I had my first dog when I was 6 years old. He was a 2 year old fully trained German Shepherd dog named Lotus. My parents purchased him for protection of our property/company. Previously I had only had birds. It took me several years to find out that this dog was to be the first love of my life. After him being a watch dog and mainly in a kennel and watching the company at night, he became a totally spoiled, awesome and great family dog that died of old age. In between we had a cat who did not do too well with the dog and one day, when she was already sick from a cancer, she walked into his area and fell victim to his instincts. It was pretty traumatic and I had then sworn I would never mix dogs and cats again in my house. After Lotus I had another German Shepherd, this time long hair, Janosch. He was great too, different personality to the first one, and I honestly always wanted my Lotus back. Of course I took care of him till he died of old age. Then, for many years, due to studying in a different city, small apartment, moving from Germany to California, then to Costa Rica, I decided I would not have a dog till the time was right again and I could dedicate all my time and love to him. Once arrived in Costa Rica, we rented a house with a huge garden and my first thought was "I need a dog again". So we found a GSD ad in the local newspaper and my husband called the breeder who flipped when he heard that I was German and a former GSD owner. I kind of wanted some time to decide to get a dog, but the breeder insisted with many calls. So we went and I picked my up to now all time favorite dog of my life "Natz de la India" from the litter. He was my soulmate, my friend, my all and everything for 13 years. What a special dog!! He had two litters (after that we stopped breeding forever, after lots of bad experiences with what happened to the puppies...). I kept Alfi from the first litter and he lived with Natz at the house. Thru circumstances we also had Apache and Balam for a while. After Natz died, I had Alfi for two more years before he died. Shortly after that I also lost Apache and Balam due to old age and for now decided to not have any new GSD's for now. On the one hand it was so hard to loose all of them in a matter of 3 years time and on the other, right now we are almost not home, work a lot and I feel I need a few years. In between we had picked up a street dog in bad physical shape and cured her to health. She adopted us and stayed with us. Her name is Chiquita Banana and she is about 12 years old now but will live many more years, she is as energetic as always. Even so she is a sweet and loyal dog, she has not been able to reach my level of dog love as I had with the two others I described before.
I also had some hamsters, canary birds and many foster dogs.
I owned my own pet magazine in Costa Rica for 15 years before it fell victim to the changes in printed media and I just love pets!!!
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