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The Boy Who Grew up to be a German Shepherd

This story is the result of two beers at 3 a.m. when sleep was not an option.

“When I grow up, I want to be a dog.”

Mom smiled. “Hmm, a dog, Maybe you can be a collie, like Lassie?”

“No, I’m going to be a German shepherd.”

“But you don’t know German.”

“I can learn it.”

Twenty years later, a deutscher Schäferhund walked into a bar in Berlin and ordered ein Bier with a Tennessee accent. “You’re not from around here, are you?” the bartender asked.

“Nein. Warum do you ask?”

“Your accent. It’s not local. We get mostly local mutts coming in here.”

“Ich kommen from America.”

“America, huh. Your German is pretty good.”

“Ja, ich still learnen.”

“Well for an American deutscher Schäferhund, you speak it good.”


The deutscher Schäferhund lapped his beer from a dish the bartender placed on the bar along with a plate of dog treats. “Sehr gut,” he said, letting out a bark, then a howl of  happiness that drew the attention of the other dogs in the bar who all began to bark and howl in unison. And by the end of the evening, the deutscher Schäferhund was speaking German like a local.

8 thoughts on “The Boy Who Grew up to be a German Shepherd

  1. Dear Gail, You should drink a couple of beers in a dog tavern more often. This is a delightful story that I am going to our 6 year old grandson, whose very best friend is his German Shepherd.

    Jack & Jan

    Sent from my iPad



    • Hi Jack. Hope you and Jan are well and Jan is doing better. Yeah, I had two beers that’s been sitting around here forever and decided to finish them so I could turn the bottles in for deposit. Let me know how your grandson likes the story. Can’t believe I’ve written something a child would like. Take care.


  2. href=”https://www.marshallspetzone.com/?utm_source=SurendraV”> German Shepherds are very athletic dogs and their intelligence makes them unique. You can train them to do anything and their ability to stop at command makes them one of the easiest breeds to train. Their wolf like muzzle helps to track offenders in the police force or sniff out drugs or any contraband products. Even as a pet you can train them to be the perfect guard dog.

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  3. Amusing story of my favourite dog breed. Maybe that’s why I feel animalistic after a few drinks. Lord knows what you’d write after a few Rakia glasses. Anyway, thanks for the enjoyable read.

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