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My Grandfathers passion for German Shepherds began during the Second World War, he fell in love with the beauty, intelligence and durability of the breed.
Post war my Grandfather had his own kennels and trained the German Shepherds for war work, showing and guarding, he was a highly respected and very successful dog handler in his day.As well as show, agility and war work the dogs were set to work collecting money for charity, primarily the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and Blind Dogs, the dogs were taken out into the streets wearing collection boxes.
This is my German Shepherd Blaze wearing my Grandfathers charity boxes- I think he looks quite proud!

Taken as part of my project 365.


  • Brenda Dahl
    Brenda Dahlalmost 3 years ago

    WOW, Lou This is so emotionally fantastic~!!!!! I am soooo proud of you for sharing such a deep and proud memory. This gorgeous Canine is oh so very proud as I can tell you are just as pleased and proud of him…..Thank You for sharing a part of History I would never have known had you not provided such a wonderful story for us to read, I am so pleased with your work it is going straight to my Faves,,,,

  • Thank you!! He’s always been more than a dog to me, he’s been my best friend and I love him to bits :)

    – Lou Wilson

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 3 years ago

    Just super!!

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Lou Wilson

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful thing your grandfather did, Lou! He must have been a very loving, caring man!
    And it looks like you’re carrying on his work with your beautiful Blaze. It’s nice to meet you and Blaze and to learn a little about you. Kudos, my friend! ~ Pat

  • Thank you so much Pat :)

    – Lou Wilson

  • icesrun
    icesrunalmost 3 years ago

    Very proud!!

  • Thank you!!!

    – Lou Wilson

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 3 years ago

    I cannot tell you how much I loved reading this write up! Your Grandfather had Heart!

  • Thank you very much :-D

    – Lou Wilson

  • GolemAura
    GolemAuraalmost 3 years ago

    A very powerful, handsome PUPPY, look at those eyes!!! So super strong and still as sweet as a puff of cotton candy.. what a wonderful contrast GREAT WORK!!!

  • Thank you very much, he truly is a special dog.

    – Lou Wilson

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 3 years ago

    Remarkable dogs! I had a King Shepherd (Buster) and he was the most loyal, loving and goofy dog ever. But he was also a total security system at the same time. Excellent capture of Blaze!!

  • Thank you!!!

    – Lou Wilson

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much :)

    – Lou Wilson

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenalmost 3 years ago

    A lovely tribute and a beautiful dog, enjoyed! :)Pat

  • Thank you very much!!

    – Lou Wilson

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargaralmost 3 years ago

    A gorgeous shepherd; he looks quite proud! Great tribute to your grandfather.

  • Thank you!!!

    – Lou Wilson

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