The Story of Our GSD Odie

by Ken S.

This is our GSD Odie . Odie is a very special dog to us . He arrived to us as a 14 week old pup . Right from the start I should have refused him .

Odie was not a socialized dog by any stretch . He hid in corners , ran from any noises , cars , kids , bangs . We tried to take him to obedience school . They put us behind a welding curtain so he would not upset the other dogs with his anxiety issues .

He was a sad dog . Never did he show signs of anger or aggression . Time went on and Odie grew into a handsome young dog but he started to frustrate us as he refused to walk or even be a good pet . I considered strongly of getting rid of him sad but true .

One day my wife was walking down the street . A lady was walking the other direction with a very well behaved GSD. It turns out this lady just moved to town and previously trained search and rescue dogs . She
offered to come over and see what Odie was all about .

This lady has changed Odie into a happy well behaved dog and us into handlers that can help him in his rehabilitation process !

My intentions here are not to bore a reader , but to raise awareness to the fact that it is so very important to find a dog that has been handled in a positive way right from birth . That price should not be a contributing factor .

Things that seem easy for other dogs to grasp take much longer for an animal with issues , if they get it at all. The shelters are full of dogs like Odie . Its up to us as future possible owners to do our homework .

We were so lucky with our dog . He is still developing his confidence but is a much better dog . We get a pet to make us happy not frustrate us to no end.

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Feb 03, 2012
So sweet..
by: Francesca V

He is so lucky to have you guys! Good job!

Dec 31, 2011
by: Linda A - St Louis

I glad you stuck it out with Odie and take the time for him, he is worth that. Maybe something happen to him at the breeder before you got him.

The lady that help you was a sign from God for the both of you. God Bless your Odie and he will be a wonderful companion, take good care of him and He will take care of you!

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