German Shepherd Dog > Alright already; here they are: Capri & Chico pups, just a few hours old (84 replies)
by Dawulf on 15 September 2011 - 03:50
|Ouch!! I had thought she just got into it with one of the other dogs... I'm shocked that she didn't make any noise - ears are sensitive!|
by Jenni78 on 15 September 2011 - 13:28
|They are sensitive. I think sometimes it bugs her, still. Sometimes she will hold it funny and there's never anything wrong w/it I can find. I don't think I've ever heard her yelp or show any other kind of pain. Hell, she delivered puppy #2 while she was stealing pizza from my toddler. That's why she makes me nervous when she has 5 hours of intermittent contractions and no puppy- she's the last dog who would tell you something was really wrong. |
But no, no other dog did that to her. She gets along with everyone, so long as they are respectful, and I keep her away from other females w/similar temperament (like Qira) and I don't have any males who would ever do any real damage to a female. They'll put them in their place if they're really pushing the envelope, but none would out and out rip off half her ear like that. It doesn't look nearly as bad now as it did. It's an optical illusion; there was a huge, horseshoe/bite-shaped chunk missing right off the top outside part. The vet trimmed it all to the highest point and made that the new high point of her ear. The other advantage to doing that was that it would heal cleanly and hopefully straight, and hopefully be less likely to continue to have tissue die as it healed. It healed perfectly. She probably would have had to have more removed had I left it to curl up and heal by itself. Yuck. Still makes me shudder. My perfect 'Pri. Aren't I superficial? LOL
by Dawulf on 15 September 2011 - 14:12
|Hah! She sounds like such a character... giving birth while stealing pizza and chasing sticks... Poor Brix. :P|
I'd probably be pretty upset if something like that happened too... when Chey got fixed, she managed to scrape her nose leather off on the kennel she was in. Black cat with a pink nose - attractive.
But thankfully the black grew back!
Capri's ear gives her character - makes her look tough! Like you (or she) said, "you shoulda seen the other bitch!" LOL! And at least I won't get her mixed up with any of the other dogs (which I am seriously worried about doing with Qira and Caleb, *coughcough*). I can definantly see your point though...
by mollyandjack on 15 September 2011 - 14:18
|She's gorgeous! I don't think the ear detracts at all from her appearance. If anything, it adds a kind of "I'm beautiful, but don't f with me" expression to her face ;-)|
by Teufel Hunde on 15 September 2011 - 14:39
|Jen,I seperate between the basement and upstairs. Crates for those who need them. Already picking a spot to fence off for rotaton in the yard for the intact males. I do not really care for females and as much and rather take the time and trouble to have males. Believe me, although Aurick is a wonderful dog, he's a shithead.I maybe I'm crazy, but I enjoy that part of him....keeps me on my toes!|
by Teufel Hunde on 15 September 2011 - 14:50
|Nadeem , we would love to come see him work. I'll pm you for more info|
by Jenni78 on 15 September 2011 - 15:17
|Yeah, Cat, I used to think like that, too. Now, I think I will let my current ones die off and not replace them; I'll just keep one "main" male from now on. When I had more time (before my son was around) I liked to rotate them and take one to work each day, but now that things have changed, I feel that they would each be better off w/out the other one, so I won't do that again. I just feel like dividing my attention all the time has too many downsides. I was very fortunate for many years to be able to rotate like I could and always have one at work, so no one was getting the short end of the attention stick, but w/the ones I have now, divided attention is simply not enough and I have to be honest and say that it's not optimal. I do the best I can but I feel guilty and would not do it again. If I did, I would have a huge age gap and make sure the older one was a finished product before introducing another one. Your son handles Aurick a lot though, doesn't he? That must be very helpful. In my situation, I'm the only one they look to.|
I never liked females as well either, but Capri changed all that. She's like a male in her bonding, willingness to please, toughness, but has the easygoing, level head of a female when it comes to house manners, being protective of children, etc.
