WiscTiger Welcomes you.

Posted By: Wisc.Tiger_Val

WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 02/04/10 04:48 AM


First I wanted to say Welcome to the Board. welcome

I am self employed. I am married no children but we have fur kids.

German Shepherds: Cheyenne, DeeDee, Lakota (all LC) and Raya is West German Showlines.

Cats: FuzzyButt who was a feral kitten I rescued, got her spayed and tried to find her a home. Some of the GSD's don't like cats at all so she started her life in my insulated garage. Took her to a Cat Rescue group, but she didn't do well. So momma went and got her and brought her home. She now has the heated/AC basement to run and play in. Loves to lay in the sunshine coming in the windows. I have a feral group outside, her momma who I haven't been able to trap, she has been in the trap before but I had no low cost options for S/N. Her name is Tomi (black & white Tuxedo) she was here for 2 years before she had FuzzyButt (LC grey/black with tiger stripes). She had another litter this summer and they are all tom cats; Hulk (grey and white), Tippy (black with a white tip on the tail) and Jet (all black). My mission this spring to to trap and get some/all of the S/N.

welcome greet

I will get pictures up in the proper threads.

Posted By: angels_momma

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 08/06/11 12:09 AM

thank you for the warm welcome! smile and i bet you have a handful with those four, haha. Angel isn't showline, or registered.wish he was though. he's simply my best friend, and a brother to my daughter, my daughter is 4 months old and he loves her very much. very gentle with her. i recently moved to youngstown, which has a ban on apbt's. so unfortunately, against my own will i had to adopt my last dog kyzer out to a family member, those of who he's known his whole life. it killed me, and i didn't quit crying until i seen angels lil polar bear lookin face. i was looking to adopt, and searching threw petfinder, classified adds for found neglected puppies, but they were few and far between when it came to what breed or tempermant i was looking for. wanted one to grow up with my daughter. and then i found angel, it was in the middle of december, he was practically newborn, and the picture of him was outside in a kennel piled with snow. so i did some reading up, said they were family oriented dogs, very smart, and protective, which was a great match, so we went and took a look at him, he was a result from a BYB, and he was the last one, mother was a white, father was a sable. he was filthy i mean FILTHY, smelled horrible like feces. the guy wanted 40 bucks. so we took him home and it's been awesome with him ever since, picked up on house training so quick, i think it took two weeks tops. i will never regret finding him, aside from the situation he was in that i regret even though i had no control over that. he deserved better so i took on that responsibility. and that is his story! smile
Posted By: texaspeg49

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 10/08/11 03:07 AM

BUT !!!! you did find him and now he is loved and because of you he will never have those memories.
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Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 01/15/12 01:13 PM

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Posted By: Lynn

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 10/07/12 01:55 AM

Posted By: Neptungrll

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 02/06/14 01:30 PM

So cool! I have two cats that I have had for 8 years. We just go Mo, 12 week GSD. I am hoping the cats come out of hiding soon!
Posted By: Edie

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 03/15/14 09:05 PM

Hi everyone I am from Upstate NY.. I have a 1 yr old female shepherd.. She is afraid of everything..
Posted By: Wolfie

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 03/15/14 09:16 PM

Welcome to GS Home Edie.greet
Posted By: ljf

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 03/29/14 05:05 PM

Thank You and Hello to All:

I have a 6 year old GSD, two 9 year old Yorkie s and a true "Heinz 57" that is a beagle in disguise along with a 17 year old cat. All my animals are rescues or emergency adoptions. This past year we lost our 16 year old lab and a older cat. My GSD was adopted last year and the "57" this year. All have integrated well and the cat remains Alpha. My children are grown and we enjoy outdoor activities.

I am looking forward to getting ideas and support for the GSD. We have come a long way in a year but he needs his job description defined when out walking. Training classes will start next week.
Posted By: MaxaLisa

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 03/29/14 08:18 PM

welcome I'm so sorry about your recent losses rip Lots of forums for you to post in....we love pictures smile
Posted By: Raghav Raaz

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 05/10/14 05:30 AM

HI i,m new member
Posted By: Wolfie

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 05/11/14 05:55 AM


Do tell us a bit about yourself - dogs or any other pets you own. smile
Posted By: avie

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 05/21/14 09:45 PM

Hello, everyone! Thank you for the warm welcome.

