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Our German Shepherd Wilding Tika, The Draufgänger

In the heart of our home, a pint-sized powerhouse named Tika reigns supreme. Her personality is a whirlwind of intensity, wildness, and carefree charm. In hindsight, we probably should have dubbed her Draufgänger – a fearless adventurer! Tika is lovable, competitive, and, well, downright exhausting. But oh, what a bundle of energy and joy she brings into our lives.

Standing at the intersection of determination and drive, Tika is a force to be reckoned with. Though tiny in stature, she possesses a mighty spirit, leaving no room for doubt that she was born to thrive. When the day winds down, she retreats to her den, our guest bathroom, demanding solitude like a true queen.

The Working Dog – GSD

However, her quirks are part of what makes her so endearing. An obsessive love for sticks, or more accurately, the tiniest and most worthless pieces of wood, becomes a daily ritual. She drops these miniature treasures at our feet, hoping for an unwitting participant in her fetching game.

Adoration for Tika knows no bounds, even when she tests our limits. Frustration may rear its head, but who could resist a Tasmanian devil of a dog so breathtakingly beautiful that you can’t help but want to love her to pieces?

The Many Faces of My Lil Wildling

From her early days as a tenacious puppy, challenging her elder, Rowdy, to her current age of 21 months, Tika has remained stubborn, quirky, and relentless. Yet, in her spirited nature lies a challenge that I willingly accept. Navigating her strong tendencies and high prey drive has its ups and downs, but it’s a journey I wouldn’t trade for anything.

A German Shepherd with this level of energy, drive, and stubbornness is an adventure in itself. With each passing day, I’m learning the intricacies of cultivating and directing Tika’s exuberance. Together, we’re embarking on a new chapter – a chapter where patience, tolerance, and the art of living with a smart, loving, and independent free spirit are the lessons at hand.

Here’s to the ongoing saga of Ani and Tika – a tale of companionship, challenges, and the unwavering bond between a human and their spirited canine counterpart.

Watch out world
Fetch Swim Chase
after it
Small but mighty
By AniT, September 3, 2022

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