Here are just of few of countless German Shepherd Dogs that have won their way into people's hearts forever. Some are heroes, some are famous, all are great!
The original Rin Tin Tin served as a Red Cross Dog during WWI with his owner Duncan. Rin Tin Tin made 26 pictures for Warner Brothers before his death on August 10, 1932. At the peak of his career with Warner Brothers he received some 10,000 fan letters a week and was considered to be one of Hollywood’s top stars.
Rin Tin Tin II
would sire Rin Tin Tin IV, and both dogs were used in the filming of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, which first aired on ABC 1954-1959. The first episode of this canine crime fighter series commenced when the U.S. Cavalry came upon a wagon train that had been attacked by Apache Indians.
The only survivors were a young boy named Rusty and his German shepherd he called Rin Tin Tin. The Cavalry took the boy and his dog to Fort Apache in Arizona, where Lt. Ripley "Rip" Masters made Rusty a Corporal so he could stay on at the fort.
The Littlest Hobo,
starring a dog called London, was originally created by Dorrell McGowen for a television movie in 1958.
Following the huge success of the movie, a television series was filmed in black and white between 1963 and 1965, with a total of 65 episodes. In every episode the dog arrived in a new place, made new friends, solved their problems, then left. The series was remade in 1979 and became a familly favorite for years to come.
Heroic German Shepherds:
Brooklyn, Newfoundland. Bruno, a nine-month-old German Shepherd saved the life of eleven-year-old Donnie Skiffington when he was thrown from his bicycle into a ditch, where he lay unconscious and bleeding severely. Bruno licked Donnie's face until he regained consciousness, and began to pull him by the shirt collar towards home.
Vienna, Ontario. Nellie, a six-year-old German Shepherd traveled three kilometres back to her home to get help for 78-year-old Ken Emerson, who lay injured after his tractor had overturned and crushed his pelvis. When Nellie returned home, Mrs. Emerson realized that the strip of her husband's shirt wrapped around Nellie's collar was an S.O.S. message, and immediately sent for help.
Brit won many awards such as the Apprehension Citation in 1997 from the Saddle River P.B.A., the Unit Citation in 1995 by the Waldwick Police Chief, the Certificate of Recognition in 1994 by the Allendale and Waldwick P.B.A. for burglar apprehension, the Exceptional Duty Award in 1998 by the Allendale and Waldwick P.B.A., and the Support Services Award by the Ho-Ho-Kus P.B.A. On October 6, 1997, "Brit" died and was given a full police funeral. On October 21, 1998, Sgt. Litchult received a posthumous K-9 Service Award for K-9 "Brit" from the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Miami, Florida.
Mississauga, Ontario. Sam, an eight-year-old German Shepherd saved her owner, Phyllis McLeod, from drowning when she fell through a frozen river. As Phyllis fought the swift current, she grabbed Sam's collar and hung on until she was pulled far enough out of the water to scramble to safety.
Mirror, Alberta. Hustler, a three-year-old German Shepherd is credited with saving the life of his owner, Debbie Inions. After a fall from her horse left Debbie seriously injured and unable to move, Hustler repeatedly fought against vicious attacks by two preying coyotes until they were discovered nine hours later.
Sudbury, Ontario. Tracker, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, owned by Sergeant Larry Bigley, was the inspiration behind the Service Dog of the Year Award. Over the seven years that Tracker served in the Sudbury District, he was involved in approximately 500 searches for missing persons, criminals, drugs and security details.
Montréal, Quebec. Dick, a police tracking dog owned by the Sureté du Québec, was honoured for his bravery during a 14-hour manhunt through the woods near St. Eustache, Québec. The four-year-old German Shepherd was wounded by a shot intended for his handler and left permanently deaf in one ear and blind in one eye as a result of the incident.
Ancaster, Ontario. Wolfey, a German Shepherd, awoke his owners, Dr. and Mrs. John Holbrook, and alerted them to a fire that had started in their all-wood home.
Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Maude, a German Shepherd, owned by Deborah Johnston and Bernard Chisholm, saved a three-year-old girl from drowning in the frigid waters of Pictou Harbour. Gripping the child's overalls in her teeth, Maude pulled the child out of the deep water.
Kitchener, Ontario. Lance, a German Shepherd police dog with the Ontario Provincial Police, tracked a missing Kitchener woman in a swampy conservation area for three hours, and led her safely through the dark woods to safety.
New Jersey Task Force One
This team received an award for their search and rescue efforts during the WTC disaster. These animals fearlessly searched through burned debris, ignoring burnt paws, cuts and other obstacles to look for survivors and victims. For their unselfish and courageous efforts, the team earned induction into the Animal Hall of Fame.
The team consists of “Ana” Atlas; “Senta” Bacalaglu; “Claire” & “Blitz” Clemmo; “Chewbacca” Holmes; “Mikey” & “Osa” LoPresti; “Nutmeg” & “Sarge” Pittore; “Argus” Rolando; "Quest” Sullivan; “Piper” Whynman Owners -- Sarah Atlas; Dan Bacalaglu; Lorrie Clemmo; Alice Holmes; Laura LoPResti; Spring & Pat Pittore; Bob Rolando; Penny Sullivan; Sonny Whynman.
Revelstoke, British Columbia. Mr. Baggins, a female German Shepherd with absolutely no tracking experience, tracked and located a six-year-old boy who had been missing for hours after having been buried under a snowbank.
Brantford, Ontario. Timmy, a four-year-old German Shepherd owned by Anne Nemes, protected her from being robbed at gunpoint by two men. When the men confronted her, Timmy leaped at them and gripped one of the men's arms, and a shot was fired. The men fled and Mrs. Nemes and Timmy continued their walk home.
Paris, Ontario. Rex, a German Shepherd repeatedly hurled himself against the door leading to the Misic and Zegarac families' living quarters, arousing the two families during the night as fire engulfed their gas station and the living quarters above.
Ontario Provincial Police Canine Team - Kanaka, a black German Shepherd was responsible for numerous rescues and arrests as well as the recovery of evidence, stolen property and money throughout years of distinguished service. In one incident, Kanaka tracked a lost hunter for 20 hours across freezing swamps and an ice-covered lake, before finding the man. After the ordeal, Kanaka required medical attention and was commended with saving the hunter's life.
Following a robbery suspect across a frozen river, the ice gave way and Deputy Stanley Wontor slipped backwards under the ice. He called out "pull" (a command Thunder, a police dog, had not been trained to use) and Thunder pulled him out of the freezing waters to safety.
After graduating from the Seeing Eye Program, Orient was placed with Bill Irwin. Orient led Irwin on an incredible trek on the complete length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Profiled in Irwin's book Blind Courage, Orient faithfully and unconditionally assisted Bill Irwin for over nine years.
Ottawa, Ontario. Daisy, a German Shepherd, saved her owner's three-year-old son, David, who had wandered into a busy intersection. Daisy pulled the child to safety, as two motorists who were watching the dog and the child in the intersection collided.
He was recognized for his work as a rescue dog in the Oklahoma City bombing, 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, the Edison, N.J. explosion, and Hurricane Opal in Panama City,FL.