|Barked: Tue Oct 8, '13 12:37pm PST |
|Hi, Astra! I'm a pretty recognizable breed, I'm a German Shepherd Dog, but I'm more black in my face than tan. People think I'm pretty I guess, because they say it a lot. My person likes to mess with them when they say, "My, how beautiful!". He says to them, "Why thank you! Oh, you mean the dog!" I think they laugh out of kindness, but it's a good ice-breaker.
I think we have it a little easier because I'm a big, dark dog, and GSD's have kind of a rep because we do police work and lots of people think we're agressive. So, people stand a little further back, and that gives us time to get ready for them if they decide to ask about petting me and stuff.
My person doesn't mind, most of the time. I'm a friendly girl, and like being a positive example of SD's in public, and of my breed. He likes that people pay attention to me and not him because of his PTSD, but I like taking him out in public to get his ass out of the house and around people so he can heal!
Also, we belong to a group of veterans that provides rescue/shelter dogs, equipment, food, training, veteranarian services, and anything else a qualified veteran needs-at no expense to the veteran-if he has been prescribed a SD. The veteran's needs and situation are evaluated, and a search of all the shelters/rescues who work with us is done until a perfect match is found for each veteran. So, when I take my veteran out in public and people ask about me, he gets to tell them about the program and how they can donate if they would like to help.
I suppose one of the factors in being a SD is that people will express an interest, some in a positive way, some not so much, and we all have to find our own way to deal with it. We wish you the best, good luck with training your person, and here's to a long career!