I discovered this site while looking for information on treibel ball herding.

Though I have had dogs throughout my life, I'm a first time parent to a GSD. I adopted, Luna, an intact 10 mo. old AKC WGSD. I have had her now for 2 mos. Her previous owner could no longer care for her needs due to her declining health.

Luna came into my life at the right time - I was finally ready to invest in a new relationship after a year since we lost our beagle, Rikki suddenly. Luna joined a house full of cats all adopted/rescued: Roxy (11 yo CFC Ragdoll), Riley (11 yo CFC Tonkinese), Belle (9 yo stray calico), Morris (1.5 yo stray Manx-Orange Tabby) and Sot (11 mo grey tabby).

I enjoy training my dog. In the 2 mos. that Luna have been with us she has since learned to walk on the treadmill, be recalled w/ a whistle, play fetch and simple nose work games/puzzles, and walk off-leash. I wish I can train my cats the same.

I'm looking forward to learn from others GSD fur-parents. My dream is to eventually be able to join competition, but for now I am taking my time to discover Luna's talents after all she just turned 10 mos.
Posted By: JulieM

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/11/14 04:44 AM

Hello, and thanks for letting me join the forum
My husband and I adopted a GSD December 2013 from ProjectRescue in Chicago ( great group!). Our only history on him is that he was being trained for protection and search, then he had an injury to his paw and wasn't considered worth the money to fix. Project Rescue pulled him from the shelter, there was nothing found wrong with his paw, but he has severe HD in one hip, moderate in the other. So, rescue surmised that he was dumped because of his hips. He was 10 months old.
I've had and raised dogs (and all sorts of other critters) all my life, but never lived with a GSD. This dog is exceptional, as it seems all GSDs are! I have been leaning on people in forums to help with his dog aggressive stuff, his Velcro stuff, his training needs and all the good stuff that comes along with this wonderful, smart guy.
I appreciate the help and advice, and the fact that we are not the only ones who are not allowed to close the bathroom door.
We raised Siberian Huskies previously, and I've had everything from snapping turtles to roosters to calves, goats and assortment of farm dogs, some inside dogs, a previous rescue (Afghan Hound), and probably some pet bugs. Rudy the Rescue is the most enjoyable interactive puzzle creature I've had!
Posted By: MaxaLisa

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/11/14 04:52 AM

welcome Definitely post some pics in the picture forum!
Posted By: rescueme

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/12/14 02:17 AM

Hi, welcome to the forum this is a great place to share knowledge and get the best info on raising our pups! I, like you have had dogs all my life but just rescued my first GSD!

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Best of luck with your new bow and God bless you for rescuing!

Posted By: TASHA15

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 09/23/15 06:10 PM

Hello! I'm new here to! My name is coleen & I'm getting my GSD in bout 7 weeks! A girL. Tasha will be her name. She will be my only dog, but will be sharing a home with 2 male African Grey parrots & a male parrolet! Yes,the greys both talk! I'm a housewife now, so I figured I now have the time to devote to a GSD. I'm so excited, I cannot wait to bring her home!
Posted By: Kayos

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 09/23/15 06:58 PM

Welcome to you!!
Posted By: Marisol

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 10/22/15 04:47 AM

Hello all my name is Marisol and my fur baby is named Rocky, he will be 3 years old in December. I am new to the forum. I've never belonged to any forums before so this is my first one!
Posted By: middleofnowhere

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 10/22/15 09:02 PM

Hi Marisol. Welcome to the forum.
Posted By: Codmaster

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 10/23/15 10:44 PM

Posted By: Laura

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 10/28/15 11:28 PM

Thank you.
Posted By: cooley254

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/05/15 11:54 AM

I am new here but feeling at home already, I have a six year old German Sherphad I call him "simba". I hope to learn more from this community on how to better take good care of my Simba.
Posted By: Kadi

