To reduce the overpopulation and suffering of dogs and cats through education and low-cost spay/neuter programs and to rescue, vet and place adoptable* dogs and cats into good permanent homes.
Monday, November 29, 2010
by Mary Torio
People meet my Okette(aka "Monster") and tell me "Oh, I want one JUST like HER!" I usually reply: "No, you really don't." Don't get me wrong, she's a perfect fit for me;I wouldn't trade her for love or money. But she REQUIRES 6-10 hours of exercise, 5-7 days a week. ...Literally.
Here's an example of why I don't recommend working-line GSDs to most people: due to my being busy, Okette only got "normal dog" level exercise since Tuesday, other than an hour of swimming on Sat. When I got home last night & the dogs crowded the door Kona growled at someone for jostling her. This happens every single day & Okette ignores it. But last night intensity girl was out of her head with unexpended energy so she attacked Kona and had her pinned down as I came through the door. It took two hands for me to pull her off, and she tried to go back for more. This is NOT typical! I have no doubt this only happened because she hadn't had enough exercise or mental stimulation for the past 4 days. Keep in mind she DID get walked and played with the other dogs here all day! When she's had enough exercise she completely ignores being growled at and even nipped. But missing only 4 days of 6-8 hours exercise she was off her head.
Working line dogs are bred to DO stuff, and their energy requirements are off the hook. How many dogs wind up in rescues or even put down because of "behavior problems" that are just due to boredom or lack of exercise? People get so offended when I try to talk them out of getting one like her. Lemme repeat, I LOVE this dog, wouldn't trade her if I could. I LOVE her energy & drive. But most people aren't up for all that. And there's no shame in that! I just want people to recognize what they are and are not up for, and get their dogs accordingly.