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This is not a real Periodical. Indeed, first I was going to publish this publicly as a blog post, but then I realized that it should first be reserved to our subscribers only. Plus, it's somewhat 'nice' to end all this with a 'Periodical'. Now, you may not want to read this, and you don't have to. Nothing on this site ever was mandatory. All happened out of goodwill.

Sadly, goodwill isn't enough to run something like this: By size a business, by content a fountain, but by income a disaster. To make it short: Like indicated in the last email to our subscribers and publicly in Q&A 3, there is no money left to keep up this website, which I would have liked to establish as a permanent online presence of our breed rescue organization, MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG. No money left to answer your questions. No money left to solve your dog problems. No money left to send out emails, run the server, pay the bills. I can't pump in any more. Finished.

What's still running is running until the 'credits' are depleted (most monthly, a few quarterly - because it's highly unlikely that the next storm here on the coast brings a downpour of nickels rather than rain). I couldn't write this over the past days as my nerves are in tatters (which is exacerbated or caused by the recurrence of my chronic paralyzing disc inflammation that keeps me in agony). It took me several days to patchwork my nerves to write a simple post like this.

How it all started

This website started out of hope, spirit, and dedication. To help GSD owners and those who wanted to become a GSD owner (namely help them to determine if that was the right choice for them, as for many it isn't). To educate German Shepherd owners and potential owners, as well as breeders, about the true German Shepherd Dog - ie how the GSD was meant to be (at least those site members who got as far as to the Periodical Decline of the German Shepherd Dog definitely learned this, I hope). To save more GSDs from shelters and high-kill kennels.

In short: To save this breed by helping GSD owners to have the best relationship with their dog!

Back in 2010 (quite late) I, the site's "principal" founder, had learned from what's called "internet marketers" how (allegedly) "easy" it is to earn "tons of money" with a website for whatever cause you have. So I then apparently had those half-baked ideas in the back of my mind that "within a year we could even be donating every month $5,000 amounts to other rescues", so much we would be earning with this website.

In retrospect: naive. - Yes: hope, spirit, and dedication as the building blocks of something like this indeed is naive. Although to you, and now to me too, it likely is obvious that "to even donate every month $5,000 amounts to other rescues" requires a clear plan to earn that kind of money first, back then apparently this wasn't as obvious to me (probably because internet marketers like to leave out small details like these when they grab your attention). Indeed I had no plans for such income generation. Although other "co"-founders liked my spirit and dedication, they didn't like that I had no plans, not even support for their plans, for such income generation. They didn't like that I based everything on hope.

By January 2011 this domain name was acquired, and we had quickly put up quite an amount of content. However, we started out with no visitors. Or as the others would call it: no customers. Now, if there is one credit to my name, it is that I know well how to research, and in this case, that includes "keyword research". Accordingly, at least what I myself wrote for this website typically was laden with keywords people used in search engines like Google to find the desired content on the internet. My credit here is: Within months, Google & Co sent increasing amounts of traffic (information surfers) to this very website. So, very soon we had visitors. And loads.

Others were still moaning "But we've got no customers!", and that was true! Bills were accumulating fast, but no money was coming in to pay the bills, because we had no customers, only increasing numbers of visitors: Information surfers who enjoyed (but really rarely appreciated) to find all what they were looking for, and for free. Now, when you have bills accumulating but no income, there's only two things you can do: Pump in your own money, or pump in other people's money. Since other people didn't want to give me their money, I pumped in my own money. Now I was no longer only giving my time, but also my money.

At that time (likely because of personal health problems) I didn't realize that the beginning of 2012 was already the beginning of the end. Because: When you invest time, during that time you can't earn money elsewhere. So I wasn't earning money elsewhere to have more time to put in here. But since I was also putting money in here, both my time and money (and therefore my nerves too!) diminished my resources at logarithmic speed.