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/13/15 12:14 PM

Hi all very welcome
my dog Kadi

Posted By: Sylv

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/13/15 01:31 PM

Cute smile wub
Posted By: middleofnowhere

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/13/15 03:37 PM

Hey welcome Cooley & Simba, and Kadi & everyone else I didn't say hello to.....
Posted By: Wolfie

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/13/15 09:24 PM

Welcome to GS Home everyone!!greet
Posted By: arycrest

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 11/14/15 01:09 AM

Welcome ... cute video!!!
Posted By: Charlene

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 01/17/16 05:08 PM

Hi everyone, I am Charlene and I live in Maine.. I have a miniature pinscher, Ellie, long story short, I promised my mom two months before she passed that I would take her, so what could I do? she is a very good dog, she 6 yrs old now.... and we have a new baby, Karlee, who is a purebred german shepherd, whom we got from an individual who couldn't keep her as she and her husband got full time jobs and it was just too difficult. She is 4 yrs. old, has been spayed, up to date on everything and I think she is going to be a beautiful addition to our family once we get the quirks worked out..... before she had a male german shepherd whom she played with, poor Ellie has never had anyone and is pretty particular of who comes near her Momma, lol...of course she might be a little spoiled... Karlee, is so much bigger and used to the big dog, she wants to play, but she is a little too rough, we just got her last Thursday so am hoping things will get better... I have never crated my baby and I hate to have to crate Karlee when I am gone, only because I am afraid she will hurt the little one... I just don't think that is right..... anyways, I have two kids, both grown, two grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren, lol...... I had a shepherd years ago and she was a purebred also, great dog... my s/o has had shepherds throughout the years so is familiar with them.... guess that is it, except for thanx for the add..... will post pics soon...
Posted By: middleofnowhere

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 01/17/16 06:51 PM

Hi Charlene,
Welcome to "opinions unlimited" regarding the care and well-being of dogs. What can I say? Work to get over your personal loathing of crates.;) It is a way to keep both dogs safe when you are not there. Dogs can be trained to love their crates, too. (see crate games) What's "fair" here is to prevent injury to either dog.
It sounds like both dogs are recent additions although I am unclear about Ellie. If so, another thought would be to see if one of your grown kids would give one of the dogs a good home. Things may settle down and all be well at your house soon. A few days is not really enough time to judge unless things have gone south fast.
Posted By: MaxaLisa

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 01/17/16 09:46 PM

welcome Charlene

I had a smaller dog (35 lbs) and a GSD (75 lbs) that I couldn't let play. It was a similar situation - GSD came to the home later than the smaller dog, and wanted to play. But he was too much for the smaller one, and for her protection, I had to watch them like a hawk.

Some of this will depend on how relentless the GSD is about playing with your Ellie. With my boy, I had to use the crate to give him a time out and leave her alone. In the early years, I couldn't let them play at all because he would take his big paw and smack her. Later, I would let them play short amounts in the house, but I would always have to step in and break it up because he got too excited. I would have to send him to his "spot" to settle down, and when he was younger, that spot was his crate.

So there is a lot of individual variation, depending on how your GSD Karlee interacts. First and foremost, you really do have to protect Ellie until you know. I know of a number of GSDs that work really well with smaller dogs and learn how to play appropriately, and hopefully that is what will happen here.
Posted By: nandini

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 08/08/16 05:26 AM

Our GSD named Raja is four year old. In my childhood we had GSD as well as Golden retriever. I am married with no children. I am Agricultural Scientist and my husband is medical doctor in government hospital. So Raja is our only child. Raja is doted upon my family as my mother, brother, sister when ever they visit us.
Raja is absolutely friendly and likes to meet people at home. He eats Pedigree dog food as well as home made food with eggs. Food has to be varied for him.
As a puppy and till one year of age Raja was absolutely fearless and did not fear even crackers. We used for go for walks even in rains. Now he avoids going out if it is raining or crackers are being burst.
Till he was one year of age, he was taken out for his chores five time a day. Gradually now for the last two years it has come to twice a day, morning and evening.
In recent few months we have noticed a change in him. He refuses to go out unless it becomes very urgent. He holds out for as much as 24 or even 36 hrs. I do not know how to account for this. We try to take him out for walk but unless urge to pee or defecate is very urgent he refuses to budge an inch. I do not know how to account for this.
Can any body please suggest any reason for this change of behaviour?.
Posted By: Kayos

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 08/10/16 08:04 PM

Could something outside have frightened him? Many dogs go through fear periods where things can scare them.

