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Welcome, Indy
By David
Posted February 20, 2013

And so, my friends, once again we find ourselves sharing our home with a member of the household who walks around naked all day and pees freely in the yard.

No, it's not me (thankfully). It's Indy (like Indiana Jones), our new female German Shepherd who bears more than a little resemblance to a wolf, but is gentle as a lamb.

Actually, I have to admit that I have some doubts that she's really a dog, because of the following observations:

1. She hasn't attempted to eat my children.
2. She hasn't attempted to eat me, my wife, or any of our friends.
3. She hasn't attempted to eat our shoes, socks, or furniture.
4. She hasn't destroyed our home.

Indy, like Indiana Jones, or the Indy 500. Keeper of the Castle.
Indy, like Indiana Jones, or the Indy 500. Keeper of the Castle.


Well, at least not so far.

So after months of research into every breed of dog, better ways of training them, the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a puppy from a reputable breeder vs.getting a dog from a rescue organization, we wound up with Indy from a local rescue. She's an amazing dog and everyone in our family loves her. Actually, she seems remarkably perfect, to the extent that I'm just waiting for the other shoe to fall. But I prefer to be an optimist.

A few words about German Shepherds:

They're very smart dogs who are eager to please and, therefore, easily trainable.

German Shepherds are also loyal to their owners, and are pack animals, meaning they love to be in the presence of their fellow dogs or human family, but without being a pest. That makes for an ideal family companion.

Most people we meet while walking Indy around town like German Shepherds and don't hesitate to pet her. Indy happens to be very gentle with people, but I personally wouldn't stick my hand near the mouth of any dog I don't know. It's surprising that so many people would.

On the other hand, about 1 in 5 people just walk away when they see us coming. Some go around us in a wide semi-circle, and some people even turn around or cross to the other side of the street. Oh, well, I don't take it personally. Actually, it can be yet another benefit, depending on which way you look at it.

German Shepherds need to have a "job." That can be anything from police work to being a therapy dog. In our case, Indy's job is to be a great family companion and she takes her job seriously.

So, yeah -- the Good Boy and the Sweet Sweetheart are absolutely thrilled with having Indy. No matter what kind of day they are having, their eyes light up with joy as they see Indy in Beautiful Eema's car when they are picked up from school.

As for me and Beautiful Eema: Mission: Get the Kids a Dog -- ACCOMPLISHED. Yes!!!

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