In retrospect: mega stupid. Or: still based on hope, spirit, and dedication. Then in August 2012 we opened up subscription to our Periodicals. I guess I don't need to add here that, again, it was all free. But around the end of 2012 I was pretty much alone here anyway. So to say, the last one to turn off the lights - which obviously I didn't realize at that point. In fact, as you can see now, it took me a total two years to realize I was the caretaker who would turn off the lights. Over the last two years this has become too much of a solitary endeavor: No more support from comrades, no financial reward, and rarely a thank-you.

How it all ended

Not pretty. - Well, that is maybe not fair to myself. On the positive side, measured by email feedback etc received over the years, has saved hundreds if not thousands of GSDs from being put back in a shelter (and, given that it was mostly about aggression and biting, likely this would have meant a high-kill kennel). We also have helped hundreds if not thousands of families to avoid ever more situations of aggression and biting of their dog. And many have said that thanks to things learned here they were able to develop a much better relationship with their dog. So much I know from feedback received.

Further, thanks to the dedication of many (but not all) of our members (time spent to fill in the lengthy dog data form that I had devised), we have built up a database of key characteristics of many thousands of the currently living German Shepherds. Given that even the kennel organizations in the world have very limited data about the actual characteristics of GSDs alive today, this is quite an asset (probably less in terms of economic asset, but certainly a "knowledge asset" that helps to understand the modern German Shepherd Dog breed).

Indeed, being research-driven, personally I would have liked to gather much more data of our subscribers' GSDs (and make that mandatory, so to say as small consideration for the immense number of Periodicals the subscribers would be getting for free over the years). But that was technically not possible, as our "post office" (Mailchimp) can technically handle no more than 30 data fields (and we had to reserve a few fields for the dog owners' address data in case they wanted to get something by snail mail - in which case it always was a present).

Further, we have probably helped many thousands of visitors to decide if a GSD is right for them, and what dog care, dog health, and dog training to provide to their dog when they got one. Probably, because this bit I can't know for sure, since visitors don't fill out our dog database form, and very rarely they send feedback or a thank-you email, or make a page post. Being visitors (information surfers), when they find what they currently need, they leave. Because 'surfers' (visitors) don't understand that they may just have solved their most pressing problem, yes, but that a dog's life is a journey, and that there will be many more problems (likely right now) - which they could prevent if they not only 'surfed' to address their current, most pressing problem symptom, but stayed to cure the cause of each "dog problem".

Speaking of visitors and members: We end this endeavor with members of I don't know how many nations (because after the 50 most frequent visitor nations the others have to choose "other"), and with visitors of over 200 nations (this we know thanks to the "flag counter widget" installed on many but not all pages). Still, with 30,000 unique (different) visitors a month, in numbers we still remained small (even a forum for fans of say yellow butterflies often has more visitors, I heard). However, in terms of helpful content, certainly is the biggest GSD site (if not dog site) on the internet.

How I know? Because, every week I was researching content on libraries' intranets and on the global internet for the next Periodical (which may then take me several weeks to prepare), and nowhere I found as much and as comprehensive and diverse dog and GSD information as here (and I can tell you, it's not always easy to have to be the first to cover a certain topic!). How often did I wish there were more dog sites like - not least because I was trying to find suitable sites for that world blog tour I wanted to do this year, you remember? I found nothing suitable! Or, where I first thought it could be suitable, they didn't even bother to reply (hence it really wasn't suitable).

Further, we have accumulated an endless list of dog owner questions (at least a thousand from the question box widget alone). Many I have answered or solved already, and many more were planned to be published (I had planned 7 volumes of Q&A books of the "best?" questions and answers - but, just like with the Training Compendium, Care Compendium, and Health Compendium, it doesn't make sense to waste ever more time publishing ever more books when I don't sell books anyway).

There are probably a few more positive points that could be mentioned here. But before you get bored by this post, I need to mention what it was that confirmed to me that this is the end.

