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The Birthday Mission - Chapter 60

Rain and mud- An oil patch New Year

Rain and mud- An oil patch New Year

Saw a birthday come and go this past week – numero sesenta to be exact. Several folks called or emailed to wish me many happy returns on the day. My reply to all of them was pretty much the same. 2015 was a good year for me and I am thankful.  I worked when I wished and played more than I deserved. The fellowship during the 5 months at the Secret Hideout has no price and that time is a cherished memory.

The only thing lacking was some resolution to my lack of a dog.  I been giving that plenty of thought here of late.  Looking back, the last dog of my own was a Border Collie in Rural East Tennessee back in the Late 80’s.   Gracie lived to chase the mailman every day and there wasn’t a thing I could do about it.  Ended up being Mailman 1 -Gracie 0.  All the rest of the hounds since Gracie either came part and parcel with the female du jour or were acquired at the behest of the aforementioned woman.  Tuco the Dog was no exception as Little Blondie had acquired her ’bout a year before we got all hooked up sideways.   I was not impressed when I first saw that silly ragmop Tuco but then again,  most of y’all know how that turned out.  Now that I am  free and clear of aggravatin’ wimmen and hunting for a new dog it seemed important to cipher on  the selection pretty heavy and do it just right this go ’round.

BFF Cait and Stark the German Shepherd

BFF Cait and Stark the German Shepherd

When BFF Cait got back from her year long deployment in South Korea, she bought 2 things.  A 4 door Jeep and a German Shepherd puppy.  Oh, she bought a house too but I think the Jeep and the Dog are closer to her heart.  Seeing as how it was her first time to have either one her ownself,  I have been following both sagas pretty close. Her opinion is both purchases were well found and she would not hesitate to do it the same-same again given the chance.   It took me awhile to rule out getting another Gordon Setter but when I got past that,  German Shepherds were pretty high up on my list due to her enthusiastic approval.  She was having great luck with hers and My Dad had told me the smartest dog he ever saw while in practice was a German Shepherd.  He also cautioned a German Shepherd was not a dog you could just turn loose and let run. They were bred to work and left to their own devices could be unruly and hard to train.  He told me flat out they needed human interaction at all times.   I didn’t see that as a problem.  My one great commodity is plenty of time to piddle and putter.

Back in the day, when both kids were still at home,  when something important was afoot I told them we were on a mission. Didn’t take them long to figger out what being on a mission with Dad meant  – no slackin’,  toe the  line and give no less than 150% effort until the mission was complete.   BFF Cait treated the acquisition of a new puppy for me as her mission and without her help,  I could have never done it.  Not even close.

German Shepherds (I read) are the second most popular breed in the country and you know damn well the puppy mills are aware of the sales numbers too.  That means there are beaucoup poorly bred puppies available for sale – especially around Christmas.  “F” that noise.   The last thing  I want to invest time and good money in is a genetically inferior canine.  Not to mention the health problems which come as a result of sketchy breeding practices.   I already lost my best running buddy due to an apparently inherent genetic heart defect.  I would not nor could not deal with that heartache again.  So BFF Cait checked with the kennel in Tennessee where she got Stark and the chain of referrals and references began.  She was relentless in her search for a good pup and I was doing my research as well.  German Shepherds come in many colors, sizes and blood lines.  Hers is going to be well over 125 lbs when mature which is a BIG damn dog  and I want a big dog just maybe not THAT big.  During my readings I came across the East German (DDR)-Czech bloodlines.

gsdDDR German Shepherds are named for the Deutsches Demokratische Republik (German Democratic Republic) or what is known in English as East Germany. The DDR was formed in 1949 at the end of the World War II.
After the surrender of Germany at the conclusion of the war, Berlin and the remaining German territory was partitioned into four occupation zones by the Allied forces. The Western three sectors, controlled by France, United Kingdom, and United States merged on May 23, 1949 to form the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland). On October 7, 1949 the Soviet Union closed the borders on the Eastern sector it occupied and it became the German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or DDR).
The two areas, the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic) were informally known as “West Germany” and “East Germany” and the division began the period known as the Cold War.  In East Germany, The Socialist Union party of Germany (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands) commonly known as the East German Communist Party, took control of German Shepherd pedigree registration and breeding, in effect making the German Shepherd dog part of its military complex.
Strict breeding criteria was put in place and breed wardens aggressively culled dogs with any sign of hip dysplasia or weak temperament. DDR dogs were bred for power and athleticism, with straight toplines and large, strong heads. Breed wardens inspected every litter for proper dentition, temperament, bone structure, ear set, coat quality, and total overall appearance. Males with undescended testicles were culled.
While West German dogs were tested over five-foot angled walls, East German dogs were required to scale straight six-foot walls. West German dogs searched six blinds, DDR dogs searched ten blinds. West German tracking tests included eight corners and angles, DDR tracking tests included 16. The DDR German Shepherds were bred to endure harsh weather conditions and long, arduous patrols.
As part of the Grenzschutz Polizei (Border Police), DDR dogs were put to work actively guarding the 850 miles long East German border and the 100 mile-long Berlin wall. The DDR border patrol dogs served as sentries, tracking dogs, and attack dogs. Special units were formed to track deserters over large expanses of countryside.
When the German borders were opened in 1989 the need for guards and guard dogs ended. Within five months of the border opening half of the 50,000 guards had been dismissed with the remainder retained to dismantle the border fortifications. Many of the DDR dogs were sold, abandoned, or put down. Some of them eventually made their way into the kennels of discerning American breeders