Mollyandjack & Dawulf, thanks for trying to make me feel better about her ear. It didn't help, but thanks anyway. LOL!
by LynOD on 15 September 2011 - 16:42
|Jen I am crying with you. My Old female who passed last year had a beautiful head with perfect ears at around 7 years of age she got a hematoma and the ear flopped, I was devasted she could care less. I looked into surgery but they couldn't gaurentee it would stand, so I opted not to put her through it. Capri still is a beauty though :)|
by Jenni78 on 15 September 2011 - 16:49
|I remember that, Lyn. We're really being ridiculous, but at least we know it. LOL. I think I was so upset because I had only had her a short time, only had a few pictures, and soooo many people were anxiously waiting to see her...it was just really upsetting. I would've made the same choice you did in that situation though; this was more a combo of making it look better and minimize the chance of problems down the road.|
So, do you want your very own Brix, Lyn?
by LynOD on 15 September 2011 - 17:00
|I won't even say how tempted I am. But I know the reality of owning a dog like Brix, and working a full time job and leaving a dog like that kenneled all day is certainly not ideal. They want to work and work and work..... Jules has a flexible schedule and can take Brix to work with him makes it alot more doable. And then i look at Jules and sometimes he is sooo tired because Brix had him up a 4 am because he wanted to train LOL I'll take the easy way out and stick with my border collie who sleeps beautifully is quiet in the house and although requires daily exercise I can tire her out unlike Brix who never tires LOL. But thanks for tempting me, I know how wonderful they are:)|
by isachev on 15 September 2011 - 17:35
|I can surely attest to Bravo's power. Look's like a damn freight train rolling in! He is unreal at only 17 month's. If I can get my pups near that ability at 17 months, I will be thrilled. Capri is one gorgeous girl. Every time I see a new pic of her I'm blown away. Thanks for posting. Pete|
by isachev on 15 September 2011 - 17:37
|One more thing, Bravo has an excellent handler who puts in hours and hours to get him where he is today.|
by bazza on 15 September 2011 - 17:40
|Capri has a torn ear??????? Can't say I even noticed, lol. Her pics are stunning!!!!|
by Elkoorr on 15 September 2011 - 18:18
|Congrats on the litter, Jen! I can attest to the hardness of those guys. Fast, powerful, really hard bite. Apache hasnt taken down my trainer yet, but this is a guy who catches Rotts and 100lbs bulldogs! If I can get his tracking straight, we will go for a SCHH1 in November, otherwise its gonna be a SCHHA. Good luck with Bravo's BH! Maybe we will meet one day and compete with each other :)|
Oh Jen... heres a Capri look alike for you! And no, its not raining....he is laying next to the sprinkler. Please excuse the green fence, cant get into hubby's mind that crabbgrass and fence doesnt need watering!
by jem38 on 16 September 2011 - 02:12
| Lyn, That sounds like an offer you can,t refuse. Imagine a little pup sleeping at your feet, looking at you with those little eyes. |
I,ll even go to the airport to get him for you.
Teufel Hunde, just wait till a 65-70 lb. dog takes you off your feet. priceless
by Nadeem6 on 16 September 2011 - 02:17
|Thank you Pete, but honestly i just followed whatever Ronnie Weiss told me to do. He has a lot to do with how well this dog turned out. I guess i am a good listener :) |
Elkoor it would be a blast to compete with you someday.
by Teufel Hunde on 16 September 2011 - 03:09
|Aurick's 70 lbs right now. Carlos says he'll be like a bullet hitting when he's mature. With what I have with a Capri grandson, I expect nothing less than a cannon with Corrado!!!|
Knock me off my feet... priceless.....my last boy did that and I'm so glad nobody was there to video it!!!!
by Dawulf on 16 September 2011 - 03:41
|Elkoorr, I love Apache! He is such a cool looking dog!|
by Jenni78 on 16 September 2011 - 14:23
|Oh, Lyn, I was only joking. Not to worry! ;-)|
Jules, I sensed some sarcasm; are you suggesting I sent you anything but a sweet little pup to lie at your feet?
Nadeem, while I'm glad you're working with Ronnie because not everyone would work so well w/some of these pups (thank God there are still a couple TDs around who can appreciate some real aggression) you deserve a boatload of credit. Being a good listener is good, too. You've done a really good job w/him, and have handled a dog that would be too much for many newer handlers, and best of all, you've proven that a dog can be impressive on the field and live in the home as a true companion. I think a large part of your success is due to that; you can watch Bravo and see that he's working off the bond as much as any reward you may give.
Apache does still have a very "Capri" expression about him...with even more of a smartass twist. He just looks like he's taking a momentary break from his world domination plan.
Bazza, LOL! I've heard that from people who see her in person; they truly don't notice until I point it out, especially when she's in motion. The vet really did a great job.
by Nadeem6 on 24 September 2011 - 20:57
|A Capri & Chico pup earned his BH today at Turner Junction's trial in Chicago!! |
BH-Bravo vom Eisenherz @ 17months old.