The lid that sealed it all

The final straw was the last book promotion that I ran in the hope (one more time) that it might finally turn the financial situation of around (I've been pumping all book income back into the site anyway, only 'pumping' is the wrong word, the book income has been minuscule too). Paradoxically, the more books I published, the tinier got the book income. Something never heard of any other author! Right? I have no clue why.

The site's sales referral fees have always been tiny anyway, that is normal: Typically less than half of the members open the email, of these less than half click the link to see the Periodical, a fraction of them click a purchase link, and then a fraction of the last fraction actually buy something - for which we then get a final fraction of the sales price. All that is standard these days, and yes I know "it's a number's game", but my point is: In our case here, the numbers don't add up for to be sustainable.

So why/how did I hope a FREE book promotion (even two at the same time: Puppy Love Bundle of three books, and Q&A 3) could have brought the long needed financial turnaround for the site?

FREE books don't bring in any income, so much I knew myself, right. However, last year when I ran a FREE book promo for the Puppy Development Guide, some 5,500 (aspiring) dog owners downloaded the book. For FREE, yes. Nonetheless, then afterwards in August the book sold 42 times, ie 1.35 a day. Together with the increased cross sales of all my other books (at the time particularly well was selling the Dog Training Toolkit: 26 times), last August suddenly brought the staggering book income of $586 - I was able to use this to keep up

Never achieved before, and never since then! Although I published ever more books, and they all got top or good reviews from you. Most reviews certainly came thanks to you, our members. In fact, I suspect that primarily it was new members who had missed earlier FREE promos and then purchased the books, not ordinary Amazon customers. Amazon seem to have never promoted my books (obviously because I don't sell enough books to be a promising offer to their customers).

Now, given the result of last year's FREE book promotion (free to book 'buyers' - while the author typically pays a few hundred dollars to promote the FREE book through media channels!), I seemingly had in my pain-weakened subconsciousness the crude idea that the FREE promotion of the Puppy Love Bundle (which consists of three books) plus the FREE promotion of Q&A 3 (which together gives four books) would give ... well... seemingly 5,500 times four, ie a good 22,000 FREE downloads! In any case, certainly a five-figure download number (all the more since all my books have great reviews).

And I know (again from internet marketers) that with that amount of sudden customer interest, the Amazon promotion machine would have kicked in - which basically means that Amazon would subsequently promote the books on countless pages to countless customers (eg "Other customers also bought..." etc). Hence I had hoped (probably more subconsciously, given the history it was unrealistic anyway) that ... finally... there could again be a high income month for from the cross sales after all the FREE book promos.

Boy was I wrong! These are the actual results of my final straw FREE book promotion:

The big Puppy Love Bundle of three books this time gave a meager 1,551 FREE downloads, and the Q&A 3 an extra 701 (both on Even worse: 850 of the downloads of the Puppy Love Bundle happened on the very first promo day, before I had sent out the info email to our members (hoping that thousands of you and your friends etc would download the books, even if again, and catapult the total FREE book downloads into the stratosphere). However, over the remaining four promo days the FREE downloads even declined further from that low starting point, and so much that on the last promo day only a catastrophic 40 something of my books Amazon was "selling" for FREE. Meaning: ZERO momentum at the turn of going back to PAID listing - but with Amazon, momentum is everything.

Of all the book promos I've done in the past, even including the PAID "kindle countdown deals", this last FREE book promotion was the worst ever, and by far (and this, although I had spent the most money to promote this promo). Don't ask me why it all ends so badly. I have no idea. It can't be the reviews: Like basically all my books, the Puppy Love Bundle too did immediately have great reviews, thanks to 7 members. Indeed, it started the promotion with 7 reviews which were all five-star (thus not bad at all), and then gained 4 more reviews during the promotion, seemingly again thanks to 4 members.