Is there a trainer there you could work with?

Welcome to you and Raja!
Posted By: Codmaster

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 08/13/16 02:06 AM

One suggestion that I might make would be to not let your dog decide his behavior. I.E. what he will or will not eat. Unless he is ill I have never heard of a dog starving themselves. Some GSDs like food and eat more than others but all will eat if they get hungry.

Also, how can he refuse to go out when you have a leash on him? perhaps if you take him out on a leash you might be able to see why he doesn't want to go out? Were you leaving him out earlier? If so perhaps something or someone did scare him.

Are you saying that your dog doesn't even pee or poop for 36 hours? What did your vet say about that? Doesn't seem good. I would check with your vet quickly on it.

That has been going on for 2 years?
Posted By: samueldaviesuk

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 10/22/16 02:14 PM

Posted By: Jillybean

Re: WiscTiger Welcomes you. - 02/18/17 03:13 AM

Thanks for the welcome WiscTiger. We've had our new GSD pups (Bonnie and Clyde) for 2 weeks now. Loving every minute of them and their energy. My 81-year-old dad chuckled at me when I named them. I said, "hey what better way to make someone take a second or 2 to think when you are walking along with 2 full-grown shepherds than to say this is Bonnie and Clyde" hahahahaha. Honestly, after getting Bonnie, there was only one option for a male.....and it fits him.

We have 4 barn cats - Cali, Casper, Butters and Bruiser. They are p***ed to say the least. After we had to say goodbye to Max, our Rottweiler mix, the cats thought they were kings and queen. Now they are cussing us.

Bonnie and Clyde have discovered our chicken coop and run. They are not too sure of these dinosaur looking things that make noise. It's all good for the chickens - they are safe and secure and the dogs are leaving them alone. Funny to watch the pups try to figure them out though.

I am amazed at just how alert our pups are to everything. We are in the NE Georgia Mtns so planes are few and far between flying over our particular area. The dogs are so in tune with everything going on around us they actually stop and watch the planes!

I've been around Shepherds all my life but never owned one. Didn't feel we would be doing one justice working full time, living on a 1/3 acre lot in a subdivision and on the run with 3 kids. Now we are retired, husband retired in 2012 at the age of 50 from a Fire Department in the suburbs of Atlanta. I elected to retire in 2014, at the age of 44, from the same department and get out of the 'burbs. Max came with us and quickly decided he'd rather be roaming 4 fenced acres than cooped up in the house with us old folks. He was an awesome 'alarm' to let us know if anyone was coming to our driveway gate. But he also barked at the neighbors, cats, leaves blowing....etc etc and so on. He managed to scare off a 400+lb black bear once with his bark alone. Ran coyotes off too and was always proud to show us his actions.

I say all that to say Bonnie and Clyde are already showing all the signs of good GSDs (from everything I've read and know about the breed). They are not aggressive, just cautious....they look to us and our body language before approaching anyone. We have been steadily introducing them to people. Our neighbor is the one that will care for them in the event we have an emergency. He's awesome and such a dog lover. He comes regularly to see them and they love him. They have met the mailman and are making friends with him too. We are working every day with them to make them well-rounded loving dogs.....with due caution. They are so ready and willing to please, it's amazing ! They seem to have figured out hubby is my protector (although I'm completely able to protect myself) but if he's not around, they stay by my side. Walk with me, stop if I stop, and if they see someone they don't know, they get right in front of me and sit down. Absolutely no aggression, just general caution. When I say "walk" they approach with me and look to me for guidance as to how to advance. For example, Bonnie likes to bring food and water bowls to us if she feels they aren't up to standard. Hubby went out to build a box to house the bowls to deter the dumped bowls. It was cold and he had on a big coat and hood they had not seen. They stopped right in front of me and waited until he spoke and they recognized his voice.

If y'all can't tell, I'm in love with my Bonnie and Clyde - the dynamic duo on our farm.
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