Nicknames: The Bob Dog, The Bob, Bob the Dog, My Sweet Boy
Birthday: March 6th 1996
Likes: Playing with any toys, "fence fighting" the deer at the backyard fence, barking like a maniac at dogs walking with their owners and deer out the front window.
Pet-Peeves: Other dogs besides his doggy-family, going to the vet, deer, having his nails clipped
Favorite Toy: The hose -- he loves to bite the water! Plus kong toys of all kinds (Water Kong, King Kong, weird shaped Kongs), and tennis balls -- he loves tennis balls but cannot play with them unsupervised because he will destroy them.
Favorite Food: Turkey, cheese, steak, chicken -- all meat! Hotdogs or summer sausage that we use as rewards when training (I train using positive reinforcement only).
Favorite Walk: Every walk! Walks around our neighborhood, walks in the woods, especially walks to the lake where he can go swimming.
Best Tricks: "Sit-up" and his ability to "air scent" me -- he tracks me to wherever I am hiding when we play hide and seek!
Arrival Story: I'd always wanted a German Shepherd. I noticed an ad in the paper selling German Shepherd Puppies and called. They said the puppies were 5 weeks old and I could come and look at them, but could not take one until they were 7 - 8 weeks old. I went, not expecting much really, just going to check it out, but when I got there I knew I was going to end up with one of those puppies. The house was huge and well-kept, the bitch and her litter were indoors with access to the garage (the whelping box was indoors), and the breeders were very nice and very responsible people. The parent dogs were wonderful, good temperaments, very well-trained, good hips (OFA cert.) and the breeders showed me the pups' pedigree, which was all in German, as the parents were imports (they had translations, thank God). They said these were "High-drive German Working Dogs"...at the time, I had no idea what that meant! I met the puppies and spent some time with them before choosing sweet little Bob, the small, calm puppy of the litter. A few weeks later, I took him home. By the time he was an adult dog, I knew exactly what "High-drive German Working Dog" meant: an incredibly intense dog! What energy, what drive! He very nearly overwhelmed me, but because of him I discovered a new passion: dog training! He sure needed it, and I learned SO much from him as we worked together (we use positive reinforcement only, no choke or pinch collar for my sweet boy!). It turned out that I chose the best German Shepherd for me.
Bio: Bob is the most fun dog you could imagine! He LOVES to play -- he is great at frisbee, will play fetch with you until your arm falls off, is great at games like "hide and seek" and "find the cookie" (he has an incredible nose and he really uses it! He can sniff me out when we play hide and seek by "air-scenting", following my trail exactly to wherever I am hiding, and you cannot hide a cookie or a toy good enough to stump him, he ALWAYS finds it!) and he is really fun to take swimming. He also loves to play with the hose, leaping around to bite the water. He is extremely loving and sweet, and there is nothing cuter than Bob when he puts his head in your lap so you will scratch his ears. He gets really lovey and affectionate when he is tired, and he will just lean on you and give you kisses. A funny thing he has done since he was a puppy is that if you sit on the floor, he will come and sit in your lap! He has taught me so much and I cherish every lesson. He always has a toy with him, most often one of his Kongs. Sometimes he'll be laying there surrounded by his toys, like he collected them all and took them to bed with him. Speaking of toys and beds, I have woken up with a Kong sitting on the bed, so he must feel like playing in the night and brings me a toy! He is just the most wonderful dog and I love him dearly.
Bob's list of loves and wishes: 1. Hamburgers from the In-N-Out drive-thru! 2. Going for a ride in the car 3. Playing Ball!! 4. Walks in the woods on my flexi-leash 5. Barking/screaming/yowling at deer or other dogs walking by our house 6. Mommy to give me her dinner instead of eating it herself (a wish!) 7. Swimming! 8. Catching a deer instead of just barking at them through the fence (another wish!)
The: Early each morning, me and Mommy go on a "Coffee Walk". See, Mommy read in a book about a character who's dream dog was one who could amble alongside her while she went for a stroll, sipping her morning coffee. Mommy thought that was a lovely idea, and who better to join her on a walk while she sipped her morning coffee than her old German Shepherd Dog! Thus was born the morning Coffee Walk. We are up and out of the house by 6:15am, and we stroll through our quiet neighborhood. Mommy sips her coffee from her silver travel mug while I stop to investigate each interesting scent I come upon... we don't continue walking until I am done sniffing. Isn't that lovely? Our Coffee Walk is both mine and Mommy's favorite part of each day.
Thank you for the gifts and kind thoughts on my 3-year Bridge Day. Mommy spent the day thinking of me, remembering times in my life, missing me. I watched over her all day, wagging my tail when she recalled the happy times, and wanting to lick her tears away when she cried, remembering my last day. We love each other so very much, and we will be together again someday when it's her turn to go to Heaven.
Happy Birthday my boy. I have thought about you all day, and missed you every minute. I cherish the memories of your past birthdays, and I feel blessed to have shared thirteen and a half years with you. I hope you are happy and running and playing in Heaven today, I hope you got lots of fun toys there for your birthday, and I hope you even got an In-N-Out Double Double like I got you on your last birthday. I love you so, so much, and I miss you always.
Until we see each other again, I love you and you are always in my thoughts and in my heart...