You may now be thinking "just 4 of over 2,000 who got the books for FREE?" - yes but, again according to internet marketers, that is a lot. They say "on average one in a thousand leave a review". Here, for me it was one in 550 (because Q&A 3 did not get a single new review). So really, for the Puppy Love Bundle: better than the average. The problem rather is: It was far too few FREE downloads (and accordingly too few new reviews) for Amazon's servers to take notice. They have books that sell far more than one a day, and that get new reviews every day, hence understandably they rather promote those that show momentum.

And remember, the "1.35 book sales a day", that was last August (when apparently many members went to fill their bookshelve). That's behind us. This year, with 12 dog books on the market, and great reviews (only few), many days had zero sales, or a couple of the 99 cent books. Of 12 books not one sale, yes. Amazon don't like that (and I neither).

Another reason why Amazon don't promote my books certainly is that end of last year I had canceled their exclusivity contract for all my bigger books (the Puppy Love Bundle is different) - and Amazon don't like when authors start to 'support' other retailers. But I did that a) because some members had asked me to make available ipad editions, and b) because with Smashwords my royalty-share agreement with shelters is much easier for me to administer, and much more attractive to the shelters.

Other than the above, I have no explanation what is really going on with Amazon, me, and the world. But this is not my world. When books that promote physical harm against dogs literally sell thousands a day(!), something is not right. And I feel too weak to figure it out, all by myself. "When the problems seem unsurmountable, step back, take a break, and do something else."

Okay, this is the situation, now you know (if you've read all the way down to here, you really deserve to know). And this is what I have to do now: "Step back, take a break, and do something else." - Not that I don't want anymore, but because I cannot anymore. The way I've been running is simply not sustainable. I still have the good cause in my mind and would like to help more current and aspiring dog owners, but at least for now I can't. I am drained in every regard, so I can no longer give up my time and money, and all the time, for free. Like probably you too, I have to earn an income first (or at least at the same time while I work).

A couple of members suggested a couple of things I should do (eg "Stop giving your books away for free", "Charge a small fee to members", etc). I don't know, I can't think clearly at this time (and I can't technically implement things anyway, nor pay for more contract work either). But what I now agree with is: "You shall not give your time to those who don't value it." I gave far too much of my time to those who didn't value it. A business cannot, even


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    Tim, Although I have only recently become a GSD owner, I have enjoyed and your knowledge and perspective and found the information you give to be heartfelt and meaningful, that will not go unrewarded in your pursuits. The best-of-luck and hope something does miraculously work out for you, it does happen!


    Sometimes all you can do is never enough!

    Lots of members were educated by your periodicals, I just wish that I had the opportunity for your puppy training books while he was still a puppy. Being my first purebred Shepard, he certainly is a whole different dog and constantly keeps me on my toes! Thanks for all of the info over the last years and good luck to you no matter what you decide to do!


    Well PHOOOEY, I am a new subscriber and haven't had the chance to get to know the website and now it's going away.
    Sorry, wish I would have found you sooner!

    Take Care!


    Thank you for all your knowledge. It is sad that you will no longer be here as I have learner so much about my dogs breed. Good luck to you and yours.


    So sorry you are closing down your website.
    We hope you will surface again in the future and wish you all our very best.



    I am sad to see you go, but as a person that has been in your thankless position before, I don't blame you for having to take care of you first. You can't help anyone or any GSD if you don't take care of yourself first.

    I will be sad to see you go, Rika will be sad to see you go. I am so sorry that it had to come to this for you and your website.

    Kind Regards,
    Lara K.


    Thankyou for giving me all the interesting information that your news letters have provided. The best to you .


    Shame to get this news however, totally understand why.
    Take it easy.


    Thank you for your passion. It is a very rare thing these days; altruism of the highest order with the tacit implication that there are values worth sacrifice. I wish you well in the future. These are noble animals and deserving of the fight.


    Sorry to hear that the site will come to an end. It was great to read info on German Shepherds from someone who really cares about the breed.
    Best of luck. Maybe something will bring the German Shepherd site back to life.


