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August 18th 1986
Duty bound and serious, Pogo loved to sentry innocence. That was his life.
Not being near me.
Pogo was not big on toys and claimed nothing specific.
Sour Cream. HUGE junkie. Even a steak would lose out to sour cream.
Anywhere I went.
Melting...letting you scratch him with his back to you, then collapsing on the floor.
Pogo was my first GSD. I was overly ambitious and wanted one of the biggies in taking on the breed, making the switch from Dobermans. He came from a very important kennel...his father was a bear-like impressively titled border patrol dog from Belgium and his momma a very elegant HGH (herding) lady from Kirschental Kennels. He was a particuarly special pup to them, in pedigree, in type, in promise, and he had been raised alongside a litter of kittens towards which he showed exceptional care, so they adored his heart as well. Pogo did not handle his flight over well at all....he was nearly catatonic when I got him out of his crate. People who had been on the flight heading out from Texas (where he was bred) actually came up to me to ask if he was okay, for he had made tremendous and heart wrenching noise. A few days off from work turned into two weeks, and then many months to follow as a shocked, traumatized dog turned into a one achingly dependent and then to a very challenging separation anxiety affected puppy. He tore up the house....shocks at first that over time turned to entertainment as to his sheer creativity.....he showed me I had a lot to learn as a trainer, and was an overwhelming adventure and discovery to raise. My mate at the time couldn't stand him, but that didn't last for long....today, so many years later, he still cries when I mention Pogo's name. He would mature to be the most mighty dog I had ever put my hands on, while structurally sound battled health problems his entire life, and would define for me the greatness of dogs beyond points I had previously imagined. He was my Man O'War, and forever will be.
Save for the health problems, this was the dog Max von Stephanitz dreamed of when thinking of the GSD. He was, pure and simple, Rin Tin Tin come to life. He was pure, unbendable steel....dense and deep, endlessly endearing, disconcertingly awesome. Moderate prey drive, minimal play drive, impressive protection drive, but you could have put a bomb under him and he would not have flinched - he was a sane and mentally sound vat of ability. He was hard, he was serious, he was loyal beyond all measure, and had an exceptionally touching kindness to the small and defenseless. It could not fail to sway you. He brought me past training and taught me how to BE a trainer. Pogo was stone cold reliable, there was no need for a leash. His discretion was flawless. Very trustworthy but strikingly unsocial with strangers....couldn't have cared less.....there were two distinct people he abandoned his rules for - my mom and one very basic and unpretentious mechanic studying to be an engineer. The area cops used to drop by just to ogle over him. And all this on a dog who probably didn't feel well a day in his adult life. He lived because he loved me and I needed him, and I remain convinced his last two years were simply holding the fort until I could survive without him. I try my best to make him proud...to have been worth his sacrifices and efforts. He is the greatest mentor I have had in my life.....no memory can still me as can he, reflecting on his humility, his might, his duty and his wisdom. I to this day remain in privileged awe.
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