Their fearsome reputation precedes them, but a video posted earlier this year shows German Shepherds to be loyal and gentle. Watch them welcome home their soldier dad.
By, 16 Oct 2019
The video, posted by Rumble Viral shows the returning soldier greeting his dogs. The dogs jump up and squeal with delight, seeming to recognise the man in a heartbeat.
For a dog the temporary absence of an owner can seem like an eternity. Dogs have no concept of time, and our disappearance to them is very real. Cue the return of this solider from active duty, and the delight the dogs clearly feel.
Take a look at the tender reuniting of one man and his dogs here:
The German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is a medium-sized working breed. Often seen accompanying soldiers and police officers on their daily business, the dog is often considered aggressive and blood-thirsty (Adolf Hitler’s love of them has not helped the popularity of the breed over the years).
However, in reality, if raised correctly the dog has a gentle temperament, and is loyal to the hilt. A well-rounded German Shepherd is known to make an excellent family pet. It is an exceptionally intelligent breed, trainable and loving.
Ten German Shepherds have won the Dickin medal for animal gallantry in active service. One of the most notable was Jet. Born in Liverpool Jet worked with the Civil Defence Services of London. During the blitz he rescued an estimated 150 people from beneath burning rubble.
One of the most famous German Shepherds to have received the Dickin award was Appollo. He worked with the K-9 unit of the New York Police Department in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Appollo died in November 2006.
Earlier this year we ran a story about two German Shepherds intent on playing with a toddler. The boy plays hide and seek with the dogs, both of which chase him around the room.
You can check out the video here:
We have seen many videos of dogs playing with children. They are gentle and very protective but they are still animals, therefore it is important to keep an eye on dogs when they are around kids. Always be vigilant!