I have always wanted a German Shepherd. I met Zanja the German Shepherd service dog yesterday at my psychiatrist appointment. I want a German Shepherd for a service dog!! DH wants me to get a Golden Retriever, and I understand why, but that is not what I want. I gave in initially, but after meeting Zanja, I know that is what I really want. I need to speak with a breeder and ask a few questions. My main things I want to know is if they are affectionate. I need a dog that will be affectionate. I know Golden Retrievers are, but they are an everyone dog. I want a dog that will bond with me. There are a lot of traits in a German Shepherd that I love and want in a dog. For one they need exercise, this will force me to get more exercise. I think this is great, where some people think it is an awful choice. I see it as a motivator. Teach my dog how to fetch and we will go have a grand time!
I don't know if the trainer I want to train my dog will train a German Shepherd. I'm going to ask again. He wanted me to get a Golden Doodle. Um, no. They are cute, way too cute, I will be stopped everywhere I go by people wanting to pet her. No. I know German Shepherds shed, a lot. I know they require lots of exercise. I know they have strong personalities. I'm okay with that. My last dog, Bear, was half chow. She was like that. Except the exercise, she would have been happy lounging all day until she'd get excited and get a case of the 'zoomies', but that didn't happen often. I need a dog that will truly help me, that won't have a big 'pet me' sign flashing over them, and that will also push me to get out more. I want a dog I will like. I'd like to get a Great Dane, but I've never heard of one of them being a service dog and if I ever have to fly I'd have to get her a seat all to herself, LOL.
I understand the reasoning behind getting a Golden Retriever, I really do. They are sweet, love everybody, also require a lot of exercise but can be cool with taking a day off. But they don't bond as well with just one person. They basically have that 'pet me' sign hanging over them, though they do love to cuddle and that is one trait I want. But I love German Shepherds and in my mind when I think of having my service dog, she is always a German Shepherd. I don't know if I can get DH to understand that. But that is what I want and I'm going to be spending major bucks getting my service dog, I want her to be what I want, not what someone else wants.
I'm not sleeping much still. I now have a cough as well. I get an irritation in my throat that, until I get something to soothe it, has me having terrible coughing fits, especially when I lay down. And not just anything will do to get the cough to calm down, something hot or minty is all that works. I'm getting maybe 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night. Not good. I need my sleep. If I still have this cough come Monday, I will go to the doctor.
I'm off to get coffee with a friend, or someone I hope will become a friend. I'm hopeful. She is really sweet and her husband if friends with my DH. It would be cool if we became friends too. I'm picking up Starbucks to take to her house, my treat.
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