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I thought it was time we had a place to post about our German Shepherds - after all they do seem to be the most popular breed owned by members on the group.

My first GSD (Ottie) was a rescue who had been mistreated and we found her when she was 3 yrs old. She is the reason that I am now so committed to the breed, she was such a neat dog - someone told me once that everyone has ONE special "Forever Dog" in their lifetime, and I know she was mine. I had dogs most of my life but she was special. She died 4 years ago now and writing this still makes my eyes well up.

Next came JR - who was our first show dog - he died sadly last year at 3 yrs old, but was a good mate and a good introduction to GSD specialist shows. He was bred by an SV judge. I named him after one of my favourite TV characters, Larry Hagman's JR in Dallas.

Our dog club does some security work as fundraisers for the local car racing track - I always felt safe with JR by my side, no matter what the situation was as he was one of those animals that you just knew would protect you - having said that, most of the time he was a big softee and a complete goof - in fact one of his nicknames was "goofball".

Just after we got JR as a puppy I was at the breeders and somehow came home with a 7 yr old ***** who they had imported from Germany but who, after having only one litter, could not concieve again. I felt sorry for her so home she came. Eura as we call her has lived with us now for almost 4 years and is enjoying her retirement as a pampered pet.

I was not too popular when I arrived home with Eura as my wife was pregnant and figured two GSD's (one still being a puppy) plus a new baby might be a bit of a handful - right perhaps but she is now as fond of them as me - and they are sooooo good with our wee boy, Bradley.

It is great for kids to grow up with animals. Many people said we were mad getting (big) dogs when we were having a baby, but I would do it all again tomorrow. They were so good with the baby and frankly I would rather have them around with a baby than many of the smaller breeds that people seemed to somehow think may be more suitable. I grew up with Corgis as a youngsterand would certainly have the GSD's over them with young kids around.

Then after JR died we looked for a new show puppy for a while and found Hogan (now 6 months old). He has only had 3 shows so far and is only doing averagely, but boy is he SMART or what, so he may be an obedience dog...... rather than a show dog, but we will see.

Then a few weeks ago we imported an adult GSD from Australia - Esko, who we own in partnership with the daughter of the SV judge who I referred to earlier - he is a magnificent boy and should do well her both in shows and hopefully at stud duties where he has a lot to offer to the breed in New Zealand here.

That's about us.... for now!

The pic below is Ottie - the girl who started it all - other pics will follow of the other dogs, somehow I cant seem to work out how to load them all in one posting so apologies for that.

Now, lets hear about your GSD's...
 

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Here is JR who was my first show dog.... He was just a beautiful dog, one of those animals that people often did a double take at and came back for a second look. He simply was striking and had a presence about him that made people sit up and take notice.
 

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This is Eura, taken at the beach a few weeks ago - she will be 11 yrs old this year and still loves to run and swim. She would play all day - if (Hogan) puppy didn't take all her toys!
 

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And the new puppy Hogan...
 

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Last, but not least the Aussie in our family, Esko.....
 

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Our girl Tally was imported from Kentwood Michigan by a man who wanted to start a new breeding program. The man fell ill and had to cancel his plans so he gave Tally to a local breeder.

That breeder only breeds black GSDs and Tally is sable coloUr. So the dog didn't fit in their breeding program, and they decided to find her a home. A couple of weeks later I contacted them looking for a puppy and found out about Tally who was 11 months old at that point. I went to see her and immediately fell in love.

Tally is a superb GSD with beautiful lines and a gorgeous coat. She also has a very feminine face and she's extremely affectionate. She's the smartest and best behaved dog I have ever owned, and I have had dogs all my life. She loves kids and instinctively protects them.

I've always loved and admired GSDs for their strength, intelligence, and loyalty. I always wanted one but somehow this is my first one. And as Ottiehund said, I believe this is my "once in a lifetime" dog.
 

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Yeah, GSD's and Kids just go together don't they.

Lovely dark eyes your girl has too (just as they are meant to be) - you see so many GSD's with light masks and light eyes and they don't look nearly as nice.

We have a problem with eye colour here (not as bad as in Oz though) which will take 2 to 3 geberations to correct, I guess that's why I notice these things.
 
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