    I looked forward to all the solid training advice for our pups. There are too many untrained dogs out there. I look forward to more happy, well trained owners and dogs.


    I am so sorry! I have thoroughly enjoyed all the invaluable information you have written. It has been a lifeline to me!! When my husband 'surprised' us with a very aggressive gsd puppy you saved my sanity (as well as my skin)! I certainly can't blame you but its a sad day for gsd.


    Are you still going to maintain a regular presence on the internet. I would like to continue to correspond with you from time to time. It is sad that you must shut down the site, but finances is finances and that is one tough nut to crack. Best of luck into the future and thank you for all the great periodicals in the past and present. You might just set it up as a blog and it could become free while you still share your very valuable and timely info with the rest of us. Give it a thought, Please.

    Wheelchair Bob


    This is indeed sad news. I have enjoyed the periodicals and learned so much from them. Our GSD, his name is Lincoln, was a shelter rescue and we could not have asked for a more loyal,loving and beautiful family member. You will be missed and thank you so much!


    Sorry to see this happen. As still a new member, I only wish I had discovered you sooner. I know you made a difference for my Bosco! Still, it's important to take care of you, you'll be in my thoughts!


    Your website has helped me raise my German Shepherd, Ziggy, for the past 18 months. You have provided very valuable information and advice. Thank you for providing such a wonderful website and books. I wish nothing but the best for you in the future!


    I think your publications are very good and I would be willing to pay a much higher price then you charge. I hope you can find a way to continue and make it worth while for your self.


    I cannot say I am surprised; with all the people taking and taking and none giving back. A simple review couldnt have been such an arduous task. I will miss you and your wisdom terribly. You have saved our skins (mine and Jordans) many times, and your advice after she was attacked by a stray dog was right on the money. I wish you all the best, and may you regain your health, and wealth. And may God hold you in the palm of his hand.



    I am greatly saddened at this news. I became a GSD mom in the past year and it was literally something that came unexpectedly. My boy was a rescue with a not so good story to tell. A wonderfully kind soldier found him wandering scared and alone on the fifty-calibre firing range of a local military base. He was emaciated, cold and scared to death. He took him in, tried to find his owners and never could. He nurtured him back to health and he was a part of his family for almost a year. He named this amazing guy "Fifty" after the location he was found. The soldiers duties changed and he no longer had as much time to devote to the dog and as someone who is a huge advocate of dogs of all breeds, I wanted to open my heart and home to him. I'm so glad I did because it was the best decision I think I ever made. He's the sweetest, most loving and loyal dog I think I've ever known (and I've known A LOT of different breeds!). I knew nothing about GSD's when he came into my life. It was through your site that I learned how to care for a GSD in the way they need so they can lead a happy, long and healthy life. I can't imagine life without this perfect guy now. I and my Fifty will always be thankful to you for all you have done for us. I wish you all the very best and I truly do hope things work out for you. You've helped so many people and GSD's throughout the years. More than you will probably ever know. You truly have been the "good shepherd" for German Shepherd Dogs and their people. Thank you again so very much. :)


    Wow! This is so sad. I have treasured your site & have used your wisdom. My German Shepherd, Maximilian (Max), was a rescue dog. His original owners, unable to afford his & his brother's kennel fees, left them there...for almost 11 months. I was blessed to find out about Max. For almost a year now, he has occupied a huge large part of my heart and soul. I hope he will be with me for years to come. We will miss you. We send our thanks, again! Bless you, Tim!


    So sorry to hear you are going to be gone from this, i know you put a lot of time & effort into the website. I do understand, unfortunately, what's going on. Well, on the positive side, just think of how many GSD owners you have helped over the past few years! If you saved just one GSD, i think it was worth it! I wish you well in your endeavors whatever you may choose to do in the future.


