Okay, another post about my dear dogs. I'm trying to understand my GSD. Rocky, the Lab mix, is a big loving goofball. Him, I get. The GSD, Maverick, was 4 when we adopted him, and he didn't always have the easiest life. I don't think Mav was abused, he just wasn't shown a lot of love and didn't socialize the way you'd want a family dog to do so. He's come a long way since we've had him, but he and I are still a bit at odds sometimes. Remember a few months ago I posted all freaked out because he'd been growling at me? He still does, but I've decided it's not a threatening growl. He's a very smart dog and his growl is just a way to communicate he's not happy or he's feeling insecure. He growls in complaint when I make him go to his cage at night, but he goes anyway. "Grrrrr....okay FINE, mom." He growls when he's sleeping by the couch and I startle him. He clearly prefers my DH and is quite affectionate with him. He's reasonably affectionate with me, but only when DH isn't there. It's funny; sometimes I'll call Mav and he starts to come over, then catches himself...oh no, I can't do that, mom! But most of all, Maverick always seems so WORRIED about things. He always seems to wear this anxious, concerned expression. I mean, he's not high strung and nervous, just watchful, ever watchful of everyone and everything. A total contrast to Rocky, who hit the puppy jackpot and hasn't a care in the world. I told DH one night that I thought Mav ought to have a German name...like, I dunno, Klaus or something. Then I came up with the nickname Sauerkraut. You know, 'cause he's always "Sauer." Therefore Mav and Rocky are "Sauerkraut and Weiners." Edited to change this -- it's "Wieners", not "Weiners". Then again, "weiners" would be pronounced "whiners" ('cause in German words ie is "e" and ei is "i") which makes perfect sense for a spoiled pup.