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August Blog Challenge - Day 15

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Koda.

I'd like to say I'm like Duke, but I'm not that calm or trusting.



Koda is my German Shepherd.  I'm much more like her.


These are things we have in common:

  • She's loyal.
  • She's fiercely protective.
  • She loves beyond all reason.
  • She gets VERY attached.
  • She worries.  A lot.
  • She reads my emotions.
  • She loves babies.  Any kind of babies.
  • She's getting old.
  • She's blind as a bat.
  • But in her prime, she was strong, agile and graceful.
  • She doesn't mind hard work, and she's not really sure how to play.
  • She rarely complains.
  • She likes things the way she likes them.  For instance, she wants to be in front of the parade when we all walk downstairs.  She has to be first.  That's how it's always been, so in her mind, that's how it's supposed to be.  Change is not welcome here.
  • She loves baseball boys.
  • She's destructive when she's scared.  She once tore apart a door because she was stuck on the "wrong" side.
  • She's courageous and confident and very intense.

Here's a blurb about German Shepherds:
Often used as working dogs, German Shepherds are courageous, keen, alert and fearless. Cheerful, obedient and eager to learn. Tranquil, confident, serious and clever. GSDs are extremely faithful, and brave. They will not think twice about giving their lives for their human pack. They have a high learning ability. German Shepherds love to be close to their families, but can be wary of strangers. This breed needs his people and should not be left isolated for long periods of time. They only bark when they feel it is necessary. Often used as police dogs, the German Shepherd has a very strong protective instinct, and is extremely loyal to its handler.  German Shepherds will not listen if they sense that they are stronger minded than their owner, however they will also not respond well to harsh discipline. Owners need to have an air of natural authority to their demeanor. German Shepherds are one of the smartest and most trainable breeds. With this highly skilled working dog comes a drive to have a job and a task in life and a consistent pack leader to show them guidance. They need somewhere to channel their mental and physical energy. This is not a breed that will be happy simply lying around your living room or locked out in the backyard. The breed is so intelligent and learns so readily that it has been used as a sheepdog, guard dog, in police work, as a guide for the blind, in search and rescue service, and in the military. The German Shepherd also excels in many other dog activities including Schutzhund, tracking, obedience, agility, flyball and ring sport. His fine nose can sniff out drugs and intruders, and can alert handlers to the presence of underground mines in time to avoid detonation, or gas leaks in a pipe buried 15 feet underground. The German Shepherd is also a popular show and family companion.


So yeah. I'm a German Shepherd.

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