Early one morning last winter, Barbara Williams and her 8-year-old German Shepherd Dog Nero were out walking the six acres of rural countryside they call home in Oregon when she noticed a strange man walking up the mountain road and across the pasture.
“He was wearing a long, black raincoat and black cap, and looked totally out of place up here in our small, hilltop community,” recalls Williams, chair of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s Health and Genetics Committee and a breeder of GSDs for more than 50 years. “He couldn’t see Nero because there is a tall hedge between our house and the road. He could only see a silver-haired, old woman walking alone.”
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