    Very sorry to hear about having to shut down your website. I understand completely that you have to tend to your health and well being and I hope you realize the tremendous impact your information has had on GSD owners and their beloved dogs! Ringo is an even better companion to me thanks to some of your tips on understanding GSD behavior. We wish you all the best and will miss you!


    awe bummer...i'm new to your sight i wish i had found you earlier. what i have learned so far has made a big difference with our gsd zara already.
    thank you
    best wishes


    I stumbled upon your site while I was waiting for my GSD pup to be born.I looked forward to the information you passed along regularly. I feel as though you have been instrumental in my being very prepared to provide the right atmosphere for my new puppy. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. I hope everything in your future turns around for you - both financially and physically.


    I, too am saddened by this devastating news...What a shame, one would think that many website members couldn't come up with a few good one liner reviews, if not some with some true substance. Rest up, may good fortune come your way and give back as much to you as you have done for so many GSD owner's long, Tim.


    I am so sorry to see you go. I just found your a few weeks ago, and you gave me your time for a problem I had with my pup. I have purchased most, it not all of your books and have downloaded what ever you offered for free, although I would have gladly paid for what ever you had to offer. What a short, but great experience I have had with your periodicals.
    I am also sorry to hear about your health issues as well. Hope the best for you and look forward to whatever you come with to have a profitable business involving dogs. You will be a great loss to us that want to have the greatest dog ever, using your techniques and advice.
    You will be missed.


    I'm very sorry to hear about this. You sound quite discouraged and exhausted, and as others have noted, you must take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else. Step back and take that break and enjoy your dog(s). (As you remind us to do!) Rest assured your loyal followers will be looking for your name to reappear in whatever form you choose.


    Sorry to see you go, I learned a great deal about GSD's I was unaware of after owning a number of dogs for years. My Nike thanks you for teaching me to be a better doggy daddy, and because of you she now has a baby brother Chance to play with. Without what your site has taught me I would never have been able to adopt a second GSD, but now I can't imagine my life without my two "furbabies" as my wife refers to our pack. I hope you find some measure of comfort in the fact you have helped a great many GSD's and their owners become healthy and happy families, like mine; good luck in the future and I hope we get to hear from you again.


    Thanks for all of the valuable information! I have been a member for about a month and asked your advice about our GSD Luna a couple weekends ago. Luna was becoming aggressive with our young children. We implemented your advice immediately and Luna has been a totally different dog. She hasn't nipped our kids since your advice was given. I wish I would have found your website sooner. Thanks again!!!


    g'day mate , that's no bloody good mate .again thankyou for all your efforts its sad they have gone unrewarded. mate you have a mate downunder forever. if you ever come to aus there will always be a space at my joint for a visit to Sydney. goodonya mate, I hope you soon recover your health and your bank account. you need to feel pride over all the gsd and people you have help. ive really enjoyed and looked forward to each periodical. goodonya mate burt and zigg.


    Tim, Thankyou for the help you have given myself and Coco. It has only been about 10 weeks since joining but it has been a time that I have been able to use your advice to have a wonderful relationship with my GSD Coco. The book I bought and reviewed (Glowingly) on Amazon is referred to each day. Sorry to hear that you are at the point you are and hope that things work out for you in the future as you very much deserve the best life has to offer. All the best Tim. Regards Rob and Coco.


    What a unfortunate outcome. For someone as yourself that has putin so much time, mony and effort. I wish you nothing but the BEST ! Bigger and better things will come your way. Thank you for all of your periodicals and for answering my questions. You helped me and Zeus in so many ways. Sad to see you go. Thank you.


    I, too, am sad to see you go. I am feeling badly that I didn't thank you sooner for all your valuable information. I was out of my head with our GSD puppy, Rambo, when we first got him and your site helped a lot. I agree with one of the commentators above that you should start a blog (when you are feeling up to it...sounds like you need some to rest). All the best. God bless.


