Illinois, United States
I grew up with German Shepherds in the house. I have always loved the breed. Over the years I have had a couple of dogs that were not German Shepherds but have always gone back to that breed. My last two were male dogs which was a change for me. The first one was owned by a neighbor who was seriously abusing him. I could not stand to see that and would do what I could for him. His name was Thunder and he was absolutely beautiful. I talked to the neighbor several times about the way he was treating Thunder. Finally one day he said he did not want the dog anymore and asked me if I wanted him. He said he would sign his papers over to me. I said ok, and that was one of the best things I have ever done. I will never understand how a person can get a pet and then not take care of it. That German Shepherd bloodline was unbelieveable. His papers were in German. His entire bloodline, including both of his parents, were Schutzhund Champions. He was a great dog, obedient, and protective. And he was big, even for a German Shepherd. His name, after translation, was Midnight Thunder. We called him Thunder. But he did end up with hip displaysia and I had to put him down when he was 8 years old. I will never forget him. My next German Shepherd we got at 7 weeks. We chose him because he reminded us so much of Thunder. Although his registered name was different, we called him Thunder also. He was a great dog too. Not the same termprement as Thunder 1, who was a little more agressive, but Thunder 2 definately got his point accross. I don't know how I ended up with two very large German Shepherd dogs in a row but I did. The were both very impressive dogs. I miss them both very much. Thunder 2 did not have hip displaysia but did end up with authritis in his hips. I finally had to put him down when he was 12. Even his vet cried. She loved him too. I was there with both of them till the end. That was February 2011. I think I am finally able to get another dog. I am looking at the different dogs in rescue hoping I can make another GSD happy and give him or her the life they deserve. A safe and happy home should not be too much to ask for. I have seen so many, I wish I could take them all, but one will have to do, for now anyway.
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