Got To Get Another German Shepherd
by Charles E. Adams Sr
(Atlanta, Ga USA)
Hello Debbie, I have owned two German Shepherds and the last one disappered somehow. Now I am about to get another one, but this time around I want to do all the right things.
I am a 75 year old male, married and live in the city of Atlanta, Ga on a one and a half acre of land, and my wife feels safe having a dog that gives the kind of protection a German Shepherd gives especially around the bad people that could take the advantage of elderly couples living by themselves. So the next one we get we want it as a puppy so it can get use to us and grow up with us.
So we will be taking all of your advice so as to bring up a beautiful dog.
Charles Adams Sr
Total German Shepherd:
Thanks so much for writing in. You are correct, a German Shepherd could provide your family a lot of security and comfort and companionship as well. And a puppy might be a good choice but I would also like to make another suggestion here if you don't mind - adopting a rescue dog.
And the reason I wanted to suggest this is that puppies are wonderful but they can often be a handful and just might be too much depending on your situation and even your degree of health. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying this because you are seniors, but as a previous German Shepherd owner you know how strong these dogs can be.
But if you were to check out the local GSD rescues in your area (you can find loads of them via google by searching for German Shepherd rescue Atlanta, GA, or something like that), by telling them your exact situation and needs I am sure you could find an older puppy or a younger dog, a more calm and mature dog who needs a good home, and save yourself the whole process of raising a puppy. That way you and your wife could enjoy the whole experience of owning another German Shepherd sooner possibly.
But this is just a suggestion. If you really want a puppy that is fine too but there are so many good dogs in need of a second chance that I thought I would just make this suggestion to you. In either case, please let us know when you get your new companion and send us in a story and some pictures!! We'd love to hear all about it!