I must say though that most of the farmers here locally have an instant dislike to GSD's, labradors and malamutes. Of which we seem to have a lot of in our nearby village. People seem to let them roam and and they are untrained. Which is sad, because if they go anywhere near some of the farms they will be shot.
Hence i would never own a GSD, even though both hubby and I love them and my Dad bred and trained them. Just in case it was mistaken, even on our own property for a Village dog.
I am glad you had a good outcome for your dogs. And that they went to someone who is familiar with GSD's.