Its 2013 and my wife is making rounds delivering flowers for valentine’s day when she came across a house with white GSD’s for sale. She picked out a little male as a ‘surprise’ and gave him to me later that night. I had raised white shepherds as a youth and loved them very much( I still had an older male named Boss). I had trouble picking a name for this new pup, so when Kelsey landed on Trigger, the name stuck like glue.
Flashback to 2005
Boss was an overly large AKC white GSD, he had a gentle loving nature and was loyal to a fault. As a younger boy I would take my shepherds on runs through the woods and neighborhood. One evening a territorial retriever made a charge at me(Boss was at the end of his leash about 25 feet ahead of me), by the time I turned to dodge the incoming dog Boss had him locked down on the pavement with jaws around the aggressors neck. The retriever knew he was out matched and froze on the ground until I called Boss off.
Many years passed and I always had Boss by my side. He suffered a severe stroke after a minor surgical procedure(neutering) and ended up 90% blind and needing extreme physical therapy. My vet suggested euthanasia, but I opted to keep him and do therapy at home. Several months later I had a loyal companion that could walk again. Boss, even blind was still a better dog than most, he knew my voice and my smell and came to me no matter the obstacles he had to face. He also had a fierce devotion to Kelsey, and after she moved in he became fairly hostile towards visitors while she was around, but Boss was also the most gentle dog when it was just us, I’ve fed him a fresh egg on more than one occasion and watched him carefully poke a small hole in the shell and lick the yolk out.
Back to 2013, when I introduced Trigger to Boss, they became instant pals. Trigger had the eyes, Boss had the smarts and training. I developed Trigger into a hardcore hunting dog through rigorous daily training. I remember crossing a small creek while Trigger was left on the other bank alone, I continued to encourage him to follow and he made a giant leap into the stream and under he went. After what seemed like a minute he popped up on my side of the bank and ran to me. From that moment on I knew I had a great dog on my hands. My wife Kelsey became pregnant and Trigger became her loyal couch buddy during the 1st few months. One day while working on the chicken coop Trigger came up to me and told me he wasn’t feeling well, and within an hour parvo had taken full effect of his little body. Being a nurse and not wanting to give up on my amazing little man I started fluids and medications with the vets guidance and support. After two weeks of subcutaneous iv fluids he was better and back on track to growing into a FINE young dog. His strength and stamina returned and the look in his eyes told us he was grateful for the constant love and support shown during his time of need. One evening while I was working Kelsey called to inform me that Trigger had been ran over at our mailbox by one of the many rural neighbors that likes to drive like a bat out of hell. My wife and I mourned him and still miss him in our lives. Shortly after that Boss passed away, leaving us dog-less and hurt.
Below are pictures of Trigger
Enter Benelli, Jan 2017, my wife again located a breeder that had some white GSD’s and convinced me that we ‘needed’ one. So we waited the 6 weeks and we picked out our newest little man. In keeping with tradition of having a unique name, we chose Benelli(aka B’Nell or Benelli Sue). Benelli is an extremely mouthy dog, I’ve never had a shepherd that makes the vocal expressions like he does. Simply put, he literally trys to talk and mimic the words you say to him. He is now 12 weeks and is fully house trained, and some basic commands are known and he follows hand commands good. At times I feel Benelli is the living, breathing re-incarnation of Trigger. He watches after my daughter and will sleep under her bed or in the bed next to her if she allows. He is never more than a step behind his Lizzy to play or protect her.
Below are pictures of Benelli
I hope to grow my dog family in the near future by adding a white female. I would love to breed a litter off of Benelli.