: luvmysuv
LOL! ! !

My dad has been in the dog thing for a long long time.

18 posted on 11/25/2001 10:00:43 AM PST by abner
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To: JoeEveryman
We have a female Sable German Sheperd. The smartest, most dedicated dog we ever owned. This German Sheperd is very protective of everyone in our family, and is really a big part of our family. She is so damn smart, its hard to describe.
19 posted on 11/25/2001 10:00:51 AM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: Joe 6-pack
I had a German Shepherd/Husky when I was a kid. Later in life, after getting married (boy, that was a mistake, but that's not what this is about), I adopted a Greyhound from one of the racing farms in Las Vegas. Awesomely loyal, very laid back, and very protective.

My next-door neighbor in Las Vegas was a special security officer at the Mercury site. He had a Doberman in his back yard. The neighbor on the other side of my house had a Rottie. One evening, the cop hears noises in his carport and surprises an individual trying to break into his truck. The perp vaulted the fence into the back yard, and the Dobie set in on him. He jumped the fence into my backyard, and the greyhound took a couple pieces out of him. Then he jumped the next fence....and the Rottie was waiting for him. By this time, I was outside with my neighbor, and we were folling the guy from the front yards. He managed to get over the fence from the Rottie's yard and was begging to be arrested.

Man...I really miss being able to have a dog.

20 posted on 11/25/2001 10:02:16 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: Joe 6-pack
My shepherd is from the largest/only K-9 kennel in China... The other kennels probably produce dogs for eating... It's a looong story... his brothers and sisters are in the US Army... His name is HeiHu - Chinese for Black Tiger.... I call him Ferdinand, after Ferdinand the Bull - the big bad bull that picked flowers... he looks bad, but his gentle nature kept him out of the army... The greatest dog I ever had was a St. Bernard-- so special that I didn't mind the slime.
21 posted on 11/25/2001 10:07:38 AM PST by Lexington Green
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To: Joe 6-pack
My husband and I adopted a Sable Shep one year ago. She was at the rescue squad in Riverview, FL. She ended up there as a product of a divorce. She is a wonderful dog, clearly was mis-treated by a male as she is extremely male aggressive, but getting much better with each passing day. After our other dog, a Brittany Spaniel, went to run with the puppies in heaven, we received a "dogs will" sent to us by the vet. In it is stated to adopt a german shepard; we did, and are very happy we did so. A very loyal dog, and perhaps the smartest dog we have ever seen. She is a wonderful addition to our family and we are so grateful we got her.
22 posted on 11/25/2001 10:10:06 AM PST by Laverne
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To: Joe 6-pack

Luke von Rikkor


23 posted on 11/25/2001 10:11:48 AM PST by Aeronaut
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To: Joe 6-pack
Of course I have to chime in.

I have a samoyd-lab mix that is just perfect. I got her as a result of divorce and she has been great for me.

She knows 20 tricks (including sneezing, yawning, and speaking) on command.

Dogs can be a great help getting over the seperation thing, and Joe, I wish you well.

Oh, BTW, the custody fight was about the 17 year old youngest son. She said "you can have him". I said "no, you can have him". DON'T jump on me folks, I'm just kidding.

24 posted on 11/25/2001 10:14:54 AM PST by Lokibob
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To: Joe 6-pack
I've got Basenjis, but I respect any man who loves his dogs.

Good luck Joe.

25 posted on 11/25/2001 10:16:18 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Joe 6-pack
The cool thing is, if you give orders in German, nobody else knows what you're talking about.
26 posted on 11/25/2001 10:19:58 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: wi jd
After a girl was raped and murdered in the woods near my sister's house, my brother-in-law got a Doberman puppy. Stupid thing would get a running start, charge toward the kitchen, hit the lineoleum floor, go sliding across the floor and slam into the door on the opposite side. Not saying all Dobermans are stupid.

Brother has a Chow, stupidest dog I've ever seen. When the brother comes home from work, this dog barks at him, until he reintroduces himself to her.

