German Shepherd
Picture of Titan, a male German Shepherd

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Home:St. Louis, MO, Daphne, a  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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puppy, furbutt, the nozzle

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:
-part feral-pound dog-dog rescue

Gotcha Date:
November 20th 2008

November 1st 2007

jumping for sand, swiming, raw meat, learning new things, RUNNING, chasing squirrels

having his ears cleaned, little animals in the yard, robbers

Favorite Toy:
any small plush squeaky toy, tennis balls, sticks

Favorite Food:
raw meat

Favorite Walk:
hiking in the woods, at the bay, to the creek, anywhere that leads to water to swim in or dirt/sand to jump for, and anywhere he can RUN

Best Tricks:
sit, stay, stand, down, wait, go, come, go home, beg, shake, give me a hug, get it, drop it... adding more and more with time, he's very smart... He also opens doors, drawers, jars etc

Arrival Story:
Animal control in Florida picked him up as an emaciated stray, and he was put on death row. The local Humane Society rescued him just in time, and began trying to put some weight on him for a month. Then a kind woman took him into her rescue organization, had him neutered and vetted, and placed him into a foster home. I had been looking for a large young dog capable of hiking and guarding, and I ran across his profile on petfinder.com. I took him home about 3 days later! I thought he was much too friendly and accepting to protect me, but twice someone has tried to break into our home and he did turn guard dog, ready to eat the intruder! Good boy!

At 6 years old, he's technically a senior for his size - that's a JOKE!! He hasn't slowed down one single bit, which I love :D He's the embodiment of good health and fitness. He's INSANELY energetic and needs 30 - 110 miles of hardcore running in sand every other day AT LEAST just to be able to live with him (yes, that number is correct). He can jump 6 feet in the air or more easily and happily does so over 200 times with the running until he looses his spring (he jumps for sand). He also routinely does a lot of hill lunges with 22 pounds on his back, and on one occasion he swam full paddle for 4 hours with only three 5 minute breaks. He makes some very strange noises all the time... like coyote chatter, though I will save the part where and how I found out what he really is being that he is a black market pup, though low content. He marks things with his face, feet, shoulders and tail and wants to rub on everything/everyone. He has scent glands where domestic dogs do not (and his nozzle smells of maple syrup... breakfast time!). He also single tracks (placing the back feet in the tracks of the front feet) and moves like a wolf, but is able to fool some people with his German Shepherd coat - I am lucky. Though I have had people ask me if he is mixed with Greyhound because of his extremely narrow yet muscular build, and the fact that on a few occasions he has kept top speed with an ex-racing Greyhound full sprint back in the dog park days before he turned 2 and his prey drive got way too high for little dogs that run. He is 65 lbs and only 6" wide at his widest point, but 26" tall at the withers. His claws are huge and never have to be trimmed. They come off in pointed caps leaving behind another pointed tip, and this seems unaffected by what substrate he's using for exercise. He cannot regulate his body temperature and must have a shave in the summer or else he overheats in only 15 minutes and can't run (which leaves him wanting to run in the house and make trouble when he's cooled off). I have wondered if this isn't because his summer coat, though shorter and lighter, isn't that much different from his winter double coat. He does not bond with me the same way other dogs do and I can't really describe what's different about the bond other than he's more independent, self interested, yet it's almost spiritual like a soul mate. He's my buddy and I love him to death despite his brilliant trickery that can drive me insane (such as doors, drawers, cabinets, counter tops, unscrewing lids without chewing them off, etc). He was no easy animal to train and still tests the boundaries now and then. He knows I mean business when I growl at him because he knows what comes after that on the occasion that he still wants to test. Titan has no fear of anything or anyone, and an obnoxious prey drive. Since I'm used to his constant high pace way of life and intensities, regular dogs are becoming.... boring? Even my lovable pit bull is life in the slow lane compared to this guy. I know that sounds terrible, but when you live with an animal that makes agility and police dogs look slow/unfit comparatively, that's all you're used to because that's all you do... It's all you CAN do! Oddly, I wouldn't have it any other way and love how this dog has enriched my life and happiness. His antics are hilarious and he always wants to play - I'm never short of a smile or a laugh when he gets a case of the sillies!

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What kind of ice cream are you?

June 15th 2009 5:28 am
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Well... This is my first entry and Gucci tagged me!

So here's how it works:
I am going to tag ten friends and tell them what kind of ice cream I look like. Then you tag ten friends and tell them what kind of ice cream you look like! Sprinkles count too! Add it in a new diary entry like I did here.

Lucky Pepper only had to tag five friends... hmm... anyway,

That's a hard one... I guess I look like really dark cookies and creme (lots of Oreo bits) with caramel.

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