Misc.

Dog Memories

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Memory and experience are personal—that is, they die with the person. But sometimes we are fortunate to find a repository of such memories written down, so that future dog aficionados can enjoy and be enlightened. I hope that wherever you are reading this now, it will be saved in case some grandchild who fancies dogs might want to know what it was like “in the old days.”

Jealousy and the Canine

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In the domesticated dog, the picture is often distorted a bit. John and Jane Doe have a puppy who grows up “thinking” he is number-three “person” in the family. Jane gets pregnant. Now what? Do they have cause to worry about the dog not accepting the baby?

Don’t Be Snookered!

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There is no place on earth where dogs and dog lovers have complete liberty to enjoy life and each other. At one end of the scale would be the Hawaiians of sixty or more years ago. One of those, a neighbor in 1958, told us that many natives loved dogs so much, that they nearly worshipped them...

Rights and Privileges of Pet Ownership

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The odds are pretty good that you are a dog lover; even better that you have either a dog or a cat, or perhaps another animal pet. So, I know that I am talking to most of you this month. Many of you know that I am called “Mr. GSD” in magazines and websites, although I judge all breeds, not only German Shepherd Dogs. I have judged shows in about 30 countries and have lectured in many of them...

Interview with Fred Lanting for the Rottweiler Chronicle

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This is an excerpt from a Rottweiler website interview with Fred Lanting done in mid-2004, by Karim (“RevCamara”) of  von Lowenfels and The Rottweiler Chronicle.

Donar
A Story of a German Shepherd Dog in Austria

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Our dog Donar was a German Shepherd Dog, a first-class, purebred dog with a first-class pedigree. Still, he was once declared not worthy according to the Breed Standard of the German people.

Our dog belonged first to a master chimneysweep. The chimneysweep had a passion for hunting and wanted a hound. Donar was not of use, however, as a hound. He was “gun-shy;” i.e., he feared slams and bangs. He trembled, tucked his tail between the hind legs, and hid his snout in the folds of his master’s coat. His master beat him to expel the fear from him. But the more he beat him, all the more...

COMMON-SENSE GROOMING
Haircoat, Ears, Teeth & Nails

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Although it is a characteristic of the German Shepherd Dog (which I have bred and judged almost since they walked off the Ark), the double coat is not unique to this breed, and the grooming techniques I have found to be best (and which I describe here) are applicable to many breeds. For readers who have terriers, sighthounds, poodles, and some others, you’ll have to modify these tips just a little. The soft, fluffy undercoat of many scores of breeds is very light and somewhat flyaway, while the topcoat is coarse, heavier, usually straight, and imbeds itself like a whipworm into the woven fabric in your wardrobe and living-room furniture, snaking in and out of the warp to defy your best efforts in brushing...

COMMON-SENSE GROOMING
Haircoat, Ears, Teeth & Nails

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During or following the semi-annual major hair loss, you can bathe the dog, if he still needs washing, with a good pH-balanced shampoo especially formulated for dogs. Baby shampoo will do as well, and as long as you don’t wash him too frequently, plain old hand soap is good enough. Bathing will help loosen and remove much of the rest of the dead hair. This is especially helpful if you don’t take time for daily prolonged combing during these shedding periods...

Ear training for German Shepherd Dog Puppies
Some Approaches

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Instructions on the proper methods to tape a German Shepherd puppies ears to assist them in standing correctly.

Conflict - Life, Love and War

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Drawing on a background as a writer, poet, and former college instructor, as well as memories of WW-2 and Korea, the author chronicles the life of a man in conflict, Col. Stan Thomas. A pacifist who becomes a war hero, a man deeply in love who loses his young wife, a soft-spoken academic with nightmares and secrets about the men he has killed, Prof. Thomas lives a quiet public life, and tries to maintain an arm’s-length relationship with a philandering preacher with whom he seems to share some disturbing Doppelgänger similarities.

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