This actually happened today at word. I was yakking with a woman that I genuinely like and care for. She is intelligent, caring, funny. The subject got around to dogs, and I told her about the new pup. She told me she had a GSD also. She asked about the gender, and I told her that Jake is a male and will probably get neutered around spring break She said that was too bad, that she had a male also because otherwise we could have made a litter right before the appropriate surgery. She is caring and a nice person. I think some people who are not in the 'dog world' don't realize what a responsibility it is to have a litter. I didn't, years ago, myself. We have similar people that come to the board here and do not have those realizations. It might be good to think out a game plan ahead of time so that when this happens, a thoughtful and non intimidating answer can be forthcoming. I had to run off and do something, but I am going to broach this subject again and want to do it the right way, educating while at the same time retaining this budding friendship. Saying something that will cause an argument would be like slamming the door, it will do no good for either the people or the dogs involved. So can anyone help me out, how would you go about gently introducing your own thoughts and feelings about this subject so that people, both my friend and people here, leave with new ideas that they might use, but leave feeling appreciated also?