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The world's loudest dog is a German Shepherd
If you thought your neighbor’s dog was noisy, try living next door to Daz, a four year-old German Shepherd, who has just been named loudest barker by the Guinness World of Records. According to the BBC News, Daz’s bark was recorded at 108 decibels. Just to put that into perspective, the decibel level of a jet plane 100 feet away is 130. Daz is one loud barker - Woof!
Daz’s owner, Peter Lucken, said the following about his dog’s bark, “It’s a powerful bark but I didn’t think it was that powerful…..he doesn’t do it excessively.” Lucken goes on to say, “To me his barking is just normal, run-of-the-mill dog barking.” Interestingly, his neighbors don’t feel the same way.
As reported on the BBC News, Lucken’s neighbor Denise Parker said, “I hear him sometimes when I’m watching television, but he only barks when he hears someone and he’s trying to warn them away.” I guess that’s not such a bad thing to have a guard dog in the neighborhood that can alert all of the neighbors.
If you think Daz is a vicious dog, think again. His owner reports that when the postal carrier puts the letters in Daz’s mouth (when the front door is open), Daz drops them in order to get a hug. Aw, how sweet but I wouldn’t let any would-be criminals know about the German Shepherd’s soft side.
Source: BBC News
GSDs in the News: Nubs is reunited with Marine owner
F-18 pilot returns home to canine friend from Iraqi war zone
5:22 a.m. March 22, 2008
They spent months in an Iraqi war zone cementing a special bond.
But after more than a month of being apart, Marine Maj. Brian Dennis began to worry if Nubs the dog would still remember him, especially in a new place like San Diego.
Their reunion early Saturday at Camp Pendleton clearly showed otherwise.
The 2-year-old old dog, named for his two nubby ears, drenched Dennis' face with doggie kisses and said hello with excited whimpers.
“You remember that, huh?” Dennis said as he rubbed the dog's head.
Dennis, an F-18 pilot stationed at Miramar Marine Corp Air Station, was among several Marines to return home from a seven-month tour in Iraq early Saturday.
Among those who also returned was a group that fell in love with seven puppies and also had them brought back to San Diego. They plan to reunite with their new dogs at 3 p.m. at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.
Nubs, a German shepherd/border collie mix, came to San Diego a month earlier after friends, family and complete strangers raised $3,500 for the dog's trip out of Iraq.
“It's almost like 'Lassie Come Home' in Iraq,” said Dennis' mother, Marsha Cargo, who anxiously waited for the unit's arrival in the wee hours of the morning.
Dennis met Nubs in the Al Anbar Province where the dog ran wild at an Iraqi Border Fort. When Nubs was a puppy, an Iraqi sliced off most of his ears in an attempt to make the dog tough and more alert.
Another time, Nubs was stabbed with a screwdriver, and Dennis nursed him back to health.
When Dennis' unit, the Border Transition Team, moved camp 70 miles away, Nubs somehow tracked them to their new location two days later.
It was against the rules to keep the dog in camp, and friends jumped in to bring Nubs to San Diego.
“Once he found us there, it seemed like this was supposed to have happened,” Dennis said Saturday. “After he walked all that distance, it seemed like he was supposed to end up in San Diego.”
For the past month, Eric Sjoberg, one of Dennis' Marine buddies, has been caring for Nubs along with Dennis' other dog, Bogey.
Nubs has also been learning new tricks and how to behave in a different environment with some help from a dog trainer.
“After running two years out in the desert, he's got a personality on him,” Sjoberg said.
Dennis said his first outing with Nubs will be a jog on the beach.
“It will consummate the whole journey, going from the sand of Iraq to the sand of San Diego.”
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