    So sorry you have to go. I have really enjoyed and learned a lot of valuable information that I am sure will continue to help me live happily with Ruger. Thank you and I wish you only the very best. Regards Anne


    Loved your information and the way you always presented it. Sooo sorry to see you go.. But you have been a great source of information. We will miss you. Maybe you should take a break and then come back and charge for your work. most of us would pay. GM


    Tim, I guess I missed your exit from your site. So sad to see you go, but wishing you all the best life has to give. Be well my friend!!!


    Stop! I'll gladly help you out for a change! This is crazy of the dog owners! Like you say, a dog's life is a journey. You've continually helped thousands of dog owners FOR FREE!! and saved the dogs, and the owner's sanity!! And all those who benefited haven't got a few dollars as THANK YOU? They are crazy!! You've helped us a thousand times over to be happier with our dogs, saved us continually the cost of a dog trainer (you are so much better I can say!) and saved us needless vet visits and harmful medicaments and everything, and members can't be bothered to thank you with a few dollars to allow you to continue to help them???????? Not even now?? And review all the books they got FOR FREE from you as well??? Damm it! They should be ashamed.
    Well, I for my part will send you some dollars right now, cause I know words aren't enough! You didn't just give me words either. You saved our family peace!!


    I am really sorry to see you go,The GSD's of this world need people like you and me. How about a site with a nominal subscription fee then you would know you had an income and with such informative information I am sure people would join and you must by now have quite a large list. if you had some advertising portals it would all help. Are you interested in continuing or is it all too late. Sorry again Nero and I send everyone involved lots of Love. jean and Nero


    Dearest Tim, I agree with the others on this page! I have just gifted two of your toolkits to two dog trainers we PAID for their (mediocre) services before we found your website! I think that's exactly what they need so that they can do better for their future customers; hopefully they'll learn a thing or two from you! I will also gift a couple of your other books to friends (who, I believe, really need your methods, lol!)
    Oh, and PLEASE PLEASE put a PayPal donation button or such thing on the website!! I can't understand that there is no way for anyone to leave you a few dollars everytime you made their life, their dog easier! This is the only website that gives users NO WAY to pay you; that's bad marketing Tim, you really suck (sorry), everyone else installs payment buttons before they even start looking at their website, and you've been helping here for years without even thinking of that? Why??? Get payment buttons on this website NOW. Please Tim! It's all your own fault really. You have to learn at least a bit of marketing, some skill how to draw an income from this website; very few authors can live off their books Tim. You can't feed yourself with HOPE Tim, that in twenty years you'll be selling enough books to be able to keep up this website, can you? No, you can't! Take a break yes, but only to look after your health first (always Tim!) and then to learn a bit marketing, PLEASE!! Then come back here and you will see all is good :)


    I hate to see you go. It seemed you always had the answer to the question I had simmered over just the week before in your periodicals. I was never actually able to download the books themselves including the health manual which I found very unfortunate but every periodical helped me with Saint as well as the various GSD and Belgian Malinois fosters that have made their way through my house. Thank you for the knowledge that you were able to bestow. Best wishes and hope to see the site up and running again in the future! (Preferably with a business mindset to it so that it may be joyful for you, not taxing...) Enjoy your sebatical, no matter how it came to you, you deserve a break. Breathe and play with the Sheps!


    I am deeply saddened by this. I have purchased 2 of your books thru Barnes and Noble and have implemented your advice. In fact your advice is why our GSD, Jack, will continue living with us instead of rehoming him for which I am profoundly grateful.
    I sincerely hope your future endeavors are prosperous. will be sorely missed.


    Your site has been so helpful for me and my GSD!


    Tim - I agree with all the above. Of all the email I recieve online, yours was one of the few I read. I must admit I didn't always have the time to read them but I tried (and they were very informative). I would DEFINITELY pay for this periodical and was always amazed you didn't charge to begin with. Your dedication goes way above and beyond. Being in rescue myself, I know how hard it can be to find time to spare and the toll it can take on your health. Be well kind soul and put yourself first for a bit. Come back if/when you can, I'll be here.


