So I got thinking and when that didn't help I started browsing through my old pictures and came up with my gorgeous dogs. Well, I say mine but they were both working police dogs - a fact I was often reminded of as a child when I tried to teach them pointless tricks or ask to walk them.
Traka, (the black one) was my Dad's 3rd police dog, as he approached retirement (the dog, not my Dad!) Dad was allocated a puppy to train as his successor. This was way back in 1994 and I was beside myself with excitement when he brought the little ball of fluff that was Acer home.
After Acer had his training, Traka retired and we got to keep him as a pet dog. (and I got to finally take a dog for a walk on my own!) He was a little confused initially seeing this young bouncy thing going off with his Dad every day but settled into the retirement well and had another good couple of years with us.
It could have been quite a handful with two fully grown German shepherds in the house but they were well behaved and got on very well. After Traka passed away I think it took Acer a while to get used to being the only one. Till the end of his days he always left a little bit of his dinner which I think must have been for Traka as from the beginning he always used to sneak in and finish it off!
There's some great Gallery entries this week, why not pop over to Sticky Fingers and have a look.