I have two German Shepherds, Holly and Blu. German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) tend to choose a human. Holly chose Ryan and Blu chose me. It's kind of like they've chosen who their favorites are and while I LOVE both my dogs, Blu holds a special place in my heart. When we got Blu, it was a few weeks after we moved to Montana. He is this boisterous dog who is incredibly vocal. I had never heard a dog that vocal in my entire life. When he was a little puppy, he used to make this noise all of the time that sounded like a bird chirping. Now that he's older, he creates crazy noises...kind of like the whale calls that Dory makes when she's "speaking whale" in Finding Nemo. While incredibly entertaining, it can be annoying. I like to think it's his way of "speaking" with us.
Last year, a lot of time, money, and energy was spent on Blu. He has a medical condition that hasn't actually been fully diagnosed. We thought he had a version of incontinence and we believe it's a variation of it. Essentially his bladder and sphincter muscles overwork themselves so that it's difficult for him to pee when he's out in the yard. He was the fastest potty-trained puppy I had ever known but he would walk around the house and occasionally drip. It was the craziest thing. So after numerous vet visits to three different veterinarians, we decided to take a break. Blu was becoming super accustomed to the vet and I felt bad for our baby. We then decided to make homemade belly bands. I made these "diapers" out of old bedsheets and big velcro pieces. To add an extra layer, we use a baby diaper as a protective barrier. We basically rip off the attachments and elastic pieces and lay it on the diaper before he get wrapped up. Last summer, he spent so much time outside because we hadn't even thought of using a diaper system and when winter approached, this method allowed him to spend a lot more time indoors.
Due to all the time he's spent inside, we've seen his personality flourish and it's so fun! He's so big but he likes to sit in your lap...or on you. He also loves to snuggle and bed times in our bedroom are his favorite. He also LOVES food and even on his first few days staying in the house, he would fall asleep in the kitchen. He hates linoleum flooring because his paws don't have very good grip and for the longest time would only walk backwards on them. He can now walk forward and backwards. He loves to craft with me. While I'm making anything, he will lie down right next to me and play with the ribbons and fabric. Often times he'll explore the craft room on his own and bring random things from my craft tubs.
I'm obsessed and he's a wonderful dog. I feel so blessed to have him in my life :)