I miss having a dog for company, someone to hug, someone to talk to and yes, make me get up and walk him/her. Since there isn't a companion here to share a photo of now, will share pictures of my departed fur babies from the past.
This is Shumba, our first Rottweiler pup at about 8 weeks. We purchased her from a local breeder who also shows their dogs. Her chew toy is almost as big as she is.
And here she is about 2 years old and a mother of 8. We had her hips OFA certified to ensure healthy pups and to show potential buyers the k-9 parents' hips were certified. Our intentions were to breed her once and have her neutered. We were not going to ruin her health by over breeding.
Shumba was a fantastic mother. Bruce built her a whelping pen and it was in our living room so we could watch over the group. No way did mom want that. She wanted to care for her brood in the basement out of the prying eyes of others. So we made a place for her down there.
We sold 7 pups and kept one, a boy named Panzer. He was a silly, funny dog who made me laugh all the time. When loose in the park area behind the ball field if there was no ball to play with and they got tired chasing one another Panzer would pluck a wild flower and tease his mother with it. Once his endeavor got him a bee sting on the nose....poor baby.
behavior was 100% German Shepherd. Her behavior changed faster than her appearance which was that of a Shepherd.
Shadow was a loving dog and full of energy which Shepherds are known for. Sadly I lost her too and she is also missed.
When I hear of new pets up for adoption at the local shelter I consider inquiring. But in reality know that at my age it probably isn't wise. Besides, I'd want another Rottweiler or Pittie and if rug camps ever begin again would have to put them in a kennel. Not only do I NOT like putting dogs in a kennel, but most kennels don't take those breeds in.
Be kind to your beloved dogs and I do promote adoption over buying from breeders.