28 posted on 11/25/2001 10:35:57 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: Lexington Green
The greatest dog I ever had was a St. Bernard-- so special that I didn't mind the slime.

Count me in too. At 202 lbs., our Saint, Rufus (Rufus R Jones), was feared by all for his size. Little did they know he didn't have a mean bone in his body (just one hell of a bark - could put any criminal into a state of total fear!). Was always gentle and easy going with the kids, especially when they were toddlers. We miss him so much.

29 posted on 11/25/2001 10:46:55 AM PST by softengine
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To: Joe 6-pack; abner; Dog
No! ...No...no...no...

You have the wrong of it! HAR!

I've a St. Bernard ... just turned a year old and is pushing 200 pounds. He'll get close to 250 by the time all is said and done ... and is surely man's best friend, he is.

At present, he is belly up behind my chair ... arms and legs akimbo ... looking slightly like a drunken Burl Ives ...

Yet when we walk ... he is awesome ... as other dogs merely bow to his supremacy ... and he roundly ignores each and every one ... no challenges there.

Now ... let me walk through a crowd ... I should have mentioned that he weighs 100 pounds more than me ... he curls himself around me as we walk ... no one is after getting past him. LOL!

Well ... we love our dogs, we do.

30 posted on 11/25/2001 10:50:03 AM PST by illstillbe
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To: Joe 6-pack
I've had plenty of dogs in my life. We always had several dogs growing up and always have had one or two since I've been married. We've have labs...for the hunting, you know, mixed breeds, a german shephard. But none can compare to our new dog, a Gorden Setter. This is the smartest dog I have ever been around. She is a guard dog, a hunter, you can tell her to go to a person (by name) and she does. She talks to you..not barking...but actually talks. She takes your hand in her mouth to lead you where she wants to go. When the kids start to fight, she comes and 'tells me'. She loves people, but will guard the kids. And she is beautiful. I think Gordens will be the only dogs we get from now on.
31 posted on 11/25/2001 10:51:59 AM PST by Jewels1091
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To: cgbg
Ugh. I hate chows. Sorry. I was totally terrorized by one as a child. Stupid dog couldn't tell the difference between a little, innocent child visiting and a stranger bent on doing the family harm.

My neighbor required several stitches when attacked by one.

And I've read enough to know that they are at the top of many dog trainers' doodoo list. :)

32 posted on 11/25/2001 10:56:29 AM PST by joathome
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To: Joe 6-pack
Hey - I'll see your German Shepherd and raise you my Golden Retriever! It must be hard worrying about losing your dog - I absolutely adore my two (we have a flat coat retriever mix also). The Golden is the best breed I have ever owned - smart, friendly, loving and very entertaining!
33 posted on 11/25/2001 10:56:37 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash
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To: abner
Is there a more noble breed?

Haven't my American Cocker Spaniel, have you?

34 posted on 11/25/2001 11:00:47 AM PST by Big Bunyip
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To: Tennessee_Bob; Joe 6-pack
I also had a German Shepard / Husky mix. Dino lived until he was 18 years old! I have always had mutts.
Joe 6-pack, I sure do hope you get to keep your pup! Can't imagine having my best friend mutt Lucy taken away from me! Good Luck to you!!
35 posted on 11/25/2001 11:09:53 AM PST by deadhead
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To: JoeEveryman
I had a border collie, but had to return it to the breeder. Way too much dog for us.

She was, however, the smartest critter I have ever run into. But, she was also insane (as borders will be on occassion). She was the most fun of any dog I had ever had; but, she was also the most work. I wouldn't recommend these dogs for anyone who can't devote a lot of time to them and who have a stronger will than the dogs. (I'm a wuss and tend to spoil my dogs, and this border knew it.)

36 posted on 11/25/2001 11:21:39 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: wi jd
Yep, the Doberman. My Tori looks just like that black and tan female.
38 posted on 11/25/2001 11:33:04 AM PST by jslade
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To: Joe 6-pack; Prodigal Daughter
>>>Is there a nobler breed?

Well, there is an "as noble" breed.  Having owned both a shepherd and a dobie, I can state affirmatively that one could play chess with either and lose so I give them both the highest grades as the world's two smartest breeds.  They do "think" differently from each other and Shepherds are more given to herding things, like gathering all of the garden tools and anything laying around into a pile in the yard and then guarding them.  Dobes are more thrilled at scenting than herding.  You haven't lived until you have played Hide 'N Seek with a dobe and been hunted down by one.  (Its fun if they like you.)


39 posted on 11/25/2001 11:36:25 AM PST by 2sheep
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To: Joe 6-pack
Best of luck in your quest to get custody.

The GSD might be nobler, but our Corgi has been in space:


40 posted on 11/25/2001 11:45:35 AM PST by brewcrew
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To: Joe 6-pack
,,, take care of yourself and your dog Joe. Take a few minutes out to thank God that you don't have to go thru the Family Court for battles over access to kids etc. In time things will be better for you.
42 posted on 11/25/2001 12:06:33 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: Paulus Invictus
One of the best dogs I ever knew was Rex,who showed up one day,fully grown,at the filling station on the interstate where my younger brother worked. He just sort of appeared one day,and moved in,and he never seemed to really want to be anywhere else. Great dog,and we weren't nearly as concerned as we had been about my brother working the late shift after Rex showed up. There were several instances where I'm pretty sure that he averted a robbery,just by being there-his appearance alone was impressive,and his intelligence was very high also. I miss him still,and he wasn't even mine. I hope his bloodline is still around-there aren't ever enough dogs like that.
43 posted on 11/25/2001 12:07:14 PM PST by sawsalimb
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To: Aeronaut; innocentbystander
What an adorable picture and cute dog! :)
44 posted on 11/25/2001 12:08:16 PM PST by Fraulein
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To: dighton; Sungirl
There are some sweet animal stories on this thread!
45 posted on 11/25/2001 12:10:31 PM PST by Fraulein
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Yeah there are.....I have a story too.

When my brother and I walked to our Catholic school in the 1st and 2nd grades (it was very close even though in the suburbs) one of our German Shepards(half wolf and have shepard who my father bought in the hills of Pennsylvania) used to walk to the school and visit all the kids during 'recreation'. He was the sweetest dog ..... Sometimes the nuns would make us walk him home...but not too often.

46 posted on 11/25/2001 12:40:19 PM PST by Sungirl
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I had two German Shepherds and am glad to see that they are becoming popular again. Rolf was a longhaired shepherd, bigboned and beautiful, just awesome.

I would put him in the front seat of my 65 Buick, he would sit up very tall as I drove around town. I loved to watch people sneaking looks at him as we waited for lights or did the beltway. That "wow" expression made my day.

He helped me raise my daughter, letting her play all over him as small children do, with never a bad reaction.

He is buried in the local Humane Society cemetery and I visit him a few times each year.

47 posted on 11/25/2001 12:47:11 PM PST by catonsville
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To: TroutStalker
I was just getting up to go outside and play frisbee with my German Shepherd ...

Did Max give up bowling for frisbee?

48 posted on 11/25/2001 12:49:35 PM PST by barker
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To: Joe 6-pack
The Newfoundland.

And good luck on your custody battle.

49 posted on 11/25/2001 12:51:46 PM PST by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington
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To: Joe 6-pack
I HAVE to ask this - and it's truly out of curiosity, not bad manners. When did the breeding of *slope backed* German Shepherd Dogs begin (that's not a tech term, just an observation)? I recall Shepherds from 25-30 years ago with very level top lines. Now I'm seeing much more slope - looks like potential hip problems in the offing. Truly just curious; don't know that much about the breed other than they are smart & loyal.
50 posted on 11/25/2001 12:58:40 PM PST by WIladyconservative
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