    Tim, this is indeed sad news to hear. My lovely Shepherd is one year old tomorrow, and I started reading your periodicals before I even brought her home. Your information enabled me to be prepared and helped Pippa settle in to our family. She has had a happy and healthy first year thanks to your advice. If you decide to resume the site in the future, I would gladly pay a subscription fee to help maintain the wealth of information you provide. Thank you for offering your books for free download. They have been read and reread. Rest and regroup. I will miss your emails, but understand your position. All the best to you.
    Penny and Pippa


    aw no, thats so sad to hear you have given and saved a whole lots of individuals, families and GSD by your pure knowledge and understanding. thanks for all your help, all the best and i hope one day i will see your name and knowledge up again, thanks heaps, travis, jackie, sally and lily !


    I haven't been a member for very long and was saddened to hear the site is shutting down.

    I would be one of those members that would be interested in a yearly fee but understand the "burn out". Been there done that!

    If in the future if you bring the site back online please let us know. I doubt that I would be the only one that would love to see it again.



    We are so sorry to lose you but your first concern must be your own health. How sad that your passion and willingness to help so many of us has taken such a terrible toll for you personally. I work very long hours and only get to my e-mails every couple of weeks so I end up ordering your "free" books for .99 after the fact but are still a steal-of-a-deal at that and would have gladly paid that to you personally. Would gladly pay .99 for each monthly Periodical as well.

    Your compensation certainly was not financial but PLEASE understand how valuable you have been to all of us who were woefully ignorant of all things GSD and how grateful we are to you for what you have done.

    Neither Bill not I have ever had a GSD before but will probably never have another breed again. They are amazing dogs, as are you, for trying to make us understand that.

    We wish you only the best, as you deserve, and hope we will hear from you again.

    Gail, Bill, Trooper and Raven



    I don't know about the rest of your readers, I can only speak for myself. I don't want your periodicals and other services to end.
    I am ready to send in money now for a yearly subscription. I don't know how many members you have, but would $10 U.S. work, assuming only 10% actually respond and pay or does it need to be more?

    Regards, Stu Levine


      There is a lot on this page (depending on viewpoint...), I'll attend to this page sometime later, I really can't so fast, sorry.


    Hi Tim,
    I like everyone else hate to see you go but understand that you need to take care of yourself first. After you feel better I would love to see you back! I'm willing to pay a subscription fee and donate some money to help you keep this going, like many others. I do wish you had reached out to us before it became too much to bear for you. You will be missed! I hope to see you back soon, whether it be here, a blog, or on amazon :) and remember what goes around comes back around so good things are headed your way!


    I am sad to see you go, especially since I just found the site and so wished to learn more about my dog and how to properly handle certain situations.

    I have volunteered my time with a local horse rescue in my area, and know too well how funds can run out fast. One thing we attempted was to use "go fund me" website, which is a social marketing site to raise funds for good causes. We didn't do well because we didn't have the kind of following its site does. Maybe you could give this idea a try.


    Tim, thank-you so much for helping me with my beloved Kai. I was so happy when I found your site just for GSD owners since I was new to the breed. I am sad that you will not be able to help me with Kai any longer. I will continue to read and review your books to help me when necessary. I wish you the best of luck with all you do.Thanks again for your help: you are needed. Sher and Kai


      With reference to my comment at place 48 above, I did meanwhile attend to this page and wrote an update here. I thought every member has seen both pages, but I realize that a) we've had some new members since posting this page, and b) not everyone opens every email, okay.

      Am wondering how to close comments on this page..., hmm..., in any case here's the link to the update post again.

      Update: I learned how to close comments :-)

      Update: Let's reopen them, since the page is no longer restricted to Periodical subscribers.

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