1RetrowireThu 10th Oct 2013 My wife and I are watching A Bugs Life, we hear a commotion on the back porch. We own 4 small dogs that roam our yard outside, they're great surveillance! So, I go out on the back porch and there's a full grown, black German Shepherd staring back at me, wagging it's tail. It's cold and raining outside. I go outside to the dog and all of my other dogs are just barking at it, basically trying to tell the German Shepherd that "This is our turf! Leave now!" I call them off and check the dog. It's a girl and she's sweet right off the bat. I pet her and noticed that she was REALLY bony. Her ribs are visible, but her coat is a fine pitch black. The worst thing I noticed is how loose her collar was. It was loose enough to be at least 4 inches from the neck when pulled. The collar had no ID tag, no info, no nothing. The collar being as dirty and old as it was, as loose as it was told me one thing... She's been away from a home for a long, long time. Either that, or the former owner neglected her that badly. Though the neglect theory is hard to believe because surprise, the dog is well trained. She sits, stays, shakes hands and hugs on command. It's very impressive. This tells me that the former owner put enough time into her to train her, and take some care of her, but why is the dog so thin? It's 10:09pm where we live right now and there isn't any no-kill animal shelters open at this time. If there had been one that was open, we would've taken her immediately but that's not the case. Now we're at a dilemma. We can't let this dog go back into the wild, she deserves better. Our neighbors already fired a gun on their property to scare her off (They had a bad incident with a stray dog last year so I don't blame them. Very heartbreaking.) so we don't want the dog to wander to their property again. We certainly aren't calling animal control because we don't support the killing of any innocent animals. So as of this moment, we have an adult Black German Shepherd hanging out in our washroom until tomorrow. When tomorrow comes though, we'll have to make some decisions. We would check the newspaper or even make an ad to see if anyone is missing a Black German Shepherd but in the world of "Class B" dealers, that's a terrifying risk. Class B dealers are people who pose as animal lovers or good homes that will buy or adopt animals to sell them for research. Here's proof of that: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/pets_experiments/ Knowing these facts will break your heart but it's true. Our friends in nature deserve better. We are unsure of taking in ANOTHER dog. We have 4 chihuahua/pug mixes that free roam the property, 1 Chihuahua that lives inside along with a Rat Terrier and a Cat. All of these pets are smaller than the Black German Shepherd however when on the property, when she was being threatened by all of our dogs outside, she did nothing to attack them. She gave a warning growl once but that's to be expected. We just aren't sure what to do. We'd love to keep her but there's a risk of the smaller dogs. Our only other alternative is to give her to a no kill shelter but we still fear Class B dealers in that environment as well. Also, to top it all off, my wife already loves the dog, has cried and calls herself the dogs "mama". What would you do? Edited on Thu 10th October, 2013 @ 04:07 by Retrowire Retro Gaming Enthusiast. Nintendo Fan. Amateur Video Game Historian. Electronics Hobbyist.