The more I read about German Shepherds the more I realized the American bloodlines had been bastardized almost totally to satisfy demand and to compete in the show ring. Little was left of the dog bred so long ago in Germany to be an all around working farm dog. At the same time, the more I read about the East German/Czech bloodlines the clearer it became that this was the dog I was probably looking for.   They are leaner and blockier than the American show dogs and do not demonstrate that extreme rake from shoulder to hip that has been bred in to the show dogs here.  They are usually more intense, agile  and devoted than their American counterparts.  The demeanor of the German Shepherd also fit my plans which involve bowling balls and such.  BFF Cait adjusted her mission accordingly and the mission progressed.  She has already had a bump-in-the-night incident where the Stark dog rose to the occasion at a mere 6 months of age.  I got a feeling these German Shepherds are hellacious animals provided you are selective and discerning when you search out a pup.  The good ones ain’t cheap!  Buy once.  Cry once, right Compadres?   I am not cutting corners or buying a Wal-Mart bargain dog for damn sure!

Stay tuned folks. I can tell you right now this adventure is just getting started…..

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End Note: He’s a Good Dog by Fred Eaglesmith from the Official Bootleg Series Volume II.

I don’t listen to enough Fred J around here.

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16 comments to The Birthday Mission – Chapter 60

  • Joel

    Belated welcome to the big six-oh. I only celebrate birthdays in the Fibonacci series, so mine passed last year virtually unremarked.

    The monks at New Skeet (NY) breed some pretty impressive German shepherds, but I guess it’s too late for that now.

    Best wishes for 2016!

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    • Andy

      Thanks Joel,

      I have two of the dog books written by the New Skete monks. Their puppies start at $4k BTW and they are not taking new puppy orders until this June.

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  • Ken Stewart

    Congrats on your 60th. I turned 60 on 21 Dec. Years ago I told the wife I wanted a Scottish Terrier for my 60th. She did not disappoint. I had actually forgotten and was in the dark. She even went up to Oklahoma to get him. First time with a small dog. Regards and good luck with the Shepherd.

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  • Lynn Brashears

    Happy Belated Birthday. Probably won’t make it to TX until Feb. Talked to Tony before Christmas, had a gate for us, but couldn’t get there. We have been dogless since 2012. Will be awhile longer without one, sure do miss having a dog. Good luck on your search, Happy New Year!

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    • Andy

      Let me know when y’all head this way Lynn.

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  • Rob

    Congratulations on making it to the big six oh! Best of luck on the search for your new companion.

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  • Nancy1340

    Awwwwww what a cutie. Looking at you like “Hi Dad!”.
    Congratulations

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  • David

    Hey Andy,

    Happy six-oh!

    Do you have the pup already? One of the pics above shows one and didn’t know if it was bff Caits as a pup or your new one.

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  • Coal

    Congrats on the bday and congrats on the new addition, only thing better than a gsd is having two of them. My 9 year old passed last feb, went out the same day and got a puppy gsd, she turns a year old here in a couple of days. Great company for my 8 year old, they inseparable now.

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    • Andy

      So when do they quit chewing on your feet and turning over the water bowl 7X a day???????

      Man, it is good to hear from you Coal!

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      • Coal

        They stop that when they start chewing up all the phone cords lol your in for alot of first year fun, i run mine 5 to 10 k a day that really calms them down think raw food diet too critical lots of online info, watch the protien levels when they a pup, too much and they grow too fast. Socialize the pup lots too pays off.

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  • Vince

    Is that your new pup in the picture of camo shirt, vest and pup or is that the Stark dog?

    Happy New Year! And a belated Happy Birthday! You don’t look a day over 70. BWAHAHAHAHA…just kidding. Seen that in a stupid peter pan commercial.

    4k for a dog……whewwww. You sure don’t skimp. That sob better make coffee and do the laundry. LOL

    Never paid for a dog. Always adopted from a shelter or was given as a gift. My Brandi is on her last year I’m sure. Next dog will have to fit
    in the saddle bags. Not going to be a guard dog cuz we have other stuff for that. Just a heart warming dog buddy, or budette.

    What was that noise? The water bowl? hehehehe

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    • Andy

      That is the new pup Vince and I can assure you she did not cost $4k. The noise was something turning over the trash cans outside the bedroom window.

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  • Vince

    She looks to be a good dog. When they’re paying attention like that when they’re young and looking at your eyes that way it’s a sign of a very intelligent dog.

    Congratulations on the new member.

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  • Vince

    Morn’n Andy,

    That pup got you house trained yet? heheheHAHAHA!! How’s that project going anyway?

    More pic’s if ya got